Twenty-two thousand. That's how many people -- most of them Portlanders, some not -- came to visit the Mercy Corps Action Center in the past year. Perhaps more impressive, most of those 22,000 visitors have been young people -- middle school, high school and college students.
The truth is, when the Action Center opened its doors one year ago, on Oct. 9, we weren't sure what to expect. Our headquarters building in Old Town was new on the block so our challenge was establishing a presence and attracting the community.
Portland has responded in an impressive way. There's a strong craving for global experiences, perspectives and information. After the initial excitement of our grand opening died down, the real energy of the Action Center picked up. Interested individuals, passers-by and Saturday Market shoppers began walking in and experiencing the center and what it had to offer.