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The City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Program will sponsor a Saturday morning graffiti cleanup in Woodlawn on Saturday, August 25th.  They need your help! This will be a combined effort by City-contracted graffiti removal crews, and a minimum of 10 volunteers from the community.

Prior to the cleanup date, residents/businesses will be asked to survey their area and compile a list of sites that have been vandalized by graffiti and then to submit the list to Graffiti Abatement Volunteer Coordinator at least a week ahead of the event.

To volunteer, you must sign up here. For more information, contact Dennis LoGiudice , or check out the Facebook page.

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The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering $23,794 in small grant funds and $6,650 in graffiti abatement funds to neighborhood, business and community-based groups. NECN will offer $1000-$4000 per project within the Neighborhood Small Grant program and up to $2,500 per graffiti abatement project. Past projects funded by NECN include community orchards, tours of African American murals, afterschool programs, community outreach projects, website design, murals, graffiti clean-up and multicultural festivals.

ORIENTATION: An informational session will be held at NECN on September 21st, 6:00 to 8:00pm, to answer questions about the application, the committee review process, what funds can be used for and NECN’s unique priorities. Please RSVP for the orientation to or call 503.823.4264.

WORKSHOP: There will be a Small Grant Workshop to help applicants make their proposals stronger, on  October 6th, 7:00 to 8:30pm, also at NECN. Please RSVP for the workshop to or call 503.823.4135.

The application deadline is November 1st at 5 p.m. For more information or to download an application, click here.

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As Tonya Dickens, gang outreach worker said in the recent Oregonian article, “Everybody’s got to get their hands dirty. Parents, community, school, police, everyone has a role. If we are going to save our community…”

Connected is a group of community members determined to be a presence and positive role model in the lives of youth. This group meets weekly to walk through and around known “hot spots,” acknowledging and engaging with young and old alike as they go about their business. Connected invites volunteers join them on walks and organize their own groups of walkers. For more information, contact: Gary Marschke at 503-412-8520.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteer walkers. Contact the WNA Board.

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Concerned about safety and liveability issues? Over the summer, SALT, an NECN Community Committee focused on violence in our Neighborhoods and what could be done on a neighborhood level to address it (see link). The next SALT meeting is Monday, September 19th, 6:30pm, at NECN. All are invited to attend.

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Yesterday soon after the new concrete was poured at the Holman Street pocket park, there was a case of vandalism. A resident apparently witnessed a woman carving words in about nine of the panels of concrete, and took this picture. The resident made a police report.

If you recognize this person, you may assist the police by calling 503-823-3333 and referring to the temporary report number  T11006179.

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On the corner of Northeast 13th Avenue and Holman Street there is a tiny park. It houses one pine tree, a bench, a broken sprinkler system, and an odd play structure/sculpture that some call the “horse saddle.” But this unassuming and often neglected little patch of soil and concrete has been the centerpiece of a neighborhood caring, protecting, and providing for itself one little block at a time.

Read the rest of the article on the Sentinel website.

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