VAN Initiatives

LISTEN - FOCUS - ACT - RESULTS is the framework we use to engage our stakeholders in Washington County. We "Listen" through conversations and by staying on top of current events. We "Focus" on issues that stakeholders agree are of the highest priority and express a willingness to collaboratively address. We "Act" as a convener, facilitator, and catalyst to accelerate "Results" that bring positive changes to the community.

These are the primary initiatives VAN is presently working on.


Washington County Thrives (ACT)

In the fall of 2010, VAN was invited by Community Action to co-convene a series of community conversations in response to the recession that was impacting tens of thousands of people in Washington County. Washington County Thrives was borne out of these conversations, and even though the recession is over, there are still more than 60,000 county residents who live in abject poverty. Thrives is working on changing the conditions that prevent people from getting ahead. For more information, click here.


Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together) (ACT)

Creciendo Juntos is a collaborative focused on Latino families in western Washington County. Working with culturally-specific organizations, such as Adelante Mujeres, Bienestar, and Centro Cultural, along with others including Community Action, Hillsboro School District and Early Learning Washington County, Creciendo Juntos supports Latino parents who want their children to succeed in school and life. Through leadership development programs and coordinated care, Creciendo Juntos works with Latino parents to create a strong foundation from which they can advocate for themselves and their children. Click here for more information.


Washington County Nonprofit Network (ACT)

The Washington County Nonprofit Network grew out of the Philanthropy Exploration in Washington County study conducted by VAN in 2008. One of the major findings of this study was the limited capacity of Washington County nonprofits in the area of fund development. To address this finding the study's Advisory Committee started the Washington County Nonprofit Network to provide opportunities for local nonprofits to network, collaborate, develop skills and build capacity. For more information and the Network calendar, click here.


Past initiatives include:


Homeless Cost Study

Vision Action Network and the Washington County Department of Housing Services are co-convening an Advisory Committee to direct the design and implementation of such a cost study to measure the financial impact of homelessness on the various systems in Washington County. The purpose of this study is to understand the amount of money various systems (hospitals, law enforcement, EMS, shelters, corrections, etc.) are currently spending on services that do not end homelessness permanently. It is assumed that identifying the major cost-drivers of this group and determining where resources are allocated will assist our community in effectively tailoring services for the chronically homeless and ultimately reducing the costs associated with their care. For more information click here .


Aging Initiative

In 2006, almost 67,000 of Washington County's residents (13% of the population) were 60 or older. With the aging of the baby boomers, who began turning 60 in 2006, that number is expected to increase 75% to over 117,000 within the next 15 years. This growth presents a vast array of needs, challenges and opportunities for communities. The Vision Action Network has launched an Aging Initiative to support community planning to address these needs, challenges and opportunities. For more information, click here.


RESULTS projects:

VAN is a catalyst for diverse initiatives, many of which result in new organizations that operate independently in the community. Click on the links below to learn more about some of these.


Inter-Religious Action Network
Behavioral Health Crisis Response
Community CASH Oregon (expansion to Washington County)
Community Housing Fund
Hands on Greater Portland (expansion to Washington County)
Human Rights Council of Washington County
Partners for a Sustainable Washington County
Project Access Washington County School Based Health Centers
Project Homeless Connect
School Based Health Centers

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