August E-News
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Hey Neighbors!

Happy August, there are many exciting things happening as the summer begins to transition into the fall. Join us on August 7th from 12-6:00PM at The Exchange! Read more about how you can be part of the SE Uplift team, local summer camps and events in your area. Thank you!
A Warm Farewell!
With gratitude and best wishes, SE Uplift says farewell to our Operations Manager, Eaen Goss. In less than a year, Eaen has revamped our board member and staff orientation materials, created a houseless resources webpage, undergone a massive asset and information clean-up and documentation effort, and has contributed his expertise in the area of social justice and accessibility. We are in his debt and will miss Eaen greatly. That said, we wish Eaen the best of luck in his next endeavor, we know any organization is fortunate to have him! 
Join us THIS SATURDAY, August 7th, 2021 from 12:00-6:00pm at SE Main street between SE 35th and SE 36th!

The Exchange is a celebration of LGBTQ+ / Black / Brown / Indigenous and Disabled Artists and Makers.

The first Exchange Market was organized in 2019 by dedicated former SEUL staff who wanted to create space for Black, Brown and Indigenous artist to sell their goods and connect with the community. The Exchange is back! Come by and meet our 30+ vendors.

The market is outdoors and accessible through TriMet (14,15,66 and 75 bus lines)
Click on the image to learn more about The Exchange Vendors!
Executive Director:

SE Uplift seeks a thoughtful leader to focus on and support our talented and dedicated staff, fostering an environment where they can thrive and expand their capacity to succeed in meeting our goals.

For job description click here

Board Administrator:

The Board Administrator is a contract position holding the overall responsibility of managing board relationships and leading the board through a strategic planning process.
Working closely with the Executive Director, board chair and executive committee, the Board Administrator informs meeting agendas and supports good governance practices of the board. With a large board of directors (32- members) and an Executive Committee of five, the ideal candidate will have familiarity with public meetings, experience managing a large group of high-level volunteers, and experience with conflict resolution and facilitation.

For job description click here

Administrative and Operations Specialist 

This position supports a variety of administrative, property management, and events-related needs at SE Uplift and will frequently involve providing much needed support to SE Uplift staff. The person in this position will work closely with the Executive Director, bookkeeper, and other staff to make sure day to day administrative and operation tasks are completed in a timely and efficient manner. This position involves computer, phone, and office/administrative work, hands-on property management work, light IT support. This role requires a flexible and versatile individual who is able to adapt to changing needs, work well autonomously and in a team, and is a resilient problem-solver. 

For full job description click here.
PCC Vaccine Clinic
Everyone aged 12+ who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at a Multnomah County Health Department site qualifies for a Visa gift card as available.
  • $100 for anyone receiving their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. 
  • $50 for anyone getting their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • $150 for anyone getting the one-time J&J vaccine. 
Bring a friend or family member:
  • $50 for anyone bringing someone else (up to 8 people) to get vaccinated if they themselves are already vaccinated. You will need to show proof of your own vaccination. 
  • Adults accompanying minors, aged 12-17, that are not their own children are not eligible for the “bring-a-friend” incentive. 
  • No ID is necessary to receive a gift card; however each recipient will need to sign or initial a log to acknowledge that they received it. 
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Communications Grant Highlight Story:
Passion Impact: Translation to Include Parents
Students in PI Programs speaks Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Nepali, and Chinese at home. Passion Impact will translated DEI, Values, Mission, and Vision statements and Volunteer Registration to be more inclusive and support students & families.

*The Translations are live!*
-click the links below-

Russian - Vietnamese - Nepali - Español - 

Vibe Summer Academy / Camps
"Vibe sees diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of all students and our communities"

Thanks to generous funding from the Oregon Community Foundation, Vibe is offering full scholarships to our summer art and music camps for students in need living in the Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, and surrounding SE Portland areas. Camps begin June 21 and last all summer. 9-3 with optional extended care through 5pm, lunch provided. If you are looking for affordable day camps for your child, or know of families in need, please email us for more information and application.

Click here for the summer camp schedule.
Apply for a Healthy Blocks Permit!
Are you thinking of ways to bring your community together? You can apply to a Healthy Blocks Permit through PBOT!

As more people get vaccinated, and as we continue to be mindful of COVID safety, an outdoor community event can help you and your neighbors reconnect and build a stronger relationship.
"Healthy Blocks allow residents to temporarily close a street to create more outdoor recreation space for people to enjoy while following social distancing guidelines. Permits may be requested for up to 8 hours per week starting June 1, until the program ends (and permits expire) Oct. 31, 2021."

To learn more visit their website here.
Don't Miss Out!
Events, Community News, Resources and More!
First Friday Art Show
Art Design Xchange (ADX) is hosting in collaboration with Past Lives the ADX First Friday Art Show (8/6) 6-7PM. The event is “I love SE” community-inspired art show. It features local artists, live music, tarot reader, and pop-up market.
Past Lives is a community of artists and business owners dedicated to creating employment and mentorship opportunities for ex-convicts and others affected by the prison system or similar experiences. Blue (who made the art for the P4ME Non-Unanimous Jury Convictions) is an artist.
ADX is located at 417 SE 11th Ave, Portland OR 97214
CIB Portland Events
CIB Crew is a national collective of roller skate chapters. CIB Portland has all-level skatepark meetups at rotating parks throughout Portland. These are great for people just starting out and looking to practice with a supportive group. Intermediate and advanced events are available too. Check the CIB Portland chapter Facebook for upcoming local events.
Pedalpalooza PDX
Pedalpalooza is an annual event that celebrates anything and everything about bikes and other forms of active transportation. Davie Bowie ride? Prince themed ride? Star Wars ride? Orange-colored theme ride? Full moon clothing-optional rides? Yep, yep, and yep! Rides are led by volunteers and can be coordinated by anyone with an idea and a passion for bicycles. There are guides available for people interested in leading rides including important considerations and suggestions. This year, Pedalpalooza occurs for three months with many rides happening until the end of August. Find a ride of interest on the events calendar.
Portland in the Streets
Portland In The Streets Program allows people to activate public space for community projects. Applications are free, do not require event insurance, and accessible to more people than ever before. Throwing an official block party has been easier than before now.
Save the Date for the SOLVE 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. Volunteer registration goes live on August 2nd at

Visit for more information or contact Monica Kelly at or 971-346-2702.
SOLVE is hiring a Community Event Coordinator!
Job Posting: The Community Event Coordinator will work with a team dedicated to the Portland Metro region in SOLVE’s “Detrash Portland” effort. This position will engage the Portland community in addressing the litter crisis in our local neighborhoods and business districts by supporting volunteer driven cleanup and restoration events in parks, natural areas, and neighborhoods. We welcome applicants who has deep ties in the community, especially among BIPOC and historically marginalized communities, as this position will be training and connecting with volunteer leaders.
The application closes on August 5th
From We Count Oregon:
" Raising your voice in September at the Redistricting Public Hearings is about sharing your communities stories, putting on the record the issues that matter to your community, and ensuring you shape the story not someone who doesn't have your communities interest at heart. Sign up, and be heard.

From Multnomah County Public Health-
The Multnomah County Public Health Department released the following statement on July 27th, 2021:

"Multnomah County Public Health today strongly recommended that everyone 5 and older (2 and older if tolerated) wear masks in all indoor public spaces, regardless of wether they have been vaccinated.

The advisory was issued as COVID-19 cases rise, largely due to an increase in social activities and the spread of the Delta variant, and primarily among people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Studies show that universal masking reduces the risk of infection by at least 70 percent.
"We have an opportunity to make a difference in our county's case rates right now. But if we don't act, we can expect an exponential rise in cases, especially in pockets with low vaccinations. This could lead to preventable hospitalizations and even death" said Public Health Director Jessica Guernsey. "Masking is a step we can all take right now to keep businesses open and move ahead with our plans for the school year. This is the thing that will make a difference"

County health officials are particularly worried about the Delta variant, which is roughly twice as contagious as earlier strains of the virus and may cause more severe illness as a whole, the Delta variant comprises about 90 percent of the sequenced cases in the United States. The state of Oregon is already at about 80 percent Delta variant of recently sequenced tests.

Fully vaccinated people - such as those with two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - appear to be well-protected from severe disease and death with Delta variants. However, people with only one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine are not as well-protected. And even fully vaccinated people can still become mildly ill and transmit the virus to others.

That's why Public Health recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks in indoor spaces when the vaccination status of others is unclear.

"Vaccination remains the very best protection against this virus and its variants, so for anyone who can, don't wait. Get your shot" said Guernsey. "But we need a quick course correction to protect children and other people from right now. And masks offer that protection"
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