Community Neighborhood Involvement Center
ONI programs being developed to expand opportunities for civic engagement for underrepresented communities in the City of Portland.
Builds support of public involvement processes citywide that are more accessible to the community.
Helping make Portland more inclusive for people with disabilities.
Enhancing the quality of neighborhoods through community participation.
Community & Neighborhood Involvement Center
The Community and Neighborhood Involvement Center includes five of ONI's civic engagement programs and partners with our 13 neighborhood district coalitions and community partner organizations and 95 Neighborhood Associations.
We are guided by the Five Year Plan to Increase Community Involvement organized around three interdependent community involvement goals:
- Increasing the number and diversity of people involved in their communities
- Strengthening community capacity
- Increasing community impact on public decisions
Our programs and partner organizations can help our partner organizations and the public to:
- Get involved in your Neighborhood Association and our partner organizations
- Identify strategies for increasing the power and voice of our partner organizations
- Overcome common barriers to participation and expand accessibility in our City
- Support effective communication to keep the community informed about issues and opportunities for involvement
- Foster social ties and a sense of community identity, such as with block parties, clean-ups, and tree plantings
- Build the community’s capacity to take action to move forward its priorities
- Expand leadership skills to become more effective advocates for your community's priorities
- Foster networking and collaboration between our partner organizations and other community organizations
- Make public policy decision-making more responsive and accountable to community input
The Community & Neighborhood Involvement Center (CNIC) includes the following programs:
- Disability Program - Connecting, supporting and encouraging collaborative civic engagement between the people of the disability community, neighborhoods and city government.
- Diversity and Civic Leadership Program - Building capacity for community-based organizations serving communities of color, immigrants and refugees in order to increase constituent participation in the civic governance of the City.
- Neighborhood Program - Enhancing the livability of neighborhoods through community participation by providing organizing support, leadership development, and technical assistance to Portland's 95 Neighborhood Associations and seven District Coalitions.
- New Portlanders Program - integrating immigrants and refugees.
- Public Involvement Best Practices Program - Strengthening partnership between community and government resulting in the best decisions for all of Portland through support for the Public Involvement Advisory Council.
- Youth Program - Working with the Multnomah County Youth Commission to help get the youth of our community involved in local government decision and policy making.