City depends on help from citizens

Want to give back to your community but don’t know where to start? Try starting with the city of Gresham. The city depends on thousands of volunteer hours each year, said Teresa Hall, city council coordinator.

The city has lots of volunteer opportunities, Hall said, and their involvement with city government is invaluable.

“We couldn’t do anything without them,” Hall said. “A lot of times when you think of someone doing a volunteer effort it’s a huge event, but we have volunteers who have served 12 to 15 years, very consistently, being there and being a sounding board for the council and giving recommendations.”

Those quiet, behind-the-scenes volunteers can make a huge difference, and she cited a recent example where volunteers on the Finance Committee took some information, researched it and recommended a code change that ended up saving the city $200,000 each year.

“They got involved because they love Gresham and want to steer us in the right direction,” Hall said.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, go online to or contact Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-618-2871. Those interested in applying for a position on the Planning Commission should contact Brian Martin, senior comprehensive planner, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-618-2266.

The city has openings for the following:

n Citizen Involvement Committee. Advises the city council on the development, implementation and maintenance of programs designed to facilitate citizen involvement, engagement and to foster a deliberative process between residents and the city.

n Finance Committee. Advises the council on financial matters.

n Design Committee (architect position). Advises the council on design excellence for the built environment of the city.

n Gresham Art Committee. The committee curates art shows throughout the year that feature local and regional artists.

n Community Development and Housing Subcommittee. Advises the council on community development and housing goals, policies, programs and budgets.

n Historic Resources Subcommittee. Maintains an inventory of historic landmarks in Gresham, reviews decisions on proposed actions, participates in special projects and events.

n Planning Commission. The primary advising body to the council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land uses within the city.

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