Living Cully awarded Kresge Foundation cross-program grant... PDF Print E-mail

7.10.2014. Something good to share -- today, Living Cully (Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, NAYA, Verde) was awarded a 3 year, $600,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation. This important award will build capacity across all 4 Living Cully Partners, as well as fund 2 new full-time positions:

The Living Cully Communications Coordinator, responsible for implementing the Living Cully Communications Plan. Verde hosts this position in FY15, and the position rotates to another Partner in FY16 and in FY17

The Not In Cully Coordinator, responsible for implementing “Not In Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood," a 2013 Report prepared by Living Cully. Habitat for Humanity hosts this position in FY15, and the position rotates to another Partner in FY16 and in FY17.

Led by Kresge's Health Program, this grant includes resources from 4 Kresge program areas: Health, Community Development, Arts & Culture, and Environment. Please click here to read a joint Living Cully-Kresge press release about the grant, and please join us in celebrating this exciting opportunity and in the good/challenging work ahead...

Pedro Moreno travels to Denver to present at Brownfields Symposium... PDF Print E-mail

6.12.2014. Today, Pedro Moreno, long-time Verde Outreach Worker, presented information at the 2014 ASTSWMO State Superfund and Brownfields Joint Managers Symposium, held in Denver, CO. In a session titled "Above and Beyond: Successful Outreach Methods and Better Metrics Measurement," Pedro shared information about the Human Health Risk Assessment process for Cully Park, the development of our community-driven vision for the Park, and that project's deep commitment to community engagement.

This was Pedro's first time traveling out of state to share information about Verde and the daily good work he does, so we're excited and proud of the great job he did representing our community. Please join us in thanking and congratulating him for an excellent presentation...

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Greenworks' Werbin project receives award from Oregon Community Trees... PDF Print E-mail

6.2.2014. Long-time Verde partner Greenworks has received an award from Oregon Community Trees for its design work on Werbin Park.

Greenworks approached the Werbin Park project as a platform for teaching kids in the program about park design and the building process, providing a series of education opportunities for students in Hacienda CDC's Expresiones program, an after-school program for middle school students living in Hacienda CDC's affordable housing. Developed and implemented with Hacienda CDC staff and Verde's Nestor Campos, Greenworks' program consisted of six weeks of activities, including a site visit to Werbin Park and other similar parks. 

Please join us in congratulating Greenworks, Hacienda CDC and Nestor for their great work on the Werbin project. We'll give the last word to Oregon Community Trees: "Through this unique outreach effort, GreenWorks demonstrated their support for the Cully Neighborhood’s commitment to social equity and provided an amazing learning opportunity for local children, who will ultimately become the primary users of Werbin Park."

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