RVO PDX is a one-stop destination to find events, resources and information on volunteer opportunities, refugee organizations, and more in the Portland region.
Our ultimate goal at RVO is to facilitate the integration of refugees into our culture. We are doing this by empowering the volunteers who will be helping in this process. We are providing an online presence that will make it easier for volunteers to connect with volunteer opportunities, find available resources, be current on refugee related events and get advice and direction from seasoned volunteers.
Our online presence creates a community of both organizations and volunteers who will be able to connect through this website. RVO is not associated with any one organization. Instead it seeks to integrate information from all organizations.
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News & Noteworthy
After 32 years of introducing people to the positive music and culture of Ghana, the Obo Addy Legacy Project (OALP) will be closing.
On August 9th and 10th, our office will have its open house to the public and our community members. Everyone is welcome to come take a look, tour the new offices, and visit the Founders Wall.
Help Catholic Charities raise $2500 to host summer school for children from refugee families.
The Refugee Center Online brings us US Senator Ron Wyden’s immigrant story
"Pass the Mic" is Portland Meet Portland's first annual week-long Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp! The Music Camp will culminate with a LIVE community performance of the youth. This camp will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to the 20 youth we’ll include and to the concert goers.
Refugee Center Online invites you to buy a tee shirt for World Refugee Day coming up June 20th to let refugees around you know they are welcome.
“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
In the next decades, we will be experiencing a staggering number of refugees driven from their homes by climate change. One recent study done at Cornell University predicts as many as 1.4 billion refugees by 2060 in a worst case scenario. RVO emerged out of a desire to integrate the refugee resettlement community so as to provide a more organized response to the unprecedented number of refugees who will need to be helped in the future.
Oregon is the first RVO online community. Additional online communities will be added where there is interest. Let us know if you would like to join our network and have your city create a site like this.
This community was started at the end of 2017. New resources are continually being added. Please contact us, if you are aware of a resource that we don't have listed.