CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL ORGANIZING

Rating: 4.89 stars   70 reviews

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Location: 700 N Killingsworth Street Portland OR 97217 USA

Mission: The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is a diverse, grassroots membership organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights.
Results: Over nearly a decade, CIO has engaged thousands of individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, trained new immigrant and refugee community leaders, produced hundreds of educational events and mobilized countless immigrant and refugee community members to participate in civic life, and continually responded to individual incidents of discrimination and harassment in our community as they arise.
Target demographics: immigrants and refugees from over 70 countries of origin.
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of immigrants and refugees, who together advocate for just policies that will improve the lives of thousands
Geographic areas served: Oregon and Southwest Washington
Programs: Community Education: CIO educates immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born allies on pressing community issues and strengthens and supports existing efforts to bring visibility to immigrant and refugee struggles. Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy: Our civic engagement program provides a pathway for immigrants and refugees to participate in democratic processes through training programs, hands-on projects and collective action that produce concrete improvements in their lives. Organizing and Mobilization: CIO assists immigrant and refugee community members in building the organizing skills necessary to impact policies that affect them and to work collaboratively, mobilizing diverse constituencies. Intergenerational Leadership Development: CIO develops new leaders through a signature yearlong leadership development program, through strategic trainings, and through on-the-ground leadership positions within our campaigns.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Center for Intercultural Organizing ( CIO) has been working with the Immigrant and refugee communities to empower and build a multi-ethnic/racial movement. I'm honored and proud to be a part of such and organization that not only work with the communities for building capacity. But the policy work on state, Counties and Cities level to review and recommend inclusive policies for all Oregonians.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would implement and restructure some programs such as ESL, Citizenship class, workforce, help with resume and etc. to better serve it community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've just joined the PILOT program of CIO and had our FIRST RETREAT for 2 days and a half. Learned a lot about things that I never imagine. The freedom of speech as a tool to inform and educate people in order to have a consensus to find solutions for different public and social issues. Yes, I loved it and will continue learning to help and be part of the solutions!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think its too early for me to do this now, but hopefully will know in the future.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Review by Tom Potter:
The Center for Intercultural Organizing has been providing services to Oregon's refugees, immigrants and communities of color for the last ten years. Their strength lies in bringing together different communities and providing them with the tools to expand their internal leadership, build community capacity, and influence public policies that effect their communities.
As Mayor of Portland from 2005-2009, I had the opportunity to work with the CIO and watch them interact with Portland's various communities to empower and engage them in making government work for them. Their efforts have made the Portland Metro area and our state of Oregon a better place for everyone, especially our recent arrivals and the communities of color. These groups have not always been part of the governance process and it is heart-warming to see the transition with individuals who were formerly afraid of government to come forward and work with government to improve the lives of their families and communities.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) builds capacity within immigrant and refugee communities so that they may begin to get involved in the civic life of our City. This involvement connects the new-comer to her/his new home and helps to create a feeling of belonging, reducing isolation. It also brings new, creative voices to local government processes resulting in sounder investments and better outcomes for all. CIO does a fantastic job of this with very limited resources. Portland is a much better City for the work of CIO and the involvement of the community leaders it supports!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...give it better funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO president and staff go beyond just meeting people; they learn their story, connect and support them in anyway they can. As an organizer I try to net work with as many organizations as I can to make sure people are getting help when they needed. Net working with CIO is one of the best rewards I have as an organizer. CIO made me realized that when you see and treat people as your own family member regardless their immigration status, religion or the Country they come from is when you really start building real communities.

CIO really believes and works to make sure Justice is for all!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO is an organization filled with people who wear hearts on their sleeves. Everyone I had a pleasure to meet, is commited to serve and help where the help is needed most, actively looking for creative ways and programs to make the most impact. CIO provides immigrants and refugees with necessary tools to make significant changes in their lives but it also emphasizes the great role we play in receiving them in our communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to reach wider range of people

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Intercultural Organizing is among the leading edge of organizations in Portland, Oregon, doing multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual organizing that incorporates cultural work and creative expression with the hard-nosed strategic thinking to raise the power of immigrant and refugee voices for racial and economic justice. I LOVE CIO!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

CIO is an amazing Non-profit. They make leaders out of everyone; people of different races, sexual orientation, beliefs, backgrounds and many others. These communities are the ones that I can call Centre for Intercultural Organizing because power is so completely handed over to the people. I have communities standing up and working with the Counties, City Councils and others just to see to it there is human dignity in development around Oregon. Their members are all-over working hard to bring change to society and thanks to their capacity building approach which exposes communities to leadership and advocating. My organisation will implement their leadership approach in my country, Malawi (in Southern Africa) when I return in December this year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage community leaders to be meeting quarterly and plan on their quarterly engagements and these leaders to also establish community centres where they can meet periodically to brainstorm ideas and how to progress.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO, the hub for people from all over the world to come together to elevate and empower our communities, through leadership development, advocacy, and grassroots organizing.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIO is one of the most awesome organization in the NW. The mission is about intercultural organizing. Something that is unique within itself. They bring together immigrant and refugee communities to empower them, give them a voice in their community, and develop as leaders. On top of that, they have the most dedicated staff.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is an amazing organization that touches the lives of immigrants and refugees. The close-knit intercultural relationships created and fostered through this organization by bringing together so many different cultures (many with long-time historical conflicts) are creating long-term change locally and state-wide; creating a positive ripple effect for American born residents, and maybe even worldwide. According to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, every dollar invested in CIO's advocacy, organizing and civic engagement garnered $150 in benefits for their communities. You can read it for yourself here: http://www.ncrp.org/files/publications/GCIP-NW_Report_low_res.pdf

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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