Resource Roundup 8/28

Counselor Corner  /  News & Events map of part of NE/SE Portland with cartoon zebra. Map shows the route of the Greenway.

But first, a little fun……. Zebras? Hiding in East Portland? It’s true! And it’s all part of the Go By Greenways game, launching this week in East Portland.

Go By Greenways is a scavenger hunt game that you can play while exploring two newly completed neighborhood greenways in East Portland: one called the HOP Greenway which runs along NE Holladay, Oregon, and Pacific streets, and one called the 130s Greenway which runs north-south between the SE Foster Road and I-84 (view a map of the HOP and 130s greenways).  Walking, rolling or cycling on neighborhood greenways are great ways to exercise and get around during Covid-19. Greenways are low traffic, slow speed limit streets where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors are given priority. The Go By Greenways game is designed to encourage East Portlanders to explore the HOP and 130s greenways and experience these new community amenities firsthand.

Playing the Go By Greenways game is easy:

  1. Explore the Go By Greenways map to see where you can find the PBOT Zebra along the greenways and at nearby businesses.
  2. Walk, bike, or roll in the greenways to find the PBOT Zebra sign. Don’t forget to wear a mask and stay 6 ft [≈ average height of a human] apart!
  3. Text the key word on the sign to 319-96, and you’re automatically entered to win prizes!
  4. Find more zebras to earn more entries.

Participants will be entered to win two grand prize $500 Fred Meyer gift cards. Players will also be eligible to win prizes from local businesses in the neighborhoods around the greenways. We will be doing weekly drawings for prizes until the game ends on September 20, 2020. As you play, share the fun with your friends and neighbors by tagging #GoByGreenways on social media!  Take a look at the HOP Neighborhood Greenway by watching this video and learn about some of the interesting features you’ll find along the way.

Resources and information

  • The Oregon Cares Fund provides cash grants to Black individuals, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofit organizations who have experienced financial adversity due to COVID-19.  The Oregon Cares Fund is designed and led by Black leaders for the Black community. All grants must be awarded before December 30, 2020 so finish your application today!
  • Holding Space for Black and Brown Youth. Every Wednesday night at 6pm! A Safe Space for BIPOC Girls, Young Trans and Non-Binary Femmes to Engage in Collective Healing and Radical Self-Care AGES 7- 17. Use this LINK to register. 
  • SEI: Free Testing for African American Community on Saturday, 8/29/20 from 10 am to 4 pm organized by SEI.  Sign up here.
  • Cascadia: Free testing for BIPOC communities on September 12 from 12:00- 4:00 . This is a collaboration between Cascadia and OHA. Register here.
  • Metro’s Community Placemaking grants. Metro will accept applications for the 2021 Community Placemaking grant cycle August 3 – September 28 at noon. Up to $193,000 is available for the 2021 cycle, to support  arts-based, community-driven, equity-focused efforts that strengthen people’s connections to each other and places they care about. Grants can range from $5,000 to $25,000 and no matching funds are required. Get started by reading the 2021 application handbook. The application questions begin on page 8 and the new guidelines for video responses begins on page 9.
  • Videos about the Oregon Mask Mandate are available in English, Spanish, and Russian. Arabic and Rohingya videos will be available soon. 
  • Hacienda Pláticas for Latinx Businesses, Cómo enfrentar juntos el COVID-19 8/28 @9am-10:30 A continuación encontrará los detalles para unirse a la sesión de este mes de Café & Pláticas. Below you will find the details to join us for this month ‘s Café & Pláticas session. Translation will be available.  Habra Tradduccion 
    • Presione el enlace para unirse a la reunión / Join Zoom Meeting
    • Meeting ID: 977 0988 2339
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