Connect for fun & profit at DMA’s March Mixer Plus get tips on making your businesses crime-free
By Ann Ereline
DMA’s March happy hour mixer on the 9th is the perfect party for any post-Valentine’s, pre-St. Patrick’s doldrums you may have. Yes, there will be food and drinks and, more importantly, productive mingling among business people. But the Division Midway Alliance promises – and delivers – more each month: news and real-time information you can use.
In the spotlight in March is Celeste Carey, the city’s Crime Prevention Program Coordinator for our area. Celeste will provide tips about creating a Business Watch. Portland’s Business Watch program boosts neighborhood safety and vitality for both businesses and residents.
Every second Wednesday of the month, sometimes for happy hour, sometimes for breakfast, the DMA mixers offer information you can use. Jarvez Hall, the executive director of East Metro Economic Alliance, introduced his organization to attendees Feb. 8 and informed us about Oregon’s new employee savings plan and a new laws.
Please join us, Celeste and your neighbors for snacks and drinks and good talk 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 9 at East Garden.
2016 Festival of Nations Needs You! Especially if You Love to Plan Events Like DMA Does
By Ann Ereline
DMA is planning its 2016 Festival of Nations. Join us to find out what’s going on and how you can get involved. DMA welcomes help planning every aspect of the festival from marketing and entertainment to fundraising and volunteer coordination. Planning meetings are scheduled for 2nd Tuesdays every month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at DMA’s office, 11721 SE Division Street.
Next Planning Meeting: Tuesday, March 8, 5:30pm.
So, if you are interested in working together to bring this fantastic event to the community again this year, feel free to join us for the planning festivities. For more information, feel free to call DMA’s office, 503-841-5201.
MHCC Offering CNA Training For Non-English Speakers By Kem Marks
If being a nursing assistant is the job you’re looking for, Mt. Hood Community College has a program for you. The community college will offer a new cycle of nursing-assistant training beginning March 28. The program is designed for residents, such as immigrants and refugees, for whom English is a second language. The six-week training will prepare trainees for the Oregon State Board of Nursing exam to obtain a Certified Nursing Certificate. For information about the program, contact Angelique Kauffman Rodriguez, MHCC Career Pathways Specialist, at 503-660-1444.
Salaries start at $10 to $12 per hour and such positions are often the first step in a career in the medical field. Please tell anyone you know who might be interested.
2016 Festival of Nations Fundraising Drive Begins! By Kem Marks
Division Midway Alliance (DMA) is pleased to announce its fundraising drive for the 2016 Festival of Nations on Sept. 17 the beginning of March.The 2015 Festival of Nations was a great success. Some of the highlights include:
•Over 5,000 event attendees
•Over 60 vendors; many small and local businesses
•Four hours of entertainment including music and dance from all over the world
•The Taste of Nations tent with food from almost every continent -- the penguins sadly didn’t arrive in time
•Hundreds of hours of community members volunteering their time
•Many family oriented demonstrations
This year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better. Though I’ve been sworn to secrecy, I promise new attractions this year, so keep your eyes on upcoming newsletters for that information. One reason to keep an eye out for upcoming information is because DMA is limiting the number of sponsors this year. Sponsorship levels and availability, benefits, and openings will come out next month. An email with general information will be going out to East Portland and DMA businesses. Follow-up information will also be sent with details.
With sponsorships limited, you will want secure your spot on the list as early as possible. To assure receiving the information emails, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will make sure you get on the list.
DMA appreciates all the support that local businesses and individuals provide. With your contribution, no matter the form, the 2016 Festival of Nations will become the premier event east of I-205!
Free, Easy, Way to Raise Money For DMA By Kem Marks
Yes, we know, it sounds too good to be true, but you can help DMA raise operating funds without even opening your checkbook. And you will not have to spend more than 10 to 15 minutes on your computer. How can this be, you ask? The answer is so easy. If you are a Fred Meyers shopper, and have one of their rewards cards, you can go onto their website at https://www.fredmeyer.com/topic/community-rewards-4 and link your card to DMA as one of the local nonprofits that Freddy’s will give money to. DMA’s nonprofit number is 81349.
Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping DMA earn a donation! Fred Meyer donates $650,000 each quarter via Community Rewards! You still earn ALL your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today and DMA reaps the benefit, as well. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
Every dollar DMA receives will help support the Festival of Nations, Storefront improvement grant program, community art and greening, trash and graffiti cleanups and so, so much more. Please sign up for this program or go to http://www.divisionmidway.com/ and donate. DMA always appreciates your support.
Keepsake Family Tree Video Preserves Family Memories By Ann Ereline
Your photos gather dust, and all those videotapes stay unseen because the VCR broke long ago. What can you do? You can take your collection of photos and slides as well as video and audio tapes to Keepsake Family Tree Video, of course!
Since 1997, Dave Brown and Lorelei Young have been digitizing everything from Super 8 (8mm and 16mm too) film to videotapes, scanning family photos and preserving documents. In short, Keepsakes protects your memories.
Dave and Lorelei are doing even more this month by donating to the Festival of Nations each time someone places an order through Feb. 28. (See coupon.) That’s hardly a surprise: Lorelei is a DMA Board member as well as on the development committee. She also has a collection of 800 photos from the 2015 festival.
To preserve your memories, you may contact Keepsake at 503-253-7027 or email@example.com. Keepsake operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1205 SE 169th Ave. Check out their website, keepsakefamilytreevideo.com
Volunteer Spotlight By Kem A. Marks
By Kem A. Marks
Teresa Keishi Soto is in February’s Volunteer Spotlight. Teresa has been volunteering with Division Midway Alliance (DMA) since the summer of 2014. Teresa has a great and positive spirit that is infectious to those that are around her. She always has a smile and does what she can to cheer people up.
Teresa has lived in East Portland for many years and is a strong advocate for the people who live here. Some of her main areas of interest are public transit, transportation, and housing. She has been of great help with DMA’s work on the Powell Division Bus Rapid Transit project, and has attended a number of meetings with public officials as well as providing advice to DMA.
Teresa has also volunteered for the Festival of Nations, and helps out in the office. , Teresa has had a hand it making it happen, if you have received a thank you card for your volunteer work. She helped with the 60 plus cards to thank those who helped with the MLK neighborhood cleanup. That takes a lot of time.
Other organizations that Teresa is involved in include OPAL, East Portland Neighborhood Offices’ Land Us and Transportation Committee, Outer Powell Safety Project, and East Portland Action Plan.
Teresa stated, that “I want to add that the staff of DMA caught my attention when they took the time to listen to my concerns regarding transit justice in our community. They did this with respect, and I sincerely appreciate this.” DMA is grateful for these kind words. Respect is most important to DMA as is justice and equity. Together, we can all make these things a reality.