Opportunity for Community Engagement Projects

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SWNI has recently created the Community Engagement Allocation Program (CEAP), which will allow Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in southwest Portland to plan and conduct community engagement projects in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are setting aside up to $1,000 for CBOs serving the SW Portland community, with a maximum of $25,000 total to distribute. We encourage projects that engage with seniors, under-represented populations, communities of color, or organizations that advocate for these communities. We feel that creative, neighborhood-based responses to COVID-19 impacts will benefit the entire SW Portland community now and long after the crisis has passed. 

We encourage all CBOs to apply for the Community Engagement Allocation Program. Contact SWNI staff members: John Tappero (john@swni.org), 503-410-3135 or Sara Freedman (sara@swni.org), 503-877-4574 with any questions.

UPDATE: Completed applications will now be due at 5:00 pm, Friday, July 24, 2020.

Online workshops: If you'd like to discuss the CEAP or to brainstorm project ideas and partners, please come to one of our Google Meet online workshops. Attendance at the workshops is optional. The same information will be covered at each meeting, so attending more than one is not necessary. 

Workshop 4: Tuesday, July 7 at 6 pm
Click here to join the meeting:  Google Meet link

Workshop 5: Friday, July 10 at 10 am
Click here to join the meeting:  Google Meet link

For more information and the forms required to apply for these funds, please click on the following:

CEAP Information Sheet
CEAP Application
CEAP Agreement

List of CBOs that would like to partner on projects - we will post more as we are able to get in touch with them. 
CEAP Workshop Presentation

Virtual Training Public Safety

Offered by: Jenni Pullen & Sarah Berkemeier, MA
Civic Life Community Safety Coordinators, Central Team
Community Safety Program
503-823-4064 (main line)

Personal Safety Workshop

When: Aug 13, 2020 2:00 PM

Introduces participants to a variety of self-protective/self-empowerment options in an engaging, non-physical, discussion-based virtual format. Learn more about self-awareness, practice assertiveness and explore options for de-escalation, avoidance of and escaping from situations that feel unsafe.

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Oregon Parks and Natural Areas reopening

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As summer season goes into full effect, Oregonians that are itching to get out into our Parks, Natural areas, and Campground have recieved good news in recent announcements of their gradual reopening.
A total of 33 campgrounds will reopen to the public, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday. Most will reopen by reservation June 9, while seven opened Friday on a first-come, first-served basis.
For a full list of parks that have reopened and new guidelines check out the State Parks and Recreation reopening web site.