East Portland Neighborhood Office
The East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO) is one of seven neighborhood offices of the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement that provides community building and civic engagement support. Our service area covers the part of Portland east of 82nd Avenue/I-205 and includes about 25% of Portland’s population. EPNO is a community-driven program, supporting community members with their civic engagement activities. We are led by a committed team of community volunteers who make up our Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance to help us improve our programming and advance our mission.
EPNO acts as a hub for East Portland independent organizations in their work.
We provide support by:
- Connecting ‐ We connect community members to resources and organizations.
- Project assistance ‐ We assist with outreach, project planning, grant writing, and more.
- Skill‐building opportunities – Trainings, workshops, one‐on‐one support.
- Information and Referral ‐ Who do you call about a pothole? Where can small businesses get assistance? Contact us and we’ll help you get answers.
- Foster collaboration ‐ We foster cross‐organizational collaboration on projects and advocacy on public policy. Together we’re stronger and get more done!
Program Priorities for 2016-17:
The EPNO Advisory Committee has identified the following priorities for our program. Work has already started on these priorities. Because of their complexity and importance, we expect these to be multi-year priorities. Read our full Annual Plan, Goals and Values document here.
- Support community engagement around houselessness - read the core principles that guide our housing work
- Support program infrastructure development
- Expand inclusivity: Continue to increase EPNO’s effectiveness in engaging with communities underrepresented in and underserved by EPNO and the City
- Continue to support community activities through existing direct funding streams.
The Goals and Values that guide our work:
EPNO’s mission is to support community organizations, community members, and the thirteen neighborhood associations of East Portland as they strengthen their communities and work with local government and other organizations. The bullets below are a summary of our full program goals document, which can be found here.
Our community building and civic engagement goals are:
- Increase the number and diversity of people involved in their communities
- Strengthen community capacity through, for example, skills building, fostering teamwork or partnerships, and other community building activities
- Increase community impact on public decisions.
Our general program values focus our support on activities that are:
- Community-driven – projects and activities are initiated by community members
- Responsive to community – community defines what they want to work on and how to organize
- Flexible – take advantage of opportunities when they arise
- Collaborative – focus on cross-communication, breaking down silos
- Inclusive – open our program to engage communities currently underserved by EPNO and the City.