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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

What is Neighbors Together

What is Neighbors Together

Neighbors Together goes beyond the traditional “watch” approach still connecting neighbors but with an emphasis on community building. Neighbors Together activates multiple collaborative and creative solutions to community safety. This training supports neighbors to work with each other, with the City, and with community to better address a range of public safety considerations such as active transportation, emergency preparedness, personal safety, community advocacy, and more. The Justice for Families' Night Out for Safety & Democracy expresses this approach with: 

"I don't watch my neighbors. I see them. We make our community safer together."  

National Night Out celebration hosted by New Columbia Home Forward in McCoy Park. This video explores how Portlanders define community safety. To turn on close captions for this video, please select the "CC" button located bottom right of video. 


How to Activate Neighbors Together

Step 1: Meet with your neighbors or community.

Step 2: Identify community safety interests.

Step 3: Connect with your Community Safety Coordinators for a training.

Step 4: Organize a meeting to create a plan that helps address safety related goals- including diverse perspectives and establishing conversation agreements together can strengthen desired outcomes.                                                   

Step 5: Collaborate on safety efforts and access resources provided at the training. 

 

Schedule a Group Training

We coordinate trainings tailored to the safety interests of your group. Trainings are offered to groups who live, work, go to school, and/or play in Portland. Our trainings usually range from 30-90 minutes, depending on the topic(s) or needs of the group.

Training topics can include, but not limited to:

  • Emergency preparedness awareness
  • Personal safety awareness
  • Active transportation, safe routes to school & pedestrian safety awareness
  • Youth safety
  • Public safety systems navigation 
  • Community advocacy & organizing
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Block party organizing and other street events
  • Multi-dwelling safety (apartments, condos, duplexes)
  • Community care litter removal event (schools, parks, block) 

Neighbors Together Brochure

Information about the Neighbors Together trainings

Neighbors Together Workbook

Workbook from the Neighbors Together training.

Request a Neighbors Together Training from East Community Safety Team

Contact your Community Safety East Team by completing this form and someone from your team will be in contact as soon as possible

Request a Neighbors Together Training from Central Community Safety Team

Contact your Community Safety Central Team by completing this form and someone from your team will be in contact as soon as possible

Request a Neighbors Together Training from North Community Safety Team

Contact your Community Safety North Team by completing this form and someone from your team will be in contact as soon as possible

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