Central Northeast Neighbors awarded $11,000 in grants to four community groups to help engage diverse neighbors in 2018.
“The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s $9,330 coupled with CNN’s $1,670 will leverage $150,000 in donations to accomplish community building goals,” according to Sandra Lefrancois, CNN program manager.
Awarded $2000, the Community Cycling Center with Hacienda CDC (Andando en Bicicletas en Cully) said it would use the grant to support bicycle advocacy and community leadership activities in an effort to engage Cully’s Latino community in clinics, workshops, skill building and community events, such as Sunday Parkways. Living Cully, with the Urban League of Portland, said its $3,000 grant will assist cultivation of culturally focused engagement and advocacy with Cully’s African American community through outreach, organizing community meetings and building networks.
With its $3,000 award, New Year in the Park/Hmong American Community of Oregon said it will support immigrant and refugee community organizing for the Southeast Asian New Year celebration at Glenhaven Park in Madison South, an event that builds leadership and strengthens partnerships between diverse groups. Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism/Race Talks World Arts Foundation accepted $3,000 to conduct volunteer leader outreach and a training program from the CNN geographic area at Race Talks, an educational panel open to all at McMenamins Kennedy School.
Lefrancois emphasized that CNN’s Small Grants Program supports organization efforts that achieve one or more program goals: increasing the number and diversity of people engaged in communities and neighborhoods; strengthening community/neighborhood capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increasing community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.