Portland Neighborhood
Coalition and Association Leaders:
  We are reaching out to you to share an exciting new resource available to ANYONE who has an interest in cleaning up the city we all love and call home. 
AdoptOneBlock has been serving the Portland metro area for one year now, and we are growing FAST! We hope that our name is familiar to you, but if not, scroll down to learn more about our nonprofit. 
  Introducing the Community Cleanup Calendar!
As a community leader, we wanted you to be one of the first people we shared the details of our new Community Cleanup Calendar with so you can help us spread the word. 


AdoptOneBlock does not host large cleanup events, but we wanted to support the wonderful events happening all over, through a ‘Community Cleanup Calendar‘. This calendar is a “matching application” for ALL cleanup events hosted by ANYONE in the community (across Oregon) who want to share their event, connecting anyone who wants to help with any individual or group wanting to host an event.

You do not have to be an AOB volunteer – this is meant to be a platform to promote events hosted by individuals, neighborhood groups, businesses, other nonprofits, and more!

Events posted on this calendar will reach an audience of 5,000 people within the AdoptOneBlock community. 

NO COST OR MEMBERSHIP in AdoptOneBlock or any other organization is required or expected. 

We kindly ask that you forward this new resource information and link with people who are interested in a cleaner and happier community. 

AdoptOneBlock reimagines the way we make our city cleaner and happier. We enable anyone to care for the block they love the most, when and how they want with cleanup supplies we deliver to them for free. IMAGINE: no meetups, no commuting to volunteer, no scheduling to volunteer, no organizations to join, no fundraising. 
Simply care for your favorite block and AdoptOneBlock will supply the tools, support, connection to community, and we make it FUN. Since launching one year ago, we have over 4900 Block Ambassadors (volunteers) committed to consistent cleanup of over 5700+ blocks and are recognized as a force for good in the state of Oregon.

Please reach out to Operations Manager, Olivia Langley, at Olivia@adoptoneblock.org if you have any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to working with you to make Portland cleaner and happier!
    Be sure to join our interactive Facebook group for AdoptOneBlock. There, you can share your experience being a Block Ambassador. Create posts of your block cleanup photos, any questions that come up after signing up, ideas you have to help AdoptOneBlock grow, and anything else you’d like to discuss pertaining to adopting your block.
As always, you can help us the most by following our social media pages and giving us a ‘shout out’. Each newsletter we include tips below to make doing that easier.

THANK YOU for doing the good work that creates a cleaner and happier city!! 

Block Ambassador & Founder
Follow AdoptOneBlock on social media: Recommend on Nextdoor too! Then post to let people know: (Here’s some sample language. Feel free to write your own!)
“AdoptOneBlock is an easy, free, and simple way to engage the broader community in consistent cleanup.

Imagine: no meetups, no driving to volunteer, no fundraising, no organizations to join. We empower our volunteers to clean up the block they are most passionate about, with cleanup supplies delivered for free… and we make it fun!

Go to AdoptOneBlock.org to claim your block!” AdoptOneBlock.org Cleaning up our world one block at a time.

Cleanup Day December 5th


Invitation to Thanksgiving meal

Columbia Community Bible Church
(420 N.E. Marine Dr., Portland, OR, 97211)

You are cordially invited to share a
Thanksgiving Meal with members and attenders of
Columbia Community Bible Church
this coming Sunday, November 28, 2021,
after the Worship Service, at 12:30 pm

Especially those who are without family or friends to share in a meal and conversation
at this special time of the year.

Please feel free to join us for Sunday School, 10-11 am; and/or the Worship Service between 11-12,
before we share the meal.


Residential infill

Residential Infill Project – Part 2

E-UPDATE, November 10, 2021

If you would like receive regular updates on the second part of the Residential Infill Project (known as RIP2) click here. We’ll send you monthly updates about our progress and opportunities for your participation and input throughout the public process.

What is the Residential Infill Project|Part 2 about?

RIP2 addresses several outstanding mandates in the State’s middle housing bill HB2001, which was passed in 2019. This bill requires Metro cities to allow duplexes on all lots where single homes are allowed as well as other types of middle housing (triplexes, fourplexes, attached houses and cottage clusters) in many residential areas.

While the first part of RIP addressed higher density residential zones (R2.5 to R7), the second part will apply to the rest of the residential zones, including Portland’s larger lots in outlying areas (R10 and R20). RIP2 will also create new standards for attached houses and cottage clusters for all single-dwelling zones.

Another recently passed piece of housing legislation, Senate Bill 458, requires cities to allow applicants to divide middle housing units so that each unit is on its own lot and can be owned separately.

For more information visit the project website at: portland.gov/bps/rip2

How is your lot potentially affected?

Find out with the new online interactive RIP2 Map App tool.

The Map App allows you to enter an address and see whether it is in an affected single-dwelling zone, what types of housing may be allowed, and whether the property already has or is proposed to have the “constrained sites ‘z’ overlay zone.” This overlay zone means the property has one or more natural resources or land hazards.

Properties with the constrained sites ‘z’ overlay, or that are not on a maintained street or large enough, are generally limited to either a house with or without an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or a duplex.

Check out the map app here: www.portlandmaps.com/bps/residential-infill-2/    

Proposed Draft is available now!

We’re excited to announce the publication of the much-anticipated RIP2 Proposed Draft. This is our proposal to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to implement the middle housing changes in the R10 and R20 zones and bring us into compliance with the State’s middle housing rules. The Proposed Draft includes our staff report summarizing the project, as well as the proposed Zoning Code changes. The PSC will be reviewing and (hopefully) making their recommendation on it to City Council later this year.

RIP2 Info Sessions November 17 & 18

We’re offering two virtual info sessions so you can ask staff questions about the RIP2 proposals. They’ll be held the week after the Proposed Draft is published so you have time to read through the report and formulate questions. The sessions will be held on November 17 and 18 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Some of the more impactful changes with RIP2 will be to the lower density R10 and R20 zones, which were left out of the original RIP. We’ve broken the two info sessions into “eastside” and “westside” sessions, so residents of those areas can ask questions specific to their unique geography, especially those living in the R10 and R20 zones. We’ll try to focus on more local concerns at each session; however, anyone is welcome to attend either session.

To attend, you will need to register on the RIP2 project website and click on the link for the info sessions: www.portland.gov/bps/rip2/events

RIP2 coming to the PSC November 30

If you can’t read through the Proposed Draft or make it to one of the info sessions, you can watch project staff brief the Planning and Sustainability Commission and answer their questions on the evening of November 30. You may also testify at a public hearing on RIP2 in December (more info to follow on that next month).

The PSC briefing on RIP2 will be at 5 p.m. on November 30. Watch it here.

What’s next?

We’re just beginning, but things will move pretty quickly.

After the PSC briefing on November 30, the Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on RIP2 in mid-December.

After taking testimony and deliberating on the proposals, the PSC will make a recommendation to City Council around February of next year. Council will hold an additional public hearing before making the final decision on RIP2 in the Spring 2022.

The package of amendments must be adopted by June 30, 2022, to meet the state’s compliance-mandated deadline.

Future e-updates will include more specifics about times and locations, as well as options to provide written or verbal testimony to the PSC. So, stay tuned!

For general information about the project

Visit the website: portland.gov/bps/rip2
Or call or email project staff at residential.infill@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1105 …

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You Can Help Oregon’s Foster Care

On any given day, there are 7,000 children in Oregon’s foster care system. Many of these children come from situations of abuse and neglect only to find themselves facing uncertainty and instability once they enter foster care.

Boys & Girls Aid, a nonprofit founded in Portland in 1885, wants to change that. We are looking for compassionate people to help improve the lives of children in foster care.

A good foster home is often the first place a child in foster care has felt safe in a long time. Foster parents help children build trust in adults and provide a supportive environment where they can thrive.

Boys & Girls Aid supports foster parents with responsive program staff available 24/7, ongoing free professional training, and generous monthly, tax-free stipends ranging from $1,200 to $3,500 per month. There are options to fit every family, from full-time placement to relief care a few days a month.

Fostering children might bring life changes and challenges, but it’s a great opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life — and in your own life, too. “It’s worth it to get to know these kids,” said experienced foster parents Jen and Chad. “It’s enriched our lives a lot.”

To learn more, visit our website: boysandgirlsaid.org/fostercare, or contact Outreach Coordinator Scott Appel at (503) 542-2316 or sappel@boysandgirlsaid.org.