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As part of our work on the Behavioral Health Initiative, VAN has been busy over the last few months producing a video to help encourage interest in behavioral health careers and raise awareness and appreciation of the field and its diverse workforce. We are excited to now share the finished product - the most recent outcome of this powerful initiative!

Please watch, share, and let us know what you think! Email glenn@visionactionnetwork.org to share your thoughts and find out more about VAN's work on the BHI!
Many thanks to the folks at LifeWorks NW, New Narrative, and Sequoia Mental Health Services, along with Washington County Commissioner Nafisa Fai for their participation in this video.
May Observances
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

Prepare your home and family for wildfire season. TVF&R will go over simple steps you can take now to best prepare your home and family for wildfire season. They will cover how to create and maintain defensible space around your home, form emergency plans, and prepare emergency kits. They will also go over evacuation levels and steps to take to get you and your household (pets included!) out quickly. The webinar will be live, and staff will provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions at the end. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the website for those who cannot attend.
Featured Event

Ever wonder what happens to the water you send down the drain from the sink, toilet and shower? Get a firsthand look at Clean Water Services' state-of-the-art, award-winning facilities that clean wastewater from homes and industry to nearly drinking water standards. The cleaned water is released into the Tualatin River and is so clean, it actually improves river health. Tours at Rock Creek will feature resource recovery and energy production. Tours at Durham will highlight cogeneration system that converts wastewater and food grease into clean, renewable energy.
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Join Bienestar and the Welcome Home Coalition as they partner to build advocacy skills, expand policy knowledge and empower the Latinx immigrant community in Washington County. Together they are organizing a Spanish-language public forum (with translation into English) to connect Latinx community members with local elected leaders to share and hear community stories and discuss housing policy and the housing crisis facing our community.
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Give & Go is Pacific University's end-of-year donation event! Each year in May, the McCall Center for Civic Engagement invites students to donate items they no longer need as they are moving out of our residence halls. MCCE partners with nonprofit organizations who can request to source these donations for their clients or organization between May 13-17. Complete this form to be considered.

On Sunday, May 21, everyone is invited to attend the "Finders Keepers: Free Yard Sale" on campus from 10am-2pm!
Your City, Your County, Your Community
Make sure you have your say! The survey closes on Monday, May 22 and the winning parade theme and movie choice will be announced in early June.

Summer is around the corner, and the city is once again seeking food, craft, and 
merchandise vendors from around the world for the ninth annual Beaverton Night Market. An online vendor application is available through Friday, May 12, at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/NightMarket.
High school students living in the Hillsboro School District limits are encouraged to apply by May 26 to be part of the City of Hillsboro’s Youth Advisory Council for 2023-24. Up to 30 students will be selected to serve. 
Mayor Lueb is seeking applications for Tigard’s next Youth City Councilor. Eligible students may attend a high school outside of Tigard but must reside within Tigard City Limits. To be considered, applications must be received by noon on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Tigard has partnered with Polco and the National Research Center to conduct the National Community Survey this May. The survey will randomly sample roughly 2,800 households by mail for the month of May, then will open to all Tigard community members online later in May/early June. Learn more.
The online open house and survey is open for public comment through May 14. The goal of the Council Creek Regional Trail is to create a corridor that creates commuting and recreational opportunities for all who bike, hike, roll and stroll. Let planners know what matters most to you.

The Advisory Council on Racial Equity (ACRE) advises Washington County’s Board of Commissioners and County leadership on the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion best and promising practices. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month and are open to the public. 
You have the power to shape the nature of your neighborhood! Up to $2 million will be awarded throughout parts of Washington County for parks and nature projects imagined and chosen by you and your neighbors. You can share parks and nature project ideas online until May 14.
Find information relating to the current election cycle, including the list of position candidates and measures that will be on the ballot for the May 16, 2023 Special District Election. Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or delivered to the Elections Office or an Official Dropsite by 8:00 p.m. Election Day.