At a firefighter training ground, a firefighter supervises two NET volunteers using fire extinguishers to put out a fire. The volunteers are wearing hi-visibility vests and hard hats.
Build Your Safety NET
During and after an emergency situation, neighbors can be a powerful source of help. In fact, after a disaster like an earthquake or fire most people are rescued by their neighbors, not firefighters or other emergency services. To tap into this powerful resource, we have Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) made up of more than 2,000 Portlanders who have volunteered to be trained and provide help during emergencies.

How can you prepare for an emergency?
Learn more about the NET Program and how to prepare for an emergency!
Six Black actors d hands and bow during the curtain call at the end of a play. The set in the background is a boxing ring. The audience is standing an clapping.
A performance of "Left Hook" at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (2017). Photo courtesy of Vanport Mosaic and Portland Parks & Recreation.
Grants and Residency for Artists
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) is a community-based arts center located in North Portland. It was founded in 1982 by Portland's first Black Commissioner and Parks’ Director, Charles Jordan, and is a cultural hub for the Black community in North and Northeast Portland. As part of the City of Portland’s Relief and Recovery for Artists of Color program, applications for the IFCC Grant and Residency Program are now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m.

Find out more about the program and how to apply online.
Two people on bikes over a yellow background. Text reads: "BIPOC on Bikes. Slow roll, no drop ride. 4.5 mile loop in East Portland. Let's be lud, proud, and present! Gateway Discovery Park Biketown Station. Meet at 6 pm, ride at 6:30 pm, Wed., Aug. 3. Bring your bike, helmet, lights, water, and good vibes! Pedalpalooza event hosted by LatinPDX, a City of Portland Affinity Group."
Join LatinxPDX at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, for the BIPOC on Bikes Pedalpalooza event! This event will include the Sunday Parkways East Portland Sticker Hunt Route. Bring your bike, helmet, lights, water, and good vibes! Riders will meet at the Gateway Discovery Park BIKETOWN station.

Check out more Pedalpalooza events.
Image description: A Black man and woman sit in the doorway of a store talking and smiling. Overlaid text reads, "Cannabis Empowerment Day 2022. Friday, August 12."
First Ever Cannabis Empowerment Day
Civic Life's Cannabis Program invites you to Chapman Square on Friday, Aug. 12, to celebrate the important contributions the cannabis community has made for the City of Portland. Local and state officials are expected to attend and speak, cannabis businesses will exhibit their work, and community will gather to listen to music and network.

When & Where: Friday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m.; Chapman Square, SW 4th Avenue and Main Street, Portland, OR 97205

Want to attend? Please RSVP here. 
Want to register your business to exhibit? Please register here.
An elevated pedestrian bridge leads from a neighborhood through a forrested area.

New Car-Free Bridge Connects SW Trails
The Red Electric Bridge is now completed and ready for use! The bridge provides people walking, biking, and otherwise rolling with a direct, car-free path between SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and SW Capitol Highway. The bridge was developed, designed, and constructed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) on behalf of Portland Parks & Recreation and is a critical part of the Red Electric Trail system.

“As we emerge and recover from the pandemic, it is exciting to see a new safe space open through such a gorgeous nature area. I’m proud of the work done by the staff at PBOT to design and construct another car-free bridge as we continue to build a more climate-resilient Portland,” said PBOT Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

Read the full announcement from Parks.

Join an Advisory Body!

Joining an advisory body is a way for Portlanders to lend their expertise and personal or professional experience to the City of Portland. As an advisory body member, you will work closely with community members and City of Portland liaisons to impact policies and programs.

Northwest Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee - Closes Monday, August 1
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group (FITCOG) - Closes Thursday, August 18
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Building a Better 82nd Avenue Community Advisory Group - Closes Monday, August 22
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Noise Review Board (NRB) Acoustic Representative - Closes Tuesday, August 30
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Urban Forestry Commission - Closes Thursday, September 1
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!
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