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Wilsonville Community Portrait Project (WCPP)

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’

I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world … If you look for the helpers, you’ll know there’s hope.”

     -- Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers)

Nominate your 2022 - 2023 Community Helper

Who are the helpers in Wilsonville? Those people that Mr. Rogers promised would always be there when we needed them… The neighbor who sees a problem and solves it before it grows; the friend who helps out when you’re sick or hurt;  the volunteer who helps in the classroom, at the school crosswalk, at the library; the person who makes others feel special. There are many helpers who live in our community make Wilsonville a special place to live.


The Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council (WACC) will be working with art students in our school district to honor the  special helpers in the second round of the ‘Community Portrait Project.’ We will present their portraits to the public at the Wilsonville Festival of Arts 2023 and in various public places, businesses and events throughout the coming year.


WACC was founded in 1996 and has promoted the arts in Wilsonville in many ways over the last 25+ years. Please help us continue our important work by nominating “helpers” we should honor.  Email your name and contact information plus the name of your nominee and a short description of why you have chosen to honor them, to this address:

Click on an image, then scroll through to learn who these Helpers are who dedicate themselves to making our Wilsonville communities kinder and more loving.

2020-2021 "Helper" Honorees:  
Debi Carpenter, Tayler Egan, Angennette Escobar, 
John Fitzgerald, Lindsey Flores, Sarah Haefner, 
Scott Hix,
Molly Kaleikilo, Laura LaJoie, Amada Lopez, 
Paul Missal, 
Christopher Shotola-Hardt, Lindy Sproul, 
Tom Styczynski, Whitney Sweet, Elaine Swyt, Bev Trover.

(Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the organizations that helped support this project and make it possible.)

Thank you to our supporters

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