VTM Group employees' commitment expands beyond the office into the greater Portland area with our Community Outreach Program. This program facilitates opportunities for employees to give back to our neighbors by making a donation directly from their paycheck each month. VTM Group rewards their generosity by allowing them to dress more casually than our standard business attire on Fridays.
At the end of each year, employees that participate in the program are given the opportunity to nominate organizations to support and vote for the upcoming year. For 2018, VTM Group employees voted to support the following organizations:
HomePlate supports the positive development of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability through community building, education, access to services and resources, and youth empowerment.
The organization is Washington County's only drop-in center and outreach team designed to support and empower youth experiencing housing instability. In 2013 we served 983 youth, with the help of 700+ volunteers, a staff of 5.0 FTE, and over $300,000 in in-kind donations such as hygiene supplies, clothes, space, time, and donated food. HomePlate is proud of our non-assuming program model that meets youth where they are in order to provide meaningful support and opportunities for growth.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
IRCO's mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.
Founded in 1976 by refugees for refugees, IRCO has over 40 years of history and experience working with Portland's refugee and immigrant communities. Following the 1970s political upheavals in Southeast Asia, Oregon and Washington were two of the first states to offer new opportunities and homes to refugees. A group of Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugees in Portland formed the Indochinese Cultural and Service Center (ICSC) to help newly arrived families adjust to American society and find jobs.
By the mid-'80s, ICSC joined forces with another community-based organization, Southeast Asian Refugee Federation (SEARF). The newly formed International Refugee Center of Oregon (IRCO) became the sole service provider of employment services and job training for all newly arrived refugees, a role IRCO has retained ever since. We became the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in 2001. In 1994, IRCO founded the Asian Family Center, the first of our culturally and linguistically specific one stop service locations, followed by the establishment of Africa House in 2006.
Store to Door
The mission of Store to Door is to support independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing an affordable, personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service. Their vision is for the Portland area to be a community where all seniors and people with disabilities are nourished, included, and can age with dignity in the setting of their own choice.
Over the years, this employee program has donated many boxes of supplies and thousands of dollars to such non-profits as:
- Community Transition School
- Doctors Without Borders
- Dougy Center
- Dove Lewis Animal Hospital
- Education First
- Free Geek
- HEAT Oregon
- Hurricane Katrina and Indonesian Tsunami Victims
- Japan Earthquake Relief - Medical Teams International
- JOIN PDX
- Loaves and Fishes
- Mercy Corp
- Morrison Child & Family Services
- Northwest Medical Teams
- Oregon Food Bank
- Oregon Humane Society
- PAL of Beaverton
- Red Cross Blood Drive
- Shriners Hospitals for Children
- Sleep Country School Supplies for Foster Kids
- Sparrow Clubs USA
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- Tucker Maxon School
In addition to these organizations, VTM Group employees annually participate in a Holiday Food Basket Drive occurring October through December. Through this effort they collect and build Holiday Food Baskets and small gifts for local families in need. Employees generously donate new clothes, toys, and household supplies and hand deliver the baskets to the families.