Our Mission: Ground Score Association is an association of informal recyclers, waste pickers, canners, dumpster divers, and other environmental workers who create and fill low-barrier waste management jobs in Portland, Oregon.
Ground Score is collectively-organized and radically inclusive, prioritizing work opportunities for those facing work and housing insecurity.
Ground Score seeks to build a more environmentally and socially aware community while changing society's perceptions of what and who is considered valuable.
Ground Score has directly hired 55 members of the community, over 95% of whom were formerly or currently are houseless.
Since having started working for Ground Score, 60% of unhoused workers have become housed.
Because of Ground Score, our team is able to provide life-saving support services, including stable income, digital equity training, CPR/first-aid training, de-escalation training, and resource navigation support—including support with re-entry into the formal workforce.
Ground Score pays a living wage and ensures that all workers have access to supportive social benefits like healthcare. Ground Score also supports workers to access housing, addiction treatment, mental health services, legal identification, and other services.
Ground Score Association is a peer-led initiative, organized and led by and for workers who identify as canners, scrappers, dumpster divers, waste pickers, and/or ground scorers. Ground Score holds quarterly General Assemblies to facilitate training, develop policies collectively, vote on policy changes, elect leaders, and foster the democratic growth of the association.
An elected Labor Council helps to resolve disputes and develop new policy proposals, and an elected Workers Council helps to guide Ground Score’s organizational vision and represent workers.
Ground Score workers are paid a minimum $20/hour, and we work to ensure that payroll and non-payroll workers have access to social protections and other supportive benefits. Our payscale and benefits are constantly being evaluated to ensure that a living wage is provided.
Ground Score Association is fiscally sponsored by Trash for Peace, a 501c3 organization.