Verde engages community members, peer organizations and policymakers about the connection between protecting the environment and building community, advocating and organizing with low-income people and people of color to drive environmental resources into their neighborhoods in response to existing needs.
Current activities include:
Lideres Verdes is an annual training program that builds the capacity of community members to participate in environmental advocacy and in Verde, offering each participant 100 hours of paid training, transportation and childcare. Verde has trained five classes, and 25 participants have graduated. 18 graduates still live in Cully, and all are involved in community activities, including serving on Verde’s board and advisory group.
Coalition of Communities of Color
The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of culturally-specific community based organizations with representation from the following communities of color: African, African-American, Asian, Latino, Native-American, Pacific Islander, and Slavic. Via its membership in the CCC, Verde partners with peer organizations to bring environmental assets to communities and to influence environmental policy making.
Living Cully. 2010, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, Native American Youth & Family Center and Verde established Living Cully, a long-term, community-based strategy to address multiple disparities in the Cully Neighborhood by concentrating environmental investments at neighborhood scale and braiding those investments with traditional community development resources. Together, these strong anti-poverty organizations are taking sustainability, the thing that Portland tries to do better than any other city, and turned it into a powerful tool to address the needs of low-income people.
For more information, please visit the Living Cully website.