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: Michael Stipe’s "In the Sun" Brings Hurricane Recovery Challenges to Light
Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M. and one of alternative rock’s most innovative and respected pioneers, has released a six-song EP (mini-album) to benefit Mercy Corps’ recovery efforts for hurricane survivors along the United States Gulf Coast.
United States: Reclaiming the U.S. Gulf Coast
United States: Finding a New Groove
It's a typical winter night in Portland, rainy and cold, but the sounds emanating from Billy Reed's Restaurant & Bar are vintage New Orleans. Trombonist Stephen Walker, a 27-year-old native of the Big Easy, is kicking off his makeshift jazz band's second set with a hometown anthem.
United States: The Story of 2118 Dumaine Street
United States: Reclaiming Neighborhoods
Bienville Ancar didn't just lose his house and business to Hurricane Katrina. Like so many of his neighbors, he lost history, a sense of place and the feeling of home.
United States: Right Where He’s Supposed To Be
United States: A New School Year, a ‘New Normal'
Slidell, Louisiana - The only thing Tish Casey tried to retrieve from her ruined pre-K classroom was a rocking chair. It was her grandmother's rocking chair, and Casey, 54, had wanted to give the chair to her own grandchild, expected in April.
United States: Nike Teams up for Kids
United States: A Welcome Back to School
Classes began in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana this week, but teachers who returned to work there weren't comparing notes on their summer vacations.
United States: A Special Delivery from New York City
One month after Hurricane Katrina tore through communities along the Gulf Coast, the devastation is still striking: boats nestle in the crooks of trees; homes stripped of their walls and roofs stand exposed like dollhouses; school buses lie where they were flung.