Mercy Corps Global headquarters ribbon cutting – 10/9

October 2, 2009 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

Excitement is mounting. Drumming bands are rehearsing. School buses are revving their engines. Portland is about to experience the opening of one of the most unique interactive, educational facilities in the country. On October 8-16th, Mercy Corps formally opens the doors of our new Global Headquarters and the Mercy Corps Action Center with a string of events that will not only mark its 30 year history, but will bring public awareness to its new home in downtown Portland. Come and be a part of Mercy Corps history.

The new Mercy Corps Action Center is an exceptional educational asset to Portland. It’s an interactive learning environment that will inspire a passion for making the world a better place. We want to help people of all walks of life not only understand what Mercy Corps and similar organizations do in the world, but to take meaningful action and become part of a dedicated movement of activists in the United States working to solve global challenges. The new Mercy Corps Action Center will help us accomplish just that.

We expect 70,000 visitors to experience the center annually; middle and high school students will make up our primary audience but we welcome visitors of all ages. Working closely with local school districts, the Mercy Corps Action Center education team will lead class visits and provide teachers with curricula that prepare students for what they’ll learn at the center. Even after their initial visit, students can stay involved by exploring the virtual Action Center at Online, students can access other Mercy Corps youth engagement programs, such as the Global Citizen Corps, a national network of youth who educate and mobilize their schools and communities to fight global poverty. It’s an exciting time for both Mercy Corps and the city of Portland. See the string of events below. Bring your family and friends.

Thursday, October 8, 2009-Bright Lights Speaker Series with Edwin Schlossberg-6pm This evening event offers a sneak preview of the Mercy Corps Action Center and kicks off a series of events marking the official opening of Mercy Corps’ new Global Headquarters. Come and hear the conversation between Portland Spaces editor, architecture guru, urban-design critic, Randy Gragg and Ed Schlossberg, founder of ESI Design, the New York based firm that designed The Mercy Corps Action Center as well as the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island. This is a free event held at the Mercy Corps Community Room at 28 SW 1st. Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start. Seating available on a first come basis. Please RSVP . You can learn more at

Friday, October 9, 2009–Global Headquarters Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-10am Local leaders, supporters, children, community advocates and the public participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for Mercy Corps’ new Global Headquarters and the Mercy Corps Action Center, in Ankeny Plaza at 45 SW Ankeny in Portland. Entertainment will be provided by drummers and other musical artists. For more information visit

Following the ribbon cutting, there will be an open house from 11am-2pm for the public to experience the Mercy Corps Action Center. Designed by Ed Schlossberg, its purpose is to motivate the next generation of leaders in our efforts to address global issues like climate change, hunger and HIV/AIDS. For more information on the Mercy Corps Action Center open house activities visit

Saturday, October 10th-Weekend Celebration-10am-5pm – The Mercy Corps Action Center programs begin with presentation of family-friendly activities and workshops with a theme based on Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The day will start in the Mercy Corps Action Center and parking lot and include African dance and drumming, a creative design workshop and an afternoon rock concert, “Rock For Action”, with bands Still Pending, Meet Your Monster, Goodbye Harrison and Don’t Hurt Miles. For more on the Mercy Corps Action Center Saturday programing, go to The Mercy Corps Action Center will then be open on Sunday, October 11th from 11am-4pm.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009-Tracy Kidder-7:30pm Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder comes to Portland to discuss his new book, Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgetting. Tickets: $20 (includes admission and a copy of the book) go on sale Monday, Sept. 28th until sold out. Phone orders: Call 503-896-5701 to place an order with a credit card. If you reach voice mail, please leave your phone number and we’ll return the call as soon as possible. Tickets are limited. For information visit The event will be held in the Mercy Corps Community Room.

Friday, October 16th, 2009-Nicholas Kristof Speaking Event-7pm New York Times columnist, Pulitzer-Prize winner and native Oregonian, Nicholas Kristof appears in conversation on stage with Maria Wulff, president of the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Oregon at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. He will speak about his new book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” co-authored with his wife and fellow Pulitzer Prize winner, Sheryl WuDunn. “Half the Sky” is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say “No more!” to the seventeenth-century abuses to girls and women in the twenty-first-century world,” writes Tom Brokaw. For more on the Kristof event at the Bagdad Theater visit Tickets $28 includes admission and a copy of the book. Tickets can be purchased in advance or day-of at the Bagdad Theater Box Office, Crystal Ballroom Box Office at and all Ticketmaster
outlets. Presented by Powell’s Books, the World Affairs Council and Mercy Corps

We hope you’ll be a part of this dynamic time in Mercy Corps history. Many of you have already volunteered to make these events successful. For that, “Thank You!” Now come. Celebrate. Be a part of the change.

See you in October,

Minda Seibert
Senior Community Relations Officer
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204
888.842.0842 ext. 5741
Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit


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