December 2019 E-News
Communications grants NOW OPEN!

The 2019-2020 communications grants are now open! It is time submit your goals for your organization’s communications from October 2019 -September 2020.

Goal of the program:
The goal of the program is to make Southeast community organizations’ communications strategies accessible to the broad and diverse SE Community with effective and accessible outreach. Historically, neighborhood associations have had the opportunity to receive a total $20,000 to put towards their communications needs.
Update on the program:
Over the past couple of fiscal years (2017-2018, 2018-2019) the communications funds have failed to be spent in totality. Some Neighborhood Associations have expressed a need for more funds than they have been allocated and SE Uplift’s other stake-holders, (non-neighborhood association community groups) have not had any access to these funds. These are the reasons that SE Uplift has decided to create an opportunity for  all  groups to apply for funding to increase outreach capacity.

As of this fiscal year (October 2019- September 2020), communications funds are now available to all community organizations including but not limited to neighborhood associations serving the Southeast Portland community via a small competitive grant process. This year we are awarding grants of up to $1000.

How it will work for Neighborhood Associations:
It is important to note that Neighborhood Associations are still receiving the majority of total communications funds. We hope this will create an opportunity to continue the thoughtful work our neighborhoods have been doing.

Neighborhood Associations that have used all of their allotted funding from the previous fiscal year (October 2018-September 2019) will receive their full communications funds amount. Your liaison will submit your communications funds packet to you as early as the week of December 2nd. In that packet will be a proposal that must be filled out, approved by the board, and submitted to SE Uplift before applying for any reimbursements from your allotted funds. Services and projects that are liable for reimbursement are projects such as: flyer printing, website hosting, banners, newsletters, and translation services.

Other neighborhood associations that did not get the chance to use all of their allotted funding will receive either a partial amount of their past funding or no funding (these details will also be found in your communications grant packet from your liaison). However, all neighborhood associations will have the opportunity to apply to and receive a grant to fund their communications projects for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. This creates opportunity for Neighborhoods and non-neighborhood groups to have meaningful projects to increase outreach and communication to their community. More information on the process, the application and FAQ’s can be found on our website:

Please keep in mind that services and projects that have been considered meaningful communications projects are projects such as: flyer printing, website hosting, banners, newsletters, and translation services.

Please feel free to contact to pose questions, comments or concerns.
Giving this Holiday Season with SE Uplift  
There are so many ways to give, organizations to support, and locations to donate at this holiday season, SE Uplift wants to make it easier for neighbors to take part! 
Support the kiddos – donate a new unwrapped toy   

SE Uplift is partnering with Human Solutions to support their  Holiday Toy Drive .

Drop a new unwrapped toy/game * at the SE Uplift office on or before  December 18th . Reminder our office hours are M-Th 10-5pm with staff who may be there outside those hours.  
Suggested Gifts for Children (1-17) include : Games & Puzzles Blocks & Legos Soccer/Basket balls & other sports equipment Dolls & Stuffed Animals Art Supplies: Painting kits, crayons, colored pencils; Educational Kits & Books 
Gift cards for older children (ages 12-17)  - $25 for Burgerville, Regal Cinema, Amazon, Target, Old Navy, etc. 
Sporting Goods, Young Adult Books 
Support our Community Organizations  
Do you want to end your year right with some final donations that support local organizations? Or you are wanting to donate on behalf of a friend or family member this holiday season? Either way, consider the Willamette Week Give!Guide this season. The Give!Guide is a great way to support local organizations and also get a  little something in return. The G!G showcases small, medium and large organizations whose missions fall into eight categories: Animals, Civil & Human Rights, Community, Creative Expression, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services. Stop by our office to look through a hard copy or read a digital version of the magazine by  clicking here
Support our houseless neighbors by giving your time or a donation  
Warming shelters  have started opening their doors to help our houseless neighbors get out of the freezing cold when conditions reach a certain threshold.  Volunteers  are always needed for these temporary shelters across the county. Learn more about volunteering  here  Additionally, cold weather  donations  such as winter clothes, sleeping bags, and hygiene supplies are also greatly needed. For the complete list of items and donation drop off locations go  here . Or you can drop donations off at the SE Uplift office, where we will sort and drop donations at the designated  east side  locations - see list below.   

List of items currently being requested (you may drop at that location or at SE Uplift who will make bulk delivery)*  

Requested items:  Thick socks, Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black), Waterproof/resistant winter coats (adults, all sizes), Sleeping bags and warm blankets, Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black), Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black), Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors), Hand warmers, Rain ponchos 
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 9am-3pm 
Requested items: Socks, underwear, gloves, coats, pants, hats, scarves (adults, all sizes), deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, soap, shampoo, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware, non-perishable dry goods, sanitizing wipes, Amazon and Fred Meyer gift cards 
Drop off hours: Walk in.   Wy’East: 7am-10pm. Sandy Studios: 9am-5pm  
Requested items:  Blankets, sleeping bags, men's clothing 
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 8am-6pm 
Requested items:  Coats, Gloves, hats, socks, blankets, and shoes, as well as hygiene products, food, and art supplies for indoor activities. 
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 8am-5pm 
Requested items:  Winter coats and rain coats for all sizes (adult and child), hats, gloves, and scarves (adult and child), warm new socks and underwear (adult and child), diapers and wipes (all sizes), full sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, hair brush), cold, allergy, and flu medicine (all ages), high efficiency liquid laundry detergent, Hop Passes 
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm. For questions please contact 971-409-1766 
Requested items:  Diapers all sizes, baby wipes, new socks and underwear all sizes, and hygiene products 
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 8am-5pm 
Requested items:  Hats, coats, gloves, blankets, rain coats, scarves, socks, toiletries (travel size) 
Drop off hours: Walk in   Monday-Friday, 9am-430pm 
Requested items:  Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black), waterproof/resistant winter coats (adults, all sizes), sleeping bags and warm blankets (fleece/wool), waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black), knit hats (preferably dark colors/black), tarps (preferably brown, dark colors), hand warmers 
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm 

*Note that SE Uplift staff will  not  be able to provide a tax-deductible receipt for donated items.   
The goals of the Small Grant Program are to increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community;
strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community impact on public decisions and community life.

Preference will be given to projects:
  • That have strong community support and involvement.
  • Submitted by, or in direct partnership with, organizations predominately led by and/or involving people from historically underrepresented or underserved communities including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, renters, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.
  • Directly related to Census or Voting work, including efforts to increase voter turnout and increasing the census count/education among hard to count communities.

SE Uplift is also recruiting volunteers who represent a wide spectrum of community perspectives to serve on our Community & Civic Engagement Small Grant Review Committee this winter. Committee members evaluate grant applications based on established criteria and make funding recommendations to the SE Uplift Board of Directors. No prior experience with grant-making is necessary to apply.

This is a rewarding opportunity to experience, first-hand, the conversations that funders have about which projects to reward, network with fellow community leaders and support grassroots projects aimed at strengthening our communities.

To find out more about this opportunity, click here:

To get started on applying for your grant, follow these 3 steps!

Review our  Grant Handbook for guidance on who can apply, what projects are eligible, how to complete the application, and more.

Take a look at our  past grant recipients and our  project inspiration round-up  to get your creative juices flowing.


Night Out for Safety and Liberation, PDX 2019

This past August, SE Uplift sponsored and participated in Portland's 3rd Night Out for Safety and Liberation with Freedom To Thrive! Over 200 community members came
out to this very special event that celebrates Black and Brown community safety.

SE Uplift staff attended several Friday meetings with nineteen youth from the 2019 Umoja Program who lead all planning and organization for August 6th. Night Out for Safety and Liberation is educational and offers participants new ways of sharing experiences through song, dance, chants, speakers, community organization tables and dialogue. The event also held an open alter space for murdered Black & Brown Trans women.
Big thanks to Freedom To Thrive and Ella Baker Center for supporting this important event in New York City and Portland! For more information on the Ella Baker Center, visit
Community partners for Night Out For Safety and Liberation included All African Peoples Revolutionary Party PDX, Critical Resistance, Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition, Glitter Squadron, Asians4BlackLives PDX, Brown Girl Rise, OPAL Environmental Justice, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists-OR, Community Alliance of Tenants, Causa Oregon, Zenger Farms, Q-Center, Sankofa Collective NW, Leaven Community Center, and Unicorn Safety Team.

Night Out For Safety and Liberation was funded by Social Justice Fund Northwest, McKenzie River Gathering, Pride Northwest and us, SE Uplift.

A short video of the event was created for Freedom To Thrive.
The video was shot and edited by Mo Alexand Morgan (@thereelmo).

To see the full video, follow this link:

Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Walkabout
Saturday, December 14th, 2019

1:45 - 4 pm

Former Original Taco House, 3350 SE Powell Blvd, 97202

Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association is hosting a walkabout on Saturday, December 14th and will be joined by State Representative Rob Nosse, a PBOT pedestrian safety representative, and Oregon Walks. The Walkabout starts in the parking lot of the former Original Taco House site on Powell Blvd and 35th Ave.
Stops along the tour will include the former Original Taco House Center (currently under major renovation) and the Oregon Buddhist Temple, proposed Home Forward residential development.

The walkabout will also stop for a free coffee tasting at Starbucks, then head to Jolene’s First Cousin Buildings, The Unicorn Bake Shop, the Community Music Center, and end at Gladstone St. Pizza as they celebrate 15 years in business.

The Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Walkabout is a great way to support neighbors learning about proposed developments and getting to know one another at this fun, casual and educational event.

To find out more about this event, go to:


Howdy Neighbors!
We are almost set for our 2020 Spring CCE Coordinator Kick-Off!
The Spring CCE Coordinator kick-off is on January 23rd, 2020 here at the SE Uplift building!
  • Meet other CCE Coordinators
  • Get the scoop on changes and new policies for the program, including returning applications for funding, recycling programs, and upcoming changes!
  • Meet with the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) 
  • Plan a litter Pick-up or Graffiti Abatement project with Keep It Pretty Rose City & SOLVE
Date:  January 23rd, 2020
Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Location:  SE Uplift, (3534 SE Main St.,97214)
Bus lines:  #75, #15 and #14

Please note; though event applications are being accepted, decisions about project funding WILL NOT be made until after the CCE Kick-off event.

To see more information about the Community Collection Events, please go to .

For more information about the Clean-up Program or for special accommodations, contact Mireaya Medina, 
Multnomah County Cold Weather Information & Tips
The Joint Office of Homeless Services will fund roughly 2,000 beds of shelter (1,400-plus year-round beds, 225 all-winter beds and 325 severe-weather-only beds), with more added as weather and conditions dictate on nights when severe weather is declared. Beyond those year-round and seasonal beds, partners open additional warming shelters when severe weather hits to keep hundreds of people safe, generally 10 to 20 times each year. 
Multnomah County suggests doing these things to help neighbors needing support when the weather is extreme:

Welfare Check
If you see someone about whom you are concerned about, such as not being dressed for the weather conditions, call police non-emergency (503) 823-3333 and request a welfare check for that person.

Winter Weather Donations
Service providers and the Joint Office are asking for   community donations of life-saving winter gear . Items especially important to donate items including waterproof hats, gloves, blankets, tarps, sleeping bags and coats. 

Transition Projects accepts in-person donations 24/7 at that address, and will bundle and share those items with other providers as needed.
The following items are needed:
  • Thick socks
  • Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black)
  • Waterproof/resistant winter coats (men’s and women’s sizes)
  • Sleeping bags and warm blankets
  • Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black)
  • Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black)
  • Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors)
  • Hand warmers
  • Rain ponchos

Train as a Shelter Volunteer
Transition Projects is providing special 90-minute training sessions for adults 18 and older interested in volunteering at severe weather warming centers. Transition Projects opens and operates the first line of Severe Weather Shelter services (SWS) in Multnomah County, opening spaces at night and offering expanded day services during these events.
Navigating Systems - A Conversation On Impostor Syndrome, Code Switching, and More Presented by Portland Through A Lantix Lens!
Thursday, December 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Threats and Adaptation: Navigating Systems participants will work together in guided activities to explore concepts like impostor syndrome, code switching, and stereotype threat, among others.

Participants can expect to leave the workshop with new insights, perspectives, and strategies on how to navigate systems that affect Latinx people (and those with other traditionally marginalized identities). Learning aside, participants can expect to leave with some new connections and maybe even some new friends!
Community Events
There are two grant workshops coming up: Dec 5th and Jan 7th.
Please help us spread the word to community members, stakeholders, friends, and networks.
FPNA's Photos with Santa! 12/07
Winter Makers Mercado Craft Fair for your chance to have a photo with Santa!
Your camera or theirs!
Suggested donation of $5-10 to benefit your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association!
Join the Woodstock Neighborhood
Association for homemade cookies and hot drinks at the annual Woodstock Tree Lighting Event. 12/07 Carols start at 6 pm!
Homestead Schoolhouse - 4121 SE Woodstock Blvd.

December 14th from 5-7pm.
Come and enjoy culture, food, drinks, music, and live performances.
All are welcome.
Multnomah County Library is hosting a Kwanzaa celebration Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 11:00 am
Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture  at  North Portland Meeting Room, 512 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217.

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