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The "Usual Suspects"

First Saturday Litter Patrol & Gardening Work Party


Saturday, August 7th


Meet outside Basics Market.

This is a Covid Safe event: Masks required and social distancing observed. 

            Bring: Your own tools please (depending on how you'd like to help) w/gloves,             buckets/bags, pick-sticks/litter grabbers, brooms, weeding tools.


       Duration: Usually about 1 hr. With enough people it can make a big difference

Humans of all ages and cleaning abilities welcome!


       Write with questions.

Tapping Into Community Solar 


Save by going solar! You can cut both your electric bill and your carbon footprint. You no longer need a sunny roof, and a big pot of cash to invest in panels on that roof, to have solar-powered electricity. The Hillsdale Community Foundation wants to help Hillsdale residents (both owners and renters), non-profits, and businesses to tap into and invest in community solar.

We recently hosted a free webinar with Oregon Clean Power Co-op (OCPC) on the possibility of a solar co-op installation in Hillsdale. If you missed it, you can check out the PowerPoint presentation here:   If you'd like to listen to a recording of the webinar, click here:


A co-op offers opportunities to both buy solar power from and invest in a solar installation serving the local community. OCPC develops projects by working with owners of sizable roofs (such as churches, schools, and large stores). If a project will supply more power than the roof’s owner needs, households and businesses can subscribe for the excess. Since the co-op may have to borrow to build the project, people can lend money (a minimum investment is $1000), and get paid back with interest over five to a dozen years. 

Help us make Hillsdale more of a solar community! We welcome your comments and suggestions (particularly of roofs that could be used for a solar project) here:


“Stand Up Hillsdale” Fundraising Campaign For Neighborhood House


Our Stand Up Hillsdale campaign was a tremendous success!! Thanks to your generosity, we raised a total of $33,684.00 for Neighborhood House during the 30-day campaign. We connected with over 3500 Hillsdale households and are thrilled at how many Hillsdale neighbors stepped up to help.  

David Hawkins, board member and organizer of the campaign says, “We know the donations will go a long way towards helping Neighborhood House purchase food for those facing food insecurity, cover transportation costs for seniors needing rides to medical appointments and helping family’s experiencing housing uncertainty transition from temporary shelters to permanent housing. Unfortunately, while our campaign has ended, there is still a lot of need out there.  We encourage everyone to do what they can to watch out for each other during these unprecedented times and continue to support the work that organizations like Neighborhood House do.  It can mean so much to people in need right now.”  


Thank you, thank you, Hillsdale neighbors!

Hillsdale News


Founded by Rick Seifert in 2007, the Hillsdale News covered hyper-local news and larger issues affecting our community for eight years. Now the News is back to continue the work of informing and connecting Hillsdale residents and neighbors. Thank you to Valeurie Friedman for reviving this important source of news of our community. Valeurie will be keeping a list of local businesses that are open at some capacity during the COVID closures. Read The Hillsdale News and subscribe here:

Come Swap!

To help families stretch budgets this fall, Southwest Portland Martial Arts & CrossFit Hillsdale is hosting an outdoor SW "Back To School Swap" in Hillsdale Town Center in the lower lot at 1249 SW Cheltenham St (b/w Cap Hwy & DeWitt on Cheltenham). All are welcome, especially those for whom saving money on back to school clothing & supplies would make a big difference in their housing/food/childcare/medical budgets.


Families are invited to bring a modest amount of seasonal children's clothes, shoes, backpacks, and lunchboxes of quality to swap as early as 11AM on Saturday 8/15. The Swap will end at 12:30PM sharp. It is acceptable to attend and take items even if you do not have items to share; simply communicate/check in with one another and work together to ensure that people's comforts and needs are met.


Any leftover clothing and toys will be donated to a charitable organization. We expect that people bringing items keep quality over quantity in mind, so volunteers are not burdened with excess loads to transport to respective charity sites. Any party bringing in items in great numbers or poor condition (in excess) will be turned away at this event for this reason. We are hoping to help provide as like new a 'shopping experience' for children as possible.


The Hillsdale Community Foundation is sponsoring a table for "school supply" giveaways. We encourage community members to add to this table by dropping off new school supplies, backpacks, lunchboxes and water bottles at the gym in days leading up to the event   A "Book Avalanche" table will also feature used school-aged books for giveaway too.


Tables and tarps will be spaced out from one another, and everyone on site will be required to wear masks throughout, and asked to be mindful of distancing. Children are welcome, so long as they stay with their adults at all times. 


Contact Lara Jones with Q's - or to arrange for dropping off new school supplies, backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles @

Phone messages may take longer for us to respond to: 503-432-7450