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"One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire… In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt.

But that is not what great ships are built for."

 

These are the thoughtful words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a poet and spoken word artist. Her words resonate with me when I think of our role on Earth and how our actions impact others.

If we have a choice in how we impact the planet, I choose to make a difference. I want to be that light that even though small, sparks change.

Like a great ship, we are built for great things, if we only leave the safety of the harbor and embark out into unknown waters. At times we can rely on others to help us, but when we’re strong ourselves, we must then help others.

The Spark Project is a program that has been created to help individuals, and our brokerage as a whole, engage authentically with community organizations, igniting hope in those they serve. 


 
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I have a dream Oregon

I Have A Dream is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers students and their families who live in poverty-impacted communities in the Oregon area. Their programs promote family engagement and systemic change by creating innovative, comprehensive approaches to remove barriers to educational success. Their goals are long-term and inclusive, in order to really make an impact in the lives they touch.

Learn more about I Have A Dream Oregon


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The World of Speed

The World of Speed is an educational museum features the historic race cars, boats and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. From classes, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to racing events and meet and greets, the museum offers visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the racing world. World of Speed even showcases powerful and noteworthy women who have made an impact on and off the racetrack.

Learn more about The World of Speed.


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Children's Cancer Association 

The Children’s Cancer Association creates joy one moment at a time for kids and their families. Their innovative programs use music, friendship, play and other resources to create transformative moments of love and joy for seriously ill children, teens, and their families when they need more than just medicine. CCA partners with 125 local businesses and community leaders to make good things possible for these kids.

Learn more about the Children's Cancer Association.


The Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no one should be hungry. They provide emergency food to people who are hungry through a statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger.

Learn more about the Oregon Food Bank today.

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Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. This organization offers programs for girls ages 6-18 around the greater Portland area that focus on developing healthy behaviors, adopting new life skills, and encouraging girls to reach higher.

Learn more about Girls, Inc of the Pacific Northwest.


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