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You Are Invited to the Spirit of Portland Award Ceremony!

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly presenting an award during the 2018 Spirit of Portland award ceremony.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly presenting an award to one of the 2018 Spirit of Portland award recipients, Ed Washington.
For 35 years, the City of Portland has honored those who contribute to the growth and wellbeing of our city with the Spirit of Portland award ceremony. This year's 11 recipients have been chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Community & Civic Life, and community members. Please join us on October 15 to celebrate the individual and organizational leadership exemplified by our community!

Spirit of Portland Award Ceremony
Date: October 15, 2019
Time: Doors open at 5:30PM, Program starts at 6:00PM
Location: Redd on Salmon Street, 831 SE Salmon Street,
Portland, OR 97214

This is a free family-friendly event with childcare and food provided. 

Access Tip of the Month

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Three Black and disabled folx strolling down a sidewalk. Photo courtesy of Disabled And Here
Every month, our Disability Program Coordinator, Joanne Johnson, shares an access tip to help us achieve fair spaces, accessibility, and best practices. In Joanne's August tip, she discusses what to consider when seeking and sharing information about disability experience, accessibility, and culture.

"Within and outside of disability spaces, people share disability-focused information to teach, learn, and build community. With the internet at our disposal, we have quick access to endless information... [For August] we take a deeper look at some of our assumptions around credibility and offer some questions to consider when you come across the latest disability news."
Read Access Tip of the Month Here

Your Voices, Better Choices

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Serving on a City of Portland advisory body is one way you can volunteer and get involved with your city government. You sit side-by-side with your peers, bureau directors, and government leaders to learn a subject in-depth and provide recommendations for equitable polices and services. If you are from an underrepresented community, we will invest in your training and development to join one of over one-hundred advisory bodies.

There are currently four open opportunities: 
  • Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory CommissionHelp develop an equity framework for affordable fiber connectivity to schools and public places like libraries.
  • Community Opportunity Enhancements Program: Build more pathways and contracting opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses.
  • Noise Review Board: Make decisions on noise permits and enhance livability.
  • Bureau of Emergency Management User Board: Help to ensure safe and reliable responses from emergency services.
Find Out More and Apply Here

Code Change & Census Update

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Two facilitators leading a community Code Change meeting. Photo by Justin Katigbak for Civic Life

Code Change & Census Forum
September 18, 6:30-8:30PM
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Avenue, Portland, OR 97216

East Portland neighbors and friends are invited to join the Office of Community & Civic Life to discuss the 2020 Census and Code Change work. Learn about the importance of the Census, how your community can participate in this civic engagement action, and what resources and guidance are available. The meeting will also include conversations about the recommended changes to City Code Chapter 3.96 and the positive impact it would have for all Portlanders. 

Dinner will be provided. To request childcare and interpretation services, please contact Lishao Chen at:
RSVP to Forum Here

Community Capacity Grant

Are you looking to increase capacity for public participation but need more resources? The purpose of the Community Capacity Grant is to create mutually beneficial partnerships that will support high quality, culturally relevant work with community partners in Oregon and SW Washington. The grant is available to members of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and those partnering with IAP2 Cascade Chapter members. 

Applications open: September 9 - November 15, 2019
Amount Available: $3,000 (up to $1,000 per project)
Find out more about the opportunity and how to apply here

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