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Holiday Kick-Off

Festivities Continue Through New Years Day

Blazer Aims For the Heart – Swish


MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013 – Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting a toy giveaway to benefit the Batum Mama Foundation from 2 to 4 p.m. today.

Nicholas BatumBatum will be at this year’s toy giveaway, held at Portland Parks & Recreation's Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave., to bring joy to lives of many children who may not otherwise receive toys during the holiday season.

Portland Parks & Recreation is delighted to partner with Batum to provide space for the event, and PP&R invited the hundreds of area kids to receive gifts. Please note that the toy giveaway is not an open event for “drop-in” participation.

“The neighborhoods surrounding PP&R’s Charles Jordan Community Center are among the most economically and culturally diverse in our city,” said Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “It is wonderful that Nicolas, in addition to his success with the Trail Blazers on the court, is showing his MVP skills at brightening the holidays for kids who need some cheer.”

Nicolas Batum, a six-eight Frenchman, is in his sixth year with the NBA. The versatile forward has played for the Portland Trail Blazers his entire NBA career. He ranks among the top 40 in steals and blocks per game and became the fourth NBA player to ever have 100 three-pointers, 350 assists and 80 blocks in a season.

The Blazers are off to a blistering start, with a league-leading 23-5 record going into January.

Media photo opportunities with Batum will be available before and after the event.


Sunshine Division to Pack, Deliver Food Boxes to Community


MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – Hundreds of volunteers will gather at the Portland Police Sunshine Division Warehouse today and Wednesday to pack 3,500 holiday food boxes for local area families.

Sunshine DivisionThe warehouse is at 687 N. Thompson St.

Packing will begin at 6 p.m. and finish around 8:30 p.m. Pack night is an annual tradition for many local families, church groups, police officers and other volunteers. The Sunshine Division has enough volunteers for tonight and Wednesday, but will always welcome volunteers for delivery day or any other time at the warehouse to sort or stock food.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, police officers and volunteers will deliver the boxes to community members in need. The boxes are delivered from North Precinct, East Precinct, Southeast Sub-precinct and the Sunshine Warehouse, beginning at 9 a.m.

This is the Sunshine Division's 90th anniversary of delivering holiday meals to those in need; the tradition began in 1923 by Portland's first Police Reserves and Portland Police Officers.

This year, demand is up once again, according to Officer Phil Kent, Sunshine Division development director. “These boxes are already spoken for, but we continue to provide emergency food to people every day at the warehouse and any police officer can take food to a person in need 24 hours a day.”

Kent said Sunshine Division served 1,574 households directly with emergency food at its facility in November, a 15 percent increase over November 2012.

Longtime volunteer honored

This year, the Sunshine Division and the Portland Police Bureau will honor 50-year volunteer Bud Lewis at the “Wednesday Pack Night.”

Lewis was the Sunshine Division Commander from 1963-73. He has remained on the board and has spent countless hours volunteering and supporting Sunshine's mission. He will be honored at a ceremony at approximately 7 p.m.

About Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division

Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portlandfamilies and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 90-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.

The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days per week at their warehouse as well as 24 per day, seven days per week, through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, which stores food boxes at each precinct, Boxes can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief, the division also offers new and gently used clothing to those in need.

For more information, contact Executive Director Kyle Camberg, at or call (503) 823-2131. To donate or volunteer with the Sunshine Division visit the website.

Mayor Hales greets a girlMayor, First Lady Kick Off Holiday Season



FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 2013 – Portland kicked off the holiday season in style with the annual Macy’s Parade on Friday. The tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square begins shining this weekend.

This year, Hanukkah began Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 5.

Thousands line the streetThanksgiving on Thursday gave way to Black Friday; Friday’s parade through downtown; the annual “Little Boxes” celebration of smaller retailers; followed by Small Business Saturday.

Festivities will continue through the holidays.


Mayor Charlie Hales and First Lady Nancy HalesMiss Oregon USAPolice and Fire chiefsFire truckMounted PatrolChina Town GateTigard High bandThe First Couple

Help For Homebuyers

Collaborative NeighborhoodLIFT program to provide $5.15 million to support homebuying and nonprofit groups in Portland

TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013 -- The winter holidays are coming early to Portland as a major financial services company is joining with the City of Portland and two non-profit agencies to help 227 moderate-income Portlanders buy homes.Mayor Hales

Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America and Portland Housing Center today joined Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to announce the $5.15 million Portland NeighborhoodLIFT program.

“With the holiday shopping season about to start, this program will help Portlanders make one of the most important purchases of their life: a home of their own,” said Mayor Hales. “This public-private partnership has the potential to make a huge difference to Portland residents and neighborhoods.”

Portland NeighborhoodLIFT program is a collaboration between Wells Fargo, the City of Portland, NeighborWorks America, and Portland Housing Center. The program is designed to provide down payment assistance and homebuyer education programs in areas most impacted by the financial crisis.

The program will include a free homebuyer event Dec. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (both days) in Hall C at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Prospective homebuyers can register and learn more about the program at or by calling (866) 858-2151. Pre-registration is encouraged, although walk-ins will be welcome.


Affordable Home Tour Included


The event will include a Wells Fargo Affordable Home Tour viewing center where attendees can preview homes available for sale in local neighborhoods.

Attendees will first need to obtain pre-approval for a mortgage loan from a lender approved by the Portland Housing Center. They will then have up to 60 days to finalize a contract to purchase a home in Portland in order to receive the $15,000.

A recipient will not have to repay the grant if they stay in their home for five years. They also are required to participate in a homebuying education session with Portland Housing Center, which will determine eligibility and distribute the funds to homebuyers.

Homebuyers also will be able to apply the funds to 203k renovation loans, enabling them to make improvements as part of a new mortgage purchase loan. The event will include information sessions about these loans.


Down Payment Remains Obstacle to Homeownership


“Portland was deeply affected by the housing crisis. While today mortgages are available at historically low interest rates, many families are still unable to purchase a home because they struggle with making the down payment,” said Wells Fargo Region President Don Pearson. “NeighborhoodLIFT can help local homebuyers realize their dreams of owning a home.”

In addition to providing the grants for homebuyers, Wells Fargo also will donate a total of $500,000 to a group of Portland nonprofit organizations, which will be announced at a later date.

“This innovative partnership between NeighborWorks America, Portland Housing Center and Wells Fargo will help Portland home buyers overcome a significant hurdle to homeownership,” said Joe Dabek, NeighborWorks America’s Pacific district senior relationship manager. “Eligibility requires completing an eight-hour homebuyer education class that has been proven to help homebuyers achieve successful and sustainable homeownership.”


More Than 4,800 Homeowners Helped


Portland is one of 22 housing markets across the country that will benefit from a total of $180 million Wells Fargo has committed through its LIFTprograms to support sustainable housing in cities affected by the economic downturn.  Since February 2012, LIFT programs have so far helped create nearly 4,800 homeowners in the housing markets where the programs have been introduced.


About NeighborhoodLIFT


The NeighborhoodLIFTprogram is collaboration between Wells Fargo, the nonprofit NeighborWorks America and local non-profit organizations. The NeighborhoodLIFT program is designed to provide sustainable homeownership initiatives in cities affected by the housing crisis. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted at


About Portland Housing Center and NeighborWorks America


For more than 22 years, the Portland Housing Center has been a trusted advisor for first-time homebuyers, providing home buying classes, credit counseling, financial fitness, down payment assistance, individual development accounts, and first and second mortgages.

The nonprofit has assisted 6,300 families buy their first homes. Portland Housing Center is a member of NeighborWorks America, a national organization that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. NeighborWorks America supports a network of more than 235 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Visit to learn more.


About Wells Fargo


Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at

International Track & Field Comes to Portland

Portland won the bid for the games in March 2016

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013 – International track and field organizers announced today that Portland will play host to the 2016 World Indoor Championships.

“This is incredible news for a city and a state already steeped in a great track-and-field tradition,” Mayor Charlie Hales said, upon hearing the news.

Track and field bid for 2016The International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body of track and field, made the announcement following its annual autumn session in Monaco.

The event will draw a wide array of international media and will result in a vast increase in tourism. More than 2,000 hotel rooms likely will be booked, organizers predicted.

Portland bid for the tournament against Birmingham, England. The IAAF Council unanimously approved Portland as host of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, set for March 2016, with Birmingham as host of the 2018 edition.

“Council was faced with a nice and difficult task to make a choice between two wonderful bids,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack.

“We recognised that for our sport to grow in the United States it was strategically important (for these Championships) to first go to Portland in 2016,” Diack said. “Following the tremendous success of London 2012 and with Britain already hosting IAAF competitions in 2016 in Cardiff (World Half Marathon) and in 2017 in London (World Championships), that 2018 was better placed for us for Birmingham.”

USA Track & Field President Stephanie Hightower praised Portland’s bid. “This is a win, win situation for athletics,” she said. “It allows us to showcase the sport in the States and leaves the UK with a consistent series of high profile athletics events in the coming years. This decision adds momentum and an exciting frame work to international athletics allowing us to create a logical narrative which shows the world where we are going as a sport.”

The winning bid was announced following a joint presentation by Hightower, TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna, U.S. Track and Field CEO Max Siegel and Olympic gold medalists Ashton Eaton and Hicham El Guerrouj.

Gail Shibley, chief of staff to Mayor Charlie Hales, helped orchestrate Portland’s bid.

“I want to thank the IAAF Council and the leadership of IAAF President (Lamine) Diack for having the confidence to entrust us with the 2016 World Indoor Championships,” Lananna said. “The timing for this event has never been better. We will work tirelessly to create the most awe-inspiring event ever held in the U.S.for the athletes, fans, officials, media, partners and the entire IAAF family.”

TrackTownUSA is the local organizing committee for the meet.

Besides hosting the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012 at Hayward Field in Eugene, TrackTownUSA also serves as the local organizing committee for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

“We represent our country’s commitment to the sport of track and field and its athletes,” Lananna said. “We want to demonstrate that commitment with action. We plan to leave a lasting legacy of new facilities, renewed passion and a new model to present indoor athletics.”

Lananna expressed his gratitude for the enthusiastic backing the presentation committee received leading up to the winning bid in Monaco, including letters of support from Gov. John Kitzhaber, Senate President Peter Courtney, Speaker of the House Tina Kotek and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, as well as a large group of private supporters.

“By winning this bid,” Lananna said. “We hope to ignite a spark that will be felt globally.”


How You Can Help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Donate Funds Instead of Offering Srvices

Mercy Corps Hosts Vigil for Typhoon Victims


THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013 – Mercy Corps is organizing a candlelight vigil tonight in honor the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The event is set for 5:30 p.m. today at Skidmore Fountain Plaza, S.W. First and Ankeny. The brief ceremony will include remarks by members of the Filipino Community, Mercy Corps and city officials.

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Wednesday Fundraiser Benefits Survivors


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013 -- The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and Southwest Washington, or PACCO, is sponsoring a benefit Filipino dinner for the survivors of the super typhoon that recently hit the Philippines.

The dinner is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Northwest Health Foundation, 221 N.W.Second Ave., Portland.

The dinner is complimentary, but people are encouraged to bring their checkbooks and to help raise money to help the thousands who need help now.

Those who cannot attend can send tax deductible donation to: PACCO, 5224 N. Michigan Ave., Portland, OR 97217.


How you can help Typhoon Haiyan survivors


MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013 – Portlanders are asking how they can help in the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which smashed into the Philippines this weekend.

Rescue officials urge people not to fly into the heart of a disaster zone; while well-meaning, having volunteers show up means a need for extra food, potable water and sleeping arrangements, all of which are stretched well beyond capacity in the Philippines.

Donating funds to the cause is the better response. People can donate to the survivors of the typhoon at:


• Philippine Red Cross:

• MercyCorps.:

• World Food Programme:

• Catholic Relief Services:

• Save the Children:

• Doctors Without Borders:


Spirit of Portland

City Council to recognize 21 Spirit of Portland Award winners

FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013 – The Spirit of Portland Awards recognize local individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to positive change in our community. Award winners are those who have not only worked to improve the community, but who also have gone above and beyond a dedication to civic engagement in order to make a lasting impact.

Urban LeagueThis year’s Spirit of Portland ceremony is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Award winners are chosen from nominations submitted by fellow Portlanders to a selection committee of representatives from the Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Neighborhood Associations and other diverse community organizations. The mayor and each commissioner also selects special award winners to recognize specific works and achievements.

“Inscribed into Portland’s Skidmore Fountain you will see these words: ‘Good Citizens are the Riches of a City,’” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “I think that is also the message behind the Spirit of Portland Awards. For truly, where would we be without those citizens who step up, volunteer, lead and find solutions to problems in their community?

“So often, these people do so with no thought as to recognition or personal reward,” Hales added. “Since the awards began in 1985, we have been able to, in some small way, show our appreciation for the work done by neighborhoods, small businesses, non-profits and so many individuals who make our city a better place to live. They truly are the Riches of a City, and we are grateful for them.”

The categories and award winners for the 2013 Spirit of Portland Awards are:


Neighborhood Association of the Year:

MountScott– Arleta Neighborhood Association


ommunity Harmony:

Midge Purcell with Urban League of Portland

Emerging Community Leader:

Pedro Moreno with Verde

Independent Spirit:

David Hampsten with Hazelwood Neighborhood Association


Outstanding Organization:

Friends of Gateway Green (Non-Profit)


Business Association of the Year:

North-Northeast Business Association’s Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Run

Community Stewardship:

Mark Lewis

Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award:

Neighborhoods Community Garden

Outstanding Partnership:

Operation 305

Outstanding Organization:

Dennis’ 7Dees (For-Profit)

Commissioners’ Awards:

Mayor Hales Award:

Last Thursday Clean Up Dance Party

Commissioner Fish:

Individual: Steve Weiss

Individual: Briggy Thomas

Commissioner Fritz:

Organization: Right 2 Dream Too

Individual: Mary Ann Schwab

Commissioner Novick:

Organization: Disaster Relief Trials

Individual: Haven Wheelock

Commissioner Saltzman:

Organization: CASA for Children

Individual: Israel Bayer

This year, two posthumous awards will be given to recognize their outstanding lifetime achievements for community and neighborhood engagement:

  • Lee Perlman
  • Afifa Ahmed-Shafi

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