Have you considered hosting an international student?

We recently received this information from Pacific International Academy and wanted to pass it along to our neighbors:

Pacific International Academy is looking for local Portland families to host international students. In return, families will receive a generous monthly stipend along with a truly enriching cultural experience.

Pacific International Academy (PIA) has recently relocated to the campus of Warner Pacific University in Southeast Portland and we are looking for host families to join our network. Homestay hosting provides an enriching cultural exchange experience for both the students and the host families. The students greatly value opportunities for communication with family members and truly enjoy being part of the community.

We welcome all types of families to join our homestay program. All host families are expected to provide students with a safe, caring, and comfortable living environment. In addition, host families are required to:

  • Reside within 1 hour and 15 minutes from Warner Pacific University by public transportation, or be willing to drive students to and from campus daily.
  • Provide students with a private furnished bedroom and access to the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. For some of our programs, students can share a room with another student studying the same program.
  • Provide students with food for three meals per day (cooked meals and/or groceries).
  • Have WiFi Internet access.

A stipend of $700 per month per student is available to the host and we offer long-and short-term homestay placements. More information and our full homestay policies are available at www.piahomestay.wordpress.com. To apply to be a PIA host family, families are requested submit by email a PIA Host Family Application and Agreement, available at https://www.piaschools.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/host-family-application.pdf. Please email this application to rachel@nullpiaschools.edu.

Once the application is received, PIA will contact the family to schedule an appointment for a home visit.

Warner Pacific is just a short distance north of Foster-Powell at Division and 68th. This is a fantastic opportunity to share our neighborhood with the world and to bring even greater cultural diversity to our community.


Multnomah County Accepting Applications for Community Involvement Committee

Do you

  • care about community involvement in County decision-making?
  • want to help reduce barriers to civic participation?
  • enjoy working with a diverse group to identify common goals that benefit the community?

If so, apply to join Multnomah County’s Community Involvement Committee (CIC)!

The CIC serves as Multnomah County’s advisory body on community engagement and involvement, and plays a crucial role in bringing community voice into county decision-making. CIC members engage in an ongoing review of the County’s community involvement policies and programs, bring community concerns to County leadership, and assist in facilitating communication between the County and the community.

In 2018, the CIC was on hiatus while the Office of Community Involvement conducted a review of the County’s community involvement process and the role of the CIC. With the review compete, we are currently recruiting for fifteen CIC members.

Applications are due Monday, January 28th by 5pm.

  1. Learn more about the CIC
  2. Read about the community involvement review
  3. Start your application

Questions? Contact the Office of Community Involvement at community.involvement@nullmultco.us or 503.988.3450.


Support Local Businesses with Foster Forward and Foster WinterFest

The Foster Area Business Association has organized two events, which are connected. The first is Foster Forward, where “this holiday season, when you visit any participating Foster Area business and spend more than $5, you’ll earn a Foster Forward Ticket to unlock special prizes, discounts and specials at other participating businesses.” The second is Foster WinterFest, where they say, “On Sunday, December 2nd, come down to Foster road for 6 family friendly winter magic events. Build a gingerbread house, sing carols, get free hot chocolate and more! And when you come to any of free WinterFest activity, you’ll get a Ticket for exclusive Foster Forward deals for food, drink and gifts up and down the street.”

And if you need more reasons on why to support local businesses, check out these Top 10 Reasons from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance!