(503) 823-4288 coalition@nwnw.org

What We Do

NWNW is primarily here to provide administrative support to our neighborhood associations, including: technical website assistance, tax reporting, record keeping, and meeting announcements. In addition we plan Events, provide Workshops, administer Grants, offer support for Clean-ups, and offer Volunteer Resources.


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Coffee Klatches are casual social gatherings for conversation held quarterly. What do we talk about? We talk about your work! Neighborhood volunteers have a wealth of information to share and we welcome volunteers to gather and discuss topics we’ve identified or to choose new topics of interest.

Emergency Preparedness

Neighbors across the coalition are preparing for emergencies or disasters. Coalition staff help neighbors coordinate with each other and other organizations. NWNW can provide physical and educational resources, including maps, handouts/brochures, Map Your Neighborhood materials, and other items to help you hold an emergency preparedness meeting.

Walk Talk

Walkabout/Talkabout walking tours put neighbors on their streets to learn about neighborhood history, consider current concerns, and talk about issues that matter to all. Each walk varies in length to accommodate a variety of abilities and is meant for general public audiences.


Neighbors West-Northwest provides trainings to support neighborhood leaders and the community as a whole. Additionally, we provide board trainings for our member neighborhood associations and the coalition on request.

If you are interested in scheduling a training for your neighborhood association or community group, please contact us to discuss your interest and our current capacity to address your needs.

Civic Engagement Trainings

NWNW and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) offer trainings for Portland’s community leaders to provide an introduction to sitting on a neighborhood board, coordinating community programs, improving communication, building partnerships, writing grants and more. These trainings are offered a few times a year and other coalition offices offer trainings too. When space is available, NWNW will notify neighborhood volunteers of the opportunity to attend trainings offered by other organizations.

Managing Your Neighborhood’s Finances

This training is targeted to assist neighborhood association treasurers and other board members managing their organization’s finances. Staff strongly urges each neighborhood to send their treasurer and one additional board member. Generally, this is an intimate workshop for neighborhood associations in the Neighbors West-Northwest Coalition area.
A professional bookkeeper outlines best practices for managing neighborhood finances including general bookkeeping, funds management, financial risk reduction and budgeting. This is not a how-to for accounting  or data entry, though we can work with each neighborhood on such details individually.

This workshop includes an overview of the financial systems used by Neighbors West-Northwest to report neighborhood financial activity to the State of Oregon and the Internal Revenue Service, focusing on the financial information we collect from our member neighborhoods. Participants  have a chance to ask questions specific to their neighborhood association and to learn about the services NWNW can provide.

Scheduled Trainings

Information about scheduled trainings will be posted on our online calendar.


Community Collection Events and Litter Clean-ups

Noticed litter lining neighborhood sidewalks? Want to increase your recycling and reuse options or provide a convenient location for large items that can’t be disposed of curbside? Why not partner with neighbors to host a community collection event or a litter clean-up? These events increase neighborhood pride, promote neighborliness, and introduce people to the neighborhood association. They can be fundraisers and/or community service projects!

Program & Funding

Neighbors West-Northwest receives funds from a contract with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability to fund community collection events and clean-up activities. The funds are available to neighborhood associations or non-profit organizations that host the event. Neighborhood clean-ups are also eligible to receive Metro vouchers to waive tipping fees. Due to the funding cycle, events held between June and mid-August are eligible for reimbursement in the next fiscal year. We have supplies and tools available to help with your clean-up event as well!

Contact: Doretta Schrock 503.823.4211
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday