Network of Community Associations
Neighborhood Associations and Community Building Groups in the NPNS district are independent non-profit organizations with self-identified missions, goals, and boundaries, but work together in several ways.
North Portland Neighborhood Chairs Network
Leaders of the 11 neighborhood associations meet on the first Monday of each month to establish coalitions of interest and educate themselves through peer training. The meetings are not designed for outside speakers or agendas, but instead to allow leaders to set their own agenda, caucus among themselves, seek mutual assistance and organize around issues and projects important to their neighborhoods For more information, contact NPNS Director Tom Griffin-Valade.
North Portland Land-Use Group (NPLUG)
Community members meet monthly to learn more about land-use, transportation, and environmental issues with the purpose of seeking mutual assistance and to help make more informed decisions. This group is co-facilitated by NPNS and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability North Portland Liaison. For more information, contact NPNS Associate Program Director, Mary Jaron Kelley.
North Portland Parks Committee
Community members meet monthly to identify and prioritize Parks and Open Space issues with the purpose of seeking mutual assistance and to help encourage the City to work with the community in developing the best park facilities and programs to serve the district. Staff from the Parks Bureau attends as a resource. For more information, contact NPNS Associate Program Director, Doretta Schrock.
North Portland Public Safety Action Committee (PSAC)
Community members meet quarterly with the command staff of the North Police Precinct to become better informed about public safety issues and crime prevention. An important part of the commitment of Community Policing, PSAC also serves as a clearinghouse for public safety issues in the 11 neighborhoods.
North Portland Neighborhood Services, Inc.
North Portland Neighborhood Services, Inc. members include 26 community groups. NPNS, Inc. members are part of an active network involved in community building work in North and Northeast Portland. The NPNS, Inc. board of directors consists of a representative from each of these groups. Members are engaged in mutual support, coalitions of interest, and peer training. Member associations of NPNS, Inc. receive insurance coverage (general liability insurance, directors & officers insurance, and volunteer project accident insurance). Without NPNS, Inc., many groups would not be able to afford this costly insurance coverage on their own.
NPNS, Inc. member organizations: Abbey Arts, Arbor Lodge NA, Bridgeton NA, Camp ELSO, East Columbia NA, Friends of Baltimore Woods, Cathedral Park NA, Friends of Overlook House, Friends of Overlook Bluff, Hayden Island Neighborhood Network, Kenton Business Association, Kenton NA, Lester Viles Fund, North Portland Tool Library, North Portland Community Works, npGREENWAY, Overlook NA, Piedmont NA, Portsmouth NA, Roosevelt HS Alumni Boosters, St Johns NA, University Park NA, Vanport Mosaic, Viva La Free, YaYA Resources, and Neighbors Helping Neighbors PDX.
NPNS, Inc. is an Oregon non-profit corporation separate from, but served by, the North Portland Neighborhood Services office. For more information, contact NPNS Director, Tom Griffin-Valade.