By: Manuel Padilla, Portland Meet Portland Executive Director
Portland Meet Portland is a non-profit 501c3 that was started in 2014 to highlight the beautiful assets that diverse immigrants and refugees bring to their new homes here in Oregon. Portland Meet Portland uses creative arts, storytelling, media, community organizing, and civic engagement to create experiential opportunities for cross-cultural friendship, mentorship, and dialogue. Through these, we cultivate trust, collaboration, and celebration to create equity and justice and desegregate Portland for new cross-cultural community.
PMP’s programs work to accomplish four key things in concert with immigrants and refugees: enhance immigrant and refugee VOICES, enhance their AGENCY and access to power in society, ADVOCACY through developing strong allies speaking in concert with them, and ACCOMPANIMENT through community members supporting immigrants and refugees in walking their own journey.