Free classes for caregivers

Oregon Care Partners is presenting free caregiver classes . For more information and to register, visit www.OregonCarePartners.com. Classes include:

·         Hillsboro: Safe Medication Use in Older Adults, March 21, 1-5pm at Larkspur Landing.

·         Clackamas: Safe Medication Use in Older Adults, March 28, 8:30am-12:30pm, Courtyard Portland Southeast/Clackamas

·         Clackamas: Positive Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, March 28, 2-5 pm, Courtyard Portland Southeast/Clackamas

·         Tigard: Positive Approach to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, March 29, 9-noon and 2-5pm, Best Western Plus Northwide Inn & Suites

Posted on March 17, 2017 .

Clark County Repair Café

Repair Cafés are free community events where skilled volunteers lend their skills to residents who bring in their broken items for repair. Bring your clothing, small home appliances, small motor engines, jewelry or small electronics, and fixers will try to repair them or help you fix them. Attendees may bring one or two items each and must be present during the repair. Please only bring items small enough to be easily carried by one person, and do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, dirty or have a strong odor.

There are no guarantees an item can be fixed, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more, but fixers will be available to diagnose problems and offer their best advice. Volunteers will provide free diagnosis and repair skills, and replacement parts may be available for sale at a low cost (i.e. cords, spark plugs). Attendees are encouraged to bring replacement parts (i.e. cords, buttons, spark plugs) specific to their broken item for fixers to use in the repair.

Scheduled events are:

·         6-8pm March 21, Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store, 10811 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver

·         5:30-7:30pm May 25, Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver

 For more information, go to https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/repair-cafe.

Posted on March 17, 2017 .

Milwaukie Repair Fair is Saturday

The Wichita Center for Family & Community will host a repair fair from 10am-2pm Saturday, March 18, at the center, 6031 SE King Road, Milwaukie. Volunteers will help to repair items such as jewelry, a small appliance, a bicycle or an article of clothing. For details, go to http://repairpdx.org/event/milwaukie-repair-event-first-one/

Posted on March 17, 2017 .

Know Your Rights Workshop at WSU-Vancouver

A free workshop on immigration issues will be from 6-8pm March 22 at Washington State University-Vancouver. The public is invited. Parking passes will be available.  The event is sponsored by the Clark County Latino Youth Conference, Latino Community Resource Group, League of United Latin American Citizens, One America and the WSU-Vancouver Student Diversity Center. The workshop will be in the Firstenburg Student Center at WSU-Vancouver.

 

Immigration-related topics to be discussed at the workshop include:

·         What to do if your family encounters ICE

·         How to create a family safety plan

·         Recent information on immigration status

·         How to get involved in the movement to support immigrants and refugees

Posted on March 17, 2017 .

Kindergarten fairs in Hillsboro

The Hillsboro School District is hosting kindergarten fairs for parents of incoming kindergartners in the district. There will be food, activities, registration information, community resources and a book for each kindergartner.

·         West Fair, 6-8pm April 6, Lincoln Street Elementary School, 801 NE Lincoln St., Hillsboro.

·         East Fair, 6-8pm April 27, Witch Hazel Elementary School, 4950 SE Davis Road, Hillsboro.

To register to attend a fair, go to goo.gl/BPiiAl.

Posted on March 10, 2017 .

Presentation on hoarding

The Multnomah County Hoarding Task Force will present “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding & the Meaning of Stuff” from 6:30-7:30pm March 13 at the North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Portland. The doors will open at 6pm; there is seating for the first 100 people. For details, contact hoarding@multco.us.

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Trainings from Older Adult Behavioral Health Team

The Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Team will present a series of training at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave., Portland. There will be coffee and snacks at 8am, with trainings from 8:30-10am.

Topics include:

·         March 16: Hoarding Behaviors: Best Practices for Helping Clients in Low-Income Housing

·         April 20: Introduction to Assertive Engagement

·         May 11: Gambling and Older Adults

·         June 8: Old Adults: Substance Use and Cognition

No registration is required, but seating is limited to the first 80 participants. Free parking is available. Entrance for the training is through the iron gate in the church parking lot. For details contact Jill Williams at jill.williams@multco.us.

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Washington Medicaid Outreach meeting

The Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach will meet from 9am-2pm March 31 at the Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 7th Ave. SW, Longview. The meeting is open to anyone working with Medicaid and people who are uninsured and underinsured. Registration, which includes lunch, is free; registration deadline is March 24. For more information, see the links at http://www.withinreachwa.org/what-we-do/healthy-communities/wcomo/.

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Resources for family caregivers

Resources for people who serve as unpaid caregivers for family members are the topic of a presentation at the Clark County Commission on Aging. The meeting, at 4:30pm March 21 in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., is open to the public. Attendees will hear about  programs that can make caregiving easier while respecting a family member's independence and dignity. 

Speaker will be Lexie Bartunek, Community Services Program coordinator with the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington.

The March 21 discussion is the first of nine meetings this year to focus on supportive services, especially for people 50 and older. Research shows 87% of people prefer to retire in place and will need a variety of services to remain in their home as long as possible. For a schedule of topics, please go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-planning/2017-housing-speaker-series

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Women’s forum at PCC

“Women to Women: Connect & Thrive” is the theme of a forum exploring women’s diverse life experiences. Keynote speaker will be Valerie S. Palmer of OHSU. Issues to be addressed during the forum include financial security, creative entrepreneurship and building community. The Women’s History Month event is sponsored by AARP Oregon and Life by Design NW. It will be from 9am-12:30pm March 18 at the PCC CLIMB Center, 1626 SE Water Ave., Portland. The forum is free and open to the public; to register, go to http://aarp.cvent.com/w2wpdx2017 .

Informational Flyer

Posted on March 1, 2017 .

Regional Asset Building Summit in Central Oregon

Neighborhood Partnerships and NeighborImpact will host the Central Oregon Regional Asset Building Summit on March 20 and 21. The summit will include a training for organizations that want to assist clients in building financial capability, and an economic summit for executive directors, local government officials and the business community.

Regional Asset Building Summits are designed to bring together financial capability experts with the other service providers in their communities to build stronger relationships and find ways to partner and leverage local resources.

For more information, contact Jill Winsor, jwinsor@neighborhoodpartnerships.org.

Posted on February 16, 2017 .

Teen volunteer program in Clark County

Youth volunteers are being sought to participate in the Vancouver VolunTEEN program.

The program, sponsored by the city of Vancouver and Clark County, offers youth 14-19 after-school service opportunities throughout Clark County.

Two-hour work parties are planned from 3:30-5:30 p.m. the second, third and fourth Thursday of each month from February-May and September-November.

Volunteers participate in activities such as invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and community center cleanup. To view a list of all spring Vancouver VolunTEEN events, visit www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/youth-projects.

To register for a VolunTEEN event, go to www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/IdB1t17zclU or call 360.397.6118 ext. 1627. Youths younger than 18 must provide a signed minor consent form, which is available at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/youth-projects.

Posted on February 16, 2017 .

Job fair in Hillsboro

Project Employment Connect’s Feb. 10 job fair will feature networking with more than 40 employers. The free event will be from 10am to 4pm at Sonrise Church, 6701 NE Campus Way, Hillsboro. Haircuts, showers and clothing will be available.

Posted on February 7, 2017 .

Industry fair in Battle Ground

Career opportunities in Southwest Washington are the focus of the Battle Ground Public Schools Industry Fair from 5-7pm Feb. 23 at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground., Wash. Employers will talk about career pathways within their organizations, including jobs in healthcare, education, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeship, transportation and more. If you have questions, contact Kevin Doyle, doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org.

Posted on February 7, 2017 .

Children’s Dental Clinic in Vancouver

The Clark College Dental Hygiene Program will hold a free children’s dental clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center in the Health Sciences Building on Clark College’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Clark College dental hygiene students will provide care to children younger than 18 under direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. The free clinic will offer cleanings, sealants, X-rays, doctor’s exams, fluoride and select emergency treatments.

To schedule an appointment, call the dental hygiene business office, 360-992-2158.

This will be the 11th year the dental hygiene program has offered a free children’s dental health day.

Posted on January 30, 2017 .

Oregonians can get a larger tax refund with the Earned Income Tax Credit

Oregon has one of the lowest EITC participation rates in the country, with only 74.4
percent of eligible taxpayers claiming the credit in 2013, according to the IRS. The
Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Revenue
are working with other state agencies and community partners to encourage
taxpayers to learn more about this credit and find out if they’re eligible.

The EITC can mean a refund of up to $6,269 if the person filing has qualifying
children. In 2015, the average EITC refund for Oregon taxpayers was $2,136.
To be eligible, taxpayers must have earned income last year and have a valid
Social Security number (SSN). Other eligibility requirements for filers include:
· They can’t use the “married filing separate” filing status.
· Children they’re claiming on their return can’t be the qualifying child of another
person.
· They must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire year (in most
cases).
Taxpayers can use the IRS’ EITC Assistant to further check their eligibility.

Those who qualify for the EITC can also claim Oregon’s Earned Income Credit
(EIC), which is 8% of the taxpayer’s federal credit. There also are other
federal tax credits that workers may be eligible for, including the American
Opportunity Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Those who need help determining if they’re eligible for certain tax credits or need
assistance with filing their federal or Oregon return have some free or low-cost
options. Some companies offer free tax preparation software and e-filing for eligible
taxpayers. To see these offers, visit http://cashoregon.org/file-taxes-online/.

AARP and CASH Oregon provide free or low-cost, in-person tax preparation
services throughout Oregon. To see their locations, visit http://cashoregon.org/locations/.
People can also call 211 or visit http://211info.org/eitc to find free tax return preparation sites.

For more information on the EITC, visit www.irs.gov. For questions about Oregon
taxes, call the Department of Revenue at 503-378-4988. For questions about the
Department of Human Services call, 503-945-5600.

Posted on January 26, 2017 .

Fair Housing Council of Oregon Opens Fair Housing Poster Contest

Young artists are invited to participate in the Fair Housing Council of Oregon’sannual Fair Housing Poster Contest. The theme is “It’s Fun Having All Kinds of Neighbors.”

Oregon students in grades 1 through 8 are encouraged to design and submit posters that portray the importance of acceptance and diversity in our neighborhoods.

Top entries will receive cash awards, and the winning design will be displayed at venues throughout Oregon. Posters must be horizontally oriented on an 11”x17” sheet of white paper or poster board to qualify. Deadline for submission is 5pm March 17. Entries must be submitted before the deadline to the FHCO office, 1221 SW Yamhill St. #305, Portland, OR 97205.

For more information, visit www.fhco.org/index.php/news/poster-competition. Questions or interested in volunteering? Contact information@fhco.org 

Posted on January 20, 2017 .

Webinar on Confidentiality for Adolescents in Health Care

The School-Based Health Alliance hosts webinars to connect members of the school-based health care field with public health experts. The webinars are designed to help school-based health center practitioners provide quality health care services, build sustainable business models, and stay abreast of new topics in the health care world.

A five-part webinar series on adolescent confidentiality in health care is available through Feb. 17. Viewers can submit questions to Abigail English, director of the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, at info@sbh4all.org with the subject line "Adolescent Confidentiality." Responses to selected questions will be posted in early March 2017.

For details, go to http://www.sbh4all.org/training/webinars/

Posted on January 20, 2017 .