Robert Newell receives Mercy Corps' highest honor - 2009 Humanitarian Hero Award
PORTLAND, OR - Portland-based Mercy Corps, one of the world’s leading relief and development organizations, recently recognized Davis Wright Tremaine partner Robert D. Newell with its highest honor, the 2009 Humanitarian Hero Award. In a ceremony held at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer paid tribute to Newell and his 30 years of service to the organization and the communities it supports.
Mercy Corps urges Americans to put the “giving” back into Thanksgiving
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps is challenging Americans to put the “giving” back in Thanksgiving by matching the amount they spend on a meal this Thanksgiving Day with a donation that fights global hunger. According to the American Federation of Farm Bureaus, the average American family spent $45 on Thanksgiving dinner in 2008. Many American families will spend much more – over $100 on Thanksgiving dinner this year. How much does it cost to help a poor family feed itself? - $5 helps a farmer replant an acre of rice in typhoon-ravaged Myanmar.
Cooper-Hewitt exhibit, Design for the Other 90% opens in Mercy Corps global headquarters
Portland, OR — Two and a half years after it debuted at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Design for the Other 90% comes to Portland. The exhibit will be on display on the ground floor of the building shared by Mercy Corps and The Lemelson Foundation, a LEED Platinum-certified structure in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood.
Mercy Corps honors head of Gaza humanitarian operation with Ellsworth Culver Leadership Award
Portland, OR – This week, Mercy Corps presented the Ellsworth Culver Leadership Award to one of its exceptional staff members, Isdud Al Najjar, Program Manager for Economic Recovery in the Gaza Strip. Isdud fearlessly led the agency’s humanitarian response earlier this year when tensions between Israel and Hamas boiled over to an almost month-long war.
Mercy Corps officially opens for business in Old Town, new action center welcomes visitors
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps and its affiliates, together with the Lemelson Foundation, cut the ribbon today on its new global headquarters building in Old Town Chinatown. Situated adjacent to Ankeny Plaza, the 83,000 square foot building boasts a LEED Platinum rating, convenient downtown location and open doors for the public to visit, learn about and become engaged in resolving humanitarian issues worldwide.
Mercy Corps leads relief and recovery work in the Asia-Pacific
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps staff have been working quickly and diligently to respond to the devastation wrought by two enormous disasters in the Asia-Pacific region: the earthquakes on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the tsunami in the Samoan Islands.
Mercy Corps celebrates official opening of new global headquarters and more in Old Town with series of public events
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps invites Portland to share in the celebrations of the opening of its new global headquarters at 45 SW Ankeny St in Old Town Portland. October 9th at 10am marks the official opening of the agency’s headquarters, the Mercy Corps Action Center, Mercy Corps Northwest, Design for the Other 90% exhibit, and the new home of the Lemelson Foundation. Events open to the public to celebrate this important moment in Mercy Corps’ 30 year history include: Thursday, October 8th
Mercy Corps responds to earthquake disasters in Samoa and Sumatra
Portland, OR – Mercy Corps is responding to two earthquake-related disasters in the Asia Pacific region: in tsunami-wracked Samoan Islands and on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where an emergency team is on its way to the epicenter of a 7.6-magnitude quake. Samoa was slammed Tuesday night by a tsunami generated by an 8.0-magnitude quake. Mercy Corps is helping through a local partner on the ground. News agencies report that the death toll may reach 100.
Mercy Corps partners with new gaming website GamesThatGive
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today announced that it will be one of the initial charity partners of GamesThatGive, a new charitable giving website. GamesThatGive allows users to play some of their favorite casual video games online, including Solitaire, Soduku and Gems, for free, while raising money to support charitable causes in the process. The site is available at gamesthatgive.net.
Mercy Corps launches book club contest
Portland, OR – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps today announced a nationwide book club contest to help improve opportunities for women and girls in the developing world. Mercy Corps is encouraging book clubs to read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. More than 350 book clubs have already signed up to participate.