Resources for member neighborhood associations

National Night Out, Block Parties and Crime Prevention

National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August of every year. It's a great time for a block party. Park permits are free for National Night Out parties sponsored by neighborhood associations. The Park Reservation phone number is (503) 823-2525. NNO parties are registered through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website:

Block Parties

More information about block parties can be found on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website: People who want to close their street to have a block party should apply directly to PBOT for their street closure permit, rather than going through Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. The block party street closure application forms and instructions can be found on the Portland Bureau of Transportation website:​

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. provides the following services to member neighborhood associations:

  • Assistance in registering neighborhood block parties and provision of party supplies; Event Checklist of Supplies (Submit online HERE.) Please use online submission so we are better able to manage your request.
  • Assistance with community organizing for citizen participation and crime prevention
  • National Night Out - registration assistance, party promotion, supplies


Communication Tools (view PDF flyer)

  • Electronic newsletters - Access to a shared Constant Contact account with a self-subscribe/unsubscribe neighborhood email contact list. This is a one-way communication that works great for newsletters and announcements.  Newsletter training provided to volunteers. Assistance in setting up Facebook social media account and linking it to Constant Contact for automatic posting of newsletters.
  • SW News newspaper - Space for a monthly 300-to-500-word article, public meeting notices and event announcements. Pictures are helpful in grabbing readers' attention. The newspaper has approximately 9,000 subscribers. In July, 36,000 copies are printed and mailed to all-households in southwest Portland.
  • Printing - Up to $500/year for commercial printing and use of the copier at the SWNI office for up to 200 copies a month.
  • Website - Domain name registration and website hosting. Webmaster training provided to volunteers.
  • Presentation tools - Use of overhead projector, laptop, whiteboard and audio recorder.
  • Map - A large, laminated map of the neighborhood.
  • Neighborhood mailings - Up to $300/year for all-household mailings postage.
  • Email with cloud storage and listserve - eamil with 30 GB cloud storage and private Google Groups listserve for neighborhood association member discussions.
  • Mailing address and phone number - Use of Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. phone number and mailing address and a mail folder in the office.
  • Event calendars - Event posting to SWNI website and City of Portland online calendars.



  • Event Checklist of Supplies (Submit online HERE.) Please use online submission so we are better able to manage your request.
  • Administration of projects requested by citizens such as neighborhood cleanups, candidate fairs, neighborhood picnics, fundraisers for playground structures, open space parks, etc.


Financial Srevices


Office Support

  • Use of copier for printing meeting materials
  • Records archival
  • A phone number, c/o mailing address and mail folder in the SWNI office
  • Reservation assistance for meeting and event space at the Multnomah Arts Center



  • Patty Lee Leadership training - The Patty Lee Leadership Fund provides training opportunities where volunteers can learn to use their passion effectively for the improvement of southwest Portland neighborhoods and city government. Training topics include Roberts Rules of Order, conflict resolution, how to advocate for your neighborhood to the City of Portland, neighborhood association governance, fundraising and communications services available from southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., financial management and grants for neighborhood groups. If you have suggestions for future trainings, contact Sylvia (503) 823-4592, Here are some handouts from Patty Lee Leadership trainings:
  • For one-on-one or small group training to get started with a neighborhood website or email newsletter, contact Sharon (503) 823-4592,


Watershed Resource Center

Technical assistance, technical reference links, tool checkout, funding, native plants, natural gardening, referrals, workshops and training programs are all available on the Watershed Restoration Resources webpage: