Neighbors West-Northwest provides many trainings to support neighborhood leaders and the community as a whole. Additionally, we’ve provided many board trainings for our member neighborhood associations and the coalition.
Some recent trainings have included a Block Party Blast Off, Advocacy in Action, the Livability & Public Safety Town Hall, and Communities Creating Change: Tips from your Neighbors on Successful Community Projects. Below are descriptions of some of the trainings we have offered in the past. If you are interested in scheduling a training for your neighborhood association or community group, please contact us to discuss your interest and our current capacity to address your needs.
Block Parties, National Night Out & More: An Event Planning Workshop
Are you interested in coordinating a local event – like a street party with your neighbors, Park(ing) Day, outdoor movies or events that promote public safety? All kinds of people coordinate local events – neighbors, neighborhood associations, non-profits and businesses. Learn the ins and outs of planning community events in Portland, Oregon. This training provides event planning tips and resources that will help your event be successful. City partners have included Portland Bureau of Transportation staff to discuss street closure permits and Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention staff to discuss the benefits of the local National Night Out program. For more information about street closure permits, click here.
Citywide Community Leadership Series
Portland’s district coalition offices, including NWNW, and Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) offer a training series for Portland’s community leaders to provide an introduction to sitting on a neighborhood board, coordinating unique community programs, communication, building patnerships, grant writing and more.
Managing Your Neighborhood’s Finances
This training is targeted to assist neighborhood association treasurers and other board members managing their organization’s finances. We strongly urge each neighborhood to consider sending their treasurer and one additional board member. Generally, this is an intimate workshop for neighborhood associations in the Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition area.
A professional bookkeeper outlines best practices for managing neighborhood finances including general bookkeeping, funds management, financial risk reduction and budgeting. This is not a how-to for accounting or data entry, though we can work with each neighborhood on such details moving forward.
This workshop also includes an overview of the financial systems used by Neighbors West-Northwest to report neighborhood financial activity to the State of Oregon and the Internal Revenue Service, focusing on the financial information we collect from our member neighborhoods. Participants have a chance to ask questions specific to their neighborhood association and to learn about the services NWNW can provide.
When trainings are scheduled, information will be posted on our online calendar.