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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

ONI Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Volunteer

  • North Portland volunteers

  • Mural in SE Portland funded by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Community Grants Program

  • Collaborative cleanup in Central Northeast Portland

  • Concordia University students volunteering for a service day to give back to the community

  • Cleanup supplies ready for volunteers in Cully

ONI's Graffiti Abatement Volunteer Program works with concerned neighbors and business-owners to locate, report and remove graffiti from public and private spaces. We work towards accomplishing this goal in several ways:

  • Forming neighborhood livability teams and graffiti abatement patrols;
  • Contracting with Graffiti Removal Services and Recology to have graffiti removed: a free service to property owners (depending upon budget, this may end effective July 1, 2013); 
  • Working with Portland Police Bureau's Graffiti Hotline: (503) 823-4TAG (4824);
  • Recruiting and training volunteers to assist with graffiti reporting/removal in their own neighborhoods, and;
  • Providing digital cameras on loan to qualified volunteers to document graffiti*

Research has shown that prompt and persistent removal of graffiti is effective in discouraging repeat vandalism. If you want to help in the city's graffiti abatement efforts, here's what you can do.

 

Other graffiti prevention activities include:

  • Adopt a block or bus stop and remove graffiti from newspaper boxes, wooden utility poles, mailboxes and phone booths on a regular basis. Never remove graffiti from the front of traffic signs, report it to graffiti abatement so that it can be referred to Sign Maintenance for cleanup. 
  • Schedule a graffiti removal presentation at your neighborhood or business meeting.  
  • Participate in Graffiti Removal Days or organize a Neighborhood Clean-up Day. If your neighborhood provides the volunteers, Graffiti Removal Program will provide the paint, cleaning supplies, training and supervision.  For additional information, please call Dennis LoGiudice at 503-823-9666.  

Volunteer cleanups are typically conducted in targeted areas/neighborhood associations within the City of Portland.  These cleanups consist of neighborhood folks, students, and youth who get together to assist in eliminating graffiti using the most appropriate method (environmentally sustainable solvents, scrapers, paints, etc.) in the public right-of-way. 

 

Locations generally include utility poles (to be painted out), backs of street signs, newspaper boxes, bike racks, pay phones, sign poles/city light poles (metal), mailboxes, etc.  Cleanups start with an introduction to the materials, and go off in pairs.  Cleanups generally last about three hours. 

 


City of Portland Graffiti Removal Agreement

This form must be signed and submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement prior to cleanup of graffiti on private property.

Examples of Surfaces Volunteers May Address

Pictures that illustrate examples of graffiti tags that volunteers could assist in cleaning up

Graffiti Calendar of Events

Volunteer and other graffiti abatement related events

Graffiti Volunteer Form

To volunteer with the City of Portland, you must submit a release form. Please print and return to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Agreement and Application Form

You must complete this form prior to participating in any City-sponsored volunteer events. Sign and fax back to 503-823-3050 or mail to ONI.

Volunteer Kits Now Available at Fire Stations

Volunteers may now check out a kit to remove graffiti and stickers from the backs of street signs, dumpsters, newspaper boxes, metal and wood utility poles throughout Portland.

Volunteer Photos

Photos of Volunteer Event