CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL ORGANIZING

Rating: 4.89 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Race

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Being from a small town in central Washington with very little diversity and a strong migrant worker population. Being a part of CIO and attending functions that center on diversity and cultural awareness is a wonderful way for myself and my daughter to recognize and appreciate benefits to diversity and bring back to my small town new views and a greater understanding of cultural issues and help my area to all work together for change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I witnessed the development of the Center for Intercultural Organizing from seed to the thriving organization it is today. I myself am an immigrant and the challenges facing this population are close to my heart. The sense of loneliness, isolation and discouragement are real. There are very few venues for the immigrant and refugee to deal with the confusion and anxiety created by the clash with a foreign culture. CIO offers a space where multilingual and multicultural people are learning and engaging in their communal challenges. CIO believes that the people most affected by an issue should be the individuals and communities leading and advocating for solutions.
CIO is the catalyst of changes for these individuals from helplessness and confusion to integration and leadership in the struggle for social economic justice.

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

CIO has discovered a unique mode of multicultural integration that could be useful for so many other organizations. I think these knowledge needs to be harnessed in a method that can be made available for others.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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

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.

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?

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

THE SORT OF HELP THAT THE CIO GIVE TO ALL REFUGEES

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

DO NOTHING MORE THAN THEY ARE ALREADY DO

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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

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.

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