Southeast Portland Tool Library Seeking Volunteers

Southeast Portland Tool Library (SEPTL) is looking for friendly folks to fill some new volunteer opportunities at the tool library.

Jim Benton, SEPTL board president, says volunteer positions include Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, Shift Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, and Shift Volunteer.

He also says tool knowledge is not required to volunteer.

For more information, please visit or contact Jim Benton via email at

The SEPTL tool library is an all-volunteer tool checkout which is free, similar to checking out books at a conventional library. More information is available on the website at

Neighborhood Small Grant workshop set, applications due Jan. 5th

Neighborhood Small Grant applications are due January 5, 2015.

From Kelly Fedderson, Southeast Uplift:

Do you have a small but powerful idea for strengthening your neighborhood? Perhaps you want to revive a forgotten city tradition? Host a civics workshop? Organize a tenant rights forum? Paint an intersection mural? Create a community garden?

SE Uplift invites ordinary Portlanders like you to shape and create your neighborhood by applying for a Neighborhood Small Grant. Grants range from $300-$4,000 and are intended to spur small, grassroots community efforts aimed at connecting and engaging residents, building community capacity, improving neighborhood livability, or increasing community impact on public decision making.

Attend one of the Grant Information Workshops at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main) to learn more!

  • Saturday, November 15th – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19th: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP for a workshop, visit

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Share your humorous neighborly tales at Southeast Uplift’s ‘Knock-Knock 2014’

From Southeast Uplift:

Calling All Storytellers! Knock, Knock! It’s Your Neighbor Open-Call Auditions, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. and July 22nd from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Helium Comedy Club.

This year’s Knock, Knock! It’s Your Neighbor storytelling extravaganza will take place on September 24, 2014 and could feature your story of “Mistakes of Neighborly Proportions.” Join SE Uplift at one of their open-call auditions and share your tale of a disastrous, humorous, or enlightening misunderstanding or mishap between neighbors. For more information and guidelines visit

P.S. Did we mention that the event helps funds awesome community projects like these?

More information (PDF)

SEUL hosts Community Resource Fair

From Southeast Uplift Press Release:

Portland, Oregon – Southeast Uplift (SEUL) will host a community resource fair focusing on community planning, environmental justice, public health, sustainability and livability on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3534 S.E. Main St. in Portland.

Non-profit organizations from across Portland will gather at SE Uplift to offer community members one convenient place to gain resources, get training and create essential networks.

This FREE resource fair will provide avenues for motivated citizens to learn how they can better organize around issues for the purpose of uplifting their neighborhood and community.

This fair will provide the tools to empower and inspire citizens to become effective community advocates.
Participating organizations confirmed thus far: Ainsworth Street Collective, Roadway Not Improved, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Urban Garden Collective, Our United Villages, DePave, Second Stories, Upstream Public Health, Community Energy Project, Neighborhood Emergency Team.

Trainings will cover advocacy, grant writing, asset mapping and how to start your own street collective.

Keep up-to-date with updated event information and additions of organizations through

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