Multnomah County's Office of Citizen Involvement recently launched its Spanish-language website to share information about public participation in county affairs and decision-making.
The website contains information describing the county's programs and services, the benefits of being engaged in the community, ways people can participate in county decision-making, as well as information about the Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC) and how to volunteer. Information about upcoming CIC events and activities will also be featured.
Development of the website began in February 2011 in response to interest by CIC members to expand outreach efforts to Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. In 2009, 4.3 percent of Multnomah County residents -- more than 30,000 people -- spoke Spanish and indicated they spoke English less than "very well" (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey).
Staffperson Robb Wolfson, who has been selected for the county's 2011 Leadership Academy, undertook development of the website as the major project he had to complete for the Academy. Three service providers in the Latino community and numerous bilingual county staff were consulted about the information that should be included on the website.
Contact the Office of Citizen Involvement if you have content suggestions for the website.
For more information:
Office of Citizen Involvement: 503-988-3450, firstname.lastname@example.org