Friday, December 4, 2015

Pass it on

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission has opened its 2016 Community Technology Grants funding cycle and encourages eligible organizations to apply. The Pre-Application deadline is approaching:  Dec. 8th, 2015.

The Community Technology Grants program supports public and non-profit use of interactive, multi-media communications technologies for public benefit purposes. The MHCRC anticipates granting about $800,000 in the 2016 grant cycle, beginning with a Pre-Application process. For more information and access to the Grant Guidelines and Pre-Application instructions, please visit

If you have questions or would like to discuss a proposal, please contact Rebecca Gibbons, 503-823-5515,

The City of Portland’s 2015-16 Fix-it Fairs are scheduled for the following Saturdays: Jan. 23rd at Ron Russell Middle School; and Feb. 20th at George Middle School (Spanish language fair). The fairs are a free event where people can learn simple ways to save money and connect with community resources. The PCL has several tables at the fairs: if your organization is interested in attending any or all of the fairs to spread the word about your services, please contact

The YWCA offers high-quality and engaging social change trainings. All of the info can be found here

Meals 4 Kids, a PCL-funded program through Meals on Wheels People that delivers meals to children and their caregivers throughout Portland, is looking for volunteer drivers. Interested? Contact

In the News

The Meals 4 Kids program through Meals on Wheels was featured in a recent Portland Tribune story. Read about the great work that this hunger relief program is providing here.

Oregon surpasses the national average when it comes to girls landing in the juvenile justice system. Read The Oregonian story here.

Camp Fire’s school-based mentoring program at Lane Middle School had some fun with the #GivingTuesday campaign earlier this week. Hoping that was a good day for many PCL grantees as well!

PCL Programs Making a Difference: Pathfinders of Oregon

Family for Success Celebrates Harvest Dinner

Pathfinders of Oregon’s Center for Family Success celebrated fall and harvest time with a dinner for families on Nov. 24. The evening included making holiday ornaments and playing lots of games. Center staff fixed a dinner of roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and pumpkin pie. The food didn’t end with dinner, as families received a basket provided by the Union Gospel Mission that contained all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner, including a coupon for a turkey.

The Portland Children’s Levy has supported the Center for Family Success since 2008, with funding for parenting classes and family engagement activities. The Center works with families who have a parent involved in the criminal justice system, helping them develop healthy parenting practices and providing support for family reunification. Many thanks to the Center for supporting Portland families and children.

PCL Allocation Commitee meeting news

There are currently no Allocation Committee meetings scheduled. Agendas are sent to the database before the meeting and posted on the PCL website here. Questions? Email

In other news, two reports are now available: an audit of PCL completed by the City of Portland Auditor’s Office here and the PCL 2013-14 annual services and outcomes data report here.

Like us on Facebook!

The Portland Children’s Levy has a new, more dynamic FB page. Please visit our page to  “like” it and please pass along to your colleagues, clients and board members as well.

Check out the New PCL Progress Report!

Take a look at the PCL 2015 Progress Report featuring “A Day in the Life” for grantees serving Portland’s children! Click here to view the PDF online. Also, hard copies will be available at all Allocation Committee meetings or by contacting