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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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Spirit of Portland Awards

  • Judy Bluehorse Skelton 2015 awardee Awarded the Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award

  • Enough is Enough 2015 awardee Brenda Davis

  • Commissioner Dan Saltzman Excited awardees wave to their supporters in the balcony.

  • Spirit of Portland Award night Tres leche cake by La Perlita Bakery

2016 Spirit of Portland Awards: Call for Nominations

The City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to our community. Please nominate an individual, business, organization, neighborhood or business association that has created a project, service or event that has helped Portland shine! Nominations will be accepted in an individual’s native language.

Save the Date!

Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM

Location TBD

 

2016 Spirit of Portland Awards Category Descriptions

City Commissioners present Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to communities in Portland. Nominate those who have helped Portland shine! Ten additional awards (one individual and one organization each) are chosen by the Mayor and four City Commissioners.

Outstanding Individual Leadership Awards:

  • Community Leader of the Year (2 awards), Recognizes individuals who provide our communities with a special service, that demonstrates responsiveness, creativity and civic values while raising cross-cultural awareness and engaging historically underrepresented communities.
  • Young Leader of the Year (1 award), Recognizes an individual 24 or younger who provides our communities with a special service that demonstrates responsiveness, creativity and civic values while engaging young people and historically underrepresented communities.
  • City Employee of the Year (1 award), Recognizes a City employee whose work promotes access to City government while demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values focused on cross-cultural collaboration and engaging historically underrepresented communities.

 Outstanding Organization Leadership Awards:

  • Community Group/Organization of the Year (1 award), Recognizes a group that demonstrates responsiveness, creativity, civic values and cross-cultural awareness through its services.
  • Neighborhood Association of the Year (1 award), Recognizes a Neighborhood Association that demonstrates responsiveness, creativity, civic values and cross-cultural awareness through its services.
  • Business of the Year (1 award), Recognizes a business that demonstrates responsiveness, creativity, civic values and cross-cultural awareness through its services.
  • Business District Association of the Year (1 award), Recognizes a Business District Association that demonstrates responsiveness, creativity, civic values and cross-cultural awareness through its services.

 Outstanding Individual or Organization Leadership Awards:

  • Equity in Practice Partnership of the Year (1 award), Recognizes a City bureau and its New Portlander partners for developing and delivering a valuable City service to a previously underserved community, thereby raising our general level of civic engagement and uplifting livability for all neighbors.
  • Making a Difference Award (1 award), Recognizes an individual(s) and/or organization(s) who goes above and beyond to make Portland more inclusive for people with disabilities.
  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year(1 award), Recognizes an individual(s) and/or organization(s) who demonstrate outstanding dedication to environmental stewardship.

 

 To nominate individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to our community

NOMINATION FORMS IN THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES WILL BE POSTED SOON: Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Somali

Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, September 26th, 2016

Send completed nomination forms to:

Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Attn: SOP
4747 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97215
Email: spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov
Fax: 503-823-2909

 

Questions and for more information:

Marco Mejia at 503-823-3093 or spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov

Limited English proficiency (LEP) and ADA Accommodations:

To help ensure equal access to programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities and for those for whom English is a second language. Call 503-823-3093 or TTY 503-823-6868 to request assistance with accommodations.

 


Past Winners: 1985 - 2015

Previous winners of the Spirit of Portland Awards from 1985 through 2015

Spirit of Portland 2015 Awardees

Award recipients for 2015 Spirit of Portland awards