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Join our team as our Membership & Communications Intern!

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MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

Description

Assist Oregon Walks staff to ensure communication goals are met through creating content, providing administrative support, and overseeing social media activities – with a focus on our annual membership drive.

Time Commitment & Compensation

This is a three-month paid internship, with an ideal start date of March 12th, running through mid-June.  Approximately 10 hours/week with a flexible schedule.

The intern will receive a $1,500 stipend.

Oregon Walks Seeks Executive Director

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About Oregon Walks:

Oregon Walks is a nonprofit, membership-based advocacy organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking in Oregon safe, convenient and attractive. Founded in 1991, we have a strong history of success, committed partners and stakeholders, and a passionate and growing membership. We are well positioned to play a pivotal role in influencing our transportation future and addressing the needs of pedestrians across the region and state.  

 

The Opportunity:

Oregon Walks is seeking an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, dynamic leader with a passion for pedestrian advocacy to serve as our next Executive Director. Our new Executive Director will collaborate with our Board of Directors, staff, members, and volunteers to lead successful programs and advocacy campaigns. The Executive Director will develop and implement new initiatives to further Oregon Walks’ mission. They will serve as our lead ambassador, fundraiser, and strategist - ensuring organizational stability and success.

 

Action needed now on Outer Stark

To Mayor Wheeler & Portland City Council,

Last Thursday we lost yet another life in a preventable crash as a woman crossed the street at the intersection of SE 148th and Stark. SE Stark is one of our most dangerous corridors in the city, and there have been at least four deaths of pedestrians and one person driving between SE 146th and the city limits since November 2016.

Because of dangerous street design, high speeds, and infrequent safe crossings, we know that we will continue to see deaths on Outer Stark if we don’t act now. In order to meet the City’s stated goal of zero fatalities by 2025, we need to respond quickly to address known safety concerns in our city.

We ask that Portland City Council take immediate steps to ensure the community does not lose another life in a preventable crash on Outer SE Stark:

Change at Oregon Walks

Dear friends and supporters,

I'm writing today to share that I will be stepping away from my position as Executive Director of Oregon Walks at the end of February. 

When I began this role in 2014, I had very specific goals for the organization and for my leadership here. I strove to expand our partnerships to serve adiverse constituency of pedestrians, grow our volunteer program to be more robust and inclusive, and link our advocacy and programs to create a cohesive movement toward safer streets. It felt very ambitious.

Over the last four years, we have accomplished so much together! Some highlights of our work include:

We need urgency to save lives on our streets

Mayor Wheeler & Portland City Council,

 

Portland is experiencing a livability crisis in our streets. Today, the 20th person this year was killed while walking. This makes 2017 the deadliest year on record for pedestrians since 2003. Last week, Multnomah County published a new report showing that 80 people died last year while living outside on the streets of Portland. We believe these issues are interconnected and the approach to solving them must take into account numerous factors critical to Portlanders’ safety.

 

Finding solutions to these growing crises requires a coordinated effort and sustained leadership that recognizes the impacts that every policy and funding decision has on our most vulnerable residents. We have not yet seen the urgency from our City leadership necessary to end this growing epidemic.

 

Help us raise $5,000 by December 31st!

We'll keep updating our thermometer as we get closer to our goal! Help us reach it TODAY!fundraising thermometer

 

Making schools safer one street at a time

Creating safe streets for everyone is at the core what we do at Oregon Walks. We work every day to ensure that kids and families can get to where they need to go safely.

Check out the video below, showcasing our recent school walks at Scott Elementary!

 

 

Support Oregon Walks this winter with a gift TODAY!

 

2017 Weston Legacy Award Winner: Steve Bozzone

Steve Bozzone has been helping steward grassroots transportation advocacy efforts in Oregon for almost 10 years, and has served on the Oregon Walks Board for the past seven years. His commitment to creating safe streets and more just communities is unmatched by many, and we are excited to honor this tenure of work with this year's Weston Legacy Award.

Weston Award Winner #2: Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood


 

The Brentwood Darlington neighborhood is located in outer SE Portland. Much like East Portland and Cully neighborhoods, it was annexed into the city without the same level of infrastructure - and has been neglected for far too long. The signature of Brentwood Darlington streets are the giant potholes that are often referred to as 'lakes'.

Residents decided that they would take this matter into their own hands.

Weston Award Winner #1: Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

Jessica Vega Pederson has been a champion for pedestrian issues in East Portland while serving as an elected official in both the Oregon state legislature and now as a Multnomah County Commissioner.