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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

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

Involvement In Action

Get Organized! 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  

– Margaret Mead, US anthropologist (1901- 1978) 

Power exists in numbers and collective action. A single voice might not persuade a government body or organization to take action on an issue but six voices might. The first step in participatory democracy is to show up.


View or Print PDF version of our Get Organized Flyer!

View or Print PDF of our Advocacy 101 Handout



Advocacy 101 Handout

Advocacy 101 handout includes "Basic Steps in an Advocacy Effort" and "Some Useful Resources."

City Boards, Committees, and Commissions

Portland needs your thoughts, time and energy to help direct our energy today and plan for the future. Over 35 citizen groups advise Portland's elected officials and staff.

City Council Agenda Communications

Community Communications offer a unique opportunity for community voices to be heard in Council Chambers on Wednesday mornings.

Customer Service Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee and Other Resources of the Customer Service Advisory Committee (CSAC)

Neighborhood Association Resources

Tools for running your neighborhood association

Training Opportunities

Opportunities to build skills and abilities to become an effective community activist/leader.