Two students in the POIC pre-apprenticeship program framing and paving a sidewalk in NE Portland.

Cannabis Equity Grants

Supporting communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.

In 2016, Portland voters passed ballot measure 26-180 establishing a 3% local tax on the sale of recreational cannabis. After it passed, a community input process, led by members of City Council, helped define priority areas for investing the tax revenue. As a result, $1.39 million (of approximately $14.6 million over 3 fiscal years) was designated as one-time funding for social equity grantmaking. The Cannabis Social Equity grants are currently administered by Civic Life’s Cannabis Program and provide support to non-profit and for-profit entities working on criminal justice reform projects, legal services, workforce development, or re-entry housing support. 

POIC Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program is one of the grant recipients and prepares young adults of color and those from low-income for accredited apprenticeships and professional careers in the construction industry. Since the program's inception in 2017, 43 people have been enrolled into state accredited apprenticeship opportunities, as carpenters, electricians, laborers, linemen, and more. When asked to reflect on the impact of their project, the Transition and Employment Manager at POIC + ROIC explained, "Construction is an incredible opportunity for the young adults we work with, especially those that have a prior arrest or conviction that may impact their employability in other sectors. I would like to see more apprenticeship programs pledge a commitment to hiring graduates from pre-apprenticeship programs”. You can find out more about POIC and the great work they are doing for our next generation of Portlanders here>>
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Constructing Civic Dialogues

Free conflict resolution training for City employees and the community.

Conflict is a normal part of any working relationship and if handled correctly it can help us better understand differing perspectives and ultimately strengthen our work. As a result of grant funding from Civic Life, seven Portland based non-profits offer free training classes and workshops to the public and City staff on communication, community mediation, and conflict resolution.To find a complete list of available workshops, please visit our website>>
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Community survey open until February 29.

The Your Vo!ce-Our Communications Technology 2020 initiative seeks to understand who has access to the Internet and media technology, how people are using technology to engage in their communities, and why many are left out of our digital society. Your insights will help shape a road-map for an accessible and inclusive technology future. The Your Vo!ce survey can be taken online at Those without access to the internet can call 503-823-5385 to obtain a paper copy or to take the survey over the phone.
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Civic Life is Hiring

The Immigrant & Refugee program is hiring a program coordinator

The Immigrant and Refugee Coordinator collaborates with immigrant and refugee communities, community organizations, and elected officials to advance polices for immigrant and refugee rights in our City government. Preferred candidate is bi-lingual or multi-lingual. You can find a full description of the position and how to apply here>>
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Online Events Calendar


Visit our online calendar to find information regarding community and neighborhood events. 

If you have an event you would like to be considered for the calendar or if you have an image you would like to share of a recent event, please contact us at

Visit Civic Life calendar here.

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Bureau Advisory Committee

BAC supports Civic Life by providing the bureau director guidance on the effective use of Civic Life resources as it relates to its overall strategic aim and racial equity plan. The next two BAC public meetings are:

March 18, 5:30pm*
May 20, 5:30pm*

*NEW LOCATION for the meetings: Kelly Penumbra Building, 4747 E Burnside

You can find the
meeting calendar here.
Office of Community & Civic Life
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 110
Portland, Oregon 97204
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Two students in POIC pre-apprenticeship program learning how to frame and pave a sidewalk. Photo by POIC
Two women engaged in a dialogue sit at a table. Photo by Christina Morillo for Pexels 
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Front entrance of Portland City Hall. Photo by City of Portland
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