We foster collaborative engagement to advance equity in Washington County.
VAN Convenings
Mark your calendars for the next quarterly gathering of
Washington County Thrives!
Wednesday, April 19 from 8:30-10am
(In-person, location TBD)

Topics will include an update on the Behavioral Health Initiative and discussion of a proposed new initiative. As usual, there will be time for participants to share relevant updates and announcements.
March Observances
March is Women's History Month, a time to commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. And March 8 is International Women's Day!

Find events throughout Washington County on VAN's Community Events Calendar and check out these local resources:

March is designated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Get Engaged!
Visit our Community Events Calendar for opportunities to engage meaningfully in your community. Submit an event to the calendar and we will consider including it in our monthly newsletter!
Featured Event
Wed, March 8, 6–7:30pm
Broadway Rose Theatre, Tigard
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) is bringing together people across the spectrum of sectors – community, nonprofit, education, business, and political – to have a generative conversation. Regardless of political ideology and experience, housing is a place where we can come together across our different thinking and move in the same direction toward a solution.
Who should attend?
• Community members
• Elected leaders
• City and county staff
• Business community members
• People working in the nonprofit sector
Featured Event
Tue, March 14, 4-6pm
Washburne University Center
Forest Grove

Please join Pacific University for an open house, orientation, and networking event for current and potential community partners.

Hosted by the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement and Academic and Career Advising, this event will feature hors d'oeuvres, wine, and open networking with diverse community partners and liaisons from across the university.

Partner with Pacific is an excellent opportunity to learn about the breadth of Pacific partnership possibilities and connect (or re-connect) with university representatives.

VAN staff will be in attendance, and we hope to see you there!
Featured Event
Wednesdays Mar 15- Apr 12
6:30 – 8:00pm
Hillsboro Public Library, Brookwood

At the women's storytelling series, Hillsboro invites women, womxn and enbee folx to come over, and share their stories in a safe space. These can be stories of your childhood, workplace, a family recipe, gardening, hiking or just about anything!

With a clear intention of building stronger connections in our community (maybe even friendships?), this storytelling space is a fun, sensitive, and spontaneous moment of self-care that individuals over the age of 18 can offer to themselves.
Featured Event
All Day, March 20-24
Garden Home Recreation Center

This self-guided event will provide a platform to recognize the contributions of women throughout history and to honor the achievements of women in our community. Come walk through and take a history of tour of these amazing women, and enjoy additional activities such as trivia, prizes and more!

This event is FREE and open to everyone! Visit the Garden Home Recreation Center to learn more about the amazing women who have helped shape our history and continue to make a difference today. 
Your City, Your County, Your Community
The 2023 Beaverton State of the City will be a ticketed event at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. The in-person evening program is open to the community with free tickets available in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. Monday, March 13, 6:00 – 7:30pm.
A new bicycle and pedestrian path is coming to Shute Road in Hillsboro. Learn more and share your thoughts on Engage Hillsboro.
The City of Sherwood and the YMCA of Columbia Willamette want to receive feedback and answer questions from community stakeholders on the sale of the Sherwood Regional YMCA facility. Learn more and ask questions on Thu, March 9, 6:00pm at the City of Sherwood’s City Hall.
Tigard is seeking community feedback and advisory committee members for a new planning project that aims to provide community members with more options for entertainment, employment, amenities, services, and housing.
THPRD is a special purpose local government formed to administer park and recreation services within the City of Beaverton and portions of unincorporated Washington County. Two positions are open, with an election filing deadline of March 16. elections May 16, and terms from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2027.
The county wants to hear your experiences getting to/from stops and stations, riding buses, trains and shuttles, making connections, and getting to where you need to go. Available in English and Spanish. Visit the online open house through March 12.

Washington County Emergency Management has launched Take Five to Survive information hub with several emergency preparedness tools and resources for you and your family to stay safe before, during and after an emergency. Visit www.take5tosurvive.com to find out what you’ll need in your emergency supply kit, how to store water and food safely and the best way to stay connected. Available in 11 languages.
In partnership with Metro, Unite Oregon is hosting the Tualatin Valley Highway Equity workshop series. The series aims to engage diverse community leaders that are interested in understanding the importance community development and how to get involved. Register to attend Saturday, March 11, 10am-12pm.