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Our mission is to initiate community change, transform neighborhoods, and empower people to live self-sufficient lives. We'd also like to see families heal, instill community values, and restore our neighborhoods to a safe and healthy community.  



POPA was founded on the principles of being our brother's keeper, and realizing that we are all brothers. POPA is the vision of founder Larry Collins. Mr. Collins is himself a product of the same community that he works tirelessly to improve. He has personal experience battling some of the same challenges that have consumed others in his community, and uses his expertise and strategies of overcoming and helping others to create the community that we all envision.


His motto is "Stop pointing a finger and lend a hand" and clearly promotes his vision of those who have won the battles returning to fight along side of those who still struggle.   

Meet our board

On December 11, 2008 Larry was awarded the Mayor's Spirit of Portland award for his remarkable transformation from a former drug dealer to a dedicated community activist.

Larry Collins received the Mayor's Spirit of Portland Award for his remarkable transformation from a former drug dealer to a dedicated community activist. Despite his troubled past, Larry recognized the harm caused by addiction and made a conscious decision to turn his life around.

As the founder and president of People Of Purpose and Associates (POPA), Larry has spearheaded numerous initiatives to rebuild and uplift his community. From organizing neighborhood clean-ups to providing free community lunches and concerts, Larry's tireless efforts embody POPA's motto: "stop pointing a finger and lend a hand." His commitment to progress and his willingness to actively engage in community improvement make him a truly deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

Larry Collins

Larry Collins, president of the board of People of Purpose and Associates (POPA), created POPA with a vision to reach, touch, and positively affect the lives of the people in our communities, one life at a time.