Communication Tools for Neighborhood Associations

Online Discussion Platform for Neighborhoods

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. moderates the SWNI Resources online discussion forum where individuals can ask about, give advice and share resources for neighborhood associations. You are invited to join the group

Newsletters and Social Media

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)  will serve as account administrator on MailChimp and Facebook or other social media accounts for associations, protecting account ownership during board and volunteer transitions. Newsletter subscriber lists are self-maintained with a website sign-up button.

Staffed Office

Associations use the SWNI office mailing address and phone number. Staff are available 9am-5pm, M-F in the SWNI office at the Multnomah Arts Center to answer phones, receive mail and greet walk-ins. A mail folder is maintained for each association. 

Event Promotion and Branding

Associations recieve assistance with graphics design for events and branding. Events are posted to Southwest Neighborhoods and City of Portland online event calendars and the SW News newspaper.

Website and Domain Name

The coalition website includes pages for member neighborhood associations. Volunteer training provided for updating content. SWNI administers domain names and Google G Suite accounts for

SW News newspaper

Space is provided in the monthly SW News for a 300-to-500 word article, public meeting notice and event announcements. The July edition is mailed to all households in southwest Portland.


An overhead projector, laptop, audio recorder and portable whiteboard are available by reservation. A large laminated neighborhood map is available to each association. SWNI assists with organizing and promoting forums and can reserve meeting and event space at Multnomah Arts Center.

Google G Suite

SWNI maintains association board member lists using Google Groups and communicates to boards using their Group email address. Members of board groups have permission to view their association’s archives stored on Google Drive. Public folders in the archives such as meeting minutes are shared on the website. YouTube brand account and unlimited storage of photos with Google Photos

Learn more about these tools at the G Suite Learning Center.

Printing and Mailing

Postage (some years - see annual budget) for mailing to all households within the neighborhood boundaries.

Assistance with graphic design of postcards and flyers. Commercial printing allowance (some years - see annual budget) and use of the copier at the SWNI office for up to 200 copies/month.