Mission: “To build caring, confident youth and future leaders.”
Strengthens families and schools by extending the learning day and keeping over 1,000 kids safe, engaged, and learning during the out-of-school-time hours. The program is shown to increase academic performance while offering youth enrichment opportunities that schools can no longer provide art, service learning, experiential activities
619 SW 11th Ave., Suite 234 Portland, OR
Year Established: 1910
Mission: “ERA is committed to outdoor education, not only as a way to enhance science education, but as a way to create a lasting connection to public and wild lands.
classes, camps, school and after-school programs, field trips, and tours to learn about forest education, science, and aquatic education.
Year Established: 2003
Mission: “To expand positive life opportunities for all young Oregonians by connecting them with caring mentors.”
Support programs that serve youth ages 5-25 through community and site-based services in nearly every county in Oregon as well as Clark County, Washington.
1411 SW Morrison St. Suite 203 Portland, OR 97205
Year Established: 1997
Mission: “to advance growth, development, and creativity through exceptional theater experiences.
acting classes, shows, and the bully project
Theatre Address: 1111 SW Broadway
Administrative Office: 1939 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97232
Year Established: 1988
Mission: “to be a catalyst for the transformation of under-served youth through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs.”
Year round art programming for children, college scholarships,
Portland Address: 224 NW 13th Ave Box 304 Portland, OR 97209
Art Center:31500 Blue Lake Dr. Sisters, OR 97759
Year Established: 2003
Mission: “Our primary mission is to keep children safe and families together by empowering families to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse.”
home visits, parenting education, therapeutic classroom, family nights, parent-child play groups, respite care, clothes closet, food pantry.
2425 Lancaster Dr. NE Salem, OR 97305
Year Established: 1997
lists activities for children and their family in the Portland Metro area.
Mission: “The mission of Portland Children’s Museum is to inspire creativity, imagination and the wonder of learning in
children and adults by inviting moments of shared discovery.”
Museum for children to learn and explore. Educational opportunities. Subsidized membership for low-income families.
4015 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221
Year Established: 1970
Mission: “The goal of Vancouver Summer Adventure is to get families to Eat Smart, Play Hard, Experience Nature, Learn, and Serve. Vancouver Summer Adventure challenges families and friends to have fun together, leading to a healthier community!”
-Provides a calendar of fun, health events in the Central Vancouver area
-Sponsors events and education in the community
-Gives children a place to record their summertime activities with a sense of accomplishment
-Awards prizes to children and schools participating in the challenge to eat smart, play hard, experience nature, learn, and serve
Mission: “Our mission is to improve people’s lives by connecting them to opportunities, information and services that respond to their individual and family needs.”
A fun and supportive program for children (ages 5-13) that have a sibling with a disability or chronic illness. Available to residents of Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.
201 NE 73rd St., Suite 101, Vancouver, WA 98665
Year Established: 1957
Mission: “Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
-Affordable after-school and summer programs for children
Year Established: 1946
Mission: “Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.”
-The Recreation and Respite (R&R) program provides relief for family members and primary caregivers of children with special needs. Children (ages 3-18) enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports, and movies while family members have a night out.
-Offered in Salem and Medford.
5757 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97201
T: (503) 228-5108
Year Established: 1934
Mission: “The Gales Creek Camp Foundation is dedicated to providing camp experiences for children, youth and families directly affected by Type I diabetes. We are committed to fostering the transition toward independence by integrating the management of diabetes with social and life skills.”
-$350 for a week at camp (includes all blood-sugar testing supplies and insulin some scholarship available). Provides camp experiences for children, youth, and families directly affected by Type I diabetes. Campers learn that they can live active, satisfying lives while managing their diabetes.
6975 SW Sandburg St., Suite 105 Portland, OR 97223
T: (503)968-CAMP (2267)
Year Established: 1952
Mission: “Camp UKANDU is a planned “outrageously fun” camping experience for young people who are living with cancer. It gives these kids an opportunity to play outdoors, explore their talents, socialize with other kids, and receive the advocacy they need to feel safe, secure, and very happy. Attendance for children is free, thanks to generous donations of time by our fantastic staff and dollars from our many donors.”
-Week long camp for children living with cancer. Campers enjoy arts, crafts, weaving, boating, fishing, swimming, field games, beach play, and archery – all under the care of specially trained adult staff and 24-hour medical specialists. Siblings are welcome to attend.
0330 SW Curry St. Portland, OR 97201
Year Established: 1986
Mission: “Camp Millennium is a summer camp for kids dealing with a cancer diagnosis. It is a time for them to be themselves and to share in a variety of summer camp activities, such as hiking, archery, swimming, arts and crafts, horseback riding, music and many other surprises. The goal of this week-long adventure is to provide these children with a camping experience that can be extended into their everyday lives.”
-Week long summer camp for kids with cancer that includes swimming, horseback riding,arts, crafts, hiking, campfires, and many other activities.
-Must be from Oregon
2876 Diamond Lake Boulevard
Roseburg, OR 97470
Year Established: 2003
Mission: “The importance of Camp is to provide opportunities for families to connect with others who have the same questions about their childhood cancer challenges. In addition, Family Camp provides a special camp experience so that not only is the child with cancer provided a fun-filled weekend of traditional camping fun, recreation and activities, but the parents and siblings can enjoy a weekend where the worries of treatments and associated struggles are left behind. It is an invaluable opportunity to share experiences, play and laugh together, and simply forget about the stress that childhood cancer has brought to their lives.”
-Labor Day weekend family camp that includes horseback riding, swimming, campfires, arts, and crafts, rock climbing wall, go-carts, and more.
3850 County Farm Rd. Eugene, OR 97408
Year Established: 1977
Mission: “Camp Erin allows a grieving child to be with other children who have similar feelings. It is such a relief for them to know that they are not alone.”
Resources Provided: Bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 who have experienced a death of a parent or loved one. Weekend camps are filled with traditional camp activities, as well as grief education and emotional support. Offered free of charge.
Year Established: 2000
Mission: “The camp programing and activities are carefully planned. Each activity is designed to encourage family bonding, to include children of all ages along with their parents. Consideration is given to cancer kid’s low immunity, allergies, and safety for all ages. The goal is to create safe, positive & happy family memories.”
-Free 5 day camp at the beginning of August that includes arts, crafts, campfires, swimming, food, and fun activities for families affected by cancer.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
3131 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232
T: (503) 234-0468
Year Established: 1997
Mission: “The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.”
Resources Provided: Various programming for children with a cancer diagoses and supportive programming for families as well.
Year Established: 1913
“CHAP brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools.
At CHAP, children are known for their creativity and ingenuity—not by their disease, diagnosis or disability.
CHAP’s innovative healing arts programs reach critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) with programs that strengthen encourage and inspire.”
-Art programming for children both outside and within hospital settings.
1910 SE 11th
Portland, OR 97214
Year Established: 2006
Mission: “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy”.
-wishes granted for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410 Portland, OR 97201
T: (503) 292-2280
Year Established: 1980
Mission: “When seriously ill children, teens, and their families need more than medicine, CCA’s innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.”
-Activites that bring joy to seriously ill children including: music programming, bilingual services, mentor programs, resources, and various child-friendly public events.
T: (503) 244-3141
Children’s Cancer Association
1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 140
Portland, Oregon 97209
Year Established: 1996
Mission: When serious illness impacts a young person’s childhood and a family’s well-being, CHF’s creative programs provide hope, support and opportunities to share special moments together and create memories to last a lifetime.
Resources Provided: Traveling dress-up closet visits Pacific Northwest hospitals each month to deliver hope and healing to seriously ill children.
14865 SW 74th Ave.
Tigard, OR 97224
Year Established: 2010