Street Roots

for those who cannot afford free speech

Our Mission

Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

Support Street Roots

Support Street Roots

Why support Street Roots?

— We empower hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty with immediate income and to improve their quality of life
— We help house or prevent homelessness for more than 250 individuals each year
— We produce award-winning quality journalism that is focused on solutions
— We highlight organizations and individuals across a broad spectrum of the community
— We produce more than 100,000 Rose City Resource Guides annually and distribute them to more than 200 organizations and institutions in Portland.
— We help change community perspectives and build community coalitions that work towards creating social justice for all

Ways to help

You keep Street Roots strong. Whether you are giving your time, something from our wish list, a financial or in-kind gift (large or small), sponsorship, or advertisement your support matters!

As a growing, grassroots non-profit, Street Roots is dependent on the support of the community and volunteers in every capacity. Because we serve to improve the overall living experience of Portlanders, we are searching for locally dedicated and committed individuals who believe in our mission. Any support or contribution is highly valuable and greatly appreciated.


In person or by mail:
Street Roots
211 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209

Online donations are processed securely by Qgiv; their site has options of one-time or recurring donations. Donate online now.

Sponsor Street Roots

Street Roots offers a variety of sponsorship packages to support the organization. Visit our Sponsorship information page to learn more, or download Street Roots' 2014 Sponsorship Prospectus here (pdf).

Advertise in Street Roots

Advertising with Street Roots is a great way to feature your business or event. Visit our Advertisement information page to learn how.

Volunteer at Street Roots

We have many opportunities for writers, copy editors, front desk, vendor program, advocacy program, and resource guide volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer page to find out more and sign up.

Browse our in-kind wish list

Your in-kind donations save the day. We need a variety of items ranging from postage stamps to technology to items that keep our vendors warm and safe on the streets. Please check out our current in-kind wish list here.

Our Friends Speak About Street Roots


In a time where civil discourse is all but gone, the Street Roots Vendor Program encourages conversations on a one-to-one basis about much larger issues.  It does so with the specific intention of enhancing understanding among all levels of society by allowing the flow of humanity to connect with individual vendors in an atmosphere that requires respect of all participants.

This exchange, when successful, does not judge the economic, moral worth or good judgment of the vendors, avoids hostility and allows for a better appreciation for all the participants’ experiences.

- Mary Jane Haake, Portland, OR