Portland Children's Levy Newsletter
MARCH 2019

Mayor Ted Wheeler,  Allocation Committee Chair
 
Lisa Pellegrino, PCL Director 
       
Pass It On
Funding opportunity for policy/system changes
CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation announced a one-time funding opportunity for policy and systems change efforts in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Learn more.
       
Featured Video 
Morrison Child and Family Services' Listos Para Aprender

Meet Hilda, Matías and Cristina from Morrison Child and Family Services' culturally specific home visitation and school readiness program Listos Para Aprender.
Watch and share to support bilingual, bicultural parent educators who provide families with educational home visits, parenting groups and community resources in a way that respects the values and culture of the community they serve.
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PCL Programs Making a Difference:
IRCO's Refugee/Immigrant Mentoring program
Prashant came to the U.S. from Nepal in 2008 as a refugee with his mother, father and two siblings. Since he and his family had spent most of their lives in a refugee camp, there were many barriers they faced; for Prashant, it included his limited English and making friends in a new culture.
Prashant and his mentor Martin

Despite these challenges, he was a determined young man and joined IRCO's RIM program in 2016 to seek support. After coming for homework help, he was matched with his mentor, Martin. Martin goes above and beyond to support Prashant, who attains good grades and continues to push himself in the classroom . When asked about his mentor Prashant said, "Not only has Marty helped me academically, he has helped me with other things like getting my volunteer hours, deciding what career path I want to take, deciding what college I want to go to, and a lot more. I have learned a lot from Marty, and I hope I can learn some more in these years to come." Prashant is not only a great student, but he is also a role model to other youth in the community. We look forward to continuing to work with Prashant in the RIM program.
       
Community Changemakers Training
Here are a few photos from our Community Changemakers training series. The 60 hours of training was designed for staff and parents from Levy grantee partners focused on home visiting families with young children. 

Thank you to the facilitators from Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA), Latino Network, IRCO, Urban League of Portland and NAYA Family Center, as well as participants from service providers across the city for inviting us to observe a fascinating conversation about self-care in social justice and family sup port work.

       
Allocation Committee News
Upcoming AC meeting scheduled for March 18th
The AC will meet from 3 - 5 p.m. Monday, March 18th in City Hall Council Chambers.  More details can be found on the Levy website and an agenda will be posted and sent to the Levy database the week before the meeting. 
Thanks to children and staff at Friendly House for hosting a visit with Levy staff and  
AC member/Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

       
PCL Updates

Click here to check out PCL's website!
Go here to read the 2018 PCL Community Report!
 
       
PCL helps nonprofits recruit volunteers

I t's a good idea to be listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are an organization that accepts volunteers, please  email us  with: 
  1.  A link: either to your website where volunteer information can be found, or the email and/or phone number of the name of the person responsible for volunteers.
  2. A short blurb about what you are looking for from volunteers.
  3. If you would like to include any specific wording about outreach to older and/or retired potential volunteers.
       
PCL Staff Contacts
Director, After School & Hunger grants:
Assistant Director and Early Childhood & Mentoring grants:
Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention & Foster Care Grants Manager:
Communications Director:

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Fiscal Specialist:
       
Who We Are

The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed for the third time by the electorate in May 2018. Funding for the new five-year Levy begins July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2024.

The Levy is supported through a property tax paid by City of Portland homeowners that generates $21 million toward investments in proven programs in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Foster Care and Hunger Relief. The Levy reaches over 8,000 children and their families annually; in addition, Levy-funded hunger relief services provide food to over 11,000 children and 9,167 parents/caregivers annually.

The Levy is annually audited and administrative costs do not exceed 5 percent.
Questions? Contact: Call Mary Gay Broderick at 503-823-2947 or e-mail
See our website at www.portlandchildrenslevy.org

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