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Digest for June 16, 2009

Digest Contents:

Movies and Meaning Group "The Garden"
Sierra Club Third Thursday: Water Issues and Cascade Locks
School & Office Furniture - 100's of Student Desks - Available
"Get the Facts"
Cap-and-Trade: Can it Work? With Rep. Peter DeFazio
Day Labor Center Celebration: First Year Anniversary Party!
PDX 501 Tech Club: eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Discussion
Youth Employment Program Team Leader (AmeriCorps)
Exhibit Research & Development Intern - Girls in Engineering Project
Advocacy Coordinator
Need Pro-Bono Consulting? Apply by July 31
NAYA Family Center Accepting Education IDA Applications
Learn to Build Your Own Cob Cabin - just a few spaces left!
A Cross-Cultural Earthen Building Workshop
Understanding the new 990: Training June 25
Volunteer Teacher Positions in Tanzania
Good food, good company, AND a good cause...Mentoring!
Bilingual Volunteers Needed! Explorando el Columbia Slough

Events

Movies and Meaning Group "The Garden"

Here is a synopsis for the movie we will be seeing this month, Thursday, June 18: "The Garden" is an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the U.S. (located in south central Los Angeles). A follow-up to Kennedy's award-winning documentary, OT:Our Town, the film shows how the politics of power and greed (backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money) tragically intersect with working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood. Equal parts The Wire and Harlan County, USA, "The Garden" exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

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Sierra Club Third Thursday: Water Issues and Cascade Locks

The Columbia Group of the Sierra Club is proud to present an our Third Thursday Program night, this month featuring a presentation on the proposed Cascade Locks water bottling plant. Featured guest this month, Food & Water Watch is a national non-profit that works to ensure clean water by challenging corporate control and abuse of our water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness. They are helping take on corporate giant Nestle in Cascade Locks, OR, in the interest of protecting water quality and lowering our environmental impact.

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School & Office Furniture - 100's of Student Desks - Available

Tigard-Tualatin School District Garage Sale - Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tigard-Tualatin School District is clearing out the warehouse inventory. This is a perfect opportunity for private/charter schools, training organizations, offices and other non-profit organizations to obtain great furniture at an amazing price.

Used items for sale: hundreds of student desks and chairs

tables

shelves

office desks and chairs

pianos

and more.

View photos by visiting:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157619777697918/detail/  

Location:

Old Tualatin Elementary School

19945 SW Boones Ferry Rd

Tualatin, OR 97062

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"Get the Facts"

The Community Housing Resource Center will be holding a free homebuyer orientation on Wednesday, June 17th, from 6-7:30PM at the Center.  This workshop will outline the steps to homeownership and the services provided by the Center.  For information, contact Kevin Gillette, Program Manager, at 360-690-4496 X101 or [email protected].  

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Cap-and-Trade: Can it Work? With Rep. Peter DeFazio

Cap-and-trade system provides economic incentives to control pollution. Government sets a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and then issues program participants – companies and organizations who may or may not be polluters themselves – permits to pollute up to a certain amount. Companies that exceed their cap can then purchase, i.e. “trade,” credits from those who pollute less. On June 19, City Club welcomes Congressman Peter DeFazio who will discuss his concerns with proposals for a national cap-and-trade system.

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Day Labor Center Celebration: First Year Anniversary Party!

Come celebrate the First Year Anniversary of the Portland Day Labor Center this FRIDAY, JUNE 19th!

Get a Sneak Peak of our new documentary, JORNALEROS! Enjoy live music played by members of the day laborer community! Hear about this year's successes and the current challenges facing the Portland day labor community! Bid on FABULOUS silent auction items! Snack on appetizers, grab a drink, and dance the night away! There will be a sliding door charge of $10 to $15, and the proceeds will all go directly to the center.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Center for Intercultural Organizing -- 700 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217

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PDX 501 Tech Club: eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Discussion

WHEN: Thursday, June 25th, 2009 5:30pm - 7:30pm

WHERE: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, Oregon 97214

Ever wonder how your email list stacks up against other nonprofits?

M+R Strategic Services and NTEN released a new eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2009 (Download the report at http://www.e-benchmarksstudy.com/2009.html). We've analyzed online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 32 leading nonprofit organizations to provide you with reliable new data, answering questions like:

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Jobs & Internships

Youth Employment Program Team Leader (AmeriCorps)

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Project Location: 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661

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Information

organization:Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
position summary:

OMSI is submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation to create an exhibit on engineering for natural disasters. The exhibit and programming will be specifically focused on attracting girls to engineering. The Exhibit Research & Development intern supports this project by conducting a literature review, contacting potential participants, and working with a local girls’ organization to conduct front-end research. The intern will also be invited to participate in other proposal and exhibit projects as time allows.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Help to prepare for, implement, and analyze a one-day event at OMSI for girls ages 9-13 • Read and synthesize literature • Analyze and summarize research • Network in the local and national community

Salary / Pay Rate:Unpaid

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Advocacy Coordinator

Full-Time, Exempt

Scope of Position: Provides staff support to the Elders in Action 31 volunteer member Commission. Coordinates the engagement of volunteers in advising the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, Maintains liaison relationships with public officials, elders within the community, other agencies and the public. Facilitates work of volunteer to successfully help the City of Portland and Multnomah County create a livable community where older adults may live safely and independently in living situations of their choice.

Partial Examples of Work:

Facilitates goal setting and work plan development and coordinates and evaluates project activities for the Elders in Action Commission.

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Nonprofit News

Need Pro-Bono Consulting? Apply by July 31

The Community Consulting Program (CCP) is an outreach effort sponsored by the Organizational Development Network of Oregon and provides pro-bono consulting services to Portland area public benefit non-profits. CCP is accepting applications through July 31st for our Fall Round of consulting assistance. For more information, client testimonials, and to download the application, go to the ODN Oregon homepage and click the CCP link on the left side: www.ODNoregon.org

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NAYA Family Center Accepting Education IDA Applications

Please note that NAYA Family Center is currently accepting IDA applications for post secondary education. If you need an application mailed to you, please contact Irena Solomon, IDA Intake Specialist, at 503-288-8177 ext. 280 or [email protected]. Our Individual Development Accounts (IDA) is a 3:1 matched savings program for clients currently attending or planning to attend an accredited post secondary education program. This includes vocational training programs as well. Clients save a maximum of $740 and we match it by 3 for a total of $2,960 that can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, computers, etc.Please note that you must income qualify for this program (80% or below MFI based on household).

Thank you,

Deanne Grant

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Q & A

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Trainings

Learn to Build Your Own Cob Cabin - just a few spaces left!

- Earthen building for a better tomorrow- Local and International WorkshopsSee this year's workshop schedule at: WWW.EARTHENHAND.COM Gain skills you can use to create yourdream home inexpensively with naturaland reused materials in ecologicallyintelligent ways. (This photo courtesy of Kindra Welch www.claysandstraw.com) WORKSHOP 1:Foundations & Walls - Earthbag & CobMay 22-25 (Memorial day weekend)

WORKSHOP 2: Walls, Windows & Loft - Earthbag & Cob Offered twice: May 30-31 & June 20-21 (Solstice)  

WORKSHOP 3: Earthen Fireplaces & Earthen Plasters, June 27-28

WORKSHOP 4: Eco-roofs & Earthen Floors, July 18-19

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A Cross-Cultural Earthen Building Workshop

Workshop HighlightsJanuary 9th - 25th, 2010Dogon Country, MaliWe will be surrounded by learning opportunities throughout our stay. The workshop will be a muti-lingual event with translation between French, English, and Dogon. Lectures and instruction will include:Dome construction Rubble trench foundations Earth Bag construction Cob construction Stone masonryDogon culture and societyDrylands permacultureDogon graineriesDogon Adobe brick constructionSign-up today atwww.earthenhand.com

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Understanding the new 990: Training June 25

If you haven't already completed yours, or if you want more information for next year, start here. The 990 is the one document most nonprofits have to complete annually, and it’s changed dramatically.

When: Thursday, June 25th. 11:30-2:30. Lunch provided! Where: Souk, 322 NW 6th Avenue, Suite 200 Who: All nonprofits are welcome. Presentation by Charles Gauger, attorney and CPA, moderated by Amy Pearl, Executive Director of Springboard Innovation Cost: $15

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Volunteering

Volunteer Teacher Positions in Tanzania

Make a difference in the lives of underserved children in Tanzania by teaching at Orkeeswa Secondary School. Experience life in a traditional Maasai community and explore Tanzania.

The Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) (www.ieftz.org) has an opportunity for Science and English teachers to volunteer at Orkeeswa Secondary School, located in a remote area of East Africa. We are currently looking for a Science teacher to begin immediately, and an English teacher to begin in August 2009. Email [email protected] for more information.

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Good food, good company, AND a good cause...Mentoring!

Good food, good company, AND a good cause…Mentoring!

Join Mentor Portland at Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub (on the patio) Tuesday, June 16th anytime between 6:30-8:30 pm to learn more about the most exciting and unique mentoring opportunity in Portland - all while enjoying the tasty food and great atmosphere of Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub.  We currently have a STRONG need for male mentors, but are also looking for great women too!!

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Bilingual Volunteers Needed! Explorando el Columbia Slough

Please join us as a volunteer at the eighth annual Explorando El Columbia Slough on Saturday, June 20, 2009!  This bilingual family environmental festival celebrates nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough.  Explorando offers events and activities for all ages in Spanish and English.  We are especially in need of bilingual volunteers that can ride in the canoes and interpret English to Spanish for the canoe guides.  For this job, volunteers can choose to work from 12:30-3:15 or 2:45-5:30.  Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers throughout the day. You’ll also receive an official Explorando T-shirt to wear!

Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park 7040 NE 47th Ave Portland, OR 97218

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