We're proud to call Portland, Oregon home of our global headquarters, and we also have offices in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, MA. We partner with our team members around the world to help people survive crises, overcome adversity and transform their lives. Learn more about our global work ▸
Though much of Mercy Corps’ work takes places internationally, we’re also committed to achieving our mission close to home. Our local projects focus on fostering strong, productive and informed communities right here in the Pacific Northwest.
And our global emergency response team stands at the ready to respond to disasters across the U.S. in times of extreme need, such as after Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
While most of our work focuses on international responses, we do respond to domestic disasters in moments of extreme crisis. Given the monumental scale of destruction and the overwhelming needs, Mercy Corps has been working hard to support relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
We also supported several organizations that helped communities in Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. We primarily focused on helping organizations that have a deep history in the Houston area working with vulnerable, at-risk and under-served populations.
Our U.S. programs include:
- Mercy Corps Action Center: Hosting exhibits, lectures and youth workshops that bring our global programs to life and educate the local community about issues affecting our world. Learn more about the Action Center, located in our global headquarters ▸
- Mercy Corps Northwest: Supporting local small business development and helping underserved populations build stronger lives. Find out more about Mercy Corps Northwest, our local economic development nonprofit ▸
- MicroMentor: Connecting budding entrepreneurs with established mentors, and offering business leaders an opportunity to volunteer their expertise. Learn about MicroMentor, a free social network for business mentorship ▸
- Emergency response: Bolstering local agencies’ response to domestic disasters. Directly distributing cash and essential supplies such as water filters and solar lanterns to help families in urgent need survive and recover.
United States: John Haines: Filling a Niche
When Mohammad Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for championing small-scale lending to the world's poor, most U.S. microfinanciers probably took it as an affirmation of their own good works. Not John Haines.
United States: Encouraging Tolerance
I can honestly say that I was the first one of my friends to learn what AIDS meant.
United States: Video: Deconstruction Documentary
United States: Two Years Later, Still Working for Recovery
On behalf of our New Orleans-based team, I want to update you on what's happening here two years after the hurricane's landfall - and on what we're doing to help bring people back home.
United States: Building By Dismantling
Rick Denhart, Mercy Corps' New Orleans-based Director of Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery, has been in construction - and deconstruction - all his life. He started his vocation as a child apprenticing with his father - a builder - who taught him how to take things apart and redo them.
United States: Using Film to 'Weather the Storm'
United States: New Orleans Is Us
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. -- William Shakespeare I am certain that 19 months ago my cousin did not envision my sleeping in the extra bed in her trailer home. Strange bedfellows, indeed.
United States: 'Ain't Nothing But a Movie'
United States: A Night in a FEMA Trailer
It is April Fool's Day, and I feel as if someone has played a horrible joke on the city of New Orleans. My first, and probably last, night spent in a FEMA trailer was odd, eerie, still and slightly surreal.
United States: A Return to Understanding
In one of the world's great urban jungles, Paul Dudley Hart spoke of a garden.