Community Unity Jam - August 23

Last Wednesday, August 13, several neighbors got together at Lompoc Sidebar in the evening, to brainstorm projects to work on together. We discussed events, reaching out to businesses, churches and schools in the neighborhood to work together, and long term projects like the Trash Can Project. We were delighted to meet Robin Franklin, who is a pastor at neighborhood church Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, which is on the corner of Failing and Rodney on the border with King neighborhood. She came not only to promote an upcoming event and ask us to pass it along, but to make a permanent connection to our neighborhood association, as she is interested in continuing the tradition of being a part of the neighborhood and working together with neighbors on projects. She told us all about the great things her church is doing and some of the history of the church, such as that the church was mostly African-American for many years, but now it has a mixed demographic congregation.

In the recent past, members of the church have offered crafts at neighborhood events at Unthank Park and helped out at the Spring Cleanup, and they would like to continue to do so. The church has a vegetable garden where they invite anyone to participate, plant and harvest. Robin said they still have veggies coming in, and so far this year have given food to 55 groups. They also offer their building as a community space. They share their church space with another congregation, Bright Star, where J.W. Friday is the minister. In February, the church hosts a Black History Celebration which they invite speakers to. This summer, a PSU History professor is teaching a summer kids camp on civil rights history (specifically for the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1969) for neighborhood kids.

The big event Robin came to tell us about is next Saturday, August 23 from noon to 5 pm. You may or may not have heard about the recent rash of gang-related killings in Portland this summer. Several protests have happened around North and Northeast to bring attention to this and promote community fellowship and unity in place of violence. The event is called Community Unity Jam 2014 "Stop the Killing". Minister-turned-MC J.W. Friday will be spinning tunes (apparently he has his own internet radio show called "The Groove Factor"), and there will be a clothing donation and closet, doll making, community prayer, free hot dogs, live gospel music, and community unity speakers. The Facebook event page is here.

Hughes Memorial UMC/Bright Star church has a Facebook page, but it's in need of some help, and they have no website, as Robin told us. If anyone has an interest in helping them with their social media presence, it would help them spread the word about their offerings.

Hughes Memorial UMC: (503) 281-2332

Bright Star Ministries: (503) 208-1867

Hughes Memorial UMC has been featured as part of past North Portland Gentrification Tours offered by Know Your City, which offers tours year round of Portland's multicultural historical areas. The BNA is interested in having Know Your City do a historical walking tour of our neighborhood highlighting it's diverse multicultural past in the future again.

Pictures from National Night Out - Aug 5, 2014

Boise Neighborhood's National Night Out party - Aug 5

Nikki Brown Clown

Nikki Brown Clown

Boise Neighborhood's annual National Night Out event will be held at Unthank Park on Tues Aug 5, 6-8 pm. To let me know how much food to buy, I'm asking people to RSVP on this EventBrite invite. The invite also has information on what National Night Out is and what we'll have at this event.

Next Wednesday July 30 at 6 pm I'll be having a volunteer party at Ecliptic Brewery (beers on them, appetizers on the Neighborhood Association) so the people that are helping to put together our National Night Out event can meet each other and distribute responsibilities. Anyone interested in coming to the event is invited to volunteer, and of course, to the volunteer party. I'll bring over fliers for the event and a map of the neighborhood, so we can all divvy up the fliering territory. I'm working on getting a graphic artist to do the flier design for free (fingers crossed). We'll talk about who is bringing what - BBQ, tables, music/speakers, etc.

We'll also be handing out fliers for Get Ready Portland, a natural disaster preparedness event put on by NW Natural with lots of other sponsors, which will also be at Unthank Park on Sunday Sept. 6. 11 - 1pm. They will provide a free lunch and 100 free emergency kit giveaways as well as other materials and items. No RSVP is needed.

If you have any questions or want to get involved in National Night Out volunteering, please contact me (Katy Wolf) at 208-870-2446 or 

Boise Eliot Tree Inventory--Register now!

If you are unfamiliar with the Tree Inventory Project, check out the website here. This inventory is the first step in a process that will eventually result in a plan for managing our neighborhoods' street trees in the future. It is also the most fun part of that process--a great way to practice your tree ID skills, meet neighbors with whom you wouldn't otherwise cross paths, and see our neighborhoods in totally different way: tree by tree

Volunteers are still needed for this project, and there are a few ways to help out:

~Team Leaders will get trained in tree ID and inventory protocol and take a leadership role on inventory work days. 

~Data collection volunteers collect data during one or all of these morning sessions--no training or prior experience required. 

~Trained aborists help groups answer especially tough ID questions during work days.


To sign up for any of these roles, see the links below. NOTE: the first Team Leader training is THIS SATURDAY and conveniently located at Matt Dishman Community Center. There will be both an AM and a PM session, so choose the one that fits best with your schedule.

Links to register:

Team Leader Training: Saturday, 6/14 OR Wednesday 6/18, AM or PM sessions

Locations: Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St. (6/14) OR Hinson Baptist Church 1137 SE 20th Ave. (6/18)

Registration link

Work day #1: Saturday, 7/19 8:30am-12pm 

Location: Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott St. 



Work day #2Wednesday, 8/6 8:30am-12pm 

Location: Unthank Park, 510 N. Shaver St.



Work day #3Saturday, 8/16 8:30am-12pm 

Location: Unthank Park 510 N. Shaver St. 



Work day #4Saturday, 9/6 8:30am-12pm 

Location: Friends of Trees, 3117 NE MLK


Results of May 31 Boise Neighborhood Spring Cleanup

This year I organized the Boise Neighborhood Spring Cleanup, for the first time (I had actually never heard of Cleanups prior to this year - but learned that just about all Portland neighborhoods do them every spring). The event was amazingly successful and I wanted to also share the results of our effort:

  • 16 volunteers, including 4 high school youth
  • ~90 households served
  • 4 elderly or disabled people served
  • Alleyway cleanup done by two truck crews
  • Community Warehouse took a truck of reusable items
  • Tons of other people took stuff from the Free Pile
  • 6 full dropboxes of mixed waste, all comped by Metro
  • 24 lbs of batteries recycled by Total Reclaim (TR)
  • Almost a ton of e-waste recycled by TR
  • 25 lbs of lightbulbs recycled by TR
  • 175 lbs of styrofoam recycled by TR
  • 2 truckloads donated to Rebuilding Center
  • Two huge truckloads of scrap metal given to local recycler (neighbor and volunteer)
  • Over $1,000 raised for the Boise neighborhood's funds for improvement projects and future events!

Those are some impressive statistics!! I am really pleased with the results. It was a very rewarding day, and I couldn't have done it without help from lots of people. 

And now, for the chaser... 

Hey, have you ever noticed how the sidewalk trash cans on Mississippi are kinda.. gross? Covered in graffiti and gunk? Well, I've put together another "clean and green" event to clean up our street trash cans, as well as remove graffiti on directional signs and private property (with permission). It's next Saturday, August 16, from 9-12. The Facebook event is here and it explains how the event will go, why this is necessary, and what the future plans for the trash cans are. I plan to promote this to the businesses as well. The City will provide refreshments before and after the cleanup, as well as all cleaning supplies. 

So, if you are interested, I would LOVE to have your help! This work is super needed, and it just won't get done unless some awesome volunteers (like you?) make it happen. If you also want to get involved in what the future trash cans will be like, and making THAT happen, I would also love to talk with you.

Please pass this volunteer opportunity along to whoever you think may be interested - neighbors, family, friends, coworkers, etc. I will cross-promote it on Facebook to our neighborhood and business pages and on Nextdoor. Thank you!!

Katy Wolf

Safety and Livability

AmeriCorps Opportunity with Portland Parks & Rec Urban Forestry

Natasha Lipai, Tree Plan Outreach Coordinator through AmeriCorps, working at the Portland Parks & Recreation, is at the end of her current service, and asked neighborhoods to post this opening:

"To briefly summarize this position: The Tree Plan Coordinator will promote education and awareness around the urban forest while coordinating stewardship events with new and existing volunteers. The coordinator will also promote the involvement of low-income and low-canopy neighborhoods in the Street Tree Inventory. Since Urban Forestry operates many of its education and outreach programs at the neighborhood-level, we think it would be great to see some applicants who are already involved with their neighborhoods at a grassroots-level. There’s plenty of support available from the supervisor and staff, and the service member even has the opportunity to serve on the Education and Outreach Committee of the Urban Forestry Commission, helping to plan Arbor Month and additional educational events.

Those selected for the 10-month position will receive a living stipend and be eligible for an education award scholarship. Service members may be eligible for food stamps, childcare stipend, medical insurance, and other benefits. Unlike other AmeriCorps programs, there is NO age-limit associated with this position.  

I have attached a PDF of the announcement for your consideration and to view a more in-depth description of the service opportunity. The application deadline for this position is Wednesday, July 16th, 2014."

You can view the complete job description and learn more about the position on the Confluence Center page (a part of Americorp):