"I like how careful and serious we are about our grant evaluation—we make sure that the money will be used productively and efficiently."
Some people just exist in a community; others help build it. Patricia Morrissey is definitely the latter. When Patricia moved to Astoria in 1990, she immediately started organizing the local Hispanic community, forming the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, which soon became a recipient of OCF grants. When she moved to Portland five years ago, she jumped on the chance to work on the other side of the equation, becoming a volunteer grant evaluator for OCF. “I love the work,” she says. “For one, I really support OCF’s Latino Partnership Program; as a Latina, I appreciate how OCF is helping Latinas at all levels and supporting Latino groups throughout Oregon.” And as a grant evaluator, she adds, “It’s so interesting to see all of the good work nonprofits are doing. I like the people that I work with, I like how careful and serious we are about our grant evaluation—we make sure that the money will be used productively and efficiently—and...” She pauses for a moment. “And quite simply, I like OCF’s mission: to make a better life for all Oregonians.