SUN Service System

What is the SUN Service System?

SUN stands for Schools Uniting Neighborhoods. The SUN Service System (SUN) leads to educational success and family self-sufficiency through an integrated network of social and support services for youth, families and community members. This nationally recognized system of care works to ensure families are healthy so they can champion and support their children.

The SUN Service System collaboration is managed by Multnomah County. The full-service package of services aligned and accessible through SUN includes:

  • Academic Support & Skill Development for Youth
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Parent-Family Involvement and Education
  • Anti-Poverty
  • Health
  • Mental Health & Addiction
  • Service Access, Information & Referral, and Linkage

What are SUN Community Schools?

Within the SUN Service System, SUN Community Schools are the school-based delivery sites for a comprehensive set of services including educational, enrichment, recreational, social and health services.

A SUN Community School is not a program, but rather a place and support hub where schools and communities work together to support the success of children and families and provide a comprehensive array of services. They serve as the vehicle to link community institutions, such as libraries, parks, community centers, neighborhood health clinics and area churches and businesses.

News and Announcements

New Publication - The Role of Community Schools in Place-Based Initiatives: Collaborating for Student Success

We highly encourage you to read The Role of Community Schools In Place-Based Initiatives: Collaborating


Article Highlights SUN Community School Success and Staying Power

A recent Education Week article celebrates SUN Community Schools as a model of staying power and careful expansion. They focus on several aspects of SUN's sustainability including:


CenturyLink Food Drive Supports SUN Food Pantries!

CenturyLink Food Drive CenturyLink partnered with SUN Community Schools (SUN CS) for a food drive to support the 6 SUN Emergency Food Pantries.  The drive generated enough food to help supplement 1400 nutritionally balanced meals for SUN children and families! 


CenturyLink Sponsors a Food Drive for 6 SUN Emergency Food Pantries!

CenturyLink are Valued Partners in SUN Hunger Relief Efforts CenturyLink is proud to partner with SUN Community Schools in their efforts to provide much needed food for children and families in the local Portland community. CenturyLink is sponsoring a food drive for the 6 SUN Emergency Food Pantries starting Feb. 27 and running through March 12!


SUN Activities Help Increase High School Attendance and Credits Earned

A new SUN study demonstrates that high school students who participated in SUN Community School (SUN CS) activities had better overall attendance


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