Develop and implement outreach program to residents typically underrepresented in East Portland neighborhood associations: renters, youth, disabled, diverse race and ethnicities, etc.


Bus rider outreach program is designed to reach residents from East Portland's diverse and underrepresented communities, specifically low-income, transit-dependent, youth, elderly, disabled, people of color
The project (Social Adjustment and Integration of Iraqi Population in East Portland) was a real learning process through its successes and challenges, taking into consideration the very young age of the Iraqi organization and the Iraqi community in Portland. It is big step in closing the cultural gap between the mainstream culture and the new comers’ culture, and it is a courageous and far sight by EPAP to fund our project. It is very ambitious to bring psychosocial change in 5-6 workshops, this process will take years but I am confident it is going to succeed since people now are willing to engage in community activities like in the Health Equity campaign, and we started a solidarity fund for the Iraqi community. The project included eight workshops that were held at: East minister Presbyterian Church, East Portland neighborhood office, East Portland Precinct, and East Portland Community Center. The average number of participants was around 20-25, and they were men and women of different ages (17-55y.o). These workshops in were the first opportunity for the Iraqi community in east portland to meet the wider community of elected and governemental officials and residents.
Slavic Community Center held classes that taught how to pass a citizenship class which involved lots of effort from the attendees. Having English as their second language, it was beneficial, as the students had told us themselves, that we had a teacher that was fluent in English and Russian languages. This really gave a boost for the students to be able to learn everything quicker and to be able to retain information. During the class we also taught the importance of voting once they become citizens, also we explained the importance of selective services and most of all we encouraged them to be involved in the community projects and provide their useful cultural knowledge to enrich other people of Portland with their uniqueness and creativity. As the classes were coming to an end, students started begging us to not finish these classes with this, but to continue on next year. We had success stories right away since few of our students had to go and take citizenship test during the time that our classes were still going on. They passed the test and came back to class and encouraged other students that these classes helped them to pass since they did not pass before.
EPAP grant (2011) funded AmeriCorps Community Organizer helped establish outreach work in the Rosewood area. A majority of the residents in the immediate community are underrepresented, coming from diverse ethnic backgrounds, age, and income and education levels. Through listening and engaging many residents, neighborhood association participants have a deeper understanding of the north section of Centennial Community Association. CCA events and gatherings are now promoted through and supported by the Rosewood network. The organizer worked with The Rosewood Initiative to begin holding gatherings with community members and partners in a new community space at SE 162nd Ave and Stark. Community members from traditionally underrepresented populations are now engaged in building Rosewood Cafe as a community center and hub for neighborhood transformation. They are also engaged in ongoing community building activities and improvement projects throughout the neighborhood. This continues to enable CCA to build relationships with more neighbors and partners in business, government, faith organizations, nonprofit, social service, and more.
Positive stories and activities are promoted through the East Portland Neighborhood Association News, a quarterly newsletter that is mailed to 7000 East Portland addresses. East Portland Action Plan submits positive media stories to every issure of the East Portland News and coordinates representatives to speak with media on a regular basis. East Portland Action Plan developed a brochure with a front page that states: "Pride in East Portland A Great Place to Live and Grow". EPAP funded an East Portland Economic Development Assessment that they made sure acknowledged East Portland attributes. The EPAP website focuses on East Portland attributes, including updates to the Action Plan. One of 5 priority strategies for the EPAP Economic Development Subcommittee is "Market East Portland as a Place to do Business".
ONI Diversity and Civic Leadership program funds five community of color, immigrant, refugee organizations to provide civic engagement, leadership and cacacity building resources for their organizations. Those groups are increasingly engaged in targeted outer East outreach efforts. East Portland Action Plan has funded and EPNO staff has supported work being done to coordinate and expand the PP&R summer youth activities, which has engaged leadership from East Portland Action Plan Civic Engagement language and cultural-specific communities and neighborhood associations. East Portland Action Plan has a Civic Engagement Subcommittee that is representative of diverse race and ethnic groups. This group establishes criteria and application development for the East Portland Civic Engagement Grant program. The East Portland Action Plan has actively sought and involved representation from renters, youth, disabled, diverse race and ethnicities, and LGBTQ communities
LLC Latino Learning Community explico la importancia de estar informados, Los asistentes hicieron bastantes comentarios y preguntas referentes al tema, mostrando interes al respecto, y ademas agradeciendo la oportunidad de tener estas charlas en la propia escuela en la que asisten sus ninos.
LLC Latino Learning Comunity quien trabaja en union con East Portland,contacto a NortWest Family Services, una organizacion encargada de dar las clases. Y asi trabajamos enn conjunto Claudia Carrillo se encargo de los permisos pertinentes con la Principal de la Escuela Primaria Shaver, para invitar alas familias y asi involucrar a los padres de nuestra area de East Portland.
Portland Fruit Tree Project held our East Portland Tree Scouting day July 26, 2014. We held the event at the East Portland Neighborhood office. While it was not as well-attended as we would have liked, the participants enjoyed the event and it was still a success because we spread the word about our programs, especially the Harvest Program, in East Portland and registered more fruit trees. Together participants covered 43.5 blocks and found 40 fruit trees on 28 different sites. During the grant period, we registered 23 new fruit trees in East Portland, increasing the number of trees registered in East Portland by six percent. We now have 412 trees registered in East Portland, and hope to coordinate increasingly more East Portland harvests as a result. Partly as a result of this outreach, Portland Fruit Tree Project volunteers harvested 2,345.5 pounds of fruit in East Portland in 2014, and distributed 2,002 pounds to East Portlanders in need through food pantries and Group Harvests. And we coordinated eight Group Harvests with other organizations serving East Portland residents in need, and two additional harvesting events outside East Portland limits, with East Portland residents.
Portland Fruit Tree Project created a partnership with Parkrose High SUN School to coordinate a Group Harvest with a student group in 2014. These students took home 302.5 pounds of fresh fruit to their schoolmates and families.
Portland Fruit Tree Project held information tables at 19 community events and resource fairs in East Portland from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, reaching approximately 570 individuals and families. Our goal was to engage our target populations (low-income families and/or Hispanics/Latinos) in harvesting events and other community-serving programs. We provided materials translated into Spanish. We also began a website translation project to make our services more accessible to Spanish-speakers.
Outgrowing Hunger's 2014 EPAP General Grant was used in part to hire and train HS and college youth from various refugee communities to conduct outreach for our community garden programming to the non-English speaking, and often pre-literate adult and senior populations in their communities. This strategy was pursued in order to increase the ability of young people to connect and organize their communities, while providing culturally-appropriate in-language communication with a marginalized and under-served population. This same network of outreach interns have also facilitated involvement in civic engagement and advocacy training initiatives in 2015.
Portland Fruit Tree Project conducted 10 community harvest events in east Portland. Roughly 64% of the participants in these harvest self-identified as low-income. We worked with JOIN, Parkrose Sun School, Portland Kitchen and other partners to recruit attendees. Three of these harvesting events were considered “group harvests,” meaning that they were not open to the public but just to those individuals associated with an organization. These groups were Parkrose SUN School and Portland Kitchen. We harvested 1534 pounds of fruit from 12 sites during these events. An estimated 298 households received fruit picked through PFTP’s events. We conducted outreach at 14 community events and resource fairs in east Portland. In addition we made presentations at the Villa Garden Club and Parkrose Sun School.
Free Arts NW has developed a strong working relationship with Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association. As a result of this relationship, increased inclusive opportunities have arisen for residents of PGNA and of greater East Portland to engage in arts programming and public art creations.
The Iraqi Society of Oregon EPAP funded project engaged the Iraqi women who are usually isolated and suffer of lack of ability to contribute to the family income.
The Division Midway Alliance's (DMA) Taste of Nations Taste Tent utilized the ESL mentoring model to engage several underrepresented East Portland community groups in a process that resulted in each group creating authentic, traditional foods to showcase at the Festival of Nations. Each year DMA offers any interested community members the opportunity to engage in free Business Technical assistance support for opening a restaurant, food cart, selling edible pre-packaged items, etc. One community member has explored that option each year and the community member who took advantage after the 2016 Festival of Nations is selling her Somali Hot Sauce at Farmer's Markets and local grocery stores in the region.
African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO) offered ESL classes for the East African community on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30AM - 12:30PM. We pay careful attention to the inclusion of those with disabilities and engaging students in language and literacy that is relevant to their daily lives. The class is taught by Abdi Mohamed who is AYCO’s Community Engagement Specialist. Abdi is supported by Clarice Jordan and Kristin Mathes. Clarice (Bachelor’s Student) and Kristin (Master’s Student) are School of Social Work Interns from Portland State University. Abdi speaks Somali, Mai Mai and English. He enjoys seeing students light up when they grasp English words and phrases. The ESL classes are vital to new members of the United States so that they can fully engage in society. Most participants in AYCO activities are from East Africa and primarily of Somali decent. Many Somalis are not literate in their first language which makes learning a second language extra challenging. Adapting and improving the ESL classes to the specific needs of students is of utmost importance to AYCO’s ESL teachers. AYCO’s Staff partnered with People-Places-Things (PPT) to strengthen the conversational approach to ESL. We worked with Patrik McDade (PPT program coordinator) to learn evidence-based techniques. Abdi and Clarice are shadowing teachers at People-Places-Things classes and bringing what they learn back to AYCO’s ESL classes. We were excited to see the growth of AYCO ESL students. In October 2017 one of the students wanted to pass his driver’s test after failing 3 times due to language barriers. During an ESL class he specifically requested to practice words that would be associated with the driving test. (Left, Right, Forward, Backward/Reverse). A few days later he took his test, and passed. This is just one example of the real-life benefits of ESL classes for the Somali population.
While we didn't implement an outreach program per se, the Community Care Festival, in its second year, did do that work by providing a place for residents to gather and connect with Civic Institutions. Some of the Civic Engagement opportunities include: Multnomah County Office of Community Involvement Multnomah County Democrats Civics Table & Maps Project East Portland Neighborhood Office East Portland Action Plan Multnomah County Elections 10 languages Pueblo Unido Portland For Everyone People-Places-Things
For CB 6.2, our outreach depended on our experience doing community outreach work through IRCO. We outreached to people by phone call, knocking at their door, plus meeting them in shopping store. OBCO wants to share our culture with other communities such as dress, song, traditional ceremonies, and archery.
Actions taken by the Latina Empowerment Project: 9/8/16 WORKED on advertising for the Empowerment womas [sic] event and followed up on cases one by one with referrals to appropriate insitutions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2hr 9/25/16 Worked 2hrs on publicity and made a new ad to promote the page and gave out tikeds [sic] for the Empowerment women enpretenujr [sic] event 9/28/16 An Event was held, this time at Keller Auditorium as the venue, tickets were obtained through our sponsors to attend a workshop about motivating women in general[.] 8 signed up for the event and 6 women attended…-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4hr 10/29/16 A workshop was held with Faviola Duran[,] women’s nutritional health specialist[,] which took place in her nutrition club located at ------------------the 3 attendees received a bag of nutritional products ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------3hr

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