Keep Calm and Walk On

We know the social distancing Oregon is practicing as we work to #flattenthecurve is impacting every person in our state. We want to invite you to join us in the #keepcalmwalkon challenge we are kicking off here at Oregon Walks. As the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting walking and advocating for conditions that make it safe, accessible, and …

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Postponed: 2020 Walkstar Awards

We are postponing the 2020 Walkstar Awards due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please stay tuned for more information as we work on rescheduling the event. During this time of social distancing, school and business shutdowns, and anxiety about what the future holds — all Oregonians are being impacted by Covid-19 pandemic. Oregon Walks is here …

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2020 Oregon Walkstar Awards

Join us at the Oregon Walkstar Awards (formerly the Weston Awards), on Friday, May 8th, at the Portland Hilton in Downtown Portland. Nominate your Walkstar Today Nominate someone/group you consider a walkstar! Walkstar winners are community organizers, rabblerousing groups, business leaders, or neighborhood superstars who have shown commitment and dedication to making our streets more …

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2020 Community Challenge Walking Grants: Oregon Edition

Oregon Walks is thrilled to announce the 2020 Community Challenge Walking Grants: Oregon Edition This year, we have awarded five grantees with small grants to seed walking projects. The awardees are as follows: Beyond Black CDC is an African American/ Black Community Development Corporation that aims to strengthen the African American/Black community in Rockwood by …

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2019 Highlights

Happy 2020 Friends!   As we walk into this new year, I feel incredibly grateful for the work of walkstars like you who are helping Oregon Walks fight to promote walking as a climate justice, health justice, and transportation justice issue. Soon, we’ll be sending out our 2019 annual report, but in the meantime, I …

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Weston Winners 2019

2019 Weston Awards Recap

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate walking and the walkstars among us at the 2019 Weston Awards! The 2019 Weston Awards was an incredible celebration of walking. Old friends and new friends came together on November 8th because we believe walking is transportation justice, climate justice, and health justice.  The 2019 Weston Awardees delivered …

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Sam Thompson Weston Winner 2019

2019 Weston Winner: Samuel Thompson

2019 Weston Winner: Samuel Thompson Samuel Thompson is a longtime community leader who created a walking event in the heart of Northeast Portland focused specifically on Black and African American health called “Next Level Health Walk”. Using Northeast Sunday Parkways’ walking-only segment provided an opportunity to connect people to culturally specific healthcare providers, vendors, community …

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Sam Balto Weston Winner 2019

2019 Weston Winner: Sam Balto

2019 Weston Winner: Sam Balto Sam Balto is a Physical Education teacher and Safe Routes to School Champion at Cesar Chavez K-8 school in North Portland, Oregon. Growing up, Sam remembers walking to school with friends and taking the metro in Washington, DC.  These experiences helped Sam build a sense of independence and to view …

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