Boise Neighborhood Community Assets
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt "STEAM" School (pre-K - 8)
The school's mission is "to educate all children to their highest potential to be productive, respectful, self-reliant, and responsible citizens who value the richness of diversity. In partnership with families and the community, we are committed to excellence in a dynamic, child-centered, nurturing environment that provides the foundation and enthusiasm for life-long learning".
SEI Academy (high school)
SEI is "a nonprofit organization supporting at-risk urban youth. In 31 years, SEI has grown from a 1-week summer basketball camp to a flourishing agency serving thousands of students each year in the greater Portland, Oregon area. SEI is the largest African-American led non-profit organization in Oregon state, with plans to replicate our agency and school model across the country".
Unthank Park adjoins SEI Academy, and is the only City park in Boise neighborhood. It is not a dog park (we have no dog park currently). It is used by after school programs for kids through Parks & Recreation and SEI Academy, as well as community members and families. Every spring, the Spring Cleanup is held in the parking lot adjoining the park, and every summer, National Night Out is held in the park.
Dr. DeNorval Unthank (1899-1977) was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Kansas City, and received his medical degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. He moved to Portland in 1929 to start his own practice. He was on the staff of Good Samaritan, Providence, St Vincent, and Emanuel Hospitals. (Excerpt from: Portland Parks & Recreation. See for more info on sports park reservations and other amenities)
In addition to being an outstanding doctor, DeNorval was also a civil rights activist, serving as president of the local NAACP, co-founding the Portland Urban League, and winning numerous awards for his work against racial equality. In 1969, the city of Portland named Unthank Park in his honor. (Excerpt from: Stories of the Street)
Boise-Eliot Community Garden
This Community Garden is owned by Portland Parks & Recreation. People must be put on a waiting list to get a plot in the garden. Gardeners can sign up for the waitlist by calling 503-823-1612 or look online here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/65817.
Work parties are open to anyone in the community, not just plot holders. The work parties focus on working on common areas like foot paths, native plant areas, group fruit areas and cleaning up empty/non-rented plots. The plots that are rented are maintained by the plot holders and we don’t do anything in those plots during work parties. See Event Calendar for work parties.
Urban Harvest Garden
This community garden is owned by the Urban League of Portland. It is intended for Africans and African-American community members. Contact: Zeenia at ZJunkeer@ulpdx.org
Q Center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility and community building. Q Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization which offers multi-generational programs and services in four core areas: Arts & Culture; Education & Training; Health & Wellness and Advocacy.
There are dozens of events and groups that meet here, some focused on specific topics (like coming out or gender identity) and others aimed at fun social interactions (like sing-along piano cabarets or craft nights). Entry to most of these is sliding-scale and run by dedicated volunteers, keeping Q Center truly community-driven and accessible. (Excerpt from: Q Center website)
Q Center currently hosts regular meetings of the Boise Neighborhood Association.
Our United Villages
Our United Villages is a Mississippi Avenue non-profit organization with the goal of inspiring people to value and discover existing resources to strengthen the social and environmental vitality of communities. Projects of Our United Villages include The ReBuilding Center - a resource warehouse that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials, and the Community Legacy Program - a free resource for sharing community-building stories, strategies and ideas.