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March 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 18, 2011

As a person who believes in a multicultural society that benefits and includes all, I have found the Center for Intercultural Organizing to be a place where I can act on that belief. As a US-born American, I feel it is my job to help welcome the newcomers to the United States by ensuring our laws, policies and community are fair and just. The CIO gives allies like me ways in which we can be effective in advocating for justice. Through trainings like Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity Education (RISE), I learned the issues and challenges immigrants face and was able to put this information into change through activites at CIO. I recommend everyone in Oregon who cares about racial equity and immigrant rights to join this organization!

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Being part of a cadre of allies trained through workshops to make a difference in the lives of our newest neighbors.

Ways to make it better...

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

Endow it with funds to sustain CIO for the long haul.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I love this place , the CIO. We need more people and groups who actually care about the little guy or gal no matter what they do or where they're from. People who volunteer for CIO are sincerely trying to make the world a better place.

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watching the Somali Youth Organization flower is rewarding because of their newfound involvement and empowerment.

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

Help them get higher visibility on local TV and encourage more resources for acquiring jobs.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I have been looking for a place like CIO for a long time. Having grown up in Portland, and attending a predominantly White, Middle Class college in Portland, as a person of color, I began to feel a bit isolated. This is the first time that I have felt comfortable with my ethnicity in my work environment. CIO does a great job at including and appreciating all of its volunteers, I truly feel like this is a second home. CIO works hard to represent and advocate for immigrant and refugees, who are often taken advantage of marginalized in our society. Each and every member of CIO is welcomed as extended family!

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As a volunteer and meeting other members and employees.

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I would fund it more! We need more basic supplies such as office phones, desks, and more space! Also, being able to higher more of our interns would be great too!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

The Center for Intercultural Organizing is one of the most progressive immigrant rights organization that I personally know of.
The determination to create unity with immigrant groups and other local organization for a larger movement of equity is uncanny.
I have been involved as a
volunteer, staff and now support from another city as a donor. I greatly believe in the work that CIO does and I know how hard the staff and volunteers work to ensure community progress.
CIO empowers people and creates future leaders.

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I have gain leadership skills, insight on the workings of city government. Eventually this helped me make the decision t persuade my MA in Public Administration

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Admin staff. The work occuring at CIO is extremely valuable. It would be great if more staff could be hired to focus on admin stuff so that the program managers can focus on campaigns/programs and services

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

My name is Anna, and I have been involved with the Center for Intercultural Organizing for 10 year. I arrived to Portland, OR over 10 years ago from Poland to participate in an exchange program. I always had a strong desire to help immigrants and refugees. I was very fortunate to meet two community organizers Kayse Jama and Stephanie Stephens. At that time, I offered to help them at the small office in Portland. I was amazed to find a circle of new friends who became my new family. I was glad to help them to organize the 1st Global Portland Festival, which happened on the first anniversary of September 11th. Our mission was to bring people together and support each other in this hard time. After the first few years of their work, CIO changed their focus towards building power in immigrant and refugee communities through many different fields: education, civic engagement, leadership, and so on. It was a pleasure to see them grow. I attended Portland State University and received a degree in International Studies. Then I participated in the short faculty led program to Cyprus where I learned about the history of Cyprus. That experience allowed me to realize that I should pursue my master's degree in International Conflict Resolution and help others. Even though, I had a lot of going on, I always new that CIO advocates for the rights of innocent people, and I always found my way back to CIO. If you are an immigrant or refugee, you need to have a place like CIO that always has it's door open for people, for an advise, for comfort. They represent all people no matter what their socio-economical status is. They build bridges between communities by educating young community leaders through the program called Portland Immigrant and Refugee Leadership Program (PILOT). I never had an experience such as this. I met a lot of wonderful young people with a lot of potential who are, in the future, going to make a difference. We went through the leadership training that allowed us to learn about basics of city government, introduction of community organizing, politics of oppression, issue and campaign planning, cross-cultural community movement building, conflict resolution, and media strategy. The trainers encouraged us to go back to our respected communities and become engaged, to have an impact, to make a difference. This leadership program gave us "wings." It allows us to connect and learn about other communities. CIO organizes a lot of wonderful events that empower men and women from difference cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. They provide many workshops. They have a Media Project that trains community members on how to use media to serve the community. There are many goals that CIO has that focus on supporting people by educating them, providing civic engagement, community organizing, mobilization, leadership, and help with immigration issues. At this moment, I am on the board of directors, and I am really proud to be part of their mission. I am amazed by their ability to stand for ALL. It is the only non profit that serves in such a huge capacity. And, we all have to work together to build one safe community for our children and for the future.

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I became an inspired, empowered community leader.

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

bring it more funding, so it can function at it's full capacity. They operate without an office assistant. Structure is very important, and that would help them to stay more organized.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As an Ethiopian immigrant who has migrated to the US in the 70's, I found CIO to be an organization uniquely poised to hold a much needed safe space for all immigrants and refugees to have the ability to express their needs in their own voices.
Personally, as a new board member, I have
felt that I have found "home" among people with similar lived experiences and the forum to voice them.
I am honoured to be part of CIO.
Assefash

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding "home" with others with similar lived experiences and hold safe space for all the voices.

Ways to make it better...

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

Participate in on going fund- raising process to ensure viability and amazing growth of CIO.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

I came to united state of america in Jan. 2010, and I was afraid from what I will facing here when I decide to start my new life as an immigrant.
And too many people scary me about the life here, especially with different traditions between my old life and my new one.
But when I met some
people here, belong to CIO organization, they told me to come down and everything will be fine, as much as I would like.
They prepared everything to me to start my new life here and guide me to the right way to living here in peace and with lovely people who belong to CIO organization.
And later on I get from them training to have experience to help the new immigrants and refugees just like what I got from the CIO members when I arrived here.

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do much they can to help people and new immigrants

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

to give more time to help the new immigrants even with little things

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

The breadth of their work, from legislative action to leadership training to education to building social movements to fun community events, illustrates the organization's stragegic, cooperative approach to creating change. I don't know of another group that is able to organize a variety of communities so effectively on a range of fronts, both local and far-reaching. While many immigrant and refugee organizations focus on advocacy and serve primarily one population, C.I.O.'s diversity speaks to its focus on real unity and empowerment.

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I'm glad to have engaged in defeating anti-immigrant ballot measures in the 2008 and 2010 elections. I've learned much from workshops and talks at C.I.O., and maybe most importantly, I have met some great friends there.

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

Obtain and allocate more resources to STRIDE and Immigration Services in order to increase civic engagement and continue to build a strong, diverse organizing base.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

As the first person born in my family to immigrants from India, my experience in the United States has always had the feel of being an outsider. Watching my parents and all of my relatives navigate a new culture, political system, educational system - a place where our skin color, accent, religion was not always welcome and where our voices did not count as much as the rest. CIO has been a homecoming - a place where we reclaim our dignity by having our voices heard, by working for our rights, and by coming together as a community of people from all over the world, yet with similar challenges, we find that we are stronger together.

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the strength of our multicultural movement, the diversity of folks that come out to support and participate in our work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Build more capacity for our work. We have big ideas that would affect many lives and would improve our community for everyone.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

THROGHOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS ME ,BAHER AND SOMEOTHER IRAQIS TRIED OUR BEST TO SERVE AND HELP THE SO MANY NEW IRAQI COMERS TO THE USA AS A REFUGEES .WITH THE HELP OF THE CIO IT WAS ROUGHLY POSSIBLE TO TO GIVE HELP AND PRESENT ASSISSTENCES TO THOSE PEOPLE . WE WORKED HARD AND EXERTED ALL AVAILABLE EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH OUR IRAQI SOCIETY IN OREGON WHICH DEALS WITH SO MANY ISSUES RELATED TO OUR COMMUNITY
WE BOTH KNOW THAT LIFE IN AMERICA GENERALLY IS NOT AN EASY GOING ONE ESPECIALLY TO IRAQIS WITH ALOT OF PTSD'S AND TRUMAS AND THE PROCESS OF RESETTLMENT IS NOT AN EASY PROCESS.LIFE HERE IS COMPLETLY DIFFERENT AND EVERY ONE IS SUFFERING IN ONE WAY OR IN ANOTHER
THE IRAQI SOCIETY OF OREGON AND WITH THE HELP OF CIO WAS ABLE TO GIVE HELP TO THOSE IRAQIS IN SOLVING THEIR PROBLEMS GIVING THEM THE NEEDED ADVICES GUIDING THEM EXPLAINING THEM THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO CULTURES AND THE SYSTEMS
GETTING MORE AND MORE DONATIONS IN RESPECT OF CLOTHES FURNATURES ETC.WE STILL LOOKING FORWARD TO GIVE MORE HELP TO ALL IRAQI TILL THEY WILL THAT THEY BELONG AND ABLE TO GO ON

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

THE SORT OF HELP THAT THE CIO GIVE TO ALL REFUGEES

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

DO NOTHING MORE THAN THEY ARE ALREADY DO

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