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Digest for August 29, 2008

Digest Contents:

Cob Construction Workshop: Construct an Earthen Oven!!!
Intro to Cob Construction!!
Hands to Hearts International Celebrates International Day of Peace
Meet Carole Smith, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools
1 Space Available for Next Week - How to Be an Agent of Change
Portland Audubon Sunset Bicycle On The Willamette River Greenway
Our Ancestors, Ourselves: Healing Our Collective History--Saturday, Sept 6
Case Manager Position- Girls Residential at Boys and Girls Aid
Job Announcement - Director of Finance - Human Solutions
SUN Extended Day Coordinator at Marshall
Available Position at Neighborhood House - Center Aide OPK
Raiser's Edge Database Specialist - Friends of the Children
Utility/Energy Policy Analyst
ESL Instructional Aid (PT AmeriCorps Member)
Available Position at Neighborhood House - EOPK Admin. Coord.
SUN Extended Day Coordinator III - Sabin Elementary
OMSI Podcast: Whales, Dinosaurs and Sneezing
One Week Left to Register for Ready to Rent Instructor Training
Money Can Heal--Talk and Workshop
Embodying Gaia- A Sacred Ecological Women's Circle at Jean's Farm
Mentoring and Lunch Buddy volunteers needed

Events

Cob Construction Workshop: Construct an Earthen Oven!!!

Learn step-by-step how to construct a low-cost, wood-fired, earthen oven in a weekend, from foundation to plastering

September 13-14, 8am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday

Cost: $95 (includes lunch and refreshments both days)

For detailed course descriptions or additional information, please contact course instructor Bobby Wilcox, at [email protected] or 319-331-8787

The workshop will be held at Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR, 97266.

Also check out www.zengerfarm.org/events-and-volunteering for course flyers and further descriptions.

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Intro to Cob Construction!!

Learn techniques and philosophy of cob construction and design as we construct a cob bench from foundation to finish

September 20-21, 8am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday

Cost: $95 (includes lunch and refreshments both days)

***plus: pizza party at the end of the second workshop for the participants of the workshop using our new cob oven constructed during the previous weekend workshop!!!

For detailed course descriptions or additional information please contact course instructor Bobby Wilcox, at [email protected] or 319-331-8787

Workshop will be held at Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR, 97266

Also check out www.zengerfarm.org/events-and-volunteering to download flyers and further information.

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Hands to Hearts International Celebrates International Day of Peace

Local nonprofit Hands to Hearts International (www.handstohearts.org) will celebrate the International Day of Peace at Jamison Square in Portland on September 21st from 2-4pm.

Festivities will include a talk from child advocate Gun Denhart, a Baby Massage Demonstration, Children's Performers, a kids marching band, music, refreshments, and the Peace Heart Project, a children's art installation that creates beautiful public displays of peace through art while raising awareness for HHI's work with vulnerable children worldwide.

Event is free

2-4pm, Jamison Square, 810 NW 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon  97209

Contact Liz Kimmerly, Hands to Hearts International www.handstohearts.org

503.781.1681

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Meet Carole Smith, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools

Thursday, September 11, 11:45 am

US Bank Room, Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland

The League of Women Voters of Portland has invited Carole Smith, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, to our first general meeting. It will be a chance to get to know her as she tells us what her priorities are and how she will implement them.

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1 Space Available for Next Week - How to Be an Agent of Change

We had a last minute opening for our six-session class on How to Be an Agent of Change in Your Circle of Influence starting next Thursday, Sept. 18. Please call Emily at 503-227-2315 immediately if you would like to fill this space!

Each of us is a member of numerous circles of influence, such as a workplace, neighborhood, club or organization, school, center of faith, extended family, condominium association, etc. Each circle provides a natural arena for the work of a person who assumes the role of an agent of change to create a more sustainable culture.

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Portland Audubon Sunset Bicycle On The Willamette River Greenway

Location: Willamette River Greenway

Date: Saturday, August 30 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Description: Mike Houck will lead a flat fourteen-mile ride along the Willamette River Greenway, starting and ending at the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade.Visit South Waterfront, Willamette Park and the Butterfly Park on the river's west side and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, the Springwater Corridor-finishing just at sunset at the Eastbank Esplanade.   Register at: http://www.audubonportland.org/trips-classes-camps/adult/wic

Contact Karen Munday, [email protected], 503.292.6855 x116 Directions and other details will be emailed to registrants. 

Website: www.audubonportland.org

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Our Ancestors, Ourselves: Healing Our Collective History--Saturday, Sept 6

Saturday, September 6, 1-4 p.m. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland

Our country is blessed with an abundance of wealth and people of good will--so why do we find ourselves stuck in cycles of violence at home and abroad?

From a shamanic perspective, it is because our nation was born in suffering for most beings involved, and this traumatic legacy continues to haunt our nation and the globe.

The good news is that we can heal history!

When we heal our history, we release the gifts of our ancestors to bless the world.

We can realize a U.S. that is part of the community of nations, and one in which our wealth is not hoarded, but shared.

Join us for an uplifting afternoon of healing the past and shifting our destiny as a people!

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Jobs & Internships

Case Manager Position- Girls Residential at Boys and Girls Aid

Full time.  Dynamic individual is responsible for the case management and treatment planning of 8-9 adjudicated females living in a structured residential program.  Duties include the development and implementation of the program’s skill building components and leading girls’ development groups focusing on the following six developmental domains: physical, emotional, sexual, intellectual, relational, and spiritual.

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Job Announcement - Director of Finance - Human Solutions

Job Title:             Director of Finance

Department:               Finance

Reports To:                Executive Director

FLSA Status:              Exempt

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SUN Extended Day Coordinator at Marshall

Portland Impact is a non-profit agency helping people achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and to prevent and alleviate the effects of poverty. We are looking for a motivated individual to join our Children, Youth and Family Program in the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Initiative at Marshall in SE. SUN brings together city, county and state resources with school districts, parents and neighborhoods. 

To apply for this position please visit our website at http://www.portlandimpact.org/working.htm, where you can download our application. 

The application, your resume and cover letter can be sent to [email protected]

JOB SUMMARY:

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Available Position at Neighborhood House - Center Aide OPK

Neighborhood House, Inc.

Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program (OPK)

August 28, 2008

Center Aide: PT, 3 hours/day, 5 days, 41 weeks/yr., Start 9/2/08. 

Beginning Salary: 9.67 – 11.41/hr. 

HS diploma & experience with children and food preparation.

Responsibilities include classroom set-up and clean-up; assist with basic office work and meal service; bus monitor. 

Position requires good time-management skills; ability to follow directions; ability to interact appropriately with children & adults; ability to routinely lift 50 lbs.   

Position requires enrollment in Child Care Criminal History Registry, physical and TB test.    

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Information

organization:Friends of the Children
position summary:

Friends of the Children - Portland, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving high-risk children in our community, has a current opening for a Raiser’s Edge Database Specialist. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an organization that gives children an opportunity to realize their unique potential.

If you have two years experience with Raiser's Edge and want to be a part of an organization that is passionate about children, we would love to talk with you.

As Database Specialist you will manage and maintain the integrity of the database and take ownership to:

• Efficiently and accurately process contributions and produce donor acknowledgments.

• Input all donations, generate pledge letters and solicitations.

Salary / Pay Rate:Depends on experience, excellent benefits package.

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Information

organization:Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon
position summary:

The Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) is hiring a full-time utility and policy analyst to represent residential ratepayers in utility rate cases, and in the development of energy policy related to climate change and the environment.

CUB is an independent non-profit established under Oregon law to represent residential ratepayers before the PUC, the Legislature, Oregon Courts and other forums. Since its establishment in 1984, CUB has saved ratepayers more than $4 billion and has helped create innovative energy policy, including the Oregon Renewable Energy Standard and the establishment of the Energy Trust of Oregon.

For more information and to apply, go to www.oregoncub.org .

Salary / Pay Rate:Non-profit salary based on experience with health insurance, vacation and retirement benefits

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ESL Instructional Aid (PT AmeriCorps Member)

Make a difference and gain teaching experience!

SE Works is looking for a creative and resourceful individual to serve as the Instructional Aid for our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. The preferred candidate will have experience and/or interest in teaching English as a second language, strong organizational abilities, and excellent interpersonal communication skills. This is a part-time AmeriCorps position (approximately 12 hours per week for 10 months); this person will serve from October 2008 to August 2009.

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Available Position at Neighborhood House - EOPK Admin. Coord.

Neighborhood House

Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten August 28, 2008  

Early Head Start (EOPK) Administrative Coordinator: 

FT, BS in data mgt, acctg,   program mgt or related field & 4 years relevant experience. 

Starting pay range: 12.91 – 15.50/hr. 

Responsible for tracking systems, monitoring fiscal expenditures and report writing for 0 –3 program.  Ability to develop data collection systems, analyze information, collate information for reports, develop and monitor budgets; hire/supervise staff; train staff on computer programs. 

Needs excellent computer, organization, and writing skills.  Needs reliable personal transportation.    

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SUN Extended Day Coordinator III - Sabin Elementary

Portland Impact is a non-profit agency helping people achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and to prevent and alleviate the effects of poverty. We are looking for a motivated individual to join our Children, Youth and Family Program in the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Initiative at Sabin in NE. SUN brings together city, county and state resources with school districts, parents and neighborhoods. 

To apply for this position please visit our website at http://www.portlandimpact.org/working.htm, where you can download our application. 

The application, your resume and cover letter can be sent to [email protected]

JOB SUMMARY:

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Nonprofit News

OMSI Podcast: Whales, Dinosaurs and Sneezing

OMSI Podcast: Whales, Dinosaurs and Sneezing

Sound Science: Providing Illuminating Answers to Wonder-Filled Questions

Tune into OMSI’s podcast, Sound Science, providing illuminating answers to wonder-filled questions. This week's questions are:

Why do some whales have 2 blowholes and some have 1 blowhole?

Do whales sneeze?

Did dinosaurs sneeze?

A new edition of Sound Science is posted every Friday. The podcast is like a radio show, with host Anders Liljeholm asking OMSI educators to respond to questions from people from around the world. The interviews are approximately 5-10 minutes in length.

You can also check out past episodes for more illuminating answers to more wonder-filled questions, including:

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Q & A

There are currently no Q & A posts.

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Trainings

One Week Left to Register for Ready to Rent Instructor Training

There are still a few slots available for the Ready to Rent Instuctor Certification Training. Registration ends September 5. If your agency wants to help clients overcome rental barriers, register today.

Training will be held September 23-24, 9:00am-4:00pm and September 25, 9:00am-1:00pm. Training will be located at the Portland Housing Center, 3233 NE Sandy Blvd.

Registration fee: $350 for agencies located in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark counties. Fee includes all training materials and continental breakfast. Those located outside the Portland area please call the Ready to Rent national office at 503-891-0476 for fee information.

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Money Can Heal--Talk and Workshop

Money Can Heal Talk and Workshop

Save the Date – Training Opportunity for Non-Profit and their Supporters

How Can Money Heal Social Problems?

A talk and workshop on understanding the social effects of monetary transactions on our lives and our organizations

Free Talk -- October 2, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Workshop October 3, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ($65 registration, lunch included)

Both events held at the Oregon Museum of Contemporary Craft

724 NW Davis Street

Portland, OR  97209

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Embodying Gaia- A Sacred Ecological Women's Circle at Jean's Farm

Gather in this sacred women’s circle to awaken and deepen the intimate exchange between your body and the earth. Through a blend of breathing, creative movement, yoga, sensory expansion, land and seasonal awareness and meditation we will directly and deeply participate with the animated life and elements around us.

Dates: September 13-October 11, every Saturday, 9:30-12:00 Location: Jean's Farm, SE Portland Cost: $150 Pre-registration required, class limited to 10 students

For more information and to register contact: Megan Hubbs, 503-473-7982 [email protected]

SIGN UP TODAY! LIMITED SPACE LEFT!

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Volunteering

Mentoring and Lunch Buddy volunteers needed

We are looking for a few responsible, caring adults who can spare 1 or 2 hours a week to mentor a young person.

Volunteer opportunities are in North Portland and Southwest Portland.  

LUNCH BUDDIES:  Mentoring elementary age kids at their school during the lunch hour.                              

Eat lunch together, talk, listen and share activities. Build a supportive relationship that contributes to improved self-esteem & social skills.  

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