By Northeast Community Center staff
For the Hollywood Star News
The past year has been one of energy and growth at the Northeast Community Center. In its twelfth year as an independent nonprofit organization, the NECC continues to provide fitness and wellness classes and activities for all ages, but the NECC is much more than a fitness center. The NECC supports other nonprofit organizations, provides financial assistance to adults and youth for membership, swimming, sports and classes and hosts workshops and events that bring people together and enrich the lives of our neighbors.
One of the NECC’s most important community contributions is supporting other nonprofits through the free or low-cost use of space in its facility, sometimes through direct support from NECC members and neighbors. The NECC regularly provides space to Women Strength, an empowerment program conducted by the Portland Police Bureau. New this fall, the NECC was excited to partner with Art From the Heart – an Albertina Kerr art center and gallery for artists with disabilities. Every Thursday at noon will find these artists playing basketball in NECC’s iconic gymnasium or walking the track.
The NECC has donated space to local high school ski and snowboard teams for a fundraising event, provided annex space to a pediatric obesity prevention program and provided meeting and presentation space to Northeast Village PDX, a new option for senior housing that helps seniors remain in their own homes. These nonprofit programs are integral to our community, and the NECC is pleased to contribute to their success.
The NECC also hosts free community events for its Northeast neighbors. In October, mayor-elect Ted Wheeler kicked off a new speakers series, discussing leadership with NECC board president Bill Farver. After getting snowed out in November, director of Multnomah County Libraries, Vailey Oehlke, will continue the series in March, discussing leadership challenges and opportunities in our county library system.
Each week brings to NECC’s historic facility a diversity of activities and offerings: a pollinator workshop, a presentation by a Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, a food drive to benefit the Oregon Food Bank, a native plants workshop, hearing screenings, Red Cross blood drive, and much, much more.
In addition to NECC’s support of nonprofits and other beneficial community organizations, the NECC offers generous financial support to those who would otherwise be unable to afford membership or attend fee-based youth programs or sports leagues. The center is open and welcoming to all – if you haven’t visited the NECC recently, stop in and see how you can connect with others in your neighborhood. For more information, visit www.necommunitycenter.org or call the NECC at 503-284-3377.