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Local organizations that might want to regularly host events or programs, store items on-site, borrow tools/supplies, or receive mail at Alder Commons should consider becoming an Organizational Member! For organizations who want to host a single event at Alder Commons, it makes more sense to pay for a one-time event rental fee.

Link to this section Membership Fees

Fees for Organizational Members are based on the organization’s budget, number of people included in membership, and frequency of use. Just like with our Individual and Household Members, Organizational Members are not asked to document their finances when determining the amount they pay each month. Some of our current Organizational Members pay between $12 and $450 per month. The monthly fee can be adjusted according to the changing needs and capabilities of the organization. In the end, negotiating fees is a conversation to make sure that it is mutually beneficial for both parties.

Link to this section Background Checks

Alder Commons is an all-ages community center, which means that we have adults and young people alike in many shared spaces. To ensure a safe environment for our younger people, we require that all Members who are 18 years or older complete a background check. Organizational Members usually choose the people in their organization who will become Alder Commons Members, and then those people are the only ones who go through the background check process. Each background check costs Alder Commons $65 to run, so we require Organizational Members to cover this one-time cost.

Link to this section Limits for Individuals

If you are participating in a lot of programs as an individual, in ways that are unrelated to your organization’s purpose for using the space, we ask that you also become an Individual Member at Alder Commons.

Link to this section Benefits

Below are some examples of our current Organizational Members and how they benefit from their membership at Alder Commons.

Atabey Medicine, a BIPOC herbalism program, hosts weekly events in the space during the evenings, and stores herbal medicine and supplies in one of our rooms.

Edúcate Ya hosts their Promotores de Salud public health trainings here several times a year, has been hosting regular vaccine clinics, and co-hosts Spanish-English Intercambio programs.

Portland Books to Prisoners keeps several bookcases of books on-site and operates weekly volunteer sessions in the coworking room where they package and mail books to incarcerated people requesting books.

Check out some of our other Organizational Members.