Get Involved: Year of Advocacy Petition Drive

2014 is the national “year of advocacy” for Villages nationwide. So, Villages NW is organizing a petition drive from now through Friday, September 12, 2014. Our goal is to collect as many signatures as possible from across the entire Portland metro-area, so that we can demonstrate widespread support for Villages to our political representatives and potential funders.

We need your help to get the petition signed by your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, people you do business with, book club members, gym buddies, church members—in other words, everyone you know! 

Villages NW will make copies of the completed petitions and assemble them into informational packets,which we will send to our elected Federal, State, County and City officials at the end of September 2014.

Willing to help collect signatures and send our elected officials the message that we want their support for Villages? 

Use this link to go to the Villages NW site where you will be able to download a copy of the petition and supporting documents to share with signers. Thanks so much for your support!

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JOIN Eastside Village PDX on July 21 - Potluck, Planning Meeting 

Join the members of the Eastside Village community at our monthly potluck and community meeting. Meet the Eastside Village Governing Council, learn about our progress toward formally launching the Village in 2015, and discover how your skills and talents can help get Eastside Village off the ground! Potluck starts at 6 pm; meeting follows at 7 pm. In the Waverly Heights UCC church social hall, 3300 SE Woodward St, Portland. Bring a potluck dish to share. We’ll have plates, bowls, glasses, cups and utensils available. No RSVP required. For more info, email info@EastsideVillage.org.

Upcoming Village 101 Presentations

The best way to learn about Villages and what’s happening here in Portland is to attend a free Village 101 presentation.  Here are the upcoming presentations:

  • Thursday, July 17 at 6:30pm at the Community Meeting Room in Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave
  • Sunday July 20 at 3 pm at the Belmont Library, 1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd
  • Sunday, July 27 at 2pm at the Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave
  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2pm at a private home in Tigard. Email info@VillageWithoutWalls.org for address.
  • Saturday, August 9 at 2pm at the Kenton Fire House, 2209 N. Schofield
  • Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30pm at the Aloha Community Library. Email info@VillageWithoutWalls.org for address.
  • Saturday, August 23 at 1pm at the Forest Grove Library, 2114 Pacific Ave
  • Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm at the Belmont Library, 1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd

Space is limited. Please email info@EastsideVillage.org to RSVP.

About Eastside Village PDX:

A group of Eastside residents have enthusiastically taken on the task of developing the first grassroots aging-in-place “Village” in the Portland metro area.

A Village is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together to help each other age affordably in their own homes. This kind of  village is not a building or a real estate development or a retirement community.  It is a coordinated network of volunteer and reduced cost services that supports village members to “do as much for as little cost for as long as possible.”

The working boundaries of Eastside Village, PDX are:

  • Powell Blvd on the south until SE 82nd, then Division continuing east;
  • the Willamette River on the west;
  • I-84/Banfield or Halsey (east of I-205) on the north;
  • 122nd on the east (except between Stark and Division where the boundary extends out to 130th to include all of the Mill Park neighborhood).

EV area map

According to the current working boundaries, the Eastside Village PDX service area will cover all or part of 12 Portland neighborhoods: Buckman, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Sunnyside, North Tabor, Montavilla,  Hazelwood (west of 122nd), Hosford-Abernethy, Richmond, Mt Tabor, Mill Park and South Tabor. [The working boundaries may be subject to change.]

Our goal is to launch the village in 2015.

Village membership will be open to anyone who is 18 or older, so that people with disabilities who aren’t yet seniors may benefit from its services and support.

 Our Vision

Eastside Village, PDX aspires to be a supportive, interdependent community in which older adults and people with disabilities are able to live at home safely, affordably, happily and healthily for as long as they choose.

If this vision speaks to you and you live inside our village boundaries, please join us!