Friends and partners of Portland’s parks are gathering to build volunteerism, advocacy and programming

The magic superpowers of Portland’s parks system are the 200+ non-profit, volunteer, and grassroots groups devoted to stewarding and developing programs for and in individual parks, natural areas, community gardens and community centers. On September 26, Portland Parks Foundation, in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, invites members of these groups to join together virtually for a day of inspiration, training, and engagement with each other at the 2020 Friends & Allies Summit

A few highlights from the program on September 26 include: 

  • Special workshop with Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuiaone of the nation’s leading voices (and a Portland native) on how understanding individual and societal trauma can help deconstruct racism and racist structures. 
  • Breakout Sessions on topics like: Building and expanding a membership base; Communication strategies in a COVID-era world; Connecting with local funders; Taking the next steps and overcoming barriers for the work you’re currently doing and How to give new groups momentum.
  • Day of Service: Opportunities to volunteer and learn about unique parks, community gardens and natural areas in East and North Portland.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to energize your organization, network and collaborate with individuals engaged in similar efforts and deepen your understanding of what it means to create an inclusive culture within your group. Looking to get engaged with your local park and not sure where to start? This is also the summit for you.

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