I love diving in to help my community be a strong and thriving place for all.

  • amyiphonepics 434Piccolo Park Drinking Fountain Fundraiser
    It began as a simple idea from a local developer, but turned into a community project and celebration of what we can do when we all pitch in. Only $7,000 was needed, but in the end, Amy helped coordinate neighbors on a fundraising project that exceeded the goal and brought neighbors, businesses and community leaders together around a simple amenity in a popular park. Her leadership helped spark a new interest in community engagement and support in a financially struggling parks system. You can watch a short news story of the project and event here: Park Gains Water Fountain, KPTV-Fox 12, July 27, 2012


  • community awareness day 006SE 19th Ave./Avalon Sanctuary/Pocket Park
    In 2009, neighbors discovered that a dead-end street, occupied by blackberries and garbage had potential. The land, owned out-right by the city of Portland, could become a new urban green space for a thriving Division Street. Amy led the community effort to write several grants and the permit application to change SE 19th Ave. into a linear park or community sanctuary. After several challenges in process, the project was handed off in Summer 2012 to a gifted team of volunteers who are awaiting word on a major grant to fund the building and research of what will someday be called “Avalon Sanctuary,” an homage to Oregon Trail pioneer Mary Fox Tibbetts. You can read a feature about the project here: Small neighborhood park proposed for what many thought was a parking lot off Southeast Division Street – printed in The Oregonian, September 17, 2010.


  • roots2“Roots of Our Neighborhood” Street Fair & Block Party
    As part of a community awareness campaign around the park project (above), Amy also helped revitalize a neighborhood history project and received $1,000 from Southeast Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grant’s program to create a block party focused on local lore and tradition. She coordinated photographs, video and experts to come together on a booth that captured the history of the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood. The event also included the first outdoor performance of multi-cultural group, Colored-Pencils Art Collective as well as several other vendors.


  • Neighborhood Branding/CommunicationsHAND clean up 1
    Amy led efforts to re-brand the HAND neighborhood’s message to the community. She contracted with local designers on a new logo and web site and wrote and published an annual newsletter and mailing to more than 3,500 households.