5 Years of Play in the Pacific Northwest!

  1. Updates


  • Playworks opens the Portland office on June 30, 2009
  • Starts partnerships with 8 schools in the Portland metro area and adds a 9th school mid-year
  • 7 AmeriCorps members serving the Portland area
  • KATU features Playworks at Woodlawn School in NE Portland


  • Playworks named one of Oregon Business Journal's Top 100 Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon
  • Serving 14 schools in the Portland metro area
  • Playworks Portland hosts Playworks Twin Cities for Pre-Service, a week long orientation and training for Coaches before the school year begins


  • Serving 14 schools in the Portland metro area
  • 7 AmeriCorps Members serving with Playworks
  • Playworks Portland travels to Detroit for Pre-Service


  • Playworks named one of Oregon Business Journal's Top 100 Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon
  • Playworks Portland moves from their office on NW 23rd St. to a new colorful space on SE Madison St.
  • Playworks is featured on KOIN News for combating bullying
  • Playworks breaks its fundraising goal for the 4th Annual Corporate Kickball Fundraiser with support from hubbub health.


  • Playworks PacNW is givena Light a Fire Award for “Inspiring the Next Generation” by Portland Monthly Magazine.
  • Playworks PacNW named Oregon’s best medium sized 100 Nonprofit to Work For by the Oregon Business Journal.
  • Playworks is named a 2014 Stand Together Featured Partner by the Portland Timbers FC.
  • Playworks holds its first Keep Portland Playful Fundraiser at Jeld-Wen Field.
  • Playworks added a new school, Alder Elementary mid-year. Serving 15 schools total and three different school districts in Oregon: Reynolds, Hillsboro, and Portland.
  • Kaiser Permanente Community Fund continues to support the power of play, by awarding a two-year $400,000 grant to Playworks in the Pacific Northwest.

More Updates

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…