Neighborhood House director announces retirement
Rick Nitti, the longtime executive director of the Southwest Portland nonprofit Neighborhood House, recently announced he would be retiring after nearly 20 years at the helm.
The organization credits Nitti, who has worked for the nonprofit since 1997, for dramatically increasing the size and reach of its programming and services — growing it from a $2.3 million agency with 63 employees in 1997 to a $6.5 million organization with more than 160 staff today.
Fanno Creek Clinic to award $25,000 in public school grants
Fanno Creek Clinic is marking its 20th anniversary by awarding grants to public schools in Southwest Portland. The clinic has invited local schools to submit one-page proposals for grants of up to $4,000 each. It began giving out the grants in May and will continue the program through the rest of 2017. Previous grants went to pay for arts and science programs at Rieke, Maplewood and Stephens elementary schools, and for science textbooks at Robert Gray Middle School, among others. In addition, $2,500 has been awarded to Wilson High School for a writer-in-residence program.
— Southwest Community Connection