So much to do in Montavilla!

There are tons of events going on in the community and with our Neighborhood Association! Here's a quick run-down of Montavilla Neighborhood Association news, and some public events we're excited about.

Montavilla Neighborhood Homeless Forum

This housing and houselessness forum is a free and public educational forum for the community, hosted by the Montavilla Neighborhood Association. It is designed to answer common questions about local governance, policy and social barriers; as well as to provide neighbors with resources, information, and community networks needed to initiate grassroots change. Please bring your project ideas, concerns, and compassion.

We are planning on a late June date in or near Montavilla and will announce all details shortly. If you'd like to get involved with the planning of this event, contact Olive Alsept-Ellis at

MNA Spring Newsletter!

If you haven't run across it yet, the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Spring Newsletter has dropped! We've hand-delivered around 400 copies and have a digital version available. Check out some neighborhood history, updates on
our committees, a profile of our most active neighborhood journalist, a community calendar, and more. Read it for yourself! 

Pardon Our Dust!

We're building a new website! We are making it easy to navigate, attractive, and, most of all, informative. We look forward to sharing it with you this summer! In the meantime, we may not have what you're looking for up on our current site. If you have any questions, shoot them over to, and check out our Facebook page, where we post event announcements and other news.

Where's the Neighborhood Cleanup?

We were all set to plan our spring Neighborhood Cleanup event, when we lost our chief organizer! We're working with SE Uplift to retool and plan an event in the fall instead. In the meantime, there are some other cleanups in May and June that you can still access to get rid of those bulky items. Check out SE Uplift's calendar of clean-ups, as well as an article with links to other neighborhood coalition offices.

SE Uplift Gets a New Mission Statement
SE Uplift – the neighborhood district coalition that represents us – has rewritten their mission statement to reflect new inclusivity standards and long-term goals for the neighborhood system.
"To collaborate with the SE Portland community to build informed, inclusive, and participatory neighborhoods that support our social & ecological well-being."

Our Montavilla delegate to SE Uplift, Olivia, has the following to say: this new statement captures not only the work and vision of the SE district coalition but it reflects both the new direction of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement as well as the efforts of on-the-ground partners like community groups and neighborhood associations. I think the new motto also gives us a clearer image of what we should be striving for. 'Informed, inclusive and participatory' sets very reasonable standards for the kinds of spaces we should be holding – and they're also words that are always changing, always revising themselves. And our mutual goals and interests aren't materialist ones but philosophical. What does it mean to strive towards 'social & ecological wellbeing?' The question is for you to answer. But I think it's kind of utopic if you think about it and that's precisely why I like it."

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Get involved with the Montavilla Neighborhood Association! We've got three committee meetings coming up next week:

  • Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 pm: Land Use and Transportation Committee.
    Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216.
    We'll be diving into the Better Housing by Design rewrite of the city's multi-dwelling code, and discussing next steps for our public art murals project. Contact for more information.
  • Thursday, May 24, evening: Public Safety Committee.
    Location and time TBD.
    The Public Safety Committee has been working on setting up neighborhood watches and tracking safety issues. Contact for more information.
  • Sunday, May 27, at 10:00 am: Communications and Outreach Committee.
    Montavilla Community Center, 8219 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220.
    We've got lots of public outreach opportunities ahead, and continued planning for the homelessness forum in June. We hope you join us! Contact for more information.
Events in the Community
Here are some notable events coming up this weekend, May 19-21.

May 19, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Neighborhoods Without Walls: A Conversation on Houselessness

St. Marks Lutheran Church, 5415 SE Powell. See the Facebook event page.

 See the Facebook event page.

Annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Montavilla Kiwanis Club

Sunday, May 20th, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at 9101 East Burnside Street

This all-you-can-eat community celebration benefits Snow Cap, the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Fund, local backpack programs, Montavilla Little League, Snow Cap, Meals for Kids, the Kiwanis Camp at Mt. Hood* which serves campers with multiple disabilities and other programs that aid children. Tickets run $5 per individual or $20 per family. Facebook event link.
Sunday, May 20th, 1-4 pm at the Creative Science School, 1231 SE 92nd Ave.
The MNA will be there! We hope you join us too!
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