In the 2004-2005 city budget season, the Woodstock Community Center (WCC) was slated for closure due to lack of funds to keep it open. With neighborhood support, a group of community members sponsored by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) stepped up to co-manage the WCC. That group of people eventually became a committee of the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center known as the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, or FWCC.
Following an initial one-year trial, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a three-year Shared Use Agreement between Portland Parks & Recreation (PPR) and the FWCC, supported by the Woodstock Neighborhood Association, which has been renewed for five-year terms since then. We’ve been here ever since and hope to continue to be.
According to the Partnership Agreement, PPR continues to provide programming at the building, such as recreation/enrichment classes, an educational preschool program, private rentals and other events. Most routine operational expenses are now being covered by the FWCC, for which we raise money through fundraising events, or offset by providing in-kind volunteer labor with the oversight of PPR staff.
The Friends of the Woodstock Community Center work to ensure that this great little neighborhood center continues to exist as a resource for our community.
WNA is actively seeking new volunteers to join the FWCC committee. FWCC members help out with center maintenance tasks, including seasonal tasks like leaf-raking, and provide assistance at events held at the WCC, including WNA’s annual plant sale, which is a benefit for FWCC. The committee meets every 4th Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in becoming an FWCC volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up with Friends’ activities by joining our FWCC Facebook group.
FWCC DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Donations to the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center are always warmly appreciated. To make a financial donation, please write a check made out to “Friends of the Woodstock Community Center” with “FWCC” on the memo line. Send your donation to:
Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
c/o Southeast Uplift
3534 SE Main St.
Portland, Oregon 97214
WOODSTOCK PLANT SALE
Much of the money needed to maintain the Woodstock Community Center is raised at the WNA’s annual Plant Sale. This neighborhood tradition — one of the best plant sales in the city — takes place at the Woodstock Community Center from 9am to 3pm on the second Saturday in May (the day before Mother’s Day). This event raises a significant portion of the funds required for regular cleaning and maintenance of the center.
SE Uplift published a great article about the work of the Friends in their May 1, 2013 newsletter.