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5441 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR, 97215
United States

(503)719-6779

Confluence Environmental Center

RFP

APPLY TO BE AN AMERICORPS PROJECT PARTNER

WHAT IS CONFLUENCE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER?

Confluence Environmental Center is an nonprofit organization with a mission of bringing streams of thought, action and people together to make the environmental movement more robust, inclusive and effective.  We started in 2011 as a project of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (www.pcei.org) and in 2013 we became our own nonprofit.

What is the Confluence AmeriCorps Program? 

The AmeriCorps Program advances environmental justice in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties by working with community partners to develop 11-month long AmeriCorps positions that address environmental issues in low income communities and communities of color.

Our focus areas include: Energy and Resource Conservation, Healthy Watersheds, Conservation Education, Environmental Health, and Garden and Farm-based Education.  

Confluence AmeriCorps is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Confluence AmeriCorps requests matching funds from our Project Partners. With these two sources of funding place, we are able to run a robust and effective AmeriCorps program to help Partners expand the capacity of their projects and programs. 

WHAT IS AN AMERICORPS PROJECT PARTNER?

Partner Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Member Testimonials (.pdf)

Project Partners Commit To:

  • Expanding program capacity to benefit low income communities and communities of color
  • Designing and implementing an environmenal project with clear goals, activities and desired outcomes
  • Creating a comfortable work space with sufficient resources and opportunities for professional development
  • Collaborating with Confluence staff to recruit an AmeriCorps Member who will reflect the communities you serve
  • Providing excellent supervision and mentoring for the full 11-month term of service
  • Following specific guidelines and instructions set forth by AmeriCorps
  • Contributing a $13,500 cash match per Member

PREVIOUS PROJECT PARTNERS + POSItion summaries

RFP TIMELINE 

February 1 - Request for Proposal materials published (see below)

February 8 - RFP Information Session (option 1) from 9:30 - 12:00 - Confluence office, 3rd floor (new applicants encouraged)

February 14 - RFP Information Session (option 2) from 2:30 - 5:00 - Confluence office, 3rd floor (new applicants encouraged)

March 16 - Complete Proposals due by midnight

April 6 - Community Readers review proposals 

April 27 - Partner applicants notified (all selected projects pending AmeriCorps funding - confirmed in June)

May 4 - Proposal revisions (if necessary) due by midnight

May 10 - Recruiting for Diversity from 9 - 3pm in TaborSpace Dining Room (all partners required)

May 26 - Member Position Descriptions posted online 

July 21 - Supervisors email top three Member candidates to Sherrie Jackson

August 24 - New Supervisor Orientation from 1:00 - 4:30 - in TaborSpace Library (all new supervisors required)

September  6 - Member Orientation - first day

September 12 - Supervisor Day at Orientation - last day

September 13 - Member Onboarding at Service Site

July 27, 2018 - Commencement

PROPOSAL MATERIALs - NOW AVAILABLE

RFP Guidelines (.pdf)  

Proposal (.docx)  

diversity, EQUITY + INCLUSION RESOURCES

Diversity, Equity and InclusionGlossary of Terms

Environmental Justice in Portland Area - OPAL

Equity and Empowerment Lens - Multnomah County, Office of Diversity

Invisible Backpack (.pdf)

Assessment Tool for Racial Justice - Western States Center

An Unsettling Profile (.pdf) 

Census Map Income (.pdf) 

Census Map Race (.pdf)

US Census Factfinder - (website)

Regional Equity Atlas (website) 

Understanding Demographics 

Populations of Color

Low Income Communities

Office of Neighborhood Involvement -  Portland area demographics

    CONTACT

    Program Director: Lara Jones | ljones@confluencecenter.org | 503-719-6779

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