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  • Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Named One of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits

    Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Named One of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits

    In January, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East was named by the Portland Business Journal as one of Oregon’s most admired nonprofit organizations. In an award ceremony at the Portland Hilton Ballroom, more than 750 business leaders gathered together to honor companies and nonprofits alike, and Habitat took home one of the day’s most prestigious honors. […]
  • Senator Jeff Merkley Makes a Visit to Habitat

    Senator Jeff Merkley Makes a Visit to Habitat

    Just prior to the Christmas holiday weekend, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East received word that US Senator Jeff Merkley would be stopping by. This year, Senator Merkley and his daughter Brynne challenged each other to complete an Ironman triathlon, and to raise money for local nonprofits in the process. They chose three organizations, including Habitat […]
  • The Merello family is home for the holidays

    The Merello family is home for the holidays

    The Merello family is home for the holidays Story by Kathy Oxborrow Lluvia Merello was only three when her family moved to the United States from Peru. Escaping from domestic violence, Lluvia’s mother relocated her four children to California where Lluvia’s grandmother lived. “We camped in my grandmother’s backyard when we first arrived,” said Lluvia. […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah McDonagh

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah McDonagh

    Sarah McDonagh has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East since June of 2016. She first got involved with Habitat her Freshman year of college where she went on a service trip to work the with the Spokane affiliate. As a student at Portland State, she wanted to stay involved with Habitat and […]
  • A new beginning for a Portland mom

    A new beginning for a Portland mom

    Story by Kathy Oxborrow Being a single mother is one of the hardest jobs one can have, but Mel Lindsay in an exceptional case. In her life, Mel has adopted and raised three children with various degrees of developmental disabilities. Mel lived next door to the children and their grandparents for eight years. She spent […]
  • Future Habitat Volunteers Get a Lesson In Giving Back

    Future Habitat Volunteers Get a Lesson In Giving Back

    The International School in Southwest Portland is teaching their kids about community service. Last month, Habitat AmeriCorps member Kelli Linton went to speak to the 72  3rd graders about the work that Habitat does in the Portland Metro area. The kids were very excited to learn about building homes and more importantly, helping families. They had […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Krizanac

    Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Krizanac

    Most people picture Habitat volunteers with a hammer in their hands and a hard hat on their head, but not every volunteer pounds nails and paints walls. Heather Krizanac has been volunteering with Habitat on a regular basis for over two years, assisting the resource department during large events such as our annual Hopebuilder Breakfast. She […]
  • Aiming Higher, Giving Back

    Aiming Higher, Giving Back

    Starting life out in the Woodlawn neighborhood of inner northeast Portland, where money was tight and tempers often flared, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Legacy Society member Jeanne Arbow knew from an early age that this is not where she wanted her life to take her. Home life was not easy as her parents struggled […]
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Lil Maizer

    Volunteer Spotlight: Lil Maizer

    Lil Maizer has been a weekly volunteer at Habitat for almost two years. Starting with no building experience, Lil has now helped build homes from foundations to finish work. We can count on Lil to help lead other volunteers and make everyone’s build day more enjoyable. Lil retired from the military in 2007. Now she […]
  • Join Habitat in Saying Yes! for Affordable Homes

    Join Habitat in Saying Yes! for Affordable Homes

    Join Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and volunteer for our #Yes4Homes field days. We are participating in door-to-door canvassing and phone banking to raise support for the upcoming affordable housing bond on November’s ballots. This $258.4 million affordable housing bond will create permanently affordable housing for tens of thousands of people over the life of […]

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