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Fix-It Fair deepens community connections

The City of Portland is hosting its 28th annual Fix-It Fair season, creating a rich and inclusive community event where Portlanders from various backgrounds can learn new ways to save money, improve their homes and live healthier lives. At the recent January Fix-It Fair, more than 60 community partners provided workshops and resources for attendees who spoke more than five languages.

But making connections with all the communities who enjoy attending the Fix-It Fair event leverages the network of many community partners.

For example, Irene Konev, co-chair of the Slavic Advisory Council to the Chief of Police’s Office, connected BPS to student interpreters from Portland State University’s Russian Flagship Program who were looking for ways to apply their skills and serve community.

Through Portland Public Schools, we connected with Russian-speaking parents interested in attending the fair and in need of interpretation services. The student interpreters helped one parent understand how to address a mold situation at home from the Multnomah County Environmental Health exhibit.

For the upcoming Fix-It Fair this weekend, we offer a Spanish-language workshop track and we spread the word via a partnership with KUNP – Univisión Portland. Watch our commercial!

FIFNot familiar with the Fix-It Fair? It’s a free event where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home and stay healthy this winter and beyond. Featuring exhibits from numerous community partners, FIF includes an extensive schedule of workshops held throughout the day. Volunteers from a variety of community organizations share expertise about water and energy savings, personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!

Details about this Saturday's Fix-It Fair

Special workshops taught in Spanish are offered at the David Douglas Fair this weekend. Free professional childcare and lunch are also provided.

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave​

To find out more information about scheduled workshops, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif (en español: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/fif/esp) or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FixItFairPDX.

To receive information and reminders about upcoming fairs, email fixitfair@portlandoregon.gov.

The Fix-It Fairs are presented by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability with support from the following sponsors: Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Portland Water Bureau and KUNP Univision.

A special thank you goes to those City of Portland bureaus and offices that participate in the fairs:​ ​Auditor's Independent Police Review, Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Transportation, Office of the Ombudsman, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation and Water Bureau.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-4309, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.