Veteran Hiring Event

WorkSource Vancouver, Joint Service Support, and Work for Warriors is hosting a hiring event to help businesses connect with qualified veterans. Participants should dress professionally, bring copies of their resume, and be prepared to meet with company representatives.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4pm-6:30pm at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 NE 65th Street in Vancouver. The event is open to non-veterans beginning at 5:30pm. For more information, contact Monique Martin at 360-735-4985 or

Posted on May 9, 2018 .

Clark County Legal Clinic/Ayuda Legal

Hosted by the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Latino Community Resource Group, this one day legal help and emergency family safety planning clinic will offer appointments with volunteer lawyers to discuss family law, injury, housing, bankruptcy, workers rights, immigration, and criminal issues. Notaries will also be available on-site to notarize documents. 

The clinic takes place Saturday, May 12, 2018 9am-1pm. Walk-ins are welcome until noon on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also make an appointment by calling 360-695-5313. 

Habla con Abogados Voluntarios Acerca de: Su Familia (Custodia, Divorcio, Planes de Crianza), Injuria Personal, Vivienda (Alquiler/Renta), Bancarrota, Derechos del Trabajo, Inmigración, y Cuestiones Criminales. Plan Para la Seguridad de su Familia y sus Bienes: Notarios Disponibles  notariar los documentos de inmediato. PARA HACER UNA CITA: LLAME AL 360-695-5313 Sábado, 12 de Mayo, 2018 9:00 am a 1:00 pm. Pueden ir sin cita hasta las 12pm Se llamaran por orden de llegada. 

Posted on April 25, 2018 .

Clark College Career Fair

Clark College in Vancouver is hosting a free career fair, open to all, on Thursday, May 3, 2018 11am-3pm at the O'Connell Sports Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver. Participants will learn about full and part-time career positions, internships, and career exploration. A separate job readiness clinic will be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4pm-7pm at the Penguin Union Building in room 002. At this clinic, participants can receive professional help with resumes, interviews, LinkedIn profile tips, and career fair tips. For more information, visit Clark's website or call 360-992-2902.

If you need accommodations due to a disability in order to fully participate in the events, contact Clark College's Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314. 

Posted on April 25, 2018 .

Conversation about Opioids

Join the Battle Ground Prevention Alliance for a conversation about the Opioid Crisis on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:30pm-8pm at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main Street in Battle Ground. 

Small group conversations will take place and all participants are welcome; the forums work best when there are a diversity of opinions. Space is limited; register at this link.

Posted on April 4, 2018 .

Free Acupuncture for Veterans in the Portland Metro area

A partnership between Veterans & Families Resource Center of Oregon and TriOasis is offering free Acupuncture for Veterans in the Portland Metro area on Mondays 4:30-6:30pm. Available to all veterans of all eras and branches. Call TriOasis to schedule an appointment at 971-205-5593. Walk-ins may be taken on a space-available basis.

Appointments take place at:
5520 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 150
Portland, OR 97239

Posted on March 21, 2018 .

Health & Safety Expo

Evergreen High School Health and Safety Committee invites you to the frree Health & Safety Expo, where you'll learn about the latest health trends and best safety practices, and receive information about local, state, and national health services and resources. 

Explore an AMR ambulance, witness the Vancouver Police K-9 unit in action, get a bicycle helmet fitted (bring your own from home or $5 to purchase), and visit over 30 additional service providers. 

The event takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 10am-2pm at Evergreen High School, 14300 NE 18th Street in Vancouver. 



Posted on March 21, 2018 .

Free Veteran's Dental Fair

Aspen Dental is teaming up with the Fort Kennedy Veteran Outreach Center in Clackamas County to coordinate a event for people to receive free dental care at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.

The mobile dental facility will be set up  Tuesday, April 3, 2018 9am-3pm at 701 SW Sixth Street in Portland. Fort Kennedy plans to run a 8:30 a.m. bus from its Outreach Center, 7300 SE Johnson Creek Blvd. in Milwaukie, to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

To request an appointment on April 3, contact 503-765-2661 or

Posted on March 20, 2018 .

Your Money, Your Goals

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority is offering free financial education workshops to residents of the Columbia River Gorge. Class topics range from information on budgeting and saving money to dealing with debt and predatory lending. Classes will be held in Goldendale, Hood River, Stevenson, The Dalles, and White Salmon. For more information or to register, contact Sonia Chavez at 541-370-2291 or 


Una serie de educación financiera; todas las clases son gratis. Contacte a Sonia Chavez para
registrarse y para informacion sobre el lugar en donde se llevara acavo las clases 541-370-2291 o por email 


Posted on March 20, 2018 .

Poverty Immersion Event

Council for the Homeless is hosting a Poverty Immersion Event on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9am-1pm ath St. Joe's Catholic Church, 400 Andresen Road in Vancouver. 

The poverty immersion is an interactive workshop that changes attitudes and challenges stereotypes about people who are poor - paving a pathway toward professional growth and organizational transformation. Participants assume the role of a family member living on limited resources. Aiding in the workshop are volunteers playing the roles of social service workers, bankers, school teachers, grocers, law enforcement, and health care, providing a 'community' with whom the participants interact. It sounds simple enough until attendees are faced with the impossible daily dilemmas that are common when resources are scarce and stress is high. The activity is followed by a facilitated debrief, customized for each organization. 

You can participate as an attendee. At least 40 attendees are needed to make this event a success. 

For further questions or if reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Brenda Schallberger at If a reasonable accommodation is needed please contact Brenda at least one week prior to the event.

Posted on March 14, 2018 .

Southern Oregon Veterans Stand Up & Employment Fair

Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach is holding the annual Stand Up and Employment Fair. Vendors on site will assist with VA housing programs, VA benefits, medical services, mental health support, tools, clothing, DOD gear, personal hygiene items, mobile shower facility, mobile laundry service, pet food and supplies, haircuts, manicures, pedicures, community meal, job search assistance, and more.

The event takes place on Friday, March 16, 2018 10am-2pm at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road in Grants Pass. Veterans and their families are eligible to attend. 

Posted on February 27, 2018 .

Taxonomy 101

It's Taxonomy 101 time! Last week we explored the definition of taxonomy and uncovered the ten service categories. Today we'll break it down and unravel a bit more behind the lexicon of taxonomy. 

According to the AIRS I&R Training Manual, every one of the 9.000+ taxonomy terms has a full definition and an alpha-numeric code that gives it a unique position within the hierarchy. There are six potential levels of hierarchy from the broadest to the narrowest concept. 

Maybe you're searching for "shelter"; what option may arise after you hit the search key, or one of our Community Information Specialists conduct a search? Here are some examples:

  • Animal Shelters
  • Bus Stop Shelters
  • Extreme Cold Weather Shelters
  • Immigrant/Refugee Shelters
  • Mass Care Shelters
  • Shelter Information Lines
  • Wildlife Shelters
  • ...and many more!

As you can see, all of these options contain the word "shelter", but it may not be exactly what you were seeking. The specific term of "shelter" can be found across the ten service categories. For example, "Wildlife Shelters" is under the branch of Environmental Quality and Public Health/Safety, while "Extreme Cold Weather Shelters" is housed under Basic Needs

WIth that, we'll show how a broad topic or service category is narrowed down: 

  1. Basic Needs - B
  2. Housing/Shelter - BH
  3. Emergency Shelter - BH-1800
  4. Homeless Shelter - BH-1800.8500
  5. Extreme Cold Weather Shelters - BH-1800.8500-185

What is an "Extreme Cold Weather Shelter"?: Programs that provide overnight accommodations during times of extreme cold for people who are temporarily at risk of exposure due to being homeless. 

AIRS provides seven other 5th level shelter terms including

  • Community Shelter
  • Day Shelter
  • Homeless Motel Vouchers
  • Homeless Safe Parking Programs
  • Missions
  • Urban Campsites
  • Wet Shelters

Each have their own unique definition and are authorized for our center to utilize when categorizing services and searching for resources. If any of these 5th level terms are authorized, we can use them all. Otherwise, we would attach the 4th level term - Homeless Shelter - to many, many records. This would slow down a search for you or our staff, and a very specific need may not be recorded for data and quality assurance purposes. 

Thank you for reading! We'll be back again next to uncover more within the world of taxonomy. 

Posted on February 13, 2018 and filed under taxonomy.

Advocacy Day in Washington

Last week, staff from 211info joined over 600 advocates in Olympia where we participated in Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. Statewide representatives from Washington 211 also provided support and sponsorship to the day's events.

As we convened on the capitol steps and in the offices of elected officials, we rallied support and brought our voices to the table in support of house and senate bills aimed to help find solutions to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Washington state. Advocates met respectively with representatives from the 17th, 18th, and 49th Legislative Districts which encompass Clark County. We'd like to share some of the images posted on our social media accounts including Instagram and Twitter


 The day's agenda.

The day's agenda.

 A few of the day's sponsors!

A few of the day's sponsors!

 Our group of advocates from Clark County.

Our group of advocates from Clark County.

 Representing the 17th Legislative District!

Representing the 17th Legislative District!

 Washington 211 swag and information table. 

Washington 211 swag and information table. 

 Time to gather on the steps for the noon rally! 

Time to gather on the steps for the noon rally! 

 Representatives from the 18th Legislative District meeting with Representative Liz Pike's legislative aid. 

Representatives from the 18th Legislative District meeting with Representative Liz Pike's legislative aid. 

 Representatives from the 18th Legislative District meeting with Representative Brandon Vick.

Representatives from the 18th Legislative District meeting with Representative Brandon Vick.

 The evening wrapped up with a celebration at the Governor's Mansion. 

The evening wrapped up with a celebration at the Governor's Mansion. 

 Advocates listen in to Governor Jay Inslee's speech. 

Advocates listen in to Governor Jay Inslee's speech. 

Posted on February 7, 2018 .

Taxonomy 101

It's time for Taxonomy 101! We're starting this new blog series to explore the wonderful and ever-changing world of taxonomy here at 211info. This week, we'll start with an overview of taxonomy and show you the ten service categories. In upcoming weeks, we'll highlight a new taxonomy term each week, and bring you information about how we can customize a search based on your needs.

So, what is taxonomy? The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) provides this definition: "Taxonomies are sophisticated tools that help people find the information they need. They are a type of a controlled vocabulary, a standardized set of terms and phrases that are used to index and retrieve information about a particular subject in a systematic, unambiguous way. The AIRS/211 LA County Taxonomy of Human Services sets a standard for defining services and for indexing and accessing the wide variety of human services available in communities across North America."

AIRS standards state that I&R (information and referral) services may adapt taxonomy to the community's size, nature, and organizational needs. 211info uses the AIRS/211 LA County Taxonomy of Human Services to index and facilitate retrieval of resource information, and our Resource Team documents the customization rules to ensure ongoing consistency. 

As librarians help you use the Dewey Decimal System to find your favorite book, think of 211info's I&R Specialists using taxonomy to help you find your favorite community resource. As for the ten service categories, they look something like this: 

  • Basic Needs
  • Consumer Services
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Services
  • Education
  • Environmental Quality and Public Health/Safety
  • Health Care
  • Income Support and Employment
  • Individual and Family Life
  • Mental Health Care and Substance Abuse Services
  • Organizational/Community/International Services
  • Target Populations - wait, that's 11! Don't worry; we'll cover this one, too!

Within these categories there are over 9,000 taxonomy terms! WOW! But don't worry: not every single term is activated at any given time. This is where our Resource Team cultivates the appropriate taxonomy term for the service provided, based on the definition, and helps narrow down the specific service, even for target populations. Whew! 

Next week we'll be back and start our discussion on specific taxonomy terms. 

Posted on February 6, 2018 and filed under taxonomy.

Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect, a one day event, provides free services and resources for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services vary by location and may include dental care, vision care, healthcare screening, housing resources, employment resources, haircuts, foot washing, a free meal, and other services. 

Upcoming dates and locations throughout Oregon include: 

January 26, 2018

  • Sonrise Church, 6701 NE Campus Way, HIllsboro 9am-3pm
  • Church of the Nazarene, 227 NW 12th Street, Newport 10am-3pm

January 31, 2018

  • Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass 10am-3pm
  • Immanuel United Methodist Church, 200 West Watkins, Cave Junction 9am-4pm
  • Roseburg Presbyterian Church, 823 Lane Street Roseburg 10am-2pm
  • Christian Assembly Church, 195 Birch Street Yoncalla noon-3pm
  • Helping Hands Pantry, 19085 North Umpqua Hwy, Glide 10am-2pm
Posted on January 19, 2018 .

Yamhill County Point in Time Homeless Count

Yamhill County's Point In Time (PIT) Homeless Count will take place on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. This effort offers a snapshot of homelessness by recording the number of people in an emergency shelter or who are unsheltered on a single night of the year.

The surveys are completed with those who are living outside, with more than one family in a household, in a vehicle, in shelters, or motels. YCAP additionally counts those couch surfing, and living with family or friends in a temporary status. This information is used to plan local and national service delivery to at-risk populations.

Free countywide transporation provided by Yamhill County Transit Area. Snacks and/or meals will be available at all sites. To be counted, visit one of the thirteen drop-in locations: 

  • Amity Assembly of God, 310 Getchell Ave, Amity 11am-3pm
  • Carlton First Baptist Church Annex, 500 W Main St, Carlton 9am-1pm
  • Dayton City Hall Annex, 408 Ferry St, Dayton 9am-1pm
  • Dundee Community Center, 1026 Hwy 99W, Dundee 9am-1pm
  • Lafayette Community Center, 133 Adams St, Lafayette 9am-1pm
  • McMinnville First Presbyterian Church, 390 NE 2nd St, McMinnville 9am-1pm
  • McMinnville St. Barnabas Church, 822 SW 2nd St, McMinnville 2pm-6pm
  • McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 SE Cowls, McMinnville 9am-1pm (Veteran site)
  • Newberg Youth Outreach, 719 E 1st St, Newberg 8am-2pm
  • Newberg Zion Lutheran Church, 301 S River St, Newberg noon-4pm
  • Newberg River Street Church, 715 S River St, Newberg 5pm-7:30pm
  • Sheridan Grand Sheramina, 120 North Bridge St, Sheridan 11am-3pm
  • Willamina Public Library, 382 NE C St, Willamina 11am-3pm


Posted on January 18, 2018 .

Cowlitz County Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect is a one day, one stop event designed to provide essential services to those in the community experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. Services offered include a resource fair, housing search assistance, identification assistance, medical/dental/vision screenings, haircuts, a meal, winter clothing, and more. 

The event takes places on Thursday, January 25, 2018 10am-3pm at 951 Delaware Street in Longview. RiverCities Transit is also offering free transportation to the event. For more information please call Evelyn at 360-414-5599, ext 6458. 

Posted on January 10, 2018 .

Children's Dental Day

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 8am-2pm, Clark College Dental Hygiene students will provide free dental care to children under direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists. The clinic will offer cleanings, sealants, X-rays, doctor’s exams, fluoride, and select emergency treatments.

The clinic will be held in the Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Education and Care Center at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver. Youth ages 1-18 will be served. Call 360-992-2158 to schedule an appointment. 

Posted on January 8, 2018 .

Oregon Health Share Member Info Session

Oregon Health Share is hosting a free member info session this evening in Oregon City at the Public Library, 606 John Adams Street at 5:30pm. Interpretation services and childcare are available by calling 503-416-8090 or emailing Light refreshments will be provided. At the session you can:  

  • Learn about health plan options
  • Find doctors
  • Learn about health benefits
  • Learn about free rides to appointments
  • Receive on-the-spot customer support
Posted on January 8, 2018 .

Clark County Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect provides free services and resources for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services include dental care, vision care, healthcare screening, housing resources, employment resources, haircuts, foot washing, a free lunch, and other services.

This one day event will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 9am-2pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 400 South Andresen Road in Vancouver. Transportation by shuttle will be available from Washougal, downtown and central Vancouver.

Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Winter Parenting Groups in Yamhill County

Mid-Valley Parenting is offering free groups this winter in Yamhill County. These are for any parent or caregiver of children, and groups are offered specifically for moms, dads, and parents of children with special needs and health challenges. All groups are free, provide child care, and food. Gas vouchers and bus passes are available by request for families needing transportation assistance. Parenting groups will be offered in Sheridan, Willamina, McMinnville, and Yamhill.

To register, call 503-455-8047, send a text message to 503-857-7782, or visit the Mid-Valley Parenting website.

Posted on January 2, 2018 .