September E-News
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Hey Neighbor,

Happy September! This month we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we talk about wildfire safety, get ready for school to start again, and build community bonds. We also extend resources for upcoming events, workshops and job opportunities!

-SE Uplift
Celebrating culture is an opportunity to reflect and appreciate peoples contribution to the vibrant communities we live in. Hispanic Heritage Month is every year from September 15th to October 15th. Take this time to learn about Hispanic and Latine leaders, educators, artists, traditions, cuisines & more!

Though engaging with community has become harder to do through a pandemic, you can show your respect and appreciation by visiting and buying from Hispanic and/or Latine owned business and individuals. 

Click here to read the Oregon Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation.
Youth Climate Town Hall with Senator Ron Wyden
Friday, Sept. 10th, at 4pm via Zoom
Aimed at young people ages 13 to 24

The town hall will be planned by and for young people (13-24 years old) in Oregon who are passionate or curious about climate change and how politics can be an avenue for solutions to create a better future. It’s a chance for young people to make their voices heard.

Have a question for Senator Wyden about climate, clean energy, or environmental justice? Submit your questions here. Those selected will be notified before the event and will get to ask their question live at the town hall.

  • Event held by and for young people
  • A chance for young people to make their voices heard
  • Focus on solutions and creating a better future
As of Friday, August 27th 2021 Governor Kate Brown reinstated statewide outdoor mask requirement regardless of vaccination status.
On August 27th, Oregon reported over 3,000 new cases and 20 deaths.

To stay up to date with COVID-19 news visit here.

From the website:

The rule aligns with the exceptions outlined in the recent statewide indoor mask requirements, and does not apply to:
• Children under 5 years old;
• Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping — as well as individuals living outdoors, such as persons experiencing houselessness;
• Persons playing or practicing competitive sports, or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask — such as swimming;
• Individuals delivering a speech or performing — such as with outdoor music or theater;
• Mask requirements for day-to-day operations at K-12 schools are not governed by this rule, and will instead continue to fall under the school mask rule. Outside public events, spectator events, and gatherings of the general public on K-12 school grounds will be subject to the rule. Child care and youth programs will continue to follow existing OHA mask guidance; and
• In addition, entities subject to the ADA must continue to comply with that law.
As of August 30th, there are 18 active wildfires in Oregon with 110,151.41 acres burned. It is important to stay alert and aware of wildfires near by in order to keep yourself and your neighbors safe.

The American Red Cross provides various tips and safety information for the community.

To stay updated on wildfires near by visit Oregon Wildfire Response and Recovery here.

A wildfire can spread very quickly, giving you little time to evacuate to safety. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Obey evacuation orders from officials.
  • Back your car into the garage or park it outside in the direction of your evacuation route.Confine pets to one room so you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.Limit exposure to smoke and dust - keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.Do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor pollution such as candles, fire places and gas stoves.
If you are trapped outdoors, crouch in a pond, river or pool.
  • Do not put wet clothing or bandanas over your mouth or nose. Moist air causes more damage to airways than dry air at the same temperature.If there is no body of water, look for shelter in a cleared area or among a bed of rocks. Lie flat, face down, and cover your body with soil. Breathe the air close to the ground to avoid scorching your lungs or inhaling smoke.
Do not return home until officials say it is safe to do so.
  • Inspect the roof immediately and extinguish any sparks or embers. Wildfires may have left embers that could reignite.For several hours afterward, recheck for smoke and sparks throughout the home, including the attic. Keep checking your home for embers that could cause fires.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 customizable severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross First Aid App provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. Download these apps for free by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with your neighbors to chat about what diversity, equity and inclusion means to you on Zoom! Each discussion topic will be held twice a month. 
Grab your beverage of choice and join us on Friday, September 10th from 11:00 to 12:00 and Thursday, September 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30. Head to for the link. 
Dive into the role of music in shaping memories, communities, and justice, through an interactive discussion that will include reflections from Portland hip hop legend Cool Nutz.  
Music as a Tool for Justice will be held on Wednesday, September 29th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Learn more and sign-up at 
How can we pursue social justice with compassion? Join us as we develop our intervention skills and learn how to navigate difficult conversations for a lasting impact in your community.  
Calling In: Equity with Empathy will be held on Thursday, September 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Learn more and sign-up at 
For more information, email Rhys at and they will be happy to assist you! Learn more about these and future events at You can get involved with Neighbors West-Northwest on Facebook
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Events, Community News, Resources and More!
Housing & Belonging
September 13th @6pm
The Brooklyn Action Corps invites you to join us on Monday, September 13th at 6 pm on Zoom for a free, virtual discussion on “Housing & Belonging” with Paul Susi which is a part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project.
During this online facilitation, we will be exploring both the history of houselessness in Portland and creating space for deeper questions about what it means to belong. We recognize that our neighbors have diverse opinions on these topics, and we hope that this opportunity fosters meaningful discussion, learning, and community building.
Our facilitator, Paul Susi, is a theater artist who was born and raised in Portland, OR. He has a background in social services, education, community activism and spent five years managing shelters with Transition Projects. You can expect Paul to bring his experience of de-escalation, navigating difficult topics, and knowledge of historical context as it pertains to houselessness and housing in Portland into this space. If you would like to learn more about Paul, please visit Paul’s website or listen to their recent feature on OPB’s Next Generation Radio.
We expect this event to last between 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours. Please use our Google form to RSVP to this event.
Content Creator Mixer
Calling BIPOC Creators and Creatives!

Mercatus is a business directory featuring entrepreneurs of color and a storytelling platform and we need your help bringing those stories to life.
We are looking for a diverse group of BIPOC writers, photographers, graphic designers, videographers, influencers, copywriters, and more to share the stories of entrepreneurs of color.
Join us and learn more about upcoming projects or pitch your own story Mercatus is funding one project each quarter this year.
*This event is for BIPOC creators only. To learn more visit Mercatus here.
In-Person Theater Classes at the Day Theater!
5516 SE Foster Road, Portland
Northwest Children's Theater is now offering classes at the Day Theater at SE 56th and Foster.
Classes for ages 4 - 14 are held on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Whether you’re experiencing theater for the first time, or you’re ready to enhance your acting, singing, and dancing skills, there’s something for everyone at NWCT!
Fall 2021 Class Dates:

  • Playlabs: September 20 – November 14 (8 weeks)*
  • Session 1 – First Stage, Explore, and Skills: September 20 – October 17 (4 weeks)
  • Session 2 – First Stage, Explore, and Skills: October 20 – November 14 (4 weeks)*
  • All sessions of fall classes are open for registration!

To register for classes, visit

*These classes are tuition-based, however scholarships are available.
OPAL PDX is Hiring!
Opal is hiring a Finance & Operations Director.

The Finance and Operations Director oversees the organization’s daily overhead activities and supports long-term financial planning and operations. This role is responsible for managing the organization’s resources, developing and implementing an operational and fiscal plan. The Finance and Operations Director also ensures that operational and fiscal procedures are carried out properly. This is a full-time, non–union-represented position with a salary range between $60,000 and $70,000.
Apply by September 19 at 11:59 PM Pacific

For fully job description and to apply click here.
SOLVE's Beach & Riverside Cleanup!
Join a beach cleanup or natural area restoration project led by community volunteers across the state! Join in to keep Oregon clean and healthy on the Oregon coast, at a river, on the mountain, or in your own neighborhood.

There are more than 75 volunteer projects to choose from across the state, including dozens of beach cleanups, inland cleanups, and restoration events. A complete list of volunteer projects can be found at

Portland has several events in SE, including the Central Eastside Riverside Cleanup at OMSI and the Errol Heights Park Cleanup.
Urban Permaculture Design Course
INTRO: Welcome to the 2021-2022 Urban Permaculture Design Course! This rich training opportunity delves into broadly-applicable and hyper-local strategies for personal, collective and land-based resiliency and wellness. This is especially valuable as we are being called to respond to these demanding and uncertain times and realize the need for us to radically reimagine our relationship to place and purpose.
The virtual in-person class sessions will take place over monthly weekend sessions from November 2021 - June 2022 from 9am-12pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) each day and a mid-month Tuesday Design Lab session from 5.30-7.30pm PST. This year's dates are:

Sat Nov 6 & Sun Nov 7; Tue, Nov 16
Sat Dec 4 & Sun Dec 5; Tues, Dec 14
Sat Jan 8 & Sun Jan 9; Tues, Jan 18
Sat Feb 5 & Sun Feb 6; Tues, Feb 15
Sat Mar 5 & Sun Mar 6; Tue, March 15
Sat Apr 2 & Sun Apr 3; Tues, April 15
Sat Apr 30 & Sun May 1; Tues, May 10
Sat Jun 4 and Sunday Jun 5; Tue June 21

To learn about the early bird discount & more click here!
Fundraising in the New Environment -
Tackling Long-Term Change While Meeting Today's Needs
Laurel McCombs, Senior Philanthropy Advisor, The Osborne Group
Every organization has long-term goals it's looking to reach, whether it be growing major gifts, shifting portfolio balance, or building a powerhouse board, but too often those long-term goals are pushed off by short-term revenue requirements or immediate demands. Development shops must remain nimble and able to respond to opportunities, but not at the expense of achieving the goals that will lead to transformational growth and change. In this session, you will learn how to balance these two competing objectives. Through a combination of focusing on vision and big impact, shifting philanthropic culture, and implementing processes and systems that support better time and priority management, you can do both. You will leave feeling empowered to manage short-term needs while strategically moving forward toward your big, transformational goals.

The in-person portion of this event will follow all state and local COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of participants and we will provide any updates as the event approaches.

For more information and to register click here.
From Here and De Allá
Hacienda’s virtual event will be centered around people, culture and the Latino spirit of generosity. Together, we will celebrate our community, our collective achievements from the last very challenging year, and our future.

To learn more click here.
We are excited to welcome back Roxy De La Torre and Hacienda Board Member Javier Alomia to host From Here and de Allá, presented by LMC Construction.

From Here and de Allá is free, open to all and is a chance to show up for our community. Please RSVP today, mark the event on your calendar and share the invitation.

If you have any questions about the event or if you are interested in joining us as a sponsor, please contact Beckie Lee at or 503-961-6409.
Move More Challenge
The Move More Challenge, formerly called the Bike More Challenge, is on now and lasts all summer long. Registration is now open! Create a team or participate as an individual, logging sustainable active transportation trips. This year’s event won’t be limited to people commuting by bike or to workplaces. You’ll be able to track your lunchtime walks as a telecommuter, log trips on transit and by scooter, form a team with your book club or neighbors, and even count your Pedalpalooza and other social rides happening all summer long. This year, every trip counts!
The Move More Challenge is open to everyone in Oregon, and we see it as a means to encourage a multimodal transportation system that contributes to equity in access, opportunity, health, and prosperity for people and communities across the Portland Metro Region and beyond. Join our mailing list for the latest Move More Challenge updates. Read the Move More Challenge FAQ for help getting started.

To register and learn more click here!
SE Uplift
(503) 232-0010
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