SE Uplift 2013 Neighborhood Small Grant Recipients

1. Advanced Skills Training, Voz Workers' Rights Education Project. Amount Funded: $2,000

The Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project will use grant funds to support their monthly advanced skills trainings for day laborers. These culturally relevant trainings provide participants with increased confidence, on the job skills, English speaking skills, team building and leadership skills, and comfort navigating U.S. culture. 

2. Collaborative Arleta Garden Planning Process, Arleta School Garden Committee. Amount Funded: $1,250

The Arleta School Garden Committee plans to transform under-utilized asphalt areas of the Arleta School grounds into a school and community food-based garden. The food garden will empower students to adopt healthy eating habits, enhance classroom learning and youth leadership roles, and provide an opportunity for community members to share their gardening knowledge and skills. After an initial feasibility analysis is conducted, the community will be invited to participate in a series of visioning events to establish a detailed landscaping plan. 

3. Community Classes for Adults with Special Needs, On-the-Move Community Integration. Amount Funded: $3,543

On-the-Move Community Integration will use grant funds to offer free cultural enrichment and reading classes for adults with developmental disabilities. The classes will help to combat the social isolation and discrimination experienced by adults with special needs by providing social, cultural, and educational opportunities that forge community, self-esteem, pride in heritage, and improved education. 

4. Eastside Forum Project, Living Stages. Amount Funded: $1,960

Living Stages is planning to expand its Eastside Forum Project, which provides residents of the 82nd Avenue corridor the opportunity to create and perform an original interactive play based on their real-life experiences. The goal of the project is to engage the community in identifying the challenges and possibilities of neighborhood life along 82nd Avenue. 

5. Eastside Village, PDX – Phase 1: Community Awareness and Engagement, Eastside Village, PDX. Amount Funded: $1,500

Eastside Village, PDX plans to create the first aging-in-place “Village” in the Portland metro area, which will assist older adults and people with disabilities live at home and in their communities safely, affordably, happily, and healthily for as long as they choose through a coordinated network of trained volunteers and reduced cost services. Grant funds will be used for initial outreach and engagement of residents and businesses via tabling at public events and informational gatherings at libraries, communities centers, and neighborhood and businesses associations. 

6. Foster United Outreach to Non-English Speakers in SE Portland’s Foster Road Area, Foster United. Amount Funded: $600

Foster United, an all-volunteer based website, aims to bridge the various communities in and around the SE Foster Road area by serving as a hub for community information and civic engagement. The proposed project aims to raise awareness of the translation function on their website among non-English speaking residents, so that they can better participate in the local issues impacting them. Outreach will be done via promotional materials in multiple languages that will be distributed through retail stores, libraries, and through face-to-face presentations to local groups.

7. Friends in the Neighborhood - Family Recreation Night, Konko Church of Portland. Amount Funded: $1,200

Konko Church of Portland plans to host a series of family recreation nights with the goals of bringing families from the same neighborhood together, strengthening families through positive teambuilding games, and increasing awareness of community resources. The program will feature activities that emphasize family unity and provide opportunities for positive communication, encouragement, collective solution seeking, and sharing. 

8. Mount Tabor Family Adventure Scramble, Jim Bridger PTA. Amount Funded: $1,000

Jim Bridger PTA will use grant funds to support a free school and community event featuring an adventure scramble in Mount Tabor Park, where teams of kids and families will compete in a series of physical and mental challenges designed to ‘unplug’ them from electronics and immerse them in the wonders of the outdoors. The project will promote healthy lifestyles and encourage family-based community activities that are inclusive, regardless of cultural, economic, or linguistic backgrounds.

9. Neighborhood PLACE: Parks, Learning and Community Enhancement, Tsuga Community Commission. Amount Funded: $1,250

Tsuga Community Commission is creating a free summer day camp for Mt. Tabor neighborhood youth. As part of the camp curriculum, participants will have the opportunity to help implement a beautification project with the goal of transforming an underutilized space into a community asset. The project will encourage camp youth to work together to give back to their neighborhood, leave a positive mark on their surroundings, and strengthen their ties to the community. 

10. North Tabor Mural Project, North Tabor Neighborhood Association. Amount Funded $2,000

The North Tabor Neighborhood Association is launching a collaborative mural project on the corner of 47th and East Burnside with the goals of building community identity and instilling a sense of neighborhood pride. The project will include outreach to neighborhood residents and businesses to encourage them to participate in the mural design, fundraising efforts and painting of the wall. The finished mural will foster community relationships and provide a permanent landmark for the neighborhood. 

11. Pick-Me-Up, the Madison House – Good Samaritan Ministries. Amount Funded: $500

Pick-Me-Up, a grassroots volunteer litter collection start-up in SE Portland, plans to promote community building and neighborhood beatification through a series of monthly neighborhood cleanup events. The project will provide those with a vested interest in the community an opportunity to actively engage in its enhancement and connect with other local residents and organizations. Additionally, the project will celebrate neighborhood pride while providing a service to the local community. 

12. Post5 Theatre Summer Teen Apprentice Program, Post5 Theatre. Amount Funded: $800

Post5 Theatre is initiating a teen apprentice program consisting of two 5-week sessions that will offer youth in SE Portland a chance to gain theatre training and to work hand-in-hand with professional artists.  The project will provide a safe and educational activity to teens in the neighborhood, while building their skills and self-esteem.. .

13. Richmond Neighborhood's Emergency Preparedness Program, Richmond Neighborhood Association. Amount Funded $2,000

Richmond Neighborhood Association plans to host a series of four workshops on preparing for emergency situations. The goal of the series is to build community by informing, educating and enabling the citizens of Richmond to think, discuss and act together on important emergency preparedness efforts, both within their own homes and their immediate community. Additionally, the project hopes to engage new residents in a community dialog and build upon, reenergize, and strengthen existing community ties. 

14. Sunnyside's Narrow Planting Strip Tree Accessibility Project, Friends of Trees. Amount Funded $1,600

The project proposed by Friends of Trees will enable Sunnyside residents living on streets with narrow planting strips to participate in their neighborhood’s street tree planting event at an equitable cost. The project hopes to build community through neighbors working together on planting day, and by creating more livable and walkable places for neighbors to gather and meet one another. 

15. Woodstock Community Information Kiosk, Woodstock Neighborhood Association. Amount Funded $750

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association will use grant funds towards designing and constructing a community information kiosk at the southeast corner of the Woodstock Community Center lot. The kiosk will raise awareness of the association, facilitate communication between various community organizations and the neighborhood, and strengthen community involvement and neighborhood identity.