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Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Projects and Events

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Cleanups: Next Event Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9 am to 1 pm, at the Portland Christian Center, 5700 SW Dosch Road.

Neighborhood cleanups are held in the spring and fall (next event: Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm), at the Portland Christian Center, 5700 SW Dosch Road. Call the Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. office for information, (503) 823-4592. The cleanup provide our neighbors a great opportunity to clean out their closets and recycle yard debris and scrap metal as well as dispose of bulky waste materials. Reuseable household items will be collected by Community Warehouse. If you are a senior or disabled person and need assistance with transporting your items to the cleanup, please call by Wednesday, October 29th, 5:00 pm. Also note, due to the volume of calls for senior and disabled assistance SWNI will no longer pick up yard debris for seniors and disabled. Questions, please call the SW Neighborhood office at 503-823-4592.

Community Recycling - Next Event: Sat., Feb. 7th, 2015

To dispose of many recyclable items not eligible for curbside pickup, Community Recycling has been established for businesses and residences in the Southwest area of Portland, OR. Community Recycling events are held from 9am-noon, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Portland, OR. Enter by turning west across from Gabriel Park at SW 45th Ave. & SW California St. Current items being accepted are: Light bulbs - please sort into 3 groups: CFL’s, incandescents, and others. NO fluorescent tubes. Small batteries - please sort into 3 groups: Alkalines, buttons, and others. Large batteries & Metal items; all types and sizes. Printer cartridges; all types and sizes. Corks; all types and sizes. Electronics & small appliances - TVs, computers, monitors, printers, photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, stereo equipment, all one-person liftable, Freon-free household appliances. SILVER-LINED Drink Pouches, Energy and Cereal Bar Wrappers. SOME plastic bags, SOME Styrofoam & SOME rigid plastics will be accepted. For complete details visit the Community Recycling website: Upcoming event dates: Sat., Feb. 7th, 2015 Sat., June 6th, 2015 Sat., Oct. 3rd, 2015


Neighborhood Small Grants Program

The Neighborhood Small Grants Program provides neighborhoods with seed money to design community projects that will engage community members, businesses, schools and other organizations to create neighborhoods that are strong, safe and livable. The goal is to provide neighborhood and community organizations an opportunity to expand their community-building capacity, attract new and diverse members and sustain those already involved. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) are excited to offer another year of the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. We invite Neighborhood Associations and community-based organizations in Portland to apply. This year a total of $10,676 is available to neighborhood and community organizations in the Southwest Neighborhood coalition area. Grant funding range is from $200 to $2,000. Deadline for proposals: 5:00 pm, January 16th The goals of this grant program are to: Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their communities and neighborhoods; strengthen neighborhood and community capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life. For a current application and proposals details go to


National Night Out

Every year communities all over the United States celebrate their neighborhood and keeping it safe. SW Portland has about 30 NNO events and neighbors come out, meet each other, play games and grow stronger! National Night Out is designed to:
  •   Heighten crime and drug precention awareness;
  •   Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  •   Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-commuity partnerships; and
  •   Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
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Candidate's Fair

SWNI holds a candidate's fair that allows neighbors an opportunity to meet the candidates and find out where they stand on important issues facing all of us. Come out and ask your questions for the race for Mayor and the three Commissioner positions.



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