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June 5, 2024: Get Ready to Rank You (Mock) Vote: Read here

May 1, 2024: Free Legal Aid for Immigrants and Refugees: Read here

April 3, 2024: Constructing Civic Dialogues: Read here

March 6, 2024: Multnomah Youth Commission's 25th Anniversary: Read here

February 7, 2024: Civic Life Joins Mayor's Portfolio: Read here

January 3, 2024: Community Activities Funds Available: Read here


December 6, 2023: Reclaim Your Vote with Urban League of Portland: Read here

November 1, 2023: Small grants Deadline Extended: Read here

October 4, 2023: Empowering Young Leaders: Read here

September 6, 2023: Squires Helping Young Dads: Read here

August 2,  2023: Save the Date for Welcoming Week 2023: Read here

July 5, 2023: Bucking Expectations at the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo: Read here

June 7, 2023: Spreading the PDX Saint Love: Read here

May 3, 2023: Five Takeaways from the PEP Talk: Read here

April 5, 2023: Imagine Black Futures Build Black Civic Engagement: Read here

March 1, 2023: Portland Engagement Project Public Event Kickoff: Read here

February 8, 2023: 2021 Disability Equity and Engagement Survey Report: Read here

January 25, 2023: Independent District Commission Appointed: Read here

January 11, 2023: Civic Life's New Commissioner-in-Charge Dan Ryan: Read here


December 14, 2022: Interim Director's Year-In-Review Message: Read here

November 30, 2022: Housing Bureau and Environmental Services Grants: Read here

November 16, 2022: Portland Changes Government After 109 Years: Read here

November 2, 2022: Portland Students Paint a Mural About Healing: Read here

October 19, 2022: Halloween Safety Tips: Read here

October 5, 2022: Get a Free Yard Tree From Urban Forestry: Read here

September 21, 2022: Down on the (Urban) Farm: Read here

September 7, 2022: Are You Ready to Vote?: Read here

August 24, 2022: Welcoming Week Shows Portland is #WhereWeBelong: Read here

August 10, 2022: Cannabis Reinvesting in Communities: Read here

July 27, 2022: Neighborhood Emergency Teams: Read here

July 13, 2022: Inclusionary Housing Program: Read here

June 29, 2022: Complete Student Support from Friendly House: Read here

June 15, 2022: Recognizing Juneteenth: Read here

June 1, 2022: LGBTQIA2S+ Pride Month: Read here

May 18, 2022: Help for Portland's Homelessness Crisis: Read here

May 4, 2022: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Read here

April 20, 2022: Crafting Cannabis Equity and Justice: Read here

April 6, 2022: Get Involved in the Charter Commission's Review Process: Read here

March 23, 2022: Employees Re-enter City of Portland Offices: Read here

March 9, 2022: Support for Ukraine: Read here 

February 23, 2022: Good Neighbors Build Good Neighborhoods: Read here

February 9, 2022: Changing Disability Conversations: Read here

February 3, 2022: Reflecting on Civic Life's Last Year and Looking Ahead: Read here

January 26, 2022: Serving Portland's Craft Cannabis Industry: Read here

January 12, 2022: Supporting our Historically Black Neighborhoods: Read here


December 22, 2021: Ring in the New Year with the Noise Program. Read here

December 8, 2021: Providing a Safety Net for Cannabis Business and Workers. Read here

November 23, 2021: November is Native American Heritage Month. Read here

November 10, 2021: Charter Review Listening Sessions. Read here

October 25, 2021: Reflecting on the Past Six Months, A message from Interim Director Michael Montoya. Read here

October 20, 2021: Share Your Thoughts on the City Budget: Read here

October 6, 2021: Fresh Fruit for Backpacks. Read here

September 21, 2021: National Expungement Week. Read here.

September 9, 2011: You are Invited to Welcoming Week! Read here

August 25, 20211: Belonging Begins with Us! Read here

August 11, 2021: Is Pandemic Recovery Noisy? Read here

July 28, 2021: A Dream Rezoned. Read here

July 14, 2021: Creating Space for Everyone. Read here

June 30, 2021: Honoring Juneteenth. Read here

June 16, 2021: Celebrating Immigrant and Refugee Heritage Month. Read here

June 2, 20121: Welcome Interim Director Michael Montoya. Read here

May 19, 2021: Farwell Director Rhee. Read here

May 5, 2021: Creating Safe & Welcoming Spaces. Read here

April 21, 2021: Day of Silence. Read here

April 7, 2021: Community Care Response. Read here

Mach 25, 2021: Supporting our Asian and Pacific Islander Communities. Read here

March 10, 2021: Eliminating Racial Discrimination Requires Everyone. Read here

February 24, 2021: How Do City Budgets Serve You? Read here

February 10, 2021: Celebrating Black Excellence. Read here

January 27, 2021: Forging a Union with Purpose. Read here

January 13, 2021: New Year, New Commissioner. Read here


December 30, 2020: Thank You Commissioner Eudaly! Read here

December 16, 2020: Relief for All Oregonians. Read here

December 2, 2020: In Solidarity with the Disability Community. Read here

November 18, 2020: A Brighter Future for All. Read here

November 11, 2020: Don't Forget the Three "W's." Read here

October 21, 2020: Funding Opportunities for Disability and BIPOC Communities. Read here

October 7, 2020: Investing in Local Businesses and Organizations with Cannabis Tax. Read here

September 23, 2020: Information is Power. Read here

September 10, 2020: Survey Says... Read here

August 26, 2020: Once Upon a Decade. Read here

August 18, 2020: RIP City! Read here

August 11, 2020: The Census Season is Heating Up. Read here

August 3, 2020: The Power of Signs. Read here

July 30, 2020: Remembering August 3. Read here

July 29, 2020: Celebrating 30 Years of ADA. Read here

July 14, 2020: Relief for Small Businesses. Read here

June 30, 2020: How Your Vote Can Help Shape Portland's Future. Read here

May 26: Introducing Civic Life's New Zine. Read here

May 19, 2020: Have You Voted? Read here

May 12, 2020: Have You Seen the Bears? Read here

May 5, 2020: What Makes May 14th So Special? Read here

April 28, 2020: Resilient PDX Survey. Read here

April 21, 2020: Lending a Helping Hand. Read here

April 15, 2020: Finding New Ways to Connect. Read here

April 7, 2020: COVID-19 Resources. Read here

March 31, 2020: We Are All In This, Together. Read here

March 13, 2020: Keeping Our Communities Safe. Read here

March 3, 2020: MYC Candidate Forums. Read here

February 10, 2020: Cannabis Equity Grants. Read here

February 4, 2020: From the Archives. Read 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.