This week commemorates the annual AmeriCorps Week celebration. A week that acknowledges all of the hard work that current and past members have put in to making their communities a better place!
When I graduated from college, I knew that I wanted to give back to the community with a year of service. I was lucky to have known someone that had embarked on a year of service with AmeriCorps in Colorado for Habitat for Humanity. She always had the best things to say about her service and was a source of inspiration in my decision to pursue a year of service. The hard work that both current and past members have put in is felt throughout the communities that are served. Whether it's the residents of Riverton or the continued involvement of past members, the satisfaction with AmeriCorps is apparent!
On both a personal and professional level, I am truly pleased with the service that I provide to the community of Riverton on a daily basis. If you would like to get involved with AmeriCorps, there are a number of positions throughout the state and nation available. Portland Housing Authority is currently offering an education grant for anyone seventeen and older who serves a 300 hour term with AmeriCorps. If you are interested or have questions about this opportunity or any other AmeriCorps position, please contact either Rivstudycenter@gmail.com or Emily Mancini-Fitch at Efitch@porthouse.org.
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The study center at Riverton has been bustling! When the kids aren't busy working on their homework, they are busy painting, coloring, making friendship bracelets, or lanterns (pictured left). The kids submitted fire posters and we will be celebrating all of the hard work they put in with a pizza party today. The theme of this years posters was "Don't Wait, Check the Date". All of the children that participated had a fun time using their creativity to create posters that were both beautiful and informative. Please make sure to check back soon for more information on upcoming activities.
On April 12th, Riverton hosted an event for Global Youth Service Day. Students Sabrin Hassan and Zahro Sharif organized the youth in their community to come together and celebrate Earth Day with a community clean-up and presentation from local composter Garbage to Garden. Zahro describes the day below:
"April 12th was a beautiful day and young children from the ages 4 to 18 gathered together to serve our community. We all gathered together at the study center and divided each other in three groups to clean the two playground and the basketball court. For an hour and half, we went around the playground picking up every piece of trash our eyes caught. After picking up 5 bags of trash, we finally settled down to listen to the importance of recycling and the cycle of what happens to trash after it's thrown away. With the help of school board member Pious Ali and his friends, we ate pizza. Some of the boys from the community, now with a full stomach, played basketball with the new basketballs."
Thanks to these students and their helpers, our community is now cleaner and safer! We also have some brand new basketballs available to check out at the study center to use on our newly repainted court.
The folks at Curious City, Portland Public Library, Healthy Portland, A healthy Maine Partnership, Portland Public Health, The City of Portland, and Portland Housing Authority bring you StoryWalk!
Move along and read along with the story!
On November 3rd we unveiled the new story walk in Riverton Park with speeches from Mayor Mavodones, Mark Adelson from the PHA, and Bethany Sanborn from Public Health.
The story was performed by actors from Theater for Kids (Portland Stage) and author David Elliott personalized 130 books for the youth of Riverton Park!
The people of Riverton Park make up one of the most tightly-knit communities Portland has to offer. As of October 2011, there were 628 people residing in Riverton, 62% of which are under 20 years old. The Somali, Sudanese, Iraqi, Vietnamese, and Cambodian communities are strongly represented in the Riverton neighborhood, with many Congolese as well.
Riverton Park was built in 1972 and reflects the common philosophies of community development and urban planning of that era. Riverton Park is comprised of 150 housing units (including those reserved for services), home to mainly large families. The Study Center opened in Fall of 1992 and is located at 61 Riverton Drive.