• DMA Program Updates
    • Karen Gardening Workshop
    • Storefront Grant
    • 2019 Festival of Nations Planning Committee
    • DMA recently joined coalitions
    • Youth Job Fair
  • Resources
    • DMA Community Hours
    • Storefront Grant
    • SE Works
    • BOP
    • File Taxes for Free
  • Events and Trainings
    • PBOT Training
    • Portland Housing Bond Community Meeting
    • Groundbreaking For Outer Powell Street
    • Play-n-learn Group
    • BOP 5-week Business workshop
    • CIT workshop in English
    • Myanmar Water Festival
    • Youth Job Fair by Gateway to College Network
    • Multnomah Youth Commissioner
    • Senior Resource Fair
Karen Gardening Workshop

The Karen community members who came to the second class of Karen Gardening Workshop on March 16th were excited to register and received a plot of land for planting. They learned about plant needs and what makes a great land for cultivation. They saw different kinds of fertilizer that presented by the facilitators and got an idea of how to make compost on their own. The Karen Gardening workshop will continue until April 13, 2019.

Store Front Grant

Division Midway Alliance is happy to announce during the first quarter we have awarded 3 local businesses the Storefront Grant:
  • Manja Choi LLC (owner of a business property on Division.)
  • A1 Hawk
  • Anthony Kondos - State farm insurance

We are excited to continue providing the Storefront Grant to local businesses. Learn more about the storefront grant here.

2019 Festival of Nations Planning Committee

DMA is looking for active members to join our Festival of Nations Planning Committee! For more information feel free to send an email with the subject: FoN Planning Committee to 

DMA recently joined:

DMA has recently joined the following coalitions:
  • Drivers Licences for All Coalition HB 2015, a bill that eliminates the requirement that a person provides proof of legal presence before the Department of Transportation issues non-commercial driver license, driver permit or identification card. For more information about the coalition and HB 2015 visit CAUSA's website https://causaoregon.org/driverslicenses/
  • The Portland United Against Hate Coalition. The coalition is focused on tracking, responding, and preventing acts of hate while providing the support that our communities need. To learn more about Portland United Against Hate visit their website https://sites.google.com/view/portland-tracks-hate/home
Youth Job Fair - Gateway to College National Network

DMA Community Liaisons are helping to reach out and inform youths about Youth Job Fair held by Gateway to College National Network. If you are interested and need more information click the link or if you are looking for language support from our liaisons then please email us at info@divisionmidway.org

DMA Community Hours

Community Support hours for April - June 2019
Pacific Islander Community hours - Thursday  10 am - 1 pm
Burmese/Karen Community hours - Tuesday, Thursday 9 am - 5 pm, Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Latino/Hispanic Community hours - Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

SE Works

Are you looking for a job? Do you know someone who needs assistance in finding a job? At DMA our Community liaisons can help. Community liaisons provide information to our SE works coordinator, Nathaly Pretell, and she gets in contact with the community member and the community liaisons. If you need translation in Karen, Burmese, Tongan, and Spanish let a Community liaison know, and we can help!

Business Outreach Program

The BOP offers open office hours every Wednesday from 9 am - 12 pm. If you have an existing business or want to start a business, the BOP Business Advisors can answer questions during open office hours. Please contact one of the BOP Business Advisers for more information: Emily Galash 
egalash@pdx.edu, Erica Baldwin erica.baldwin@pdx.edu, Liz Feldman efeld2@pdx.edu. Check the events section for upcoming training/workshop.

File Taxes for free at Midland Library

File taxes for free at Midland Library every weekend in March until April 14, 2019, 10 am - 4 pm. Get free individualized tax preparation assistance in Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and English provided by IRS Certified Volunteers in partnership with Vietnamese Community of Oregon. Please bring a photo ID and documented proof of Social Security number, last year's W2/1099/1098, last year's tax return, last year's medical and educational receipts, as well as any current tax documents.

Bureau of Development Services

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is in immediate need of BETA USERS for the new Development Hub PDXonline permitting system. If you or someone you know is applying for a trade permit (simple electrical, mechanical, plumbing, or tree related) OR has fees associated with a current permit in the process (this can be any level of a permit or any fees), they can do both online. If interested, please email amy.swanson@portlandoregon.gov.
Additionally, BDS is seeking members for the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) Citizen Advisory Committee. BDS would welcome anyone interested in making systems for permitting and development better—and of course representation of all the people in our community that do business with BDS. More about the committee is here. The committee meets on the third Thursday of the month from 10-11: 30 am. Applications are approved by the Bureau Director. Please contact pops.communication@portlandoregon.gov.
Lastly, the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) is currently recruiting for three vacant member positions, representing these stakeholder groups:
  • Historic Preservation
  • Low-Income Housing Developers
  • Minority Construction Contractors & Development Professionals
But we encourage people to apply even if they don’t fall into one of these groups.  The City’s Advisory Body Application form, found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/38616.  

PBOT Crosswalk Event

April 4, 2019, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm @ Crosswalk on SE Division and SE 130th Ave
PBOT is partnering with Darlian Slayton Fleming, MaryLee Turner, and other community members that are blind/low vision and sighted to participate in a Vision Zero outreach and education event at the marked, signalized crossing on Southeast Division at Southeast 130th Avenue from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  This is the location where James McCree, Portland resident and community member that was blind, was killed by a hit and run driver when James was crossing in the crosswalk at the appropriate time.  Members of Portland Police Traffic Division will not be participating with us at this event so it is not a crosswalk education and enforcement action. The event is designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws, the specific elements of Oregon laws that address pedestrians who are blind and crossing the roadway using a white cane or guide dog, to acknowledge and honor individuals who are low vision or blind and who have been injured or killed in pedestrian vs. auto crashes, and specifically to honor James McCree.

Portland Housing Bond Community Meeting

April 4, 2019, 6-8:30 pm @ IRCO *Dinner will be served

Celebrate the progress made on Portland’s Housing Bond and hear plans for implementation in the upcoming years. Requests for interpreters and childcare should be made before 5 pm on Monday, April, 1 to Stacy Jeffries (stacy.jeffries@portlandoregon.gov 503-8230-3491)

Groundbreaking for Outer Powell Street

April 6 - 10 am-12 pm @ 3527 SE 122nd Ave, Portland (Safeway's North parking lot)

Let’s celebrate! The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and project team invites you to gather for a morning with community members, elected officials, and agency leaders to reflect on the past and prepare for the future of Outer Powell.

After several years of planning, environmental study and design, the Outer Powell Transportation Safety Project is now kicking off construction. Join us for a ground-breaking ceremony to recognize this big milestone in the project and the many people that helped get us here.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions – Ellen Sweeney, ODOT Community Affairs,Ellen.Sweeney@odot.state.or.us, 503-731-8230 or Cassie Davis, HDR Public Involvement, Cassie.Davis@hdrinc.com, 503-727-3922.

Play-n-Learn Group

April 8 - June 3 (every Monday) 3:30 - 5:15 pm Play n learn group kids age 0-5 years old 

Lincoln Park Elementary School 13200 SE Lincoln Street Portland, OR 97233 Room #13

Click on the image for more information.


Business Outreach Program 5-week Workshop

April 17 - 6:30-8:30 pm @ OpenHaus 5020 NE MLK Jr Blvd Portland, OR 97211
April 18 - 6:30-8:30 pm @ Rosewood 16126 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97233

5 Week Business Development Workshop Series: We cover all aspects of creating your business plan. Participate in a class with other pre-startup to growth stage businesses.

Contact psubop@pdx.edu or (503)725-9820 for any questions.
Click on the images for more detail.

Community Investment Trust with Mercy Corps

April 13 and 20th - 10am-2 pm @ 122nd CIT workshop in English

Take the first step to becoming an investor in the Community Investment Trust Plaza 122, 122nd SE 122nd Ave. Portland, OR, 97233

The Community Investment Course “Moving from Owing to Owning” will prepare you to become a knowledgeable investor so that you can meet your financial goals. This class is a prerequisite to becoming an investor in the Community Investment Trust. Register quickly as seats are limited.


Myanmar Water Festival

April 13, 2019 starts at 12 pm and the pouring of water starts at 6 pm
15525 Se Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97236

It is the Burmese New Year Festival where people show happiness. People pour water on each other to wash away the bad deeds of the previous year, and to start the new year with clean karma. Traditional food will be available throughout the event.

Youth Job Fair - Gateway to College Network

Friday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center
Gateway to College – in partnership with Worksystems, Prosper Portland, and a number of community organizations – is hosting the 2019 Opportunity Youth Job Fair. The Fair is free, and it will offer full-time, part-time, and seasonal jobs, as well as apprenticeships and internships, with a focus on jobs for young people between the ages of 16 and 24, including those who are out of school and out of work. More than 50 Portland-area employers will be on hand at the Fair, and many of these employers will be interviewing for and offering jobs on site.

IRCO Citizen Day
April 20, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm @ 10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR
Get free legal help with the citizen application. Click the image for more information.

Senior Resource Fair

April 27, 2019, 10 am-2pm @ East Portland Community Center

This event will bring together resources and information useful to those who are older or care for older adults. This event was originally scheduled in February but was postponed due to snow.

Please contact district3@multco.us if you have questions.

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