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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!

AC Organizational Members include other nonprofit organizations such as Equitable Giving Circle, Edúcate Ya, Brown Girl Rise, and Cascades Abortion Support Collective. Organizational Members also include small businesses that operate out of the space such as Chaiwallah PDX, Ahwa & Herbals, Baked N’ Boujee, and Lonchería los Mayas. The vast majority of our Organizational Members are BIPOC-led, and reserve space at AC to host community programming such as apothecary hangouts, vaccine clinics, pop-up bakeries, and food giveaways.

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. The monthly fee that we suggest is based on a sliding scale. Currently our minimum fee for an Organizational Member is $100 per month.

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. Each background check costs us $26 to run, and we require Organizational Members to cover this cost for each adult that is part of their Membership.

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.

Moon & Mirror, a BIPOC herbalism apprenticeship 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.