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Unite Oregon

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Causes: Civil Rights, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Intergroup & Race Relations, Leadership Development, Race

Mission: Unite Oregon (formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing and Oregon Action) Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.

Results: In addition to winning a number of social justice initiatives in local cities and counties, Unite Oregon has been a lead organization or partner on many successful state policy campaigns over the past several legislative sessions, including ending profiling by law enforcement, improving English Language Learner (ELL) programs, earning paid sick days for Oregon employees, raising the minimum wage, securing basic health, and more (visitwww.uniteoregon.org/policy_advocacy for recent successes).

Target demographics: immigrants, refugees, people of color, low-income families, and rural community members.

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of Oregonians, who together advocate for just policies that will improve the lives of of immigrants, refugees, people of color, rural community members, and low-income families.

Geographic areas served: Oregon

Programs: Our programs, when combined, catalyze systemic change. Civic Engagement—Unite Oregon’s civic engagement programs provide pathways for community members to participate in democratic processes, serve as leaders on boards and commissions, and engage in the issues that matter most to them. Policy Advocacy—Unite Oregon advocates for policy changes at the local, state, and national levels that increase equity and reduce disparities experienced by immigrants, refugees, people of color, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty. Intergenerational Leadership Development—Unite Oregon develops new leaders through signature leadership development programs, through strategic trainings, and through on-the-ground leadership positions within our issue campaigns. Community Organizing—Unite Oregon assists our members in building the organizing skills necessary to impact policies that affect them and to work collaboratively, mobilizing diverse constituencies.

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Sophia K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an important organization that has touched the lives of so many, including my family's. I feel at home at every event and I know I'm making great changes in our country when I get involved with Unite Oregon.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Trying to support people who are immigrants. It's giving all contacts to start knowing things in Beaverton, OR USA.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Amanda Manjarrez
Advocacy Director
Coalition of Communities of Color

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unite Oregon crosses the urban-rural divide, bringing people together to advance programs and policies that uplift all struggling communities. It's an organization with a unique intercultural model, led by the people most impacted.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Liwaa M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unite Oregon is a unique non-profit in Oregon both with their mission and service area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unite Oregon embodies what our country is becoming -- an increasingly diverse and global place ‐‐ and leads the field in cross‐cultural approach to movement building.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unite Oregon is a values-driven intercultural organization with a strong racial and gender justice analysis that uses community organizing strategies to move its work. It's talented leaders, staff, and members are a powerful voice for justice in the state.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unite Oregon is the perfect example of community coming together to solve problems for *all* Oregonians. UO understands that when some of us are oppressed, all of us are oppressed; so it works statewide toward dismantling barriers to access for immigrants, refugees, people of color, women, low-income families, rural populations, and other groups that have been pushed aside and disenfranchised for way too long. I am proud and honored to be counted among its members.