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This week, a diverse group of local artists from IdeAL Pdx lead by William Hernandez, in collaboration with Jessica Lagunas from Latino Network, will work with students from Levy-partner Hacienda CDC's Expresiones after-school and summer program to create an outdoor wall mural at Hacienda's Salon Comunal building. 

The project will culminate in the mural unveiling at a free community celebration with food, fun and children's activities.

Mayor Wheeler visits  Children's Relief Nursery
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As part of a video series to get to know our Allocation Committee, the mayor recently visited CRN and met with children, families and staff at the St. Johns facility operated by LifeWorks NW. CRN provides classroom-based therapeutic care for children ages birth to 5, along with home visits, parenting education and respite care.

The Levy is hiring: Small Grants Fund Manager Position
We're hiring a Small Grants Fund Manager to develop and implement a small grants fund, analyze performance of individual grants and the overall fund, and report progress to the Levy Allocation Committee. The small grants fund will focus on improving equity of access to PCL funding and building capacity in smaller organizations serving children and families.  

We have an important opportunity for you
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The Levy needs volunteers to review and score applications for the 2019 Request for Investment as we prepare to fund $20 million in grants next spring. Reviewers have a crucial role in helping determine future Levy funding for the city's children and families. 

Pass it On
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Organizations working with youth ages 5 and up in foster care can receive free back-to-school clothes, shoes, accessories and a backpack through Project Lemonade at the Lloyd Center Mall.   Make an appointment today! 
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The Preschool for All Task Force, a coalition of local leaders seeking to expand preschool in our community, recently created a set of recommendations to expand preschool access across Multnomah County for thousands of children currently not being served.
Allocation Committee News
Julie S. Young, the City-appointed citizen member of the Allocation Committee for the past seven years, will be resigning from the Committee as of Sept. 30, 2019 because of other obligations. The Levy will miss her thoughtfulness and deep commitment to the well-being of young children in our community.   

Also, upcoming AC meetings are scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16th and Monday, Nov. 4th.
Stay Connected
Visit our  staff directory or  email us  if you have questions or feedback for the Levy.
The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed for the third time in May 2018. Funding for the new five-year Levy is  July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.

The Levy is supported through a property tax paid by Portland homeowners that  annually  generates $21 million for proven program in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Foster Care and Hunger Relief.