Jimmy Wilson: Entrepreneur joins NECN Board

By Lisa Loving, Hey! Neighbor

Jimmy Wilson in front of the mural of he and his grandson.
Photo credit Lisa Loving

Already a member of the Eliot Neighborhood Association Board, entrepreneur Jimmy Wilson is the newest member of the NECN Board of Directors. Hey Neighbor! spoke with him recently about his vision of community leadership, his experience in the local business economy, and his family roots in North and Northeast neighborhoods.

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Annual Eliot Spring Clean Up

2016 Eliot Cleanup

It’s that time of year again when we get the urge to do a bit of spring cleaning and get rid of all that clutter that has been gathering in our closets, basements and garages.  How convenient that the Eliot Neighborhood Association is organizing it’s annual spring clean-up event where you can bring  items that you no longer want that someone else may have been pining for and throw away that broken chair that’s taking up valuable real estate in your shed.

When: Saturday, May 13 from 10 am -2 pm
Where: Legacy Emanuel parking lot at N Graham and Williams

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Air Pollution Report from NECN

Diesel Particulate Map
Diesel Particulate Map

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) has put together an Air Toxics Report.  Please follow the link below for the North/Northeast Portland’s Air Pollution Report. You will find a map and narrative with facts about industrial facilities and diesel truck pollution. Learn what we can do to improve air quality!

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Community Grants Available

2014 NECN Community Grant recipients
2014 NECN Community Grant recipients

Six grants of $2,000 each will be awarded by Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) for collaborative, community-based projects in Inner N/NE Portland.

What can a $2,000 grant accomplish? Last year, artist and educator Sharita Towne used an NECN grant to fund the groundbreaking “De-gentrifying Portland” project. A partnership among several N/NE Portland organizations, De-gentrifying Portland was a summer program for youth of color, which included training in filmmaking, a deep exploration of N/NE Portland history, and a standing-room-only public event to screen the students’ films.

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Neighborhood Small Grants

In partnership with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering $23,794 in small grant funds and $6,650 in graffiti abatement funds to neighborhood, business and community-based groups. NECN will offer $1,000-$4,000 per project within the Neighborhood Small Grant program and up to $2,500 per graffiti abatement project.

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