New name and expanded focus: The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation (ORLAEF) has changed its name to the Oregon Hospitality Foundation. Originally established in 1992 as an independent 501c3 foundation with a mission of providing non-political advocacy and support for the hospitality industry, the foundation is focused on providing Oregonians with the resources, skills, and means to pursue meaningful careers in the restaurant, foodservice, hotel, and hospitality industries. Now, in addition to supporting training and educational programs, we have expanded our purpose to include charitable work.
The hospitality industry in Oregon is in constant need of a skilled and diverse workforce. The Foundation fosters workforce development and attracts good employees that want to grow their careers by supporting valuable training programs such as those from the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Institute and the National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation. By advocating for internationally recognized, high-quality educational programs in our high schools, post-secondary, and adult learning centers, we can help bridge the gap and provide support and mentors for teachers, internships for students, and direct placement opportunities for those seeking work.
Why We Need Your Support & Engagement
We are committed to providing career education and resources for all who are seeking jobs in our industry and for those already employed and are seeking advancement. But we need your help to sustain our programs. We seek additional partners, mentors, sponsors, and volunteers to assist in our efforts. To find out how your organization can get involved, contact Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, 971.224.1505.
Hospitality Industry-Related Programs and Courses
These facilities offer skills-based education for those looking to gain proficiencies - whether entering the hospitality industry or already employed and want to add credentials to their experience. Many offer both online and in-person options.
SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY
Your donation helps us continue serving the hospitality industry’s workforce needs by supporting career exploration and training initiatives.