March Newsletter

  • Story Highlight
    • Building Leadership in the Community 
  • Events
    • Division Transit Project - Open House
    • Karen Gardening Workshop
    • PedPDX View and Review Party
    • Bookkeeping Workshop
  • Resources
    • DMA Community Hours
    • SE Works
    • BOP
    • File Taxes for Free
  • Updates
    • Festival of Nations Date
    • Festival of Nations Planning Committee 2019
Story Highlight

Building Leadership in the Community

DMA is pleased to see leadership emerging within the Karen Community (one of the ethnic group of Myanmar). Ner Moo, a Karen community member, is leading and facilitating a gardening workshop series. The Gardening workshop, in Karen, is being held at DMA on March 9th (and every weekend until April 6). At our Community Visioning in 2018, we learned members of this community are passionate growers and have close relationships with soil and plants. Farming is a way of life for many in their home country Burma and in the refugee camp in Thailand. They were looking for such opportunities in Portland where they can build skills among members with no or limited English skills. Let’s hear Ner’s experience in building this opportunity for his community-Learn about gardening in Portland! 

"My name is Ner Moo, and I work with the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) as a Seed to Supper Garden Ambassador. I represent the Karen community from Myanmar and Thailand. In September 2018, DMA connected me with the OFB. This has opened a new door for community members to educate themselves on how to grow food in their place. A way of connecting people back into something that they are familiar to an unfamiliar new lifestyle. Over the last few months, I took the garden ambassador training at OFB, and now I can share my knowledge back to my community. I am excited to say that the first Garden Education in Karen Language will be on March 9th at the DMA office from 9-11am!"


Division Transit Project - Open House

Please save dates for an upcoming open house. More information will be available in the first week of March. You can also visit

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PCC - Southeast Campus Community Hall Annex
2305 SE 82nd Ave. Portland, OR

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gresham City Hall
1333 NW Eastman Pkwy. Gresham, OR

Karen Gardening Workshop 

Saturday, March 9 (every weekend until April 16), 9 am - 11 am
Division Midway Alliance: 11721 SE Division Street, Portland, OR

PedPDX View And Review Party

Wednesday, March 13, 6 - 7:30 PM
Rosewood Initiative: 16126 SE Stark St.

Complimentary childcare provided at this event.

What is PedPDX?

PedPDX is Portland’s citywide pedestrian plan. It will prioritize sidewalk and crossing improvements and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the entire city. The plan will identify the key strategies and tools we will use to make Portland a great walking city for everyone.

Before Portland City Council votes on the plan in May, we want to know what our communities think about it. Does the plan represent what matters most to you? Does it address your biggest concerns? Join us at the PedPDX Rosewood Community View + Review Party and let us hear from you! This event is hosted by Rosewood Initiative, Oregon Walks and Portland Bureau of Transportation and will feature local food, videos showing the highlights of the plan, community feedback about the plan via discussion and surveys, childcare, and language interpretation services. 

All attendees will receive a FREE PedPDX reflector flashlight carabiner!

Bookkeeping Workshop at Division Midway Alliance

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Division Midway Alliance, 11721 SE Division Street Portland, OR

Learn about bookkeeping at this interactive workshop presented by the Business Outreach Program

DMA Community Hours

Pacific Islander Community hours - Wednesday 12 pm - 2 pm, Thursday  10 am - 1 pm
Burmese/Karen Community hours - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 am - 5 pm, Friday 10 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 Parrell, 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 10 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.

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.

Festival of Nations 2019

This year's festival of nations has a date! The 2019 Festival of Nations will be held September 7, 2019 (Saturday), location to be finalized. We are happy to continue our annual Festival of Nations. For more information keep a look out for updates on the Newsletter and Website.

Festival of Nations Planning Committee 2019

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
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.