A resource for unleashing community potential.

The Community Outreach Program of the ReBuilding Center provides free services, tools, and resources to empower individuals and organizations working to achieve more equitable, vibrant, and resilient communities. We strive to strengthen the capacity and impact of local, grassroots projects in their efforts to effect and sustain positive change in North/Northeast Portland. Contact us and read on to learn more.


Community Project Development Services

The Community Outreach Program offers free, comprehensive project development services for a limited number of projects each year that benefit N/NE Portland. Whether you are an individual, group, or 501c3 organization with an established project idea, you can apply for our free services to help you in your efforts. If you would like to be considered, please read the requirements and apply here. Even if we are at capacity, we are still open to providing limited support through our tools and resources!

Through our community project development process, we:


individuals and organizations to our resources and services that are available to assist with the project development process.


stakeholders to explore ideas and cultivate discussion that produces project goals and plans for action.


development of project ideas through an incubation process and assist with securing resources and skills that that will increase the likelihood of the project's success.


the story of the project's journey to inspire and motivate others to leverage their creative ideas for change and existing community resources to better our community.

Current Community Projects

The ReBuilding Center is currently engaged in developing the following grassroots projects:

The Black Williams Project 

showcases and honors the historic role of the African American community on Williams Avenue;

The North/Northeast STEAM Coalition 

seeks to create STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) opportunities for African American youth in Portland’s North/Northeast Corridor; and

The Village Coalition

representing Portland’s houseless community, advocating for safe camps.

Past Project Highlights

A dynamic group of students from Parkrose High School were fed up with the bullying that was happening at their school. They addressed the issue with an artistic mix of hip hop in the spirit of community building. What followed was empowerment and high school hallway fame.

We produced and shared the story of Inner Restoration’s journey to find a location and how they hatched the idea to host a fun, safe space free of drugs and alcohol.

Prince and a small group of third-grade King Elementary students came together to build container gardens in their McCoy Village apartment complex. His hope: that “everybody gets the food they want, we’ll have a party and make some salsa and we’re going to be happy.” 

Santos United Soccer Club was initiated in Portland in 2012. The club “provides low-cost opportunities for Portland inner-city youth to develop teamwork, leadership, and self-discipline through soccer.”

Community Project Requirements

To qualify for community project development services, projects may be in various stages of development: an individual or group with an established idea; a proposed or existing project or program; or a 501c3 organization.

In order to explore eligibility for project support,
you must meet the following criteria:

Advance positive change in North/Northeast Portland.

Be of social and/or environmental benefit.

Cultivate more equitable, vibrant and resilient communities.

Address one or more of the following focus areas:

Arts & Culture



Environmental Sustainability

Social Equity & Inclusion

As well as:

  • Engage a minimum of three people in the project development process.
  • Provide benefit through an equity lens.
  • Agree to all the requirements and expectations outlined in the collaborative agreement.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To fill out an application, make sure you meet all the requirements listed above and then fill out this online form:

Past Event Highlights


In February of 2016, the ReBuilding Center and Native American Youth & Family Center produced York, a one-man play about William Clark’s childhood companion and slave—the only black man on the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Over 400 community members came together for two showings at Jefferson High School to learn about a slice of North American history rarely told, from a perspective rarely heard.


"Creating a Culture of Care and Community" was the theme for the February 2015 Legacy Film Festival at the Hollywood Theatre. Featured films included: The Wake of Vanport, Chinelos Dancers, Native Showcase, The Lost Fish, Santos United, and Requiem of Ice.

Local Youth For Action

Community Outreach hosted a Sharing Ideas event to showcase Local Youth for Action’s grassroots actions towards air quality. Shocked by statistics that showed their local community fell into the top 1% for worst air quality in the nation, students of Roosevelt High School’s After-School Air Pollution Club demonstrated to community their actions to improve air quality in North Portland. The Club presented at a public gathering organized by Community Outreach.


In August 2014, the Community Outreach Program hosted a Sharing Ideas event. This event featured two local projects that creatively contribute to the community and environment, including Honoring Vanport Stories, which captured the untold stories of survivors of the Vanport flood and Out of Site out of Mind, which raised awareness of plastics damaging our environment.

Tool Packets

Find useful tools and techniques to boost your community-building efforts. 

The Community Building Tool Packets are based on Community Outreach’s observations, practices, and research from engaging with Portland neighborhoods since 1997. We have included citations where our practices were influenced by the models and materials of others.

We recognize that methods to build community are vast and varied, and we recommend that you choose an approach that aligns with your neighborhood or community vision. Community Tool Packets are designed to be “given away.” We encourage you to take from them whatever is useful for achieving your goals.

Terms of Use: The ReBuilding Center freely provides Community Building Tool Packets in support of community-based, volunteer or nonprofit organizations whose work provides benefit to community. The Community Outreach Program of ReBuilding Center invites the community to use these online resources for personal, educational and other non-commercial purposes. All parts of each Tool Packet may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic methods. No part of any Tool Packet may be sold or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Resource Directory

Learn about community-building resources offered by other groups and organizations. This directory highlights local organizations dedicated to serving community for the benefit of all.

Terms of Use: The ReBuilding Center does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided in the Directory, is not affiliated with the organizations or agencies listed in the Directory, and cannot vouch for any resources or services they provide. The Community Resource Directory is intended as a reference source for individuals and groups undertaking not-for-profit, community-strengthening efforts. It is not to be used for solicitation purposes.

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