Community Event at Public Safety Complex in Ridgefield, WA

Health screenings and low-cost bicycle helmets with free fittings are part of the Public Safety Complex Open House from noon-4pm Saturday, September 24th, at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 505 NW 179th St., Ridgefield, WA. There will also be children’s activities and prizes, emergency vehicle displays, community exhibits and a hot dog lunch.

Donations of non-perishable peanut butter and jam for the North County Community Food Bank will be accepted.

Posted on September 21, 2016 .

Financial Empowerment Class for DV or Sexual Assault Survivors

Clackamas Women’s Services is offering a financial empowerment class on Oct. 15 from 9am-5pm at A Safe Place Family Justice Center, 256 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City. The class is designed for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Topics will include money management, budgeting, banking, credit repair, goals, financial abuse, financial safety planning and economic security. Lunch will be provided. Participants will receive a Fred Meyer gift card.

Registration is required. Contact Nichelle Moore, financial empowerment advocate, at, or call 503-557-5839.

Posted on September 15, 2016 .

Free Parenting Classes in Oregon City

“Nurturing Parenting” in the title of a free 10-week series of parenting workshops that will be presented on Fridays from Sept. 30-Dec. 2. Topics will include infant, toddler and preschool development.

The classes will be from 10-11:30am at the Family Resource Center at Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. The classes are sponsored by Clackamas County Children’s Commission and Clackamas Parenting Together. Childcare and snacks will be provided. Transportation assistance will be provided (gas cards/bus tickets). Register by Sept. 25 by calling Natalie Hartsfield at 503-926-4908.

Posted on September 13, 2016 .

‘Disrupt Aging’ is Theme of Oregon Gerontological Association Conference

The Oregon Gerontological Association’s annual conference will be Sept. 30 from 9am-4pm at the OMEF Conference Center, 11740 SW 68th Parkway, No. 100, in Portland. Speakers will include Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler, and sessions will address and equity and aging; technology and aging; and aging, the arts and culture. For more information and to register, go to

Posted on September 6, 2016 .

Portland Stand Down is Friday

The Portland Veterans Stand Down will be Friday, Sep. 9th, from 8 am-2pm at the Memorial Coliseum. Registration is not required. Transportation can be provided for veterans; free parking will be available, and child care will be provided.

The collaborative event coordinated by the VA and other organizations will include community agencies that provide services to veterans experiencing homelessness such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services such as housing, employment, substance abuse treatment and legal services. Free meals, military surplus items and other items will be provided

For more information about the event, contact Lauren Holt, development associate/volunteer coordinator, at


Posted on September 6, 2016 .

Veteran Benefit Expo 2016

The Veteran Benefit Expo 2016 will be from 9am-2pm Sept. 8 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

The free event will include more than 85 booths offering information and assistance related to health care, disability, pension, employment, burial, transportation, recreation, long-term care, family, education, ID cards, home loans and more.

The event is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


Link to ad: 2016 Veteran Benefit Expo Ad.pdf

Posted on August 19, 2016 .

Domestic Violence Advocate Training in Multnomah County

A free full-day training called “Understanding & Advocating for the Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors Across Service Systems” will be offered from 9 am-5pm Aug. 26 in the boardroom of the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.


People who work or volunteer for social services organizations and may serve survivors of violence through their work are welcome. The Advocate Institute is provided by the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council. Topics will include:

·         Crime victim rights for survivors 

·         Employment/workplace rights 

·         Rights to access necessary accommodations for accessibility and safety

·         Confidentiality and the rights of a survivor to enact Advocate Privilege

·         Rights of survivors related to housing/renting

Registration is required. Contact Samantha Naliboff at or 503-802-0501, and include your full name, agency affiliation and email address.

Posted on August 19, 2016 .

Washington County back-to-school fair

A back-to-school fair will be held Aug. 27 at M & M Marketplace, 346 SW Walnut St., Hillsboro. The event, which is designed to assist low-income Washington County families, will be from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 27, with free school supplies, children’s activities, community resources, entertainment and food. Children must be present to receive school supplies.

Posted on August 9, 2016 .

Free back-to-school vaccinations in Clark County

Free back-to-school vaccinations in Clark County


School vaccinations are available in coming weeks in Clark County. Children who do not meet the vaccination requirements may be excluded from school until they do meet the requirements.


All vaccines required for school are free up to age 19. Some providers may charge an administrative fee, according to Clark County Public Health; parents who can’t afford the fee may ask to have it waived.


Families without a regular health care provider can get free back-to-school vaccinations at the following locations. Please bring your child’s immunization records.


First and third Wednesdays: Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (walk-in, uninsured children only)

4100 Plomondon St., Vancouver

First and third Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m.

(360) 313-1390


Aug. 8: Sea Mar Community Health Centers (ages 2 months – 18 years)

7410 E. Delaware Lane, Vancouver

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(360) 566-4402; call for appointment


Aug. 16: LaCamas Medical Group (walk-in, no kindergartners)

3240 NE 3rd Ave., Camas

2-6 p.m.

(360) 838-2440


Aug. 19: Hudson’s Bay High School - Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival

1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver

10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

(360) 313-4719;


Sept. 10: Camas for Kids Day (no kindergartners)

Doc Harris Stadium, 1125 NE 22nd Ave., Camas

10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Vaccination requirements are listed on the Washington State Department of Health website



Posted on August 4, 2016 .

Nominate Someone for a Volunteer Award!

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and determination in strengthening Oregon communities through volunteerism. Awards will be given in statewide and regional categories. A cash award of up to $500 will be given to a nonprofit chosen by each state and regional volunteer award recipient. Nominations are due June 23.

Posted on June 19, 2016 .

Summer Robotics Club free for kids entering grades 6-8

Each Tuesday at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from June 21 to July 21, students join to learn about electronics recycling, computer programming, 3-D printing, and Tinkercad.

The club meets in the back portable buildings at Kraxberger Middle School. Stay for a free lunch and to learn about additional robotics programs. For additional information, call Shawn Price at 503-723-5600 or email at

Posted on June 19, 2016 .

Free Soccer Camp grades 6 to 8 at Kraxberger Middle School

Kraxberger Middle School is sponsoring a free soccer day camp to teach kids ball handling and game strategies, with plenty of time for scrimmages. The week concludes with a soccer tournament and family day. The camp runs July 18 to 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Free lunch is provided. The Family Day Tournament is Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Posted on June 19, 2016 .

FREE Dental Day for Veterans on June 25 in Vancouver

Veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 25. Doctors and their teams from nearly 400 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 33 states will open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service -- an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2016. Be sure to check out what will be available in Vancouver, Wash. 

Posted on June 19, 2016 and filed under health care.

FREE Zumba Fitness Classes

Check out Zumba on June 20 and Jun 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Heath on the VA medical campus, 1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd., Bldg #17, Vancouver. For more information contact Long Vue at 360-397-8214 or e-mail:

Posted on June 19, 2016 .

FREE Become a strong advocate for your grandchild with disabilities

A free presentation for caregivers of children or youths with developmental issues will be June 20 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the NorthWest Senior and Disability Services building, 3410 Cherry Ave., Salem. This presentation is geared toward grandparents and caregivers of children and youth with developmental issues, behavioral/emotional challenges, or special health care needs. You will learn how to get the most from your child’s doctors and insurance plans; learn about insurance appeals, grievances and other rights; learn about changes in health insurance laws as they relate to your child’s health care; and learn about Oregon’s resources and programs for your grandchild with special needs. Please RSVP to Suzy Deeds at 503-304-3429.


Posted on June 16, 2016 .

Calling all Volunteers

In February, Human Solutions transformed an abandoned vegan strip club into a warm and welcoming 130-bed shelter for homeless families with children. In order to make the shelter more accommodating for families, Human Solutions would like to have a green space with raised garden beds, a rain garden and children’s play area. Volunteers are needed to remove pavement from the space. Human Solutions received a grant that provides tools and instruction from Depave, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces and mitigate stormwater runoff.  

Human Solutions Family Center is located at 16015 SE Stark St. Volunteers of all ages and levels are welcome. Instructions will be provided so arriving on time is important. All proper and necessary instructions, tools and safety gear will be provided. The volunteers will remove payment on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for check-in and a brief orientation. Due to the physical nature of asphalt removal, volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes/boots and long pants and clothing appropriate for tough work.

RSVP: A nice lunch, snacks, and other refreshments will be provided. However it is very important to RSVP so organizers know how much food to plan for!


Human Solutions Family Center

Posted on June 16, 2016 .

Health Care Job and Career Fair on June 29

On Thursday, June 16, from 4-8 p.m., the Family Medical Group of Molalla will have individuals available to assist in completing forms to renew healthcare coverage. There will be Spanish, Russian and English speakers available to assist in completing forms.


Please bring this helpful information with you:

·         Birth dates for all applying for coverage.

·         Social Security number, if you have one (or Permanent Resident Number) for everyone applying.

·         Employer and income information (paystubs).

·         Policy number(s) and plan name(s) for any current health insurance.

·         Information about other health coverage available to you through your job.

·         For more information call PH Tech’s Application Assister Line: 503-584-4208.

The location is the Conference Room of the Family Medical Group of Molalla, 861 W Main St., Molalla.


Posted on June 16, 2016 .

Community Connect and Job Fair in Yamhill County

McMinnville Community Connect will provide a job fair, and free basic health screenings, basic dental care, skin cancer screenings for individuals 21 years of age or over, bike repair, veterinary services, and haircuts. The event will be Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College, 288 NE Norton Lane, McMinnville.

The Yamhill County Transit Area approved a county-wide Free Transit Day to coincide with the Community Connect and WorkSource Oregon Job Fair. The Free Transit Day has been provided to encourage people to give the transit system a try and to provide individuals with a ride to the event. Individuals can catch the East-West Express Route #2 from the YCTA McMinnville Transit Center, 800 NE Second St., McMinnville. This route will stop in front of Chemeketa Community College.

For more details on the event check out the Facebook 

If you are interested in volunteering


Posted on June 16, 2016 .

FREE Workshop on Ending Domestic Violence in Skamania County

Join the Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for a four-day workshop focused on teaching community members to recognize domestic violence, learn the effects it has on adults and children, and explore ways you can take a stand to end domestic violence for good.

The dates are Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, with workshop hours from 6-7:30 p.m. each evening. The location is 96 NW Columbia St., Stevenson, Wash.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Reserve your space by calling 509-427-4210.

Childcare can be provided with advanced arrangements. Dinner will be provided each night

Posted on June 16, 2016 .