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Portland is #WhereWeBelong
Join Civic Life's Immigrants & Refugees Program for the opening ceremony of our second annual Welcoming Week celebration! This free event will have music and dance performances by local artists like Son de Cuba, Habiba Addo, and DJ Anjali, delicious food from many different cultures, and more.

When: Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Ventura Park, 460 SE 113th Ave., Portland, OR 97216

Welcoming Week will have many events around Portland from Sept. 9-18. 
Find the full schedule of events here!
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Water Bill Assistance Program
The City of Portland Water Bureau serves water to nearly a quarter of all Oregonians. In addition to managing our drinking water, the Water Bureau maintains Portland’s sewer and stormwater systems.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Water Bureau expanded the qualifications for its financial assistance programs. Assistance is available in the form of bill discounts for sewer and water charges, crisis vouchers, payment arrangements, and fixture repair services. These resources are available in 
Русский (Russian)Español  (Spanish)Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), and 华语(中文)(Chinese).
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Metro's Community Placemaking Grant
Metro, the Portland area regional government, is accepting Community Placemaking grant applications from Aug. 5 to Oct. 7. These grants support arts and culture based, community-led, equity-centered efforts that strengthen people’s connections to each other and places they care about.
Up to $200,000 in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded for the 2023 cycle. No matching funds are required. Strong proposals are grounded in racial equity and address a critical community challenge or opportunity. Applications are due before noon on October 7. 

Click here to learn more!
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Multnomah County Cultural Coalition Grant
Multnomah County’s Community Cultural Participation Grant Program, funded by The Oregon Cultural Trust, supports community-based cultural events, programs, and organizations with grants between $1,000 and $2,500. Find the full grant guidelines and preview the application questions
online. Applications are due via the online portal by 11:59 pm on October 13.

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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.

Portland Street Response Community Advisory Committee - Closes Sunday, August 28
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Noise Review Board 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!

PBOT Bureau & Budget Advisory Committee - Closes Monday, September 5
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Building a Better 82nd Avenue Community Advisory Group - Closes Wednesday, September 7
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

North/Northeast Oversight Committee - Closes Sunday, September 11
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!
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