Private Sector Mobilization for COVID-19 Asian-American &  Black-owned Restaurants Seating Project

Project partners:

Andersen Construction Foundation, Por Que No?

Project Location:

Portland, OR


Project Description:

We All Rise was born out of the dearth of accessible operational support for small, multicultural businesses during the early stages of the pandemic. In May 2020, the Portland Bureau of Transportation released a free permit for businesses through their Healthy Business Program. Under the guidelines of the permit, We All Rise partnered with Andersen Construction Foundation and ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria in Portland to build, loan, and deliver critical seating units to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned restaurants who could not afford to expand seating to outdoor operations in accordance with social distancing measures. This project was not only rewarding to team members who received an opportunity to work together in a socially-distanced way during the pandemic, but allowed underserved businesses to maintain operations during the early, critical phases of the pandemic. Nearly 30 seating units were delivered to Black and Asian-American owned restaurants and food carts, reaching across four urban districts. Hundreds of meals have been served, keeping a critical sector of our local economy open during the summer of 2020.