suma is nonprofit based in Portland, OR (USA), we create platforms for digital organizing, enterprise and justice.

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Some Short n Sweet Updates

Some Short n Sweet Updates November 18, 2023 suma welcomes your accommodation requests editor's note suma friends, we are staying busy here at suma HQ with our launch of our Holiday Meal Special (hence the day-late newsletter). We had quite the exciting start yesterday and as a team are feeling good, we're ready to share some of the excitement with ya'll! We have some quick updates about on the wrap up of the Farmers Market season, our website glow-up, app additions and also our first...
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18 days ago • 2 min read

project updates, surveillance technology and digital equity

project updates, surveillance technology and digital equity November 2, 2023 suma welcomes your accommodation requests editor's note suma friends, today we have some updates on our projects- the holiday meal special, farmer's market wrap-up and a mobility feature we're working to bring to the app. There's some important news regarding surveillance technology in Portland and how you can voice your thoughts on it. The state's digital equity plan has been released and we share some information...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Looking Ahead

looking ahead with suma October 20, 2023 suma welcomes your accommodation requests editor's note suma friends, we’re currently in the process of polishing up our newsletter. One change we’re making is that you can now expect us in your inbox with bimothly updates and news from the suma team! Today, we are excited to share our first look at our winter plans, updates on the government’s progress on expanding internet access to , and some insight on frontline communities our platform’s...
about 2 months ago • 3 min read

suma app summer hacking rolls into fall

suma welcomes your accommodation requests suma friends, just a brief early fall update about the suma app’s summer hacking project. Some might say it's inaccurately named now, but we prefer to look at it as an unintended cue/another step toward our goal of offering year-round affordable food, transportation and utility options to suma app users. Friendly reminder of how it works: first-time buyers load $5 in their suma wallet and receive $24 in suma vouchers for use at the market, and...
2 months ago • 1 min read
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suma app/summer hacking, so far so great...

suma friends, we couldn’t let August wind down without updating you about our summer hacking with the suma app. That’s right – together with partners like St Johns Farmers Market, King Farmers Market, Lime, Hacienda CDC, Home Forward, Verde and Community Cycling Center – we’ve been making it easy for suma app users to get to their local farmers market and save money on market products. Since our July 15 kickoff with St Johns Farmers Market and Home Forward’s New Columbia community, suma app...
3 months ago • 1 min read

big broadband news from suma’s digital justice program

Suma Friends - we want to close out June by celebrating good work and great news. For many months, suma has been steadily working with Free Geek, Centro Cultural, other members of our Broadband Coalition, the City of Portland, the Oregon Broadband Office, BATs (Broadband Action Teams), Rep. Pam Marsh and others to develop HB3201, legislation to help overcome the digital divide in broadband services and internet access. Access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet is a racial,...
5 months ago • 1 min read
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summer hacking with the suma app

Suma Friends – as we move out of May and toward the summer season, we want to do our best to keep you updated about suma’s work getting ready for our summer special: a grassroots effort to connect low-income people and other frontline community members to affordable transportation and healthy food via the suma app. Oh and Hey: We’re actively looking for support to extend the project to more users throughout the Portland summer, please share our project 1-pager with potential funders. Funders...
6 months ago • 1 min read
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what's next for the suma app this summer

Suma friends, we are springtime excited to share with you the latest news about the suma platform, an app that helps low-income people buy and save money on essential expenses: food, transportation, utilities. Building off the app’s successful holiday special, we’re developing a series of summer special events that: Respond to app user feedback requesting more food savings options. In a recent survey, 87.5% of suma app users said they want the app to save them money on groceries. Leverage our...
7 months ago • 1 min read

we did it - we launched the suma platform

suma friends: Guess what? we did it - we launched the suma platform, an app to overcome the cost, privacy and payment barriers that prevent our communities from using their technology to access essential goods and services. This holiday season we got a real time opportunity to put the app to the test with the suma holiday special, an all-hands-on-deck effort known internally as “turkey hacking.” December 2022, our app helped community members stretch their money and save on food during the...
9 months ago • 2 min read

wrapping up 2022 with a look at suma's organizing and justice programs

suma friends, for our last newsletter of 2022, we wanted to give you the chance to meet another suma team member, Digital Community Builder Malena Lechon-Galdos. We’ve spent a lot of time this year talking about our enterprise program’s development of the suma platform – the privacy policy, user testing, platform-specific staff. But that’s just one area of suma’s work to build an inclusive technology future with low-income people, people of color and other frontline communities. Our...
12 months ago • 3 min read
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