The theme of the 2020 Report: “Many Voices, Many Journeys” is a perfect time for us to reflect on Portland’s strengths... and shortcomings. While our city is a welcoming and wonderful place for many, we must acknowledge its history of systemic and institutional racism that created a long legacy of barriers that remain to this day for people of color.
The Levy creates opportunities for children and families to overcome these challenges, and supports their success at home, in school, and in the community. This is an exciting time for us, as we are in the midst of a spring funding round, are poised to partner with scores of programs that provide hope and opportunity, and are pleased that a new Small Grants Fund will improve equity of access for organizations that have not received Levy funding in the past. Initiatives like these are part of the Levy’s “journey” as well; one in which we are thankful for your support.
Ted Wheeler, Portland Mayor
Chair, Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee