‘Community Resource Fair’ comes to Lane Middle School

If you missed it, outer East Portland folks can attend an even more comprehensive ‘Resource Fair’ on Saturday, in Parkrose …

This Community Resource Fair at Lane Middle School provides “one-stop” information and resources for families.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In excess of 100 families in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood attended a Community Resource Fair at Lane Middle School on Saturday, March 9.

In the school’s gymnasium, organizers had set up tables where representatives from 42 governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations were busily providing information to families.

The “resource fairs” are organized to provide families with a “one-stop” opportunity to gain valuable information, says Community Services Network Executive Director Annie Lindekugel.

“We’re hosting this Community Resource Fair today, in partnership with Lane Middle School,” said the fair’s overall organizer, Community Services Network (CSN) Executive Director Annie Lindekugel.

“At this fair, we have nonprofit organization, government agencies, and community organizations coming together in a ‘one-stop shop’ opportunity for the community to ask and learn about employment, health, and food assistance; get vaccines onsite – as well get food boxes to go – and to have some fun, and get free things, like get face painting and enjoy a burrito lunch,” Lindekugel told East Portland News.

Telling visitors about what Metropolitan Family Service offers to families here’s AmeriCorps Anay Aceves Martinez.

Face painting artist Stephanie Wright, of Mystique’s Fancy Faces, decorates another face at this Community Resource Fair.

In a way, these Community Resource Fairs are filling in the void left when the City of Portland decided to stop hosting “Fix-it Fairs”, Lindekugel said; adding that CSN is hosting about 20 fairs across the city.

“We believe it’s important to keep the spirit of these fairs going, because providing multiple resources in one location, it reduces the barrier to needed information. In fact, in April, we’re hosting five fairs!”

To find out dates and locations of upcoming Community Resource Fairs, see the CSN webpage listing them: CLICK HERE.

“A thank-you to today’s sponsors, CareOregon, The DPI Group, Dave’s Killer Bread and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability,” commended Lindekugel.

More than information and advice Community Resource Fair events also provide food for visitors to take home.

Community Resource Fair at Parkrose High School on March 16

Outer East Portland families don’t need to wait until April – because, on March 16, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., they’re invited to attend the expanded Parkrose Community Resource Fair in Parkrose.

CLICK HERE to read all about their 2013 event in Parkrose!

Here, you’ll find many nonprofit organizations, governmental service agencies, and local firms’ representatives providing helpful information. Also at this fair, there’ll be some additional offerings, including financial literacy training. It’s all happening at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver Street, 97220.

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