What a wonderful Neighborhood Cleanup Event we had on Saturday May 5th!
More than 40 community members showed up to help unload vehicles, break down items for recycling, manage traffic, and make our community cleaner. We got to meet and connect with our neighbors and learn some new things through the experience. We received more than 150 car and truck loads of stuff and saved those community members hundreds of dollars. And, we raised a few hundred dollars (estimated) for each of Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Associations.
I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the folks who volunteered their time on a Saturday and on the days leading up to the event. You. Kicked. Butt.
It was hot, and it was humid and you pushed through it all with a smile. NOT ONLY THAT, but many of you stayed late! After a day starting at 9 am, many of you stuck around well after our posted closing time of 2:30 pm so that we could serve the remaining cars in line. It took us until around 4 pm to complete everything, so you basically worked a full day for your neighbors. WOW! That is impressive. You guys went above and beyond, and it made me proud to be part of this community.
YOU make our community stronger. Thank you. Hope to see you at next year’s cleanup and at all of the neighborhood association meetings in between. 😉
Exhausted from the last national election? Elections don’t need to be that painful. Consider participating – and even joining the MSANA board by volunteering for a position. If you’re interested in knowing what’s required to become a board member, check out the Bylaws – Article VI, Sec. 2. And wow, are elections fun!
The City of Portland and the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association made planning a block party this summer easier (and cheaper) than ever before. If you plan ahead, you can take over the street for a few hours of games, cookouts and connecting with neighbors.
There are numerous resources for making your block party easy to organize, full of ways to build community, and easy on our environment, too!
Use the resources out there now
Check the great party planning and permitting resources provided online by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation that make it easy (and now, free!) to close your street for your block party. Start by visiting PBOT’s Block Party website (www.pbotblockparty.com) to get the basics down, and apply for your free permit online. Southeast Uplift, our Neighborhood Coalition, has some great resources too.
Borrow the barriers instead of renting
If you’re in the MSANA Neighborhood Boundaries, sign up to borrow the barriers the City requires for closing a street. (No rental fees, just return them when you’re done!) Currently, they’re available almost every weekend this summer. Fill out our online signup form to reserve the barriers.
PBOT also began offering its “Pink Barricade” lending program to our neighborhood this year. If the MSANA’s are already committed on your date, you have another option. Learn more about PBOT’s lending program…
Make the gathering green!
Cut the waste, prevent the plastic, and incorporate things that get the kids enjoying the nature our neighborhoods afford — use this Green Block Parties guide for some fun ideas.
Be part of National Night Out
If you want to host your block party as an official National Night Out event (between Fri., Aug. 3 and Sun., Aug. 12) the deadline to sign up your event is Tuesday, July 24th. The City of Portland has instructions on how to do that at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno. This is a great option if you want police/firefighters to stop by your event to meet neighbors.
Click here to volunteer
Do you like to smash? Does shattering household items provide you with a deep sense of satisfaction?
Well, now you can smash and shatter for your neighborhood! In fact, your neighborhood NEEDS you to smash and shatter…and throw and stomp and crush at the Neighborhood Cleanup!
The Mt. Scott-Arleta and Foster-Powell Neighborhood Associations will host our joint annual cleanup event on May 5th, and we need 50 volunteers to help unload cars, throw household items, and smash stuff to fit it in the bins.
If you’d rather repair, repurpose, and reuse, well, we need you too! The cleanup isn’t just about sending bins full of garbage to the dump. It’s also about finding the treasure in the trash, and volunteering means you get first pick of all of that beautiful treasure.
Volunteers also get to deliver a load of trash for FREE. And they get fed. Last year we had tons of Henry Higgins bagels, Arleta Library Cafe pastries and coffee, sandwiches, chips, and a bunch of other stuff. This year will be even better.
Food, free stuff, and smashing for your hood. Does volunteering get any better than this?
Date: May 5th, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Location: Arleta School, SE 66th and Mitchell
Click here to volunteer, and we’ll send you a couple updates and reminders along the way and see you on May 5th!