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Learn more about our program in this KBOO radio interview from 4/10/19 with Development Coordinator Dasha Foerster and Director Kristin Bowling.
During our upcoming recruiting group this spring, we are hoping to add at least ten more mentor pairs and are asking for your help to support this expansion. We are very fortunate to have the support of Earth Day Oregon again, where individual and business support are pooled to benefit environmentally minded nonprofits. We also have four amazing community sponsors– Arc’teryx Portland, evo Portland, Next Adventure, and Voodoo Doughnuts– who just might shoot you a prize! We hope this will be our final virtual fundraising campaign of the COVID season (whew!), and that you will help us meet our goal of $2,500 and tell your friends. Thank you so much for your time and interest, we all are so appreciative of any contribution you are able to make!
February-March 2021: WE’RE HIRING!
We’re seeking a part-time Contract Development Coordinator to start in March, and keep our unrestricted fundraising streams flowing and growing. Learn more and apply HERE.
We’re also hiring a part-time Bicultural/Bilingual Spanish Program Assistant to start in April, and keep strengthening our relationships and cultural responsiveness with the many Latinx families we serve. Learn more and apply HERE.
December 8, 2020:
In this strangest of years, we’re extending our year-end fundraising campaign through January 2021, with numerous virtual storytelling events to get you feeling like you’re “out of the house!” Follow us on Facebook to learn more, and donate to and share our GoFundMe page. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of getting all youth outdoors when they need it the most.
Now more than ever, Black Lives Matter, deep relationships matter, access to the healing power of nature matters, and building community through racial, cultural, and youth equity matters! Read a special message from UNP Director Kristin Bowling HERE.
August 7, 2020:
Please join us for our second virtual fundraiser of the COVID era, a home movie night featuring UNP mentees, mentors, and staff on Friday, August 21st, sponsored by Arc’teryx and the Collins Foundation. Sign up for our “Watch Party Special,” and have Por Que No! dinner delivered to your home, along with special perks from UNP. We can’t wait to “see” you there!
Our 2020 Outdoor Mentor recruitment season is finally open! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of time at home to begin the process of applying to become an outdoor mentor as COVID restrictions are lifted. We’re so excited to be partnering with our first community based organization, Rose CDC, to serve youth in one of their outer NE housing developments with outdoor mentors. We’re also planning to host a virtual happy hour for prospective mentors to chat with us in early July. Download the full position description for outdoor mentors HERE, and learn more about eligibility and the application process HERE. Let us know your questions and interest at the contact below, and be sure to add yourself to our Mailing List to get updates via our newsletters. We’re also adding new Board members on a rolling basis in 2020 to support our growing program. Download an announcement HERE and let us know your interest.
We’re thrilled to announce the our growing program has received grant support from the East Portland Action Plan to implement our long-anticipated expansion to serve youth and families in East Portland, as well as ongoing grant support from the Collins Foundation, Portland Parks Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation’s COVID grant program. We’re humbled to have so many funders invest in our program during these trying times. Thank you!
After 5 years, UNP-PDX is finally an independent 501(c)(3), residing in a permanent office space at 2937 NE Glisan! Huge thanks to our first Board of Directors and Advisory Committee that helped make it happen. We’re also grateful to the Collins Foundation and Metro’s North Portland Community Works Vanport Legacy grant program for providing funds for our transition costs, and to the Fully company for donating our awesome ergonomic desks and chairs.
July 20, 2018: We’re thrilled to have hosted our first Summer Celebration at Lagunitas Community Room, and to be planning a second benefit there on October 11th! Check out the fun, and we’ll look forward to seeing you again soon.
September 10, 2017:
We’re finishing up our first year of partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Outdoor Explorers Program! Please enjoy this video of our May trip to Ape Caves.
August 25, 2017:
UNP-PDX intern and Administrative Committee volunteer Danielle Jones shares her experience building equity outdoors with youth in the Intertwine’s Outside Voice: In Awe of Nature.
May 1, 2017:
UNP is proud to be one of the youth partners helping the Intertwine design Daycations– awesome outdoor day trips you can take in the Portland metro area, which is our specialty. Check it out HERE.
May 10th, 2016:
A huge thank you to East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District for a second Partners in Conservation Grant, and to the Gray Family Foundation for a second Community Field Trips grant. Thanks to ongoing support from these two funders, we’ll be able to provide more awesome group activities, summer camp scholarships, and outdoor gear to our youth and families, as well as great training and support for our mentors, into summer 2017. Thanks so much for investing in our future!
February 8, 2016:
We’re so excited to have 7 inaugural members of our new Administrative Committee on board to help support and guide the future of UNP-PDX! We’re still in need of 2 experienced volunteers to help us with Fundraising. Apply, or send our info to someone you know, here.
October 12, 2015:
Our first BENEFIT DINNER & CELEBRATION on OCTOBER 11 at TaborSpace was a smashing success! Thanks to generous donors, our youth, families, and mentors enjoyed an evening of awesome food and live music alongside UNP supporters, and we raised over $2,100. Thanks so much to our tireless volunteers who made it happen!