Updates

January 2, 2019

Playworks Named 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…

December 11, 2018

Over 100 Girls Attend Basketball Jamboree at Blazers Boys and Girls Club ›

On December 9, the Blazers Boys and Girls Club hosted our Girls Basketball Jamboree, with over 100 girls from Playworks schools in attendance! During our after-school basketball league, which runs throughout November and December, parents come to cheer while our coaches help the girls work on the fundamentals of the game including dribbling, passing, defense,…

November 28, 2018

Join Companies Like Nike and Subaru in Harnessing the Power of Play ›

Do you want to cultivate stronger relationships among your employees while also making an impact on your community? We recently had the pleasure of facilitating a Corporate Play Day for Nike’s Global Finance team, which helped foster increased employee satisfaction and collaboration among the staff. At these lively, interactive team-building experiences, participants learn signature Playworks…

April 11, 2018

Portland Children’s Levy ›

On May 15th, Portland voters have the chance to vote to renew the Portland Children’s Levy (Measure 26–197) and continue our funding for this important program. The Portland Children’s Levy was created by voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed in both 2008 and 2013. In the 15 years since voters first approved the levy, over…

April 5, 2018

Chloe and the Secret Handshake by Morgan Smith ›

Her name is Chloe. She’s new here, just moved to Portland from Tampa. Her clothes don’t fit. Her hair is dirty and tangled. For lunch she carries around a long tube of Pringles or a bag of Hot Cheetos. She has a precious smile, a contagious laugh, and no friends. During recess on her first…

April 5, 2018

For You by Hailey Nicholas ›

This is for you, the student who chose never to play. It is for you, the student who stood under his tree instead of kick a ball or run around the playground, who chose to be alone every recess, who chose never to speak. This is for you, the student who wouldn’t even go into…

March 5, 2018

The Changing Playground ›

It is raining outside, as it usually is in Oregon. Ella, a fifth grader, sits by herself against the wall at recess. She refuses to make eye contact with any of the kids running past her. She tells me she had to give a speech in class today, and it did not go well. She…

March 5, 2018

A Lasting Impact ›

This is my third year as a Playworks AmeriCorps Coach. In my first two years as a coach I worked with over 1,000 students, and this year it will be even more. Most of the schools I have served have been in the neighborhood where I grew up. My first Playworks school was one that…

December 5, 2017

Basketball Jamboree ›

On Saturday, December 2, over 120 girls played at Playworks Pacific Northwest’s Basketball Jamboree—a tournament-style all-day basketball event that gives girls who have never played basketball the opportunity to participate. Blaze from the Portland Trail Blazers stopped by to get in on the action! View more photos here