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February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

If one came to America as a refugee in 2007, when, how, and why can he become a member of Board of Directors in the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)? The minimum time, I guess, would take 3 years as it happened with me, and for how, it is as simple as one is invited to apply for the Board membership, and he is there in the Board.
But it is all about the (why). Why one would become a member of CIO in three months after his arrival to America? Why three years to join the Board? Why is it CIO in the first place? The answers are simple, once you get to meet Kayse who will come instantly to meet you when Lisa tells him about the active newcomer, you will be embraced with warm hearted welcoming, unconditional acceptance and recognition, and your heart and mind will recognize this sincerity. Then Kayse, Stephanie, and Lisa (leaders of CIO) will show you the way to community activism, and as a new comer to America (AKA refugees and immigrants) who wants to be equal to other citizens of America and did his own research, you will choose to join the organization that has a holistic vision and approach, sincere to its mission to defend the rights of all newcomers.
CIO will teach you the lesson of American Democracy (People can decide their future) through involvement with allies, community activists and organizations, and that is year one. Then CIO will give you the training of (PILOT) to be a community leader and how to engage in the Democratic system. In Pilot you will meet other CIO leaders, CIO staff, and community activists who share with you your values and enthusiasm, and you all become one family, so you get the warm human relations, share the experiences with each other, and that is year two. And once you are in the community, doing your homework with all the seriousness that reflect how serious you were trained, and practicing what you learn, receiving the continued unconditional support and backup of CIO leaders and staff, I guess the time comes when you are invited in year three to join the Board.
In CIO I restored the status that I lost when I left my country, I was recognized again and I restarted my new life as a member in my new home. Immigration is an American experience, America now is moving to a multicultural community in the global world of the 21st century, and this is exactly what we do at CIO, bridging between old and new immigrants, and building the new multicultural America.

The Great!

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

Supporting grassroots organizing of the newcomers (Refugees and Immigrants).

Ways to make it better...

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

Support it with more time and money.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

As I near graduation from CIO's Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training , I can see how much work the Center of Intercultural Organizing is putting in its effort to better our multicultural community by spreading the awareness of cultural diversity and different obstacles that the immigrants and refugees face in this country, but, more importantly, in educating and empowering immigrants to be active community leaders and understanding their roles as equally valued community members.
The PILOT program is one example of CIO's long-term vision of identifying and developing future immigrant leaders who can organize and increase community participation on the issues that affect them.
I would highly recommend the CIO to anyone who wants to be support and build a better community for everyone.

The Great!

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

participating in the PILOT training. The training provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective community leader. Also, I was able to meet people from all over the world who are passionate about the same issues.

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

I would try to increase public's awareness of CIO's existence in Oregon.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

As an immigrant myself, I have always thought when you come from another country, it is ok to be "othered" since this is not your land of birth. Through the Leadership training provided to me by CIO, I have learned that not only is not ok to accept this, but I also have to speak out against it. For every time I accept it, there's many, many immigrants out there who experience it and won't ever be able to speak out.
Although CIO is made up of being who come from different parts of the world, we have a common thread of having experienced social injustice ourselves or through family and friends. CIO has helped me realize that I need to be the change I wish to see around me. I may be just a tiny spark, but it takes a spark to get a fire going and pretty soon, all those around us can warm up in its glowing as we used to sing in Africa!!

The Great!

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

How I speak about myself as an immigrant at work, at my community of faith, everywhere!

Ways to make it better...

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

Make CIO more visible. Before I became involved with CIO in 2010, I had never heard of it!!

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

in the years I worked as a policy director and education strategy coordinator for then Portland City Commissioner and now Mayor, our work with CIO not only helped inform us on an array of concerns, we worked together to solve community problems. We turned to CIO to bring together representatives from many communities too often not "at the table" to make decisions and develop policies to ensure we all work together. They are a very effective organization with strong and wise leadership. I greatly respect the work of CIO. They are continuing to build relationships which ensure that including underrepresented communities becomes the norm. The issues I worked most directly with CIO on regarded public safety and planning issues. Their participation and contributions were invaluable.

The Great!

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

Together we designed the public involvement process for the Portland Plan, our longterm planning effort. We worked hard to ensure a broad representation of our communities have genuine and accessible involvement in that planning process and outcomes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them the time and resources to continue developing. I believe they are doing it well; they have a broad base of communities represented, work to build their leaders from within as well as reaching out to new individuals or organizations. They are strong without being strident, which I found very important in working with our City leadership. They understand well the importance of when to listen and when to make sure their points are understood, when to compromise and when to stand firm.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

As a CIO volunteer, I participated to help bring the people of refugee's together because when I was there I felt that no one had a sense of working together and to be leaders..., there was a question given to everyone individually and everyone seem to have a desire to help their own ethnic background or for their own needs and I was the only one that thought that everyone needs to work as a team and help each other because that is what I learn during my childhood days and in school!!! Also my brother (SV) and I also worked with people from a diverse background to using the camera production equipment for CIO members to learn from the studio time. I had a fun time working with people from all types; in-order to do a project it takes a lot of time and a group of people to get things done!!! I also enjoy what other cultures had to share whether it was food or stories from their cultures to jokes!!! I would encourage people from all walks of life to join or participate because they will have the tools ready to help you especially if you are a refugee or immigrant that just arrived here in the United States. This is a place where you can learn about other ethnic backgrounds and get information for any question one might have or needs help with in life and support. CIO can be a place to help make dreams or visions to come alive!

The Great!

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

Listening to others on what they have to say and their concerns in life, also how to go about solving one's problem!...and to respecting others, treat others as how you would want to be treated!

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

I would try to get more young adults to participate so they can have a relation to helping the adults and vice versa, plus, I think its more fun that way...the adults could be more of a mentor and vice versa!!!

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

As a member of a minority CIO has taught how to be a global citizen within my diverse local community. Having participated in other immigrant organizations before, CIO engaged me in community work in a different way. Most organizations I had participated with before have a reactive approach to meet their goals; CIO,in turn, has a proactive approach to making systemic change in favor of a more just and equitable society from the bottom up...

The Great!

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

The way it made me feel integrated into society as well as the way it empowered me to participate in the community creating positive change

Ways to make it better...

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

Find ways to get a stable income stream to sustain all the programs, working on this at this very moment

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

This organization literally changed my life. Before my involvement with The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), I had been in the United States for almost 50 years and never felt like I belonged here. My previous attempts to get involved in civic life were met with being shut down, feeling isolated and ignored; no matter what I tried, I essentially came away with either no influence, or feeling invisible. So I stopped trying and continued to feel like I had no voice in this city or state, let alone America.

But then I was fortunate in being chosen to participate in the leadership program for first generation immigrants & refugees (Pan-Immigrant Leadership & Organizing Training or PILOT). Through this program, I learned the basics of how our city government worked, skills for effective public speaking and organizing, and so, so much more! Through this program, I found my voice and learned how to affect change. Before my year of PILOT training ended, I finally started growing roots in this country and was empowered to create change for the better in my community.

Now I am board member for this incredible organization that has touched so many lives in a very positive way.

The Great!

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

the difference of my before and after CIO's PILOT program. I went from being a very uninvolved member of my community to a very active and proactive community member. Since graduating from PILOT, I had joined a few city committees (Vision Into Action, Portland Plan, ONI Budget Advisory Committee), and I am currently board president of CIO.

Ways to make it better...

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

find more diverse funding streams for a solid and sustainable future. The board is currently embarking on this now.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I started volunteering with CIO in 2004 because I was impressed by the passion and intellect of the director and his small but committed staff. I am so proud to say I have been such a long-time volunteer and have had the privilege to watch this member-driven organization blossom from a heartfelt set of ideas to a widely and highly respected and influential organization in Portland. City leaders have been wise to take notice of the effective grassroots organizing accomplished by CIO, and the accolades various members have received for their community leadership and have been well-earned. Many thanks to CIO for helping to nurture and create leaders among the many ethnic groups in Portland, and most especially for empowering the everyday people to believe in themselves and take action for the causes they believe in. Thank you so much CIO!!

The Great!

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

The PILOT training, part of the City of Portland's Diversity and Civic Leadership Program.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it lots of many so its impact could grow!

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Thanks to CIO I was able to learn about the system of government in US , my rights and responsibliities as a citizen and above all learned to appreicate and embrasse diversity.

The Great!

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

2006 WHILE I WAS DOING MY INTERNSHIP AS A GRAUATE STUDENT.

Ways to make it better...

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

CREATE A SCHEME THAT HELPS TO GENERATE INCOME FOR THE ORGANIZATION SO THAT PROGRAMS WOULD CONTINUE BEING DELIVERED WITH OUT STOPPING FOR THE LACK OF FUNDING.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Empowers members of under-represented and often marginalized communities to interact and communicate with civic authorities in constructive ways that improve the understanding of the issues among all participants without undue animosity. Invaluable asset to newcomers looking to develop the skills to better integrate into and work productively with the mainstream.

The Great!

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

Observing and participating in their civic engagement activities as well as other multi-cultural outreach and engagement work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Greater visibility among mainstream community, stronger funding resources.

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