Category Archives: Community Service

Arnerich Massena Recognized Among Top Ten Corporate Philanthropists (Small Company Category) by The Portland Business Journal

The Corporate Philanthropy Awards presented by The Portland Business Journal “recognize companies who are making a difference in our communities by moving the needle of giving and providing monetary contributions that create change.” We are proud to be named one of the top ten corporate philanthropists in the small company category. Awards will be presented and rankings announced at the upcoming Corporate Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on October 11, 2017. Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership Donates to Irvington School Supply Drive

Irvington School is hosting its first-ever school supply drive on August 25, 2017 to alleviate school supply costs for Irvington families and classroom teachers. Local businesses donated supplies and funding for the event, organized by Kamelah Adams and Bryan Steelman along with the Irvington PTA and principal Satrina Chargualaf. The supply drive is part of an overall effort to send a message of greater inclusion, community, and belonging among all members of the Irvington School Community.

The I AM Learning Partnership is an important part of that community, and we supported the drive with our own unique donations. Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership Wraps Up its First-Ever Summer Community Literacy School

Arnerich Massena’s first-ever summer literacy school was a grand success! First and second-grade students from Irvington, Sabin, Boise-Eliot, and King Schools came to Irvington Elementary School for a six-week long camp hosted by the I AM Learning Partnership and local non-profit Reading Results. The camp was provided at no cost to participating families, and served about 20 children in total. Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership Hosts its First-Ever Summer Community Literacy School

“A student who is low-income and can’t read at grade level by the end of third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school with their peers.” ~ Reading Results

Reading is fundamental to success and happiness, and one of the goals of Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership is to help students who are struggling to learn to read. That’s why we are partnering with local non-profit Reading Results to host a summer community literacy school. This is a first-time event for us, and we’re very excited about the possibilities.

Students from Irvington Elementary, Boise-Elliott, King, and Sabin schools will join the I AM Learning Partnership and Reading Results for a six-week summer school program this summer. The program is offered to community families at no charge. Targeting 30 first and second-grade students who are not meeting Oregon state benchmarks, the summer literacy school will provide individual literacy support.

Kate DeGraw, Arnerich Massena’s community service coordinator, remarks, “The new partnership between the I AM Learning Partnership and non-profit Reading Results means that we can reach more students and develop a curriculum to meet individual student needs. Each student will receive very focused literacy intervention.”

Reading Results partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a proven reading intervention program. “We want to provide extra support to these students to make sure they are ready to go when school starts in the fall,” says Jennifer Samuels, executive director of Reading Results. “We’ll provide individualized reading instruction using a lesson plan designed to address any gaps in their knowledge and also to capitalize on the things they are good at.”

Reading Results evaluates children’s “opportunity gap” with individual assessments that make it possible to personalize curriculum. They will also conduct a final assessment at the end of the program to provide a report to the students’ principals and the school district. The goal is to show major gains in literacy.

Samuels adds, “It’s very exciting when multiple organizations align their services to support students to be great readers. That’s why we’re here.”

We look forward to providing updates on the program as it proceeds – stay tuned for more!

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Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership prepares for its summer programs

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership is preparing to celebrate some endings and also some exciting new beginnings. Our 2016-17 school-year programs at Irvington School are concluding as we rapidly approach the last day of school. This year, the programs helped more than 100 Irvington students improve their skills in reading, math, science, and homework completion, while also providing mentorship to adolescent girls. Read more »

The FOOD FIGHT 20th Anniversary Celebration of the I AM Learning Partnership a Huge Success!

On Saturday, October 17, the Irvington Elementary School gymnasium was filled with the aroma of exquisite foods created by a sea of miniature chefs, a delectable celebration of nutrition and education. The I AM Learning Partnership, Arnerich Massena’s award-winning community service program, marked its 20th anniversary with this remarkable event. Read more »

Arnerich Massena recognized as one of The Portland Business Journal’s Top Ten Corporate Philanthropists in the Small Business Category

The Portland Business Journal celebrated corporate philanthropy in Oregon and Southwest Washington at the annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards Luncheon on October 9, 2015. We were proud to be among the honorees at the ceremony, and excited to rank among the top ten small business corporate philanthropists for the second year in a row. Also for the second year in a row, Arnerich Massena ranked #1 in the small business category for the number of employee volunteer hours donated, with 5,512 volunteer hours given by employees to our I AM Learning Partnership program in 2014. Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership celebrates its 20th Anniversary with FOOD FIGHT

Arnerich Massena and Irvington School invite you to attend the I AM Learning Partnership 20th Anniversary Celebration: FOOD FIGHT. Sponsored by Arnerich Massena and Whole Foods Marketplace Fremont, the event will be an open house food court with live cooking demonstrations and tastings from local chefs. Join us on Saturday, October 17 to eat and celebrate! Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s FOOD FIGHT Cooking Camp Set to Begin

FOOD FIGHT is the Arnerich Massena I AM Learning Partnership’s year-long service learning project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the program. The whole project is designed to help kids learn about food insecurity and what can be done to reduce the impacts of food insecurity in the community. Cooking camp will help achieve that objective by actually teaching kids how to cook! Read more »