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

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to…

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February 4, 2022

Believe in Me Foundation Visits with Playworks ›

Julie Wukelic, from the Believe in Me Foundation for Kids, visited with our ED Asia Wisecarver and SC Paige Evans last week. Playworks PacNW was recently rewarded with a $5,000…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts,…