For decades, Pat Wagner, board chair for the Linnton Community Center, has been a driving force behind community efforts to enrich her Northwest Portland neighborhood. She and other volunteers worked to get safe bus stops, crosswalks, and community services for the people of Linnton.
In true activist fashion, she shares the credit.
She points to Metro’s oldest equity-based program and says that Community Enhancement Grants have “changed the face of Linnton.”
Since 1986, Metro has partnered with governments and community organizations across the Portland area to invest millions of dollars toward improving the quality of life for residents living near a transfer station or landfill.
Interested in applying? Attend the informational session.
An information session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in conference room 370A at Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave.
Seven cities – Forest Grove, Gresham, Portland, Oregon City, Sherwood, Troutdale and Wilsonville – participate in the grant making program which is funded by garbage and recycling fees.
“We want the community to recognize our solid waste facility as an asset not a burden. We want to be a good neighbor,” says Rob Nathan, Community Enhancement Grants manager for Metro. “The community helps make the decision about where the funds go – because they know best.”
In 2017, the Linnton Community Center received $42,243 to go toward several projects including the creation of a makerspace. When completed, The Linnton Toolbox will be a place where community members with hands-on skills, arts or crafts can mentor the next generation. Its goal is to engage young people with project-based activities currently unavailable to them.
“We have the teenagers ready and waiting,” says the center’s executive director Susy Kristin.
Other grant recipients in 2017 from neighborhoods near the Metro Central Transfer Station used funds to provide transportation to elders living in isolated areas in the Northwest hills, create inclusive housing for people experiencing disabilities in Cathedral Park, and teach elementary school children about farm ecosystems.
Those interested in applying for the next cycle of grants can attend an informational session on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in conference room 370A at Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave.
Learn more about the 2017 community enhancement projects in the Community Enhancement Program Annual Report.