Planting Work Party at SEUL

SE Uplift is building a pocket-park at 36th and Main, and would love to have help putting in some native plants!  For a few short hours we’ll plant a portion of the property and spread some mulch.  If you have some time to help turn what used to be an unmaintained grass patch into a beautiful native landscape, please stop by. The planting will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3534 SE Main.

Contact Tim at (503) 232-0010 ext. 313 or for more information.

Neighborhood Grants Up For Grabs

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement and SE Uplift are excited to offer the sixth year of the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. They invite neighborhood associations and community-based organizations in Portland to apply.

This year, a total of $46,058 is available to neighborhood and community-based organizations in the Southeast Uplift coalition area. Grant proposals may range from $1,000 to $7,500. The submission deadline is Nov. 1. A grants writing workshop will be held at SE Uplift Thursday, Sept. 29.

To find out more about the grants program and to apply, please visit


SEUL Neighborhood Block Party

The Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition is hosting a community block party in Sunnyside on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., celebrating communities and neighbors across Southeast Portland.

The Southeast Uplift building and grounds at 3534 SE Main Street will serve as the hub of the festivities, with the entire block of SE Main Street between 35th and 36th avenues filled with an array of fun activities, music, food and beverages throughout the evening.

A number of food carts will be on site, offering food, with St. Josef’s Winery and Coalition Brewing also on hand serving wine and beer. Kids’ activities will also be in abundance, as the Portland Mennonite Church (1312 SE 35th Ave.) will be hosting a Kid’s Corner that will include a bounce house, playground and a host of fun games throughout the evening.

The event will also be a great way to learn about and connect with fantastic community projects, meet neighborhood association and community leaders, learn more about how Southeast Uplift supports your community and meet your neighbors from not only down the block but across Southeast Portland.

If your organization or community group is interested in participating, please get in touch at the email address below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay up-to-date with music listings and participating groups at and on Facebook at

If you’re available to help out on the day of the event, there are fun (really!) volunteer opportunities available in short one or two-hour slots — your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Please contact for more information.

DIY Weatherization Trainings

DIY Weatherization Trainings

The SE Uplift Sustainability Program is hosting a series of free trainings to help homeowners learn about inexpensive do-it-yourself ways to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.  Professional trainers will cover topics such as behavior modification and light weatherization, bypass sealing, basic insulation, ventilation corrections and discussing when to call a contractor.  There will also be a field session in a home where participants will get guided hands-on experience applying weatherization methods.

This training opportunity is for residents of southeast Portland interested in weatherization techniques they can learn to do on their own without having to hire a contractor.  The result will be low cost energy efficiency that will lower the carbon impact of your home!

First Training:

The first training is on Monday, May 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  It will be held at SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main.  Dates for the following two sessions will be scheduled soon.

The trainings will be given by Fluid Market Strategies, a mission-driven consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon that provides management, marketing and training services.  Their specialties include energy services with an emphasis on efficiency and renewable technology programs, as well as sustainability consulting and carbon management services.  They focus on projects that provide environmentally or socially responsible benefits.

To sign up for this training email

Information about the trainer:

As the Sr Building Science Specialist for Fluid Market Strategies, Dan Wildenhaus has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Homes. Dan has over 17 years of experience working directly for a contractor; doing energy audits, weatherization repairs, consulting and analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing home market. Dan is currently the Contractor Coordinator for Seattle’s Community Power Works for Home program as well as an instructor at South Seattle Community College where he trains tomorrows Home Performance Workforce. Dan also provides Building Science consultation and training services with Northwest Energy Star Homes.

Water School

SE Portland Water School
SE Uplift is partnering with the Bureau of Environmental Services, OSU Sea Grant and other organizations to hold a Water School on April 29th and 30th at Western Seminary, 5511 SE Hawthorne. The Water School is a two-day mini-college for individuals interested in current watershed and stormwater management issues.

Courses and field trips will be taught by experts in the region and include topics such as natural history of Portland, watershed friendly gardening, rain water harvesting, and urban wildlife.  Participants can earn credit towards their Master Watershed Stewardship certification by attending this event. There will also be a volunteer expo to learn about volunteer opportunities, and a session to explore ideas for new projects in the community.

Visit to learn more about the class schedules and registration.

Tim O’Neal

Sustainability Coordinator
SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition
3534 SE Main St.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-0010 x313

Commons Convergence

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters invites you to join us at the Commons Convergence, a free event for learning, networking, and celebrating the commons!
Our local work is part of a national movement to claim our commons—things that belong to all of us and are the basis of our collective well being. Join us for an inspiring afternoon with local and national advocates, dreamers and doers who are re-imagining and bringing to life a just and sustainable world.
When: Saturday, May 7, 1 – 4 p.m., Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Where: St. David’s Church, 2800 SE Harrison in Portland
  • Jay Walljasper, author of the new book, All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons, and editor with On the Commons
  • Inspirational local and national stories of commons-based solutions
  • Networking with local and regional groups involved in stewarding the commons
  • Book Signing • Music • Refreshments • Fun Interactive Educational Activities
Sponsored by: On the Commons, Metro
Groups participating include: SOLV, Ecotrust, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, City Repair, Southeast Uplift, Upstream Public Health, Audubon, Onward Oregon, Coalition for a Livable Future, Food & Water Watch, Intertwine Alliance, Jobs with Justice, Friends of Family Farmers, We Can Do Better, Leaven Project, Portland Fruit,  Groundwork, Oregon Commons Project, and Friends of the Columbia River Gorge.
If you’re on facebook, head on over to Commons Convergence PDX. While you’re there, “Like” their page. It’s an easy way to stay current on upcoming events and share your priorities and interests with others.

Thank you!

Tresa Horney
Metro Portland Organizer, OLCV

People Get Ready, A series of Presentations by the Red Cross

The Sunnyside Sustainability Committee is sponsoring three presentations of the theme “People Get Ready” in April.  There will be three informal presentations by the Red Cross at Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main.  Anyone from any neighborhood is welcome.  Here are the dates:

Tuesday April 12:  7 – 8:30  {which is tomorrow}
Saturday, April 16:   10 – 11:30 am
Thursday, April 28:   7 – 8:30 pm

I attended one of these presentations and was very impressed by the hands-on nature and willingness to interact with everyone to have a rich discussion of community preparedness

If you are unable to make this, I am attaching a 16 week planning tool.  It may be necessary to use the arrow keys to get to the second page.
Family Emergency Supplies PDF

Jeanne Longley