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July 12, 2012

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July 12, 2012

As student want to learn about becoming a leader in community. Ran across many organization and to reach my goal. Most had plan that did not fit me and saw they had different goal. but i had to look back in 5th grade and remember a person name by Kayse Jama that was help Somali youth in Portland through summer camp so many of stay out trouble and help remember what we learn in school. His start pop out by how is a good guy. and ran to someone that was start nonprofit to help Somali youth in Oregon to become leaders in the community so i went some of the meeting and start to get involve. That we was getting help by center for intercultural Organizing with advice and how to run a great non profit and giving us a space to hold our meeting and much more. Help our first fundraising event. so i was like people are life savers and then i want to do more in social Justice and i tag on with them on there lobbying day and alot about my rights and saw how that we need to do more in social justice and i volunteer and sign up for (Pilot) - Pan- Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training and become graduate of 2011-2012 programs and Oregon is growing with immigrant and center for intercultural organizing is helping change to share voice of rights and social Justice.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 12, 2012

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July 12, 2012

I really enjoy working at CIO because I feel that I am able to apply my theoretical knowledge and education in an meaningful way, impacting individuals and groups who need support and advocacy. I am amazed at CIO's connectivity to the immigrant and refugee population in Portland, as well as its connections to other social justice organizations in the area.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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July 12, 2012

I am a high schooler interested in social justice and public policy. Volunteering for CIO allowed me to reach out and help my community in fun and interesting ways. It was an incredible experience.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 18, 2011

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

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

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

As a volunteer and meeting other members and employees.

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

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 27, 2011

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

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 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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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Review from Guidestar
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!!

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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!!

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