Community Participation Organization (CPO) Program

Part of Washington County's mission is to encourage meaningful participation in community activities and County governance. The CPO Program plays a large role in an overall effort by the County to fulfill this mission.

For over 40 years, the program has provided residents the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process of local and county government through regional organizations called "Community Participation Organizations". Most people know them as "CPOs".

What are CPOs?

CPOs are organizations led by volunteers elected by members of the communities they serve. CPOs encourage and empower public involvement by providing a place for community members to:

  • Come together to learn about and discuss issues in a comfortable forum.
     
  • Get unbiased information about issues relating to local and County services for transportation, parks and trails, housing and business developments, public health, safety, emergency planning, schools, libraries and other matters affecting the livability of their community.
     
  • Interact with decision makers including local government and agency representatives, elected officials, and community leaders.
     
  • Engage as a group in an advisory role to the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

All residents and business owners in Washington County are welcome! There are many ways to participate: attend your CPO community meetings and events; provide decision makers with your input on timely issues; become a CPO volunteer; and/or volunteer at an event, on a committee, commission, advisory council or commission. Get started by finding your CPO in your neighborhood and signing up to receive CPO meeting notices, news and updates.

How to Reach Us

See the 2017 CPO Directory (updated October 2017) for contact and meeting information for active CPOs, with Community Engagement Program staff information.

Special Project Fund

CPOs can apply to use the Special Project Fund allocated by the Board of Commissioners for special educational events, outreach activities or community projects. To start a project: read the 2-page overview, fill in the proposal form and discuss the idea with your CPO. When you have the agreement of your CPO, submit the proposal to your Community Engagement Program Coordinator.

Special Project Fund overview and proposal form

News and Updates

CCI general meeting

Release date: 11/14/2017
The Committee for Community Involvement (CCI) will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Edwards Center, Inc. Aloha Community Center, 4375 SW Edwards Place, Aloha.

Upcoming Community Participation Organization meetings: CPOs 8 and 13

Release date: 11/06/2017
Join us to stay informed and be involved with your Washington County neighbors, community members and officials.