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VAN Convenings and News
VAN was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation to advance work on the newly formed Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative in Washington County. 

The Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative was born from a convening in March 2022, when VAN gathered nearly 90 key stakeholders in healthcare, workforce development, faith, government, and the nonprofit sector to explore innovative ways to strengthen the workforce in response to the behavioral health crisis in Washington County. 

“Since convening the Behavioral Health Workforce Summit, VAN has responded to the immediate and urgent need of Washington County’s largest service providers to increase their staffing levels,” shared VAN’s Executive Director Glenn Montgomery. “The award from Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation is vital to our role as a convener and facilitator of collaborative, creative problem solving.”
VAN is excited to be partnering with Clean Water Services to lead a series of facilitated discussions that will provide guidance and direction on a vision for the future of the Tree for All collaborative.  

Since 2005, Tree for All has been working with 40+ partners as stewards of the Tualatin River Watershed. Partners have completed more than 700 Tree for All projects, planted more than 15 million trees and shrubs, and restored more than 30,000 acres and more than 140 river miles.

Today, Tree for All is embarking on the development of a new strategic plan which will provide a shared vision and brand, shared goals with specific initiatives and objectives, and partner commitments to lead initiatives. VAN is thrilled to be chosen to facilitate this process and we look forward to working with Clean Water Services and Tree for All partners as they explore new directions in their quest to make the region healthy and vibrant for generations to come.

Learn more about Tree for All at www.jointreeforall.org.
Our quarterly meeting of the Thrives All-Collaborative took place Wednesday, July 20, and we were pleased to host Cole Merkel, Co-Director of HereTogether, who delivered an update on the Supportive Housing Services measure with a special focus on the great progress being made in Washington County.
In addition, VAN Executive Director Glenn Montgomery updated the Collaborative on the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative and issued a call-to-action for organizations and individuals interested in helping with the initiative’s long-term goals, including organizations that may be able to partner with VAN in response to RFP’s to fund the work.
Watch the recording of the meeting on YouTube and find the meeting notes here.
Mark your calendars for the next Quarterly Gathering!
Wednesday, October 19 from 8:30-10am 
August Observances
August is Back to School Month and our local schools are excited to welcome families back for the 2022-23 school year. Find all the info you need on each district webpage below! 

National Immunization Awareness Month is held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. During NIAM, consider talking to your doctor, nurse or healthcare provider to ensure you and your family are protected with routine vaccinations. For information on where and how to get the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters in Washington County, visit www.co.washington.or.us/vaccine.
Get Engaged!
Visit our Community Events Calendar for opportunities to engage meaningfully in your community!
Featured Event
Sat, Aug 6, 12-8pm
Hillsboro Shute Park

​La Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca, as well as in nearby villages. The celebration centers on traditional dancing and includes parades complete with indigenous walking bands, native food, and statewide artisanal crafts such as pre colonization-style textiles. This event is hosted by TierrAgua.
Featured Event
Aug 8-13

From August 8-13, Beaverton Black Parent Union offers classes focused on black culture, education and development across all age groups. Subjects include media production, plant biology, money management, storytelling, business, writing, Black history, and more. There's something for everyone and classes are free!
Featured Event
Sat, Aug 13, 9am-1pm
155 N. First Ave, Hillsboro

It takes a village to build a healthy community. Join Neighborhood Health Center and 28 health vendors at the 7th Annual Community Health Fair. Stop by and get a physical or well-child exam, get help with your health insurance enrollment, receive a dental screening, and more. Everyone is welcome.
Featured Event

Over 60 booths will share their cultural wares and foods along with performances highlighting cultures across the globe. Hosted by the city’s Diversity Advisory Board with a goal to create a vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally.
Local Podcasts
Check out these great podcasts to keep you informed and connected to your community!
GreenState is an award-winning podcast from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ protects air, land, and water. The podcast covers all things environmental in Oregon. The first 3 episodes, released in Summer 2021, are titled "Where There's Smoke," and cover the past, present, and future of air quality in Oregon. Hosts are Lauren Wirtis and Dylan Darling, two public affairs specialists with the agency.
Abuelas en Acción is a podcast produced by Familias en Acción that explores issues affecting Latino/x/e health: social and health inequities, climate change, immigration and economic justice. Hosts Marie Dahlstrom and Dr.Rosemary Celaya-Alston interview experts and activists who are making a difference in their communities, and hope to inspire ordinary folks to make their voices heard and bring about positive change.
Have a favorite local podcast we should feature? Let us know! Email jenny@visionactionnetwork.org with suggestions.
Follow VAN's podcast Finding Community!

Stay tuned for new episodes coming soon! Next up, Glenn will be speaking with Dave Mowry, executive director for NAMI of Washington County.

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Your City, Your County, Your Community
Be prepared and stay informed about extreme heat, cooling centers, and more
Apply by Aug 30 to serve on one of the county boards or commissions
Share public transportation improvements you’d like to see in the next 2-5 years
Take the survey by August 12 to help select ’23-’28 street projects in the county
Applications invited from diverse community leaders
Metro offers funding for community-led cleanup efforts in greater Portland
Online application opens August 5 and is due by October 7 at noon
Nomination forms are due by September 30, 2022
Apply by Aug 3 for this opportunity to help create more inclusive neighborhoods
Funding for neighborhood special event or community service project
In-person round table discussion with the three City Manager finalists on Aug 9
Apply by Aug 14 for this opportunity to help shape the future of downtown
City of Hillsboro residents can apply for the academy by Sept 5
The city seeks input from the community to help shape the way safe spaces are located, designed, and operated
Financial Aid recipients and English Language Learners get help registering for classes and activities Aug 9-12