Giving back is important. Go Green Tax gives 2% of the gross revenue from each transaction to a charity of your choice from a list of charities curated by Baruch Valenzuela. Each one of these charities holds a special significance to him. We are always open to embracing new charities so don’t be shy about introducing us to an organization that is important to you.
Community Health + Justice
Mission: North by Northeast Community Health Center is the only medical clinic in Oregon focused on African American health and exists to improve health outcomes and advance health equity by offering primary care services focused on chronic health conditions affecting the local African American population.
Importance to Baruch: Was without health insurance for nearly 5 years. Was part of organization at the beginning as a volunteer and board member.
Mission: Squires is dedicated to empowering,encouraging, and supporting teen dads to provide long term emotional, physical, and financial support for their child. Our goal is to change the culture of expecting fathers to run away from responsibility.
Importance to Baruch: I became a father at age 20. My son celebrated his 18th birthday this year. Becoming a parent is difficult. Being a teen is difficult. Being a successful teenage parent is extremely difficult without the support and guidance of a network of friends and family.
Mission: The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, Oregon, Inc.’s (MSSP) mission is to improve the quality of life for the 8,100 Oregonians and SW Washingtonians affected by MS.
Importance to Baruch: My Mother was diagnosed with MS in 1988. She got hooked up with a doctor up at OHSU who believed many of the effects of autoimmune diseases could be alleviated by diet and rest. My mom has fought the good fight and never complained, but MS is a cruel disease that strikes down people in the prime of their lives.
Environment + Animals
Mission: To foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals through education, legislation and leadership. To care for the homeless, to defend the abused and to fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.
Importance to Baruch: We got our dog, Jake, here. These people really do an amazing job.
Mission: The mission of the Forest Park Conservancy is to protect and foster the ecological health of Forest Park, maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, and inspire community appreciation and future stewardship of this iconic urban forest as a gift for generations.
Importance to Baruch: My favorite summer time activity is the Lower Macleay to Pittock Mansion hike. It’s amazing. It’s in the middle of the city. It’s 10-15 degrees cooler in the shade and amid the trees, you can feel your blood pressure going down as you soak in the glory of nature. The views from Pittock Mansion never disappoint and the whole thing from door to door takes maybe 2 hours. It’s so awesome.
Economic Development + Housing
Mission: Working together to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific NW.
Importance to Baruch: Mercy Corps has amazing resources for small business among them, the IDA program. An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a special savings vehicle that helps families and individuals with limited financial resources build assets, gain valuable training, and enter the financial mainstream.
Mission: To assist in the social and economic development of Oregon’s low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups.
Importance to Baruch: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Wish it was my quote, but it belongs to Nelson Mandela. I grew up a few blocks away from the Black United Fund and love their mission of empowering individuals through the pursuit of education. The best way to fight racism is through equality and the best path to equality is through education and hard work. I recently attended their Scholarship Award Luncheon and was moved by the celebration of success and dismayed by the lack of media coverage.
Mission: Buying a home can be challenging. At Portland Housing Center, we help you buy a home you can afford in the short-and long-term. We’ll help match you to the services you need to become a successful homeowner.
Importance to Baruch: I participated in the IDA first time home buyer program. It is a fantastic program and resource for first time homebuyers.