Most City offices closed Wednesday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth

The City of Portland recognizes Juneteenth as a formal day of remembrance to honor Black American history and the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about Juneteenth.

About Civic Life

A group of Portlanders pose for a group photo during a community listening session.
The Office of Community & Civic Life (or just Civic Life) was founded in 1974 as a way for members of the Portland community to get involved with their local government.
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What We Do

The Office of Community & Civic Life (or just Civic Life) connects the people of Portland with their City government to promote the common good. Founded in 1974, Civic Life works to build stronger communities by supporting and empowering Portlanders to get involved with their local government through civic engagement, community leadership, and support for neighbors.

We work every day with a wide range of partners to build systems that serve the needs of all Portlanders, ensuring equitable outcomes for our communities by:

  • Supporting communities in creating safe, fun, and inclusive neighborhoods.
  • Providing resources for immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Teaching communities about and providing resources for conflict resolution.
  • Supporting leadership development for Black, Indigenous, people of color, immigrant, and refugee communities.
  • Building stronger communities by connecting neighborhood groups to resources and funding.
  • Connecting people to local government by inviting Portlanders to join advisory committees that impact policies and budgets.
  • Investing in programs to train diverse young leaders to engage in and lead on civic matters and creating a more representative local government.
  • And more…

Addressing Equity

Civic Life programs create a culture of collaboration, expanding possibilities for all Portlanders to contribute their knowledge, experience, and creativity to address local concerns and make life better in the city we all share. Learn more here.

Promote the Common Good: Civic Life is building stronger communities by supporting and empowering Portlanders. We think, act, and partner with our communities to better understand and take care of their diverse needs. We invite you to join us in this continuous, much needed work to make our communities safer and more welcoming for all.