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Saturday - Community Building Workshop

Introduction to Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)

Saturday, October 18, 9am-12pm (arrive at 8:45am) at Parklane Church, 16001 SE Main, Portland, OR

Come learn about a powerful and refreshing approach to building community called Asset Based Community Development (ABCD).

ABCD presents an opportunity to have more fun and develop more meaningful relationships in the process of community involvement. ABCD invites us to break from traditional deficit-based approaches to what is wrong with our communities, and start examining what is right with our communities.

By finding and connecting the strengths and assets of a community, its people, institutions and associations, we are better equipped to meet challenges.

The workshop will be held at Parklane Church (16001 SE Main). A fee of $5 may be paid in advance or at the door – scholarships are available. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.

To register or for more information contact:

Mike Vander Veen

East Portland Neighborhood Office

Community Outreach Coordinator


[email protected]

. . . Bio of Trainer Ron Dwyer-Voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss has been a community organizer, community development corporation director, leadership development coach and trainer, and an elected school board member. He began working with the predecessors to the ABCD model of community development while organizing in Chicago. Since then he has focused his work with faith based communities, African-American, Latino and SouthEast Asian communities and a mix of urban and rural communities. He is the past chairperson of the National Community Building and Organizing Initiative of NeighborWorks (NW) America and has provided training in community engagement and mobilization at NW Training Institutes around the country.

Ron also trains school board members and administrators in California on how to more effectively engage their communities in local schools, as well as how to mobilize their communities to advocacy. An active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Sacramento, Ron is a husband, a parent of two wonderful teenagers and loves to spend time in the mountains, at the beach and/or playing in water.