One of the guiding values of Village Portland is providing opportunities— and even inspiration— to get involved in their community. A Portand State University student had to become an advocate for a class, and in the story below she wrote about how it went.

The robust debate about how folks were originally spurred to service I wanted didn’t really happen— but I think it’s important to occasionally return to that moment that spurred you to get involved.


Willamette Week reported that the Mayor’s Office is working on a plan to create new safe camping sites in Portland neighborhoods, but also mentioned: speedier camp removals and new protocol allowing the City to move campers. Read more about it at the link, including pushback from Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

One of our excellent media partners, Pandemic Duck News had something to say about it.

Skatepark input

Berrydale Park is getting a new skatepark, and the public-input process begins this summer. Monvilla News has a good story on the process, or you can see the City of Portland’s project page here.


Muralist wanted

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon seeks a muralist to add to their home in East Portland‘s Jade District. The artist chosen will need to coordinate with community members, residents and APANO staff on this exciting project. More details are here

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 24 at 5 p.m.  


Job opening

The Montavilla East Tabor Business Association is hiring a part-time district organizer to help them engage local businesses. Read more about the position at the link.


Reading help

“Practice your new reading skills! Each week you’ll listen to a story, practice reading with a teen volunteer.”

This online class from Multnomah County Library is geared towards early readers: kindergartners to second graders.

online * 4 p.m. * free


Bike films

Filmed by Bike is happening online this year. Find more info on their website here.

online * May 20 – 23


Farmers market

The Montavilla Farmers Market is an excellent weekly summer event!

If you haven’t been able to make it and just want to see what it’s all about, East Portland News has some video and photographs from the first Montavilla Farmers Market here.

7700 block of SE Stark St. * 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Have a great weekend!