By Leah Fisher, SE Uplift

Planning Program Manager

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Neighborhood Association (NA) elections are around the corner and with that comes volunteer opportunities.

If you live in SE Portland, you live in one of our city’s officially recognized neighborhoods, each armed with its own association. A NA serves its residents by holding a welcoming and encouraging space for community action and input.

These groups typically meet monthly to learn about, and weigh in on, changes in the community like new development or proposed city policy; create opportunities for neighbors to come together at events like picnics, concerts in the park, and block parties. They get their hands dirty too – both literally and figuratively, planting trees, hosting litter pick-ups, taking action against hate crimes, and more.

No matter your skill set, the neighborhood associations need people like you to make the place we call home healthier and happier for all. Join your neighbors this spring for their annual elections, cast your vote, and discover how to get involved.

Take a look at the table below for the when and visit your Neighborhood Association’s website to find out where and how to participate. Go there to find out more about the neighborhood you live in.

2018 NA Elections Calendar in The SE Examiner distribution area:

Brooklyn, Wednesday, May 23

Buckman,Thursday, June 14

HAND, Tuesday, May 15

Kerns, Wednesday, May 16

Laurelhurst, Tuesday, May 29

Montavilla, Monday, Oct 08

Mt. Tabor, Wednesday, May 16

North Tabor, Tuesday, Oct 16

Richmond, Monday, June 11

South Tabor, Thursday, May 17

Sunnyside, Thursday, May 10

Note that participants should visit seuplift.org and click on their Neighborhood Association’s web page to confirm these dates, location, and time.

Many Boards accept nominations on the day of the event, but some may require individuals to attend one or more board meetings to qualify and/or declare their candidacy in advance.