Incight: 2011 Spirit of Portland Award Winner

Incight is thrilled to have been selected as a recipient of the 2011 “Spirit of Portland” award from the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, in the Non-Profit category. This award represents the first major recognition Incight has received from the City of Portland.

The City of Portland’s annual “Spirit of Portland” awards – selected by representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Neighborhood District Coalition offices, Business Associations, diverse non-profit community organizations and past award winners– recognizes community leaders who contribute to civic life in the City of Portland.

Past nonprofit winners of the award include: Portland Youthbuilders, Loaves and Fishes, and Street Roots. For more details, visit this link: http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=29024.

Incight will accept the 2011 “Spirit of Portland Award” in the nonprofit category Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 7pm to 9 pm at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave, near Mall 205.

Incight and DePaul Industries Record-Breaking Success

First Joint Event Nets $210,000

Portland, OR, October 30, 2009Incight and DePaul Industries announces their first joint fundraising event, the Country Harvest Celebration, held Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm at the Oregon Convention Center, netted a record-breaking $210,000. The benefit dinner and celebration, featuring keynote speaker Gary Guller, and Erin Riehle, founder of Project Search, is an important source of funding for providing educational and employment opportunities for people with disabilities to become active members of the community.

Greg Mitchell, Kathy Mitchell, Sarah Hatley and Jordan Messinger
Greg Mitchell, Kathy Mitchell, Sarah Hatley and Jordan Messinger

Guller, the only person with one arm to scale the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, also led the largest cross-disability group to Mountains’s Base Camp at 17,500 feet. His keynote speech, heard by more than 600 guests helped inspire attendees to donate more generously than ever before. Erin Riehle, in 1996, co-founded Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized program dedicated to workforce development focused on individuals with significant barriers to employment.  Project SEARCH – which generates partnerships with businesses that work to benefit the individual, community and the workplace – now operates in 32 states and five countries.  DePaul Industries is spearheading the effort to bring Project SEARCH to the Portland metro area and the state of Oregon.

Scott Johnson, Paula Johnson, Erin Riehle
Scott Johnson, Paula Johnson, Erin Riehle

“It was a very magical evening filled with a message of hope, inspiration and success of what is possible for people with disabilities,” said Vail Horton, Incight Board Chair. “The event was a great step forward for the community and those with disabilities.”

Nick Montgomery, Aubrey Turley and Emily Montgomery
Nick Montgomery, Aubrey Turley and Emily Montgomery

The Standard and Safeway Foundation were co-presenting sponsors of the event at $20,000. These two organizations — along with 29 additional sponsoring companies—were excited about Incight and DePaul’s innovative approach in working together. By teaming up, DePaul Industries and Incight believe they can—individually and collectively—dramatically enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Donna King, Scott Cassidy, Sue Cassidy, Neal King (The Standard) and Bob Speltz (The Standard)
Donna King, Scott Cassidy, Sue Cassidy, Neal King (The Standard) and Bob Speltz (The Standard)

“We were very humbled by the tremendous outpouring of generosity from those who attended the Country Harvest Celebration,” said DePaul Industries CEO Dave Shaffer. “Through this event and by partnering together, we believe we can more significantly address the critical need around improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.”

Sarah, Jean and Dave Shaffer
Sarah, Jean and Dave Shaffer

DePaul Industries and Incight are driven by compatible missions that will empower people with disabilities in the areas of education, employment and independence.

For additional information on either organization, contact Scott Hatley or visit www.incight.org and www.depaulindustries.com.

ABOUT INCIGHT: Founded in 2004 by Scott Hatley and Vail Horton, CEO of Portland-based KEEN Mobility, the dream for Incight is to change two statistics: increase the 16% educational attainment of disabled Americans and the 76% unemployment rate. Incight’s mission is to cause the success of education, employment, networking, and independence for people with disabilities. Through all this, Incight’s main goal is achieved; empower people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. Over the past five years Incight has awarded 353 college scholarships, created 63 jobs, secured 20 scholarship match partnerships at area universities, and served over 900 people with disabilities through Incight Events.

Dr. Sean Scorvo and Kelly Kerbs
Dr. Sean Scorvo and Kelly Kerbs

About DePaul Industries: Since 1971, DePaul’s mission has been to help people with disabilities have the opportunity to work. DePaul Industries devotes its focus to three core areas: Food & Consumer Goods Packaging, Staffing Services, and Security Services. Over the past five years DePaul has employed over 5000 individuals and paid over $43 million in wages.

Kathy Mitchell, Greg Mitchell, Brandon Barnes, and Staci Stevens
Kathy Mitchell, Greg Mitchell, Brandon Barnes, and Staci Stevens

2009 Incight Summer Newsletter

In Our World

This has been an amazing summer for Incight. We received over 1,700 applications for our scholarship and it has been an extremely difficult task to narrow it down to only 100 individuals that will receive the award (Click here to view this years recipients). We recruited leaders in the disability community to help us a review and rate the applications. Our review committee all agreed that that there are far more qualified applicants than there are scholarships to grant.

Unfortunately Incight can not support every person that applied for our scholarship but Incight is a resource for every person with a disability. In addition to the scholarships that Incight grants we also have many other programs (employment, independence and networking) to support people with disabilities. You can find more about our programs at incight.org and learn how you can stay connected and benefit from Incight.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck in the coming year and we hope to stay connected to all of you all!!!

Incight Graduate: Wes Studer

Wes first learned about Incight through his councilor at Lake Oswego High School while looking for scholarships to help with tuition. He received his first scholarship in 2005 as a freshman at the University of Portland. Incight renewed the scholarship each succeeding year until his graduation May of 2009 with a BA in History and Political science.

Incight does not stop with just monetary support; Wes was matched with a mentor who assisted him during his search for summer internships in his field of study. During the summer of 2007 Wes had a remarkable internship as staff associate with the office of Mayor Sam Adams when he was City Commissioner.

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University of Portland graduate Wes Studer

Incight-ful Advice: Using Un-Paid Work Experiene on Your Resume

When you are looking for a job, your resume gets your foot in the door. It represents you to a potential employer and you want it to stand out from the resumes of the other applicants. One way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen — someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.

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Support Incight through Rahzo.com

Rahzo is an online creative community for creative people to share ideas and purchase exclusively-designed products for the purpose of inspiring othere, benefiting nonprofits like Incight, and promoting growth and collaboration.

Rahzo has offered to support Incight with financial donations from products purchased on Rahzo.com. During checkout, enter the following coupon code “INCIGHT” and that’s it… we’ll automatically recieve donations from each sale!

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Thank you,The Incight Team

Incight Portland
310 SW 4th Ave
Suite 530
Portland, OR 97204
971-244-0305

Incight Palm Desert
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Phone: 760-674-2473

2009/2010 Incight Scholarship Recipients Announced

This has been an amazing summer for Incight. We received over 1,700 applications for our scholarship and it has been an extremely difficult task to narrow it down to only 100 individuals that will receive the award. We recruited leaders in the disability community to help us a review and rate the applications. Our review committee all agreed that that there are far more qualified applicants than there are scholarships to grant.

Here are the 2009/2010 Incight Scholars

Alexenia AldapeEric Allen

Jessica Andrade

Austin Angelus

Candace Attwood

Sara Azar

Taylor Bacon

Sandra Baroni

Kimberly Becker

Anna Bitencourt

Ming Canaday

Burkhardt Casey

Michelle Chebeir

Daniel Ciccarone

Ramiro  Cisneros

Shannon Coe

Susan Crane

Christina Davidson

Ryan DeLuca

Omer Faruk Demirer

Scott Douglas

Margaret Drew

Alison Ecker

Paul Faghan

Shavone Flores

Anthony Franco

Tingting Gao

Todd Gore

Amanda Goyne

Ashley Graff

Harrison Greanias

Daniel Guenther

Andrew Halpin

Rebecca Hernandez

Amarelis Hernandez

Kasey Hodges

Matthew Howard

Dominique Howard

Remington Howe

Anne Huguelet

Dustin Hunter

Hana Ikuta

Charles Ive

Alysha Jeans

Joanne Johnson

Ian Joslyn

Glen Kagan

Timothy Kelly

Jeffrey Kosmo

Russ Kroeker


Emily LangMark Larik

Jonah Lee

Peter Lenkey

Marneet Lewis

Meaghan Lopez-Mijares

Andrew Lyon

Richard Mason

Sean McAlpine

Charles McCarthy

Jordon McDonald

Angella Mentze

Grant Miller

Jennah Mittelsdorf

Brandon Morehouse

Ann Motl

Dustin Mueller

Andrew Munroe

Samuel Muwanguzi

DeeAn Nakagawa

Amber Nicholas

Cyndi Obasi

Brittany Oehlers

Cassandra O’Hearn

John Palmer

Jessica Perez

Jorge Perezchica

Nicholas Pitz

Thomas Porter

Russell Reitter

Eric Rissler

Kelley Roma

Hannah Salo

Victor Sanders

Anna Settle

Jennifer Shirley

Chrissy Spangenberg

Robert Thompson

Gus Townson

Elizabeth Underwood

Robyn Varner

Giacomo Vitko

Amelia Wallrich

Lorelei Walthall

Alex Wilson

Jessica Winchester

Logan Wirkuty

Elizabeth Woods

Briana Wright

Tony Zanolini

Unfortunately Incight cannot support every person that applied for our scholarship but Incight is a resource for every person with a disability. In addition to the scholarships that Incight grants we also have many other programs (employment, independence and networking) to support people with disabilities. You can find more about our programs at incight.org and learn how you can stay connected and benefit from Incight.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck in the coming year and we hope to stay connected to all of you all!!!