Partners at home at Augustana
Augustana’s community involvement is widespread. We are blessed to work with many local and global partners who support us in our purpose and ministry. The offices of the following not-for-profit organizations are located at Augustana:
The Society for Haitian Arts, Culture and Social Support fosters Haitian art, culture, and social support in the Pacific Northwest, to provide education and development resources to the community, and to expand the diversity of art and culture.
Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), formerly the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement, is an interfaith coalition of over 20 faith communities, called by their convictions to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of their immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the U.S. They are united and committed to the belief that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to livelihood, family unity, and physical and emotional safety.
Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) promotes affordable, stable, and safe rental homes, and educates and empowers tenants to stand up for their rights and responsibilities. CAT unites tenants to organize and work together for fair and equal protections in housing policy and practice. CAT was founded at Augustana Lutheran Church.
Familias en Accion/Families in Action supports holistic family well-being for Latinos through community engagement, education, research, and advocacy for social change. Their priorities are: cancer and chronic disease prevention, cancer survivorship, community leadership development, elimination of health disparities, community-based participatory research, community participation in public policy, strategic partnerships, and holistic health integrating mind, body, and spirit.
Irvington Preschool is a cooperative half-day program that serves approximately 40 children and their families. The preschool moved to Augustana in 1991.
Well Arts Institute integrates theater and visual arts with their mission: "To explore, develop and practice creativity as a means of wellness." The heart of the organization is Performing Wellness: a four-month writing/rehearsal process, working with writers from agencies around Portland. Previous writers have come from OHSU, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Portland Vet Center, and many others. Performing Wellness culminates in theatrical productions that transform the writers, actors, and audience in a community sharing of stories and lives. Equally important, Well Arts can provide workshops, presentations, and teaching in hospitals, clinics, and care facilities in the greater Portland area.
Support groups that regularly meet at Augustana include:
Women in Community Service
National Alliance of Mental Illness
Love Makes a Family
Augustana is a gathering place for many other community groups including:
Native American Youth Association
Advocacy Task Forces
Farm Worker Task Forces
Health Task Forces
Environmental Justice Groups
Irvington Garden Club
Irvington Neighborhood Association
Northwest Service Academy (AmeriCorps)
Police Accountability Committee
Scuola Italiana di Portland
Swedish School of Portland
The Preschool Board
Write Around Portland