For the last decade, Amy has actively volunteered in her community as an advocate for livability and outreach. A small portion of the work she’s focused on includes:
- Producer, Abernethy School Kitchen Garden Program
- Producer, Abernethy Auction Video
This was a fun video project that spotlighted the neighborhood elementary school’s principal who was retiring after 13 years.
View Video: /www.youtube.com/embed/7awH_mlvmwk
- Piccolo 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
- SE 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.
- “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/Communications
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.