I have had nothing but positive experiences with Unite. They have been REALLY important in that they organize MANY events for the community to stand in solidarity with marginalized communities. If Unite weren't around I'm not sure who would be there to pick up the slack...
I have met some of the warmest, kindest people by volunteering with this nonprofit. I love and share their values of inclusiveness, kindness and cooperation, thereby building the kind of supportive, open, dynamic community we all desire to live within.
My introduction to Unite Oregon was through a City-funded “Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development” (BOLD) Program. The program was organized by Unite Oregon and I was one of the participants in the program. Two key Unite Oregon leaders were Cristina and Yanely and what struck me most about them was their positive energy and their dedication to our success. They worked to assist us in many ways and through their support and respect; participants felt safe and comfortable to share their stories. Plus, everyone worked together on assignments. Later, I had a chance to meet other Unite Oregon members and they all projected the same positivity. As a result, once the BOLD course was completed, I decided to get more involved by becoming a volunteer. It is important to surround oneself with people who are passionate about what they are doing and who care about others.
Wonderful!! Fighting for social justice is no easy feat and UO does it all the time!
Unite Oregon helped me make major steps toward becoming a better activist. On a whim, I volunteered to help with a first-in-the-nation program to register naturalized American citizens as voters, before they even left the ceremony. This led to projects where I created a training brochure for the voter program, and helped find English language classes for Nepali speakers. This experience showed me how I can make a difference in my community, which translated well when I became involved in programs helping to fight hunger. Without Unite Oregon, I would not be the activist I am today. http://vimeo.com/84440579
I ❤️ Unite Oregon. I was in their pilot program and it was the most beneficial program I have taken. Not only is the organization fighting for all people rights they have an amazing group of staff that truly care about the work that they do and they care about you.
Trying to support people who are immigrants. It's giving all contacts to start knowing things in Beaverton, OR USA.
I've been interning with Unite Oregon ever since July and I find that the work they do for our community is so essential to the forgotten voices in our neighborhoods. They truly do speak for immigrants and refugees and people of color in Oregon. Though they are a smaller group, the people are hardworking and genuinely good willed. They are respectful to each other, myself, and most importantly, to the people they help and represent.
Unite Oregon led the field on passing important legislation to advance racial justice in Oregon! This year we collaborated to pass House 2355, a bill to end profiling and provide adequate resources to train law enforcement officers across the state. It was incredibly inspiring to work with such a passionate group of community leaders.
Coalition of Communities of Color
Unite Oregon is a gem of an organization that organizes and empowers immigrant and refugee communities, as well as communities of color, across the state. Without the great work that this organization has accomplished over the years, Oregon would certainly be a less just and welcoming place. I feel honored that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from the incredible people that drive Unite Oregon. During my time there, they trained amazing young leaders, helped defeat a hateful anti-immigrant ballot measure, combated racial profiling, and mobilized countless numbers of individuals in Oregon. Moreover, they taught me how, as a white woman, to understand my privilege and act as an effective ally so that those most impacted can lead. Now more than ever, the work of Unite Oregon is crucial to guiding our country in the right direction - away from divisiveness and hate, and towards a truly inclusive and fair society.
Love the work the do to support POC organizing. Their advocacy work in Salem has paid off, and I know they will continue to fight for a more just and equitable Oregon.
Great place, teaches you a lot about self worth and attaining knowledge to help better your community in ways you didn't think were possible. Unite Oregon impacts the community drastically and i appreciate the work they do!
Passing new laws against police profiling; suing the president to keep immigrant and refugee families safe in their homes; helping create a rapid response network supporting hate crime victims in Southern Oregon; creating leadership programs for whole communities -- especially kids -- this is an organization that has already changed the course of Oregon history.
Unite Oregon is a great organization to volunteer. Their work empowering voices of the immigrant and refugee community is especially important today considering the divided times we live in. Through volunteer advocacy and campaign work at UO I felt like I really made a difference in the community. As an ally I still consider myself as "outsider" to immigrant communities but at unite Oregon I felt unequivocally welcomed and appreciated.
I'm an undergraduate university student completing my senior practicum with Unite Oregon. As my practicum/internship has progressed, I have come to have a better understanding of the importance of the work that Unite Oregon does -- and the amazing, dedicated group of people behind it.
Unite Oregon is committed to the communities it works with and for, and highlights intersectionality especially where race, ethnicity, culture, migration story, gender, sexual orientation, and language are concerned. In a time and place where social and political rhetoric perpetuate hate, racial stereotypes, and vilify immigrants and refugees, Unite Oregon has and is carving out an inclusive space where people from many different backgrounds are comfortable coming to and connecting with others, whether that is through established programs like PILOT and BUILD, teach-ins and community events, or simply through stopping by the space.
Unite Oregon consists of an inclusive space, staff, volunteer and community base that I feel comfortable engaging with as a queer woman of color navigating academia and the world around me. I have been able to engage in supportive and informative dialogue about the ways that people exist and resist in the personal and political spheres as well as ways to engage in the community/social activism that Unite Oregon supports.
I cam to US as Applicant for Asylum from iraq a year ago,; The 1st Org. Wellcomed me was this Org. And they make me feel home and confirmed always they will keep commited to support all people regardless their color, geneder or any other parameter; then they support me to be an organizer and leader to the community through BOLD program and take recently to advance level of trainig through PILOT program
Unite Oregon has truly advocated for Oregonians state-wide - their recent efforts to get a transit levy passed in the Rogue Valley has helped ensure that people have better access to work, education and can further be in charge of their own futures! Thank you Unite Oregon!
Unite Oregon has led the effort for equity for people of color, immigrants, refugees and ALL Oregonians. They are an effective, heart-based organization that continues to inspire all those who are able to work with them. Their ability to bridge the gap between communities often left out of the conversation and the civic and policy decisions that impact our lives sets a high bar.