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Digest for December 30, 2008

Digest Contents:

Spark: Revoluntionary New Science of Excercise and The Brain
Helping Your Aging Parent
Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
Coffee & Community Conversation Night
School and Community Facility Policy Summit, Salem 1/21
New Years Resolution: Fight Cancer and Spread Hope!
re-evaluate, re-energize and renew your life and career
Working Together Through Challenging Times
FREE Quantum-Touch Lect/Demo
AmeriCorps position with SOLV - Restoration Outreach Coordinator
Mentor Match Case Manager
Help Support Portland's Youth
Stream Team Program Associate
Pencils needed for school children in Tanzania!
5 Minute Survey for Education - Emerald Charter School Support
Faith Based Grant Writing Consortium
Using the www.idealist.org Website To Your Advantage
Talking About Retirement with Your Spouse or Partner
Register now, Nonprofit Courses, Spread the word!
Volunteerism & Volunteer Management Course at Portland State
Introduction to Shamanic Healing & Empowerment
Mentor Eastern European Youth
Volunteer for T-Shirt Rolling
Zenger Farm Education Volunteer Training

Events

Spark: Revoluntionary New Science of Excercise and The Brain

The following Life by Design NW course is offered through the Community Education Department at Portland Community College.

Spark: Revoluntionary New Science of Excercise and the Brain CRN# 15421

Join a Life by Design led lively discussion of John Ratey's revoluntionary book on the scientific effect of excercise and the brain. This book is likely to change what you have always thought about excercise. Please read the book in advance.

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Helping Your Aging Parent

The following is a lunchtime series sponsored by Multnomah County Library, a partner with Life by Design NW

**Combining Work and Care for an Aging Parent: Effects on Health, Well-Being and Work

When: Wednesday, January 14th Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Where: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue

Tuition: Free

RSVP: Not required, for more information please contact (503) 988-5123

**Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

When: Wednesday, January 21st

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Where: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue

Tuition: Free

RSVP: Not required, for more information please contact (503) 988-5123

**You and Your Aging Parents: Practical Tools to Address Their Changing Needs

When: Wednesday, January 28th

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Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

The following is a lunchtime series sponsored by Portland Community College

It's All About People - Really, When: Thursday, January 15th, Time: 12:00-1:00pm, Where: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Tuition: Free, RSVP: Not required, for more information please contact (503) 988-5123

The Bull's-Eye Resume:Hitting the Mark, When: Thursday, January 22nd, Time: 12:00-1:00pm, Where: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Tuition: Free, RSVP: Not required, for more information please contact (503) 988-5123

Seven Practices for the Chronically Nice, When: Thursday, January 29th, Time: 12:00-1:00pm, Where: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Tuition: Free, RSVP: Not required, for more information please contact (503) 988-5123

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Coffee & Community Conversation Night

Our January Coffee & Community Conversation is a follow-up gathering to our community-wide exploration of Positive Aging. In November 2008, Marylhurst University was the local host site for the 2nd Annual Positive Aging Conference. This conference shared important tools and resources exploring purpose, meaning and vitality in the second half of life.

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School and Community Facility Policy Summit, Salem 1/21

Get to Bonds, Ballots, and Buildings a 1/2 Day Early for...

School and Community Facility Policy Summit Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 1-7 pm Salem Conference Center

Help Shape Oregon’s School Facility Funding Policies

Summit will include Panels and Discussion on Siting, Life Cycle, and Shared Use: • Update on President-Elect Obama’s Economic Stimulus Package for School Facilities • Alternative Financing Methods and Partnerships • Declaring schools as Infrastructure • Hows, Whys, and Savings of Shared Use • Implementing Safe Routes to School and Transportation Efficiencies • Rehabbing for the Next 30 Years and Building New for 50-100 Years

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New Years Resolution: Fight Cancer and Spread Hope!

Is your New Years Resolution to volunteer more? The American Cancer Society Daffodil Days is sharing the Gift of Hope this Spring. Help us to fund cancer research, education, advocacy and local patient service programs! Join us for one of the following events to learn how you can help.

What: Daffodil Days Happy Hour Hope Fest, When: January 6, 2009, 5 - 7 p.m., Where: The Melting Pot, Corner of SW 6th & Main, Portland, OR 97204, Why: Dip into the complimentary fondue, grab a drink, listen to a short presentation and network with professionals who are dedicated to eliminating cancer.

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re-evaluate, re-energize and renew your life and career

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Special Program Offered through Life by Design NW

Facilitated by Carol Vecchio, Founder and Director, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal Seattle, Washington

Feeling tired, stuck or burned out in your job or life? Considering making a change, but not sure what’s next? Want to start 2009 with a fresh resolve and conscious intention? Facing important transitions and unsure how to navigate change and loss? Out of work (or will be) and feeling overwhelmed?

Then join us on for a premiere workshop, never before offered in Portland, at a special price just for Life by Design NW friends and colleagues.

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Working Together Through Challenging Times

“What are the benefits of building relationships with my neighbors?”

“What can we do to support each other?”

Please join us for a Community Conversation to explore these questions and discuss ways we can support and encourage one another to benefit the community as a whole. Light meal provided.

Saturday, January 10th from 11:00am-1:30pm

Central Library U.S. Bank Room 801 SW 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97205

Free and open to anyone. Free childcare, transportation, and interpretation upon request.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by January 5th to 503.546.7499 or [email protected]

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FREE Quantum-Touch Lect/Demo

Join Judie Maron for a Free talk with discussion and demonstration of this profoundly effective and elegant hands-on healing technique.

Topics to be discussed: History and Theory of Quantum-Touch; Success stories; Background on Richard Gordon, QT founder; and a Question and Answer period.

Dates and Locations in January/February:  January 7th at Fat Straw, 4258 SE Hawthorne, Portland 97215;  January 14th at Muddy Waters Coffeehouse, 2908 SE Belmont, Portland, 97214; February 4th at The Guiding Tree, 4831 SE Division Street, Portland, 97206

Time: 7 to 8:30pm

RSVP Requested as space is limited

Contact: Judie Maron at 503-288-8369 or [email protected]

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Jobs & Internships

AmeriCorps position with SOLV - Restoration Outreach Coordinator

Come join a dynamic 6 member field team through Northwest Service Academy! Sponsored by SOLV, the Restoration Project Team will work with SOLV staff, volunteers, students, and restoration experts to foster stewardship in the community.

AmeriCorps Position Description Position Title: Restoration Outreach Coordinator

Project Sponsor: SOLV (http://www.solv.org)

NWSA Mission: This position is in partnership with the Northwest Service Academy (NWSA), an AmeriCorps program of ESD112. NWSA's mission is: To preserve and restore the natural environment, and to develop community leaders through service and community partnerships. www.nwserviceacademy.org

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Information

organization:Powerhouse Mentoring Program
position summary:

Mentor Match Case Manager, .5 FTE; match and support adult volunteer mentors with 13-21 year-olds in foster care; work w/community partners & related service providers. Experience in counseling, social work, training, and/or volunteer management. Computer skills necessary, particularly Excel, Access and web-based applications. Strong interpersonal skills, including both verbal and written. Ability to flex schedule; some evening and weekend work along with occasional need to flex during work week. BA/BS req’d, Masters pref. $15,000/yr salary; pro-rated benefits incl medical and 403b retirement plan. For full positions description go to www.powerhouseprogram.org. Please transmit cover letter and resume via email to: [email protected] Closes Jan. 5, 2008 at 5 PM.

Salary / Pay Rate:$15,000 annually .5 FTE

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Help Support Portland's Youth

Your compassion and commitment are all it takes to make a difference in a child’s life.

Experience the rewards of foster parenting! Help support Portland’s youth by opening up your home and heart to a foster child. Share your ability to guide, nurture and care for teens who need strong role models. The rewards are many. Foster parenting provides a way to give back to your community by supporting youth who are facing complex challenges. You’ll be making a connection, providing stability and encouraging youth to build upon their strengths. Our team-oriented approach includes a 24 hour support staff, innovative training and a generous monthly stipend.

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Stream Team Program Associate

The Stream Team started in 1992 and has grown to a regionally recognized voluntary environmental restoration effort of Clark Public Utilities. Annually over 800 volunteers plant trees, monitor local water quality, manage non-native plants and provide environmental outreach to protect local water quality and quantity.

The Stream Team Program Associate will assist the Stream Team Coordinator in developing high quality, on-the-ground restoration and outreach activities in the Salmon Creek and East Fork of the Lewis Watersheds. These activities might include: program development, community event design and implementation, service learning development, volunteer coordination, outreach, and program evaluation and grant writing opportunities.

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Nonprofit News

Pencils needed for school children in Tanzania!

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Does your school, business, organization, or office have extra pencils?

If so, please donate them to Africa Bridge! We are collecting pencils to take to school children in rural SW Tanzania. These pencils are sorely needed by the 700+ students that live in the Masoko and Isongole Wards in the rural Mbeya Region of SW Tanzania.

Please contact Sandra at 503-699-6162 or [email protected] to make a donation. We gladly accept funds in lieu of pencils, if you would like to contribute to our cause.  The deadline to donate pencils is January 9, 2008.

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Q & A

5 Minute Survey for Education - Emerald Charter School Support

For nearly a year, a group of parents has worked to open a charter school in North/Northeast Portland, Emerald Charter School. This school will offer inquiry-based education and community-based learning with a science focus. Emerald will open in 2010 with kindergarten through third grade class levels and each year will add additional grade levels, growing to a K-8 school. As the children grow, the school will grow. We have been awarded Oregon Department of Education grants to apply for Emerald Charter School and then an additional $400,000, once the Portland Public School District approves our application to fund the school.

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Trainings

Faith Based Grant Writing Consortium

  Multnomah University and the Mission Increase Foundation are pleased to announce a meeting of the Faith Based Grant Writing Consortium to discuss trends in philanthropy and share best practices. Peer-to-peer training continues at this first quarterly meeting of 2009 with a keynote message designed for faith-based organizations of all sizes and networking time with other grant writing professionals.

TOPIC: Grant Writing on any Budget Wednesday, January 79:00a.m. - NoonMultnomah University8435 NE Glisan Street, Portland ORThis event is FREE. Light refreshments will be provided. Preregistration online is required.

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Using the www.idealist.org Website To Your Advantage

The following workshop is being offered by Life by Design NW for free at Portland Community College.

Have you heard of Idealist.org, but are not sure what it does or how to use it effectively in your life? Want to work or volunteer in the nonprofit sector, but are not sure how to use the idealist.org website to help you achieve that goal? Idealist.org is launching a new and improved website with great functionality. Come and learn from an idealist.org staff director just how to navigate it so that it can help meet your needs, whatever they may be. Besides, its fun and its free.

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Talking About Retirement with Your Spouse or Partner

The following Life by Design NW course is offered through the Community Education Department at Portland Community College.

Talking About Retirement with Your Spouse or Partner CRN# 16692 The retirement of today is vastly different than our parents. Have fun while learning strategies for talking with your spouse or partner about your dreams for life after work, creating a shared vision and tools to communicate effectively.

When: Monday, January 26th, Time: 6:30-8:30pm, Where: PCC CPWTC, 1626 SE Water Ave (Across the street from OMSI) Room 304, Tuition: $25, Fee: $5 made payable to "PCC" paid day of class, RSVP: Please call 503-731-6650 or email [email protected] to receive a registration form

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Register now, Nonprofit Courses, Spread the word!

Now that the snow has melted and the gifts have been unwrapped, please take a moment to consider taking a nonprofit-related course this term. Nonprofit-Related Courses for Winter 2009 begin the week of January 5,finals week ends March 21, 2009.

They include:

Advanced Fundraising: Major & Planned Gifts with Kevin Matheny. 6:40PM to 9:20PM on Mondays

Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations with Kay Sohl, 4:00 to 6:30PM on Tuesdays

Grantwriting with Donna Schaeffer, 4:00PM to 6:30PM on Wednesdays

Grantwriting with Michael Wells, a three-weekend intensive (6 to 9 pm on Fridays Jan 16, Feb 13, Mar 6, PLUS 9:00 AM to 5:00PM on Saturdays Jan 17, Feb 14, Mar 7

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Volunteerism & Volunteer Management Course at Portland State

Institute for Nonprofit Management Volunteerism & Volunteer Management Winter Term 2009, Thursdays 6:40 to 9:20pm, beginning Jan 8, 2009 Claudia Moorad – Adjunct Faculty

Course Description This is a general foundations as well as a practical skill-based course in volunteerism and volunteer management. It meets the needs for graduate, undergraduate, capstone, certificate students, community volunteer leaders, and persons interested in acquiring the knowledge to put into action, standards that will assist them in receiving the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration’s Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA). 

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Introduction to Shamanic Healing & Empowerment

Circle of the Living Earth presents:

INTRODUCTION TO SHAMANIC HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT

Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 6:30-9:30 p.m., NE Portland

Maybe you've heard about soul retrieval as an exceptionally effective modality for healing trauma. Maybe you've heard about shamanic journeying and wonder if you could do it. And what about guardian spirits?

Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice native to every inhabited continent on earth. In the shamanic experience, our bodies reside in ordinary reality, while our spirits live mostly here, but are capable of journeying to a parallel realm where spiritual help and perspective is available.

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Volunteering

Mentor Eastern European Youth

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Volunteer for T-Shirt Rolling

T-Shirt Rolling at Classroom Law Project!

Hundreds of t-shirts need to be rolled and tied with ribbon...these will be given to student participants of the We the People competition in late January.

T-Shirt Rolling! will be on Saturday, January 10 from 10am to 12pm at CLP's office, 620 SW Main St., Suite 102 in Portland.

Interested? Send your name, address, phone, and email to [email protected].

-- Classroom Law Project 620 SW Main St. Suite 102 Portland, OR 97205

ph: (503) 224-4424 fx: (503) 224-1721  www.classroomlaw.org  

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Zenger Farm Education Volunteer Training

Volunteer with Zenger Farm’s Education Programs

Training coming up in February

At our two day volunteer training we will provide information on how to lead outdoor experiential education programs, discuss the fine art of behavior management and add depth and understanding to local flora and fauna and sustainable farming.

We offer two options for training:

Wednesdays: February 11th and 18th, 9:30am-12:30pm -OR- Thursdays February 12th and 19th, 9:30am to 12:30pm

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