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BPS celebrates another successful Fix-It Fair season

Since 1986, the Fix-It Fairs have helped Portland residents to save money while creating healthy homes for themselves, their families and the environment. 

This season, the Fix-It Fair served a diverse mix of 1,900 primarily low-and moderate-income residents in North, outer Northeast and outer Southeast Portland. More than 60 community partners exhibited, offering valuable resources and information to help attendees grow food at home, reduce water and energy usage, avoid lead paint exposure and much more.

From offering interactive training on basic home repair, planning nutritious meals, to demonstrating tree care, this season’s fairs featured 110 workshops. The information booths and workshops offered tools and inspiration to help attendees take charge of their personal health, finances, and their homes, inside and out.

The Ron Russell Fair in southeast Portland featured five workshops conducted in Spanish on topics specifically serving the needs of the Latino community.

Commenting on a budgeting workshop at a Fair, one resident said the presenter  “was super positive, incorporated audience ideas with enthusiasm, and helped me realize budgeting is fun, quick, and not another life stress.”

Another person who attended a kid-friendly gardening workshop said “I was here for [a later class] and just came in early to sit, but this was great. Easy to plant and easy to grow with high likelihood of success. That’s what I need!”

To ensure that the Fairs served a diverse range of residents, grassroots outreach efforts were employed. These included ads in community newspapers such as El Hispanic News, Portland Observer, Asian Reporter and The Skanner; radio promotion on KBOO’s Armando Puentes program and Bustos Media; and cable promotion on Univisión. Community partners also leveraged their communication networks and canvassed neighborhoods and popular local venues with fair material.

Fix-it Fairs are sponsored by BPS, Energy Trust of Oregon, Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, Pacific Power, Portland Housing Bureau and Portland General.

A special thank you also goes to those City bureaus and offices that participate in the Fairs: Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Emergency Management, Bureau of Transportation, Housing Bureau, Parks and Recreation, Water Bureau and the Portland Children’s Levy.