About Portland RVO

What we do…

RVO exists to help volunteers in every step of the volunteering process. Descriptions along with links to all non-profits in the Portland metropolitan area serving refugees and immigrants are provided so that potential volunteers can be informed about available volunteer opportunities. RVO is operating a grant program to make videos for smaller non-profits who cannot afford to make their own. These videos showcase volunteer opportunities available at that particular non-profit.

RVO also provides a monthly orientation to the refugee resettlement community. This workshop lets you know which agencies offer particular volunteer opportunities. It also offers training on working with individuals who speak a different language than you and multicultural training. These workshops are on Saturday mornings and the sign up can be found here.

RVO provides easy access to an extensive compilation of resources. RVO manages the Portland resources for the USAHello App. The resources on this app are available in English, Arabic and Spanish. All of these resources and more are listed on this website under fifteen different categories.

RVO makes it easy for volunteers to find relevant resources for refugees from specific countries by pairing them under the category of Country Specific. RVO seeks to keep volunteers abreast of what is happening in the Portland Refugee Resettlement Community. To that end, it keeps a comprehensive event calendar. It also lists news items, job listings, volunteer opportunities and profiles of volunteers, programs and organizations. RVO reporters attend events and post pictures, videos and descriptions on social media.

Understanding our site setup...

Through this website and our corresponding social media channels (Facebook Portland group, Instagram) we aim to offer locally-available, updated posts on a wide variety of services aimed at helping both refugees & immigrants (check our General Resources or Organization page).

RVO is constantly doing outreach in the community by attending events (see some Past Events here) and sending out regular reminders to all organizations who have subscribed asking for their most current needs (check our Volunteer Opportunities page), events and requests. These are covered in our news section, or simply updated on the website in the appropriate place. RVO continually updates policies, programs and services that are important for the refugee community to be aware of.

We also hope to be an information source about the variety of peoples who arrive in our cities and the reasons behind the forced migration they are going through. This is most evident in our Country Information page found under the "I'm Looking For..." tab. Finally, we love sharing what we find about local uplifting projects and people that benefit the refugee community. Those finds are listed under the Community tab, Projects and Activism or Organization Profiles.


Meet the RVO Portland Team

(The RVO Portland team is also responsible for oversight of the entire RVO network.)

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Tricia Zigrang

Founder & PRESIDENT of the board | tricia@refvol.org
 

Tricia has lived in Portland for several decades and has enjoyed having many refugee families stay with her over the years. She saw firsthand how hard it was to find the resources needed to help her new refugee friends find the things they needed to better integrate and adapt to a new life and culture. A psychologist by training, Tricia is outgoing and loves to meet new people.

 
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Tim Cowley

FILMMAKER | TIM@REFVOL.ORG
 

Tim arrived with his family of six in Portland after 13 years living abroad in southeast Africa. As a media specialist, he assisted RVO in 2018 as a media director and currently leads the video grant project in which qualifying organizations in the area who are in need of volunteers have a promotional video created and financed by RVO.

 

Board of Directors

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Piyawee Ruenjinda

director | piyawee@refvol.org

Piyawee and her American husband moved from Bangkok, Thailand to Portland (and now live in Beaverton) in the fall of 2016. Having to navigate the healthcare insurance system after she resigned from her job and had to arrange her own insurance, she was able to empathize with her classmates at a leadership development workshop (offered by the City of Beaverton in Spring 2018) who had difficulties communicating in English. As a result, she was inspired to help and accepted an invitation to join the RVO Board early in 2019. She is looking forward to collaborating with board members and its executive director to empower volunteers who work with refugees.

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