Help New Seasons and Oregon Public House Support our Students

Help New Seasons and Oregon Public House Support our Students

Shadow Project’s 1,600 children benefit when you bring your own bag to the New Seasons on North Williams Avenue or dine at Oregon Public House. Just remember to vote for Shadow when you order at the counter.

Oregon Public House is at 700 NE Dekum Street, Portland. Shadow’s 6-month partnership with OPH runs through July 14.

Through July 19, New Seasons at 3445 North Williams Avenue 97212 is donating five cents to Shadow every time a reusable bag is used, or a jar recycled.

Tacos for Teachers May 8

Tacos for Teachers May 8

Dine any time at  either of ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria’s two locations on Wednesday, May 8 and a portion of the proceeds will support special education teachers in The Shadow Project’s 35 partner schools. Enjoy a great meal, knowing that you’re giving teachers tools that empower students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and other learning challenges.

Ten percent of all sales, all day, at either ¿Por Qué No? location will benefit Shadow teachers and kids, including dine-in, to go orders, merchandise, and gift certificates.

¿Por Qué No? is located at 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd. and 3524 N. Mississippi Avenue, and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

National Reading Champions!

National Reading Champions!

Two students at Woodmere Elementary ranked in the top 5 percentile of students from nearly 1,000 elementary schools nationwide in a competition for nontraditional readers. Fifth graders Esnoy and Eric are graduates of Shadow’s Reading Mentors Program, which pairs students with a mentor and assistive reading technology designed for children with learning challenges.

To learn more about our Reading Mentors program, email us at

Nearly 200 students in The Shadow Project are celebrating their success in Learning Ally’s Great Reading Games, a national competition for students who use assistive reading technology.  Students from Markham, Bridger, Rosa Parks, Duniway, Abernethy, and Woodmere schools in Portland and Patton Middle School in McMinnville competed in a seven-week reading challenge using an audio-visual library that allows children to see and hear books simultaneously and adapt the system to their learning needs. The students read a total of 65,521 audiobook pages, with Woodmere finishing in the top 12% of elementary schools across the country.

Research has found that increased reading time is the highest correlated activity for children achieving reading benchmarks, a key predictor of  graduation. An analysis by Learning Ally found that Shadow students spend more than twice the time reading compared to national expectations for 100,000 students nationwide who use the audio-visual technology.

The Shadow Project has been hosting science-themed ice-cream celebrations for families at  each school to honor our students’ perseverance and reading success.

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.