Weaving together communities & schools.
Community Schools are full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from across the community come together to make sure kids and families have what they need to be successful – in school and in life. Our SUN and CAFE Community Schools are open to all ages, preschool to seniors, with a focus on students in the immediate school community.

SUN Community Schools

Schools Uniting Neighborhoods

The success of our children is largely determined by their achievement in school. Yet many kids face challenges or barriers that keep them from realizing their true potential. Enrichment activities, homework help, mentoring, and access to support services (like food pantries, clothes closets, or community referrals) help our kids and their families thrive. Offering a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for individuals of all ages, languages, and socio-economic backgrounds means everyone can be part of their school and their community. By providing safe and engaging learning centers, children, families and neighborhoods grow stronger and students flourish.

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CAFE Community Schools

Child and Family Enrichment

Tailored collaborations that meet the variable needs of our diverse school districts, CAFE sites work to integrate targeted academic support into a vibrant after school environment. Building on the SUN model, CAFE incorporates academic instruction and enrichment delivered by certified teachers, as well as access to credit recovery and college/career readiness activities for older students.

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Food Pantry Sites

Last year, MFS served nearly 1 million pounds of food to over 20,000 people through our school-based food distributions, while we taught and learned from over 400 students and adults enrolled in our cooking and nutrition education classes. We currently operate Food Pantries and “Open Markets” (smaller, perishable food distributions) at 8 schools in East Multnomah County. We also run cooking and nutrition classes for youth and families at 6 of these school sites, run Summer Lunch programs at all of our SUN school sites, and have built and maintained multiple school gardens in partnership with the MFS AmeriCorps members.

For locations and times of our food pantries, read more here.

Community Schools Sites
Our Community School sites are located in East Multnomah and North Clackamas Counties. We have early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school sites in the following school districts:

  • North Clackamas
  • David Douglas
  • Centennial
  • Reynolds
  • Gresham

Contact Information

Connect with Helen Vank or 503-232-0007 ext 333.