We give back to the community that sustains us with specific focus on hunger, housing, education and the environment.
Elemental sustains a strong commitment to community involvement by regularly giving back to Portland metropolitan area-based organizations focused on education, housing hunger, and the environment. Elemental is proud to work with numerous local organizations, including Blanchet House, Community Cycling Center, Children's Book Bank, Depave, Forest Park Conservatory, Free Geek, Friends of Trees, Habitat for Humanity, Harpers Playground, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Impact NW, Lift Urban Portland, Oregon Food Bank, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, SOLVE and Store to Door.
We recognize that educating and inspiring children is a fundamental social obligation, and seek opportunities to volunteer our time and support organizations in Portland that broaden access to educational resources, especially in the engineering, science, and technology fields, as well as those that reach underrepresented groups.
Alleviating hunger in our community is a top priority for Elemental, and our most popular volunteer events are those where we work in the gardens and pantries of local food banks, and serve meals to the hungry. Our annual food drive is a month-long event that in 2015 brought in 9,974 meals for neighbors in need.
Elemental keeps it green, and our headquarters in Portland, Oregon makes it easy to engage in a variety of volunteer events each year that preserve our natural environment, from pulling ivy in Forest Park to joining SOLVE’s statewide trash pickup along the Oregon Coast.
Safe and secure housing for all is essential to the health of our community. We engage with community organizations that focus on providing long-term, affordable housing solutions; support neighborhood reinvestment and rebuilding projects; and provide home ownership education classes to those in need.
" When I see my managers and executives taking time to volunteer, I know it’s really a company priority. It’s always been important for me to give back, and I love being at a company where that is a shared value. "Laura Barber, Marketing
Our Community Investment Team
- 71% of Portland employees volunteered in 2016
- Average of 10.6 hours per Elemental volunteer!
- Organized 68 events in 2016 in Portland