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VAN Convenings

Let's chat, Hillsboro!

We invite Hillsboro residents to join us for a confidential discussion about what matters to you in your community and what your hopes are for the future of Hillsboro.

The 2020 US Census results mean the Hillsboro City Council ward boundaries need to be redrawn to reflect population numbers. This can impact everything from who’s elected to how your voice is represented in city government.

Join us to share what matters most to you, and invite others to do the same. Choose the Zoom meeting that best fits your schedule:

Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Register to attend: https://tinyurl.com/ytyrs4ru

Thursday, July 7, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Register to attend: https://tinyurl.com/37bv4e7c
Updated deadline: Hillsboro residents can give input through July 10

Join Us!


Our third quarterly meeting of Thrives All-Collaborative will feature guest speaker Cole Merkel, Co-Director of the HereTogether Coalition, who will share an update on the local implementation of the Supportive Housing Services Measure.

We will also share an update on the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative and outline next steps for achieving the initiative's goals.

As usual, there will be time for participants to share relevant updates and announcements. Please join us for this valuable multi-sector convening.
Get Engaged!
Visit our Community Events Calendar for opportunities to engage meaningfully in your community!
Featured Event
Sat, July 9, 12-7pm
 Atfalati Park
6600 SW Sagert Street 

¡Viva Tualatin! A Celebration of Arts and Culture honors Tualatin's vibrant Latino, Pacific Islander and Asian communities. Enjoy live performances, art activities, food, and more. 
Featured Event
Schiffler Park

Art, Music, Meshica-Tolteca Dance, Crafts and Traditional Food. Come dance and share with the millennial Anahuac culture! This is a free community event sponsored by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and Macuilshochitl.
Featured Event
Saturdays through 8/13
12-2pm
M&M Marketplace
346 SW Walnut St, Hillsboro

Hillsboro's M&M Marketplace El Sol Festival runs through August 13th, every Saturday from 12 to 2 pm. This new, free festival of dance and music from around the globe, combined with the fantastic food and welcoming atmosphere at M&M, has something for everyone.
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!
Many Roads to Here (MRH) brings the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to a national conversation about migration and identity. MRH is a production of The Immigrant Story (TIS), a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Washington County, Oregon, with a mission to foster empathy and build a more inclusive community by sharing stories of immigrants and refugees who often overcame tremendous odds to reach the United States. 
From the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice, The Center Collaborative features guests representing government, the judicial system, public safety, healthcare, and the broader community throughout Oregon. It focuses on partnerships that are leading to better solutions and outcomes for people who may become involved with the justice system due to behavioral health, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or neurocognitive concerns.
Have a favorite local podcast we should feature? Let us know! Email jenny@visionactionnetwork.org with suggestions.

Follow VAN's podcast Finding Community! New episodes coming SOON!
Your City, Your County, Your Community
Help shape future downtown parks and amenities
Local youth, ages 13-18 welcome to participate in conversations about making the local community a better place, Sat, July 23, 12-2pm
Hillsboro has a new online platform for residents to share thoughts, ideas, and feedback on projects and issues affecting the city
Hillsboro incoming high school seniors can apply to join the Hillsboro Police Community Advisory Group and earn a $1,000 scholarship
Funding for neighborhood special event or community service project
Metro offers funding for community-led cleanup efforts in greater Portland
The HPAC seeks applicants for a “Community-At-Large” position, a 3-year term
Be prepared and stay informed about extreme heat, cooling centers, and more
Everyone six months and older is eligible for a vaccine
WIC can help 24,000 more people in the Portland metro area
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