Our mission is to empower all volunteers serving refugees and immigrants by providing information, support and communication
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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“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.