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 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.