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February 8, 2011

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February 8, 2011

I've been involved with CIO for about three years as a volunteer. One thing I love about CIO is that is brings together immigrants from various communities to work for their common interests. It also educates the wider community on the realities of immigrant life and struggles. CIO is a place where people can feel comfortable sharing their stories and work together to create a civic environment that is inclusive and empowering.

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becoming educated about legislation concerning immigrant rights.

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

utilize more volunteers to relieve the burden of work.

February 8, 2011

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February 8, 2011

I have been fortunate to participate and be a part of an organization such as Center for Intercultural Organizing! Through its continuous efforts to educate members in the community, CIO continues to impress me in continually striving towards systemic change. As a proud member, I support its mission and hope to continually work with the organization to empower members of the immigrant and refugee community!

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I have been rewarded by it's top-level of training and workshops that continue to hone my passions to work toward improving access to services for the immigrant and refugee community, not only in Oregon, but also worldwide.

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

work in building partnerships with other community organizations and non-profits that are working towards the same efforts in Portland.

February 8, 2011

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February 8, 2011

I'm the member of CIO since 2009. Being in United State is tough when you don't know anyone here. I was new to the country when it came to know that CIO exist in Portland and helps diverse communities in different aspects. I talk with one of the board members and she offered me a leadership training. I’m thank full to CIO to introduce me to different people and giving me courageous to serve my community better. CIO offeres PILOT trainings to the community leaders, which is great and direct us to the political feild.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization is always gaining its power in helping diverse communities.

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I don't think it has to make any changes becouse it includes all cultures and races of people no matter where they are from.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I am constantly amazed at the work that CIO does in the community. They convene people of many cultures, races, and creeds to build personal capacity, political engagement, and to mobilize for important causes in our society. The Executive Director reflects the values of his organization well and is always on task!

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I have attended events at thier facility and in the community.

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

Have it partner with a research university to document best practices on integration and inclusion.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

As a proud member of the Center for Intercultural Organizing, I can attest to the many ways in which this organization not only empowers immigrants and refugees but also allies in the struggle for social justice. As a member-run organization, CIO is composed of and powered by ordinary folks. CIO members come from diverse cultural, ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. They are immigrants, refugees, U.S.-born citizens, workers, students, asylees, moms, dads, grandparents and, most importantly, allies in the struggle for social justice. Our members share a common belief in a multi-racial, multicultural democracy inclusive of all—and the passion to put their beliefs into action. As an ally member, I have learned in depth about the struggles immigrants and refugees face, and how to put that knowledge to work. I have attended leadership trainings, advocacy days at the municipal and state level, and really feel my participation has made a difference.

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CIO makes real change in the lives of immigrants, refugees and people of color. Recent work in the policy arena have ensured more people are covered under Oregon's health care plan and created an interpreting policy for the City of Beaverton. CIO is currently advocating to create a Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs at the state level.

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

Start an endowment for CIO, so that the organization could continue its mission years into the future.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

Hi, I'm Anya Valsamakis, CIO board member for five plus years. Why do I volunteer? My parents were very newly emmigrated from Russia to the US, when I was born. Though you would never know it if you met me (probably), finding my between-cultures identity was painful. I became a social worker and for years worked with refugee and immigrant families, developing programs and helping find jobs. Though social services are very important in the early resettlement years, what immigrants need for the long term is civic education, a voice here, and to have their very great contibutions seen and counted. CIO is a vibrant, flexible organization, driven by values of equity and social justice. We believe that a, " diverse, grassroots, multiracial, multicul;tural movement of immigrants and refugees"can help make Portland a better place to live and serve as a model of unity for the rest of the country. I love being part of CIO, find my community service gives back over and over. One example why I find it meaningful: at our last board meeting about 40 Somali youth came to CIO for their own organizing meeting, to launch their own youth centered non-profit. Seeing their faces and hearing their excited voices, switching between Somali and English, I felt tremendous pride that CIO empowers people to engage in this great country that belongs to all of us.

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

The RISE workshop- Refugee and Immigrant Solidarity Education. This workshop is an educational experience for allies who want to understand the historical forces that shape immigration policy. I learned how to better advocate on behalf of immigrant issues.

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

Enlarge the staff size and increase funding so that more work could be accomplished. Let more people know about the mission and the dedicated staff, boars and members at CIO.

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