NAO Update: September 16, 2021
¡Feliz mes de la herencia hispana! Happy Hispanic Heritage month! The month-long period from September 15th to October 15th is designated as National Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation) and also known as Latinx Heritage Month. This time is set aside to honors the many enduring contributions of Latinx peoples to the U.S. I hope that you’ll check out the many Latinx-led and serving cultural organizations to find ways you can safely join in the celebrations and support for their work. Here are just a few to check out: Adelante Mujereos, CAPACES Leadership Institute, Oregon Latinx Leadership Network, Latino Network and Latino Community Association.
Next week, I am excited to be presenting an overview of opportunities and challenges at a one-day event produced by our friends at Columbia Bank. Take a look below and sign up for "Nonprofit Know How - Navigating a Constant State of Change." There is a great panel of speakers from across the state ready to impart wisdom and engage in discussion. I hope to see you there!
NAO Update: September 9, 2021
The beginning of September is a week of painful memories, reflection, and a chance for us all to join together, grieve, and take action to build a better future. In all of our minds is the tragic and terrible attack on America 20 years ago this Saturday. So much of the last two decades have been shaded and influenced by 9/11. This 20th Anniversary is especially poignant and raw in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the withdrawal of all U.S. troops and diplomatic presence in what can only be described as the most ignominious way. For an entire generation of Afghans that began to build and hope for the future and Americans that sacrificed so much, the last weeks and this Saturday’s anniversary is going to be especially difficult.
For communities across Oregon, this week marks the 1st anniversary of the devastating Labor Day wildfires. Even as those communities start on the long road to recovery and rebuilding, new fires threaten or have already burned (or even reburned) wild areas and structures across our state. Remembrances for the wildfires survivors have been curtailed due to concerns of the spikes in COVID cases across Oregon and the heavy load placed on hospitals.