Jordan Warren takes a turn at chess during a community event hosted by Nike at its Northeast Portland Factory store on Tuesday. Local dignitaries and store officials attended the event, where Nike awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 18 neighborhood nonprofit organizations. The corporation's annual donations to North and Northeast Portland have totaled $1.2 million since the store opened in 1984.
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is giving $100,000 to help expand the summer food program in Washington and Clackamas counties and to increase the number of summer food program sites.
The grant supports a partnership with the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force and Oregon State University Extension Service in Washington County.
The summer food program serves a free lunch to all children under the age of 18 at local parks and community centers.
For many young men who embark on a life of crime, the jailhouse door can be a revolving one. After a brief period of freedom, far too many find themselves back behind bars again — as many as 68 percent of male offenders between the ages of 18 and 25 end up back in prison, said Felica Otis, clinical director of Volunteers of America's Community Partners Reinvestment Project.
County lines may not stop wandering gang members, but they present big barriers to police officers tracking those gang members. Once out of the officers' jurisdiction, gang members are out of reach for arrest.
SALEM — It will be a few more weeks before Oregon fully enforces a new federal law that requires Medicaid applicants to prove they are U.S. citizens, according to the state Department of Human Services.