Become a Shadow Audiobook Mentor

Become a Shadow Audiobook Mentor

Do you want to make a difference for children with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism? Become an audiobook mentor, and empower our students to get hooked on reading and reach their potential.

Shadow audiobook mentors meet with elementary school age students one-on-one, helping them learn to use an online audio-visual book library designed specifically for children with learning challenges. Mentors guide children in exploring their interests, find books they love, and read more!

You’d make a great mentor for a child with learning challenges if you are able to:

  • Commit two hours a week, during school hours, October to May;
  • Interact compassionately with children who are diverse learners, encouraging them to set reading goals and celebrate their progress;
  • Complete a background check.

For more information, please contact Alejandra Gurrola, 971-373-3457.


Thank You for Empowering Our Children

Thank You for Empowering Our Children

A tremendous thank you to our recent foundation and corporate donors including CareOregon, Collins Foundation, deLaski Family Foundation, Hampton Family Foundation, OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, The Portland Clinic Foundation, Reser Family Foundation, The Standard, Stimson-Miller Foundation, Portland Trailblazers, and Trust Management Services, LLC.

If you’ve visited an Oregon museum, attended a local arts performance, or your children have received services through The Shadow Project, you’ve benefited in some way from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Cultural Trust was created by the state legislature in 2002 to fund culture in the state into perpetuity. Currently, more than 1,400 nonprofits, including Shadow, are eligible to receive funds from the Cultural Trust.

Those funds are provided by Oregonians like you who receive a cultural tax credit for their donation to the Cultural Trust. Spreading the word about how easy it is to take advantage of the tax credit is how we grow funding for statewide culture. Here’s how it works:

  1. Total your donations to qualifying cultural nonprofits to which you donated all year. A full list of qualifying nonprofits can be found here:
  2. Give the same amount to the Cultural Trust by Dec. 31 by mail or online
  3. Claim the amount donated to the Cultural Trust as a tax credit when you file your taxes.*


Your Cultural Trust contribution comes back to you in the form of a decreased tax bill or potentially an increased refund. You just doubled the impact of your contribution at no additional cost to you!

As you continue to support The Shadow Project with your generous contributions, we hope you’ll also match your donation with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust to strengthen funding for all of the cultural organizations that protect our great state’s famous quality of life.

Remember to make your donation by December 31. Learn more or donate at or (503) 986-0088 or consult your tax preparer.

*Up to $500 for an individual, $1,000 for couples filing jointly or $2,500 for Class-C corporations.




Free Community Event for Families, Educators & Friends

Free Community Event for Families, Educators & Friends

How can teachers and parents motivate their students with learning challenges to read? Join us at our hands-on free family event, as part of Dyslexia Awareness Month, and try out the latest tools that are empowering students to read and focus.

Step inside a cozy SuperSensory Space, and try out an audio-visual library that makes books come alive for struggling readers!

Celebrating Courageous Kids


Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


The Oregon Public House
700 NE Dekum Street, 97211

Event Schedule

11:30 a.m.
Meet Timber Joey, Portland Timbers mascot and Shadow volunteer

1 p.m.
Read to Molly, the Therapy Dog

3 p.m.
Story Time with the author of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

5 p.m.
Mingle with Star Wars characters

7 p.m.
Pub Trivia with prizes to the top teams

All Day
Purchase raffle tickets to win fabulous prizes from our generous contributors!

The Shadow Project is a Portland nonprofit that partners with 38 local schools to make the classroom a place where children who learn differently can thrive.

Can’t make the event? You can support our students by purchasing raffle tickets online and be entered to win tickets, food, wine, movie passes, and more! Tickets are $5 for one; $10 for 3; and $20 for 10, and proceeds support kids at our 38 schools.

Event Sponsors & Contributors

Thank you to our generous sponsors and contributors:

Learning Ally

Jubitz Corporation

Commerce Bank

Bob’s Red Mill
Guardian Games
Hollywood Theater
Las Primas Peruvian Kitchen
Oaks Park
Oregon Zoo
Por Qué No
Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Winterhawks
Portland Pastimes
Wiggle Room
Willamette Valley Vineyards Reserve


Dine at McMenamins Feb. 28 for Shadow Kids

Dine at McMenamins Feb. 28 for Shadow Kids

Mark your calendars!

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, the McMenamins at N.E. 15th & Broadway will donate 50% of all food and beverage sales to The Shadow Project.

McMenamins selected Shadow Project for its monthly Friends and Family night, which benefits local charities. Grab your friends and family and help us raise money for our children with learning challenges. All sales that evening qualify, whether you stay for a drink, order take-out, or come in a group.

McMenamins is open until 11 p.m., and we highly recommend the tater tots. Hope to see you there!


Thank You for Supporting our Children

Thank You for Supporting our Children

Thanks to the generosity of our individual donors, we met our holiday fundraising goal of bringing more learning tools to students with challenges. A special shout out to our recent foundation and corporation donors, and year-end matching partner!

The Autzen Foundation * The Collins Foundation * H.W. Irwin and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation * James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation * Siletz Charitable Contribution Fund * OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation * RE/MAX Equity Group Foundation * Juan Young Trust * Arlene Schnitzer

See our list of generous donors here.