Resources

Civil Rights and Defense Groups/ Derechos Civiles y Grupos de Defensa:

CIVIL LIBERTIES DEFENSE CENTER

Civil Liberties Defense Center’s mission focuses on defending and upholding civil liberties through education, outreach, litigation, and legal support and assistance. CLDC strives to preserve the strength and vitality of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. and state constitutions, as well as to protect freedom of expression. CLDC’s projects educate people about their rights and why their rights are important.

MULTCO.US

The Citizen Involvement Committee of Multnomah County believes residents should have a strong voice in decision making in the county. You are encouraged to express your opinions on the issues and engage civically in the county.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA (NCLR)

To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

Education/ Educacion:

DOWNTOWN LANGUAGES

Downtown Languages offers a range of free and low-cost educational programs for adult immigrants and their families. DTL’s core programs are basic English as a second language (ESL); U.S. citizenship and civics; bilingual computer skills; and literacy/adult basic education in Spanish. Their courses specifically address the gaps that the school districts and community colleges cannot or are ill-suited to address.

LA MANO AMIGA

Our website includes more than 350 indexed articles from La Mano Amiga Magazine, an evergreen publication written in Spanish at low-literacy levels for Spanish-reliant Latinos. You can print out articles, or even complete issues, and distribute them to your clients, or you can direct Spanish speakers to our Spanish web pages where they can research topics for themselves.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS (NALEO)

NALEO provides members and interested individuals with information about our community, enhancing the leadership skills of Latino elected and appointed officials, and policy information on political empowerment issues.

NATIONAL HISPANIC PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

The NHPO is a networking, non-profit, membership-based organization that provides a myriad of educational seminars and professional development training to foster and promote self-improvement, professional advancement and personal achievement.

Family and Housing/ Familias y Hogares:

HACSA, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY OF LANE COUNTY

The Housing And Community Services Agency of Lane County, commonly known as HACSA, is the public housing authority for the city of Eugene, the city of Springfield, and Lane County.  HACSA’s primary mission is to provide affordable, decent, safe and sanitary housing to low and moderate income families and households.

OREGON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Oregon Housing and Community Services is Oregon’s housing finance agency, providing financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of lower and moderate income.

VINCENT DE PAUL

St. Vincent de Paul helps over 84,000 individuals and families each year. They are committed to providing comprehensive programs to alleviate poverty and to help all individuals to find a path out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. They have multiple programs including the Home of your Own Program, “a self-help home-ownership opportunity.” In partnership with the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, the USDA and Adair Homes, St.Vincent de Paul is helping reduced-income families build their dream home in Lowell. They are looking for applicants whose annual household income is under about $60,000. Program Benefits As low as 1% Interest Rates with USDA subsidy No Down Payment required & 100% Financing Available Sweat Equity Home-ownership Training Program Affordable monthly payments tailored to fit your budget Please contact St. Vincent de Paul for more information about this and other housing programs at (541) 687-5820 or click on this link http://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/affordable-housing/home-of-your-own-program/

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Parenting Now is a local non-profit dedicated to providing education and support to families with young children. They’ve published a guide of Resources for families in the Eugene/ Springfield area that includes everything from food and housing, to medical and recreational contacts in the area. The guide is available in both Spanish and English.

Government Department/ Departamentos del Gobierno:.

EUGENE CHAMBER LATINO BUSINESS NETWORK, EUGENE OREGON

The network was created to support the growth and success of the growing segment of new Latino business owners and managers in the Eugene/Springfield area. Once a month the Chamber Latino Business Network (LBN) has a meeting that offers customized programming geared toward the needs and interests of Latino business leaders. The LBN is also a place where Latino business leaders can come to exchange information with their peers. Last year the Chamber held nine LBN meetings at various locations that focused on tips from successful Latino business leaders, business education (such as marketing and finance) how to access local business resources, and promoted networking among Latino businesses. The LBN is also a good point of entry for Latino businesses that may not already be involved with the Chamber and other businesses in the community.

OREGON COMMISSION ON HISPANIC AFFAIRS

The mission of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs is to work toward economic, social, political and legal equality for Oregon´s Hispanic population. The Commission serves as advocates for Latino youth, children, and adults. We want them to have the same opportunities to succeed in school, receive equal health and social services, and we want them to be treated equally through the judicial system. The Commission is authorized by Oregon Revised Statue 185.310 – 185.330 to monitor existing programs and legislation designed to meet the needs of Oregon’s Hispanic population; identify and research problem areas and issues affecting the Hispanic community and recommend actions to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly, including recommendations on legislative programs; maintain a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities; encourage Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions; hold meetings to conduct its business.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE – EN ESPAÑOL

Mantener nuestro sistema de impuestos para proveer fondos a los servicios públicos que preservan y mejoran la calidad de la vida de los ciudadanos. Para asistencia en español, llame al 503-378-4988

OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT

The OED mission is to: support economic stability for Oregonians and communities during times of unemployment through the payment of unemployment benefits; serve businesses by recruiting and referring the best qualified applicants to jobs, and provide resources to diverse job seekers in support of their employment needs; develop and distribute quality workforce and economic information to promote informed decision making; and provide access to child care that is safe, high quality, and affordable.

STATE AGENCY LEGISLATIVE CONTACTS

The Department of Administrative Services produces a legislative directory every two years (prior to the beginning of each regular legislative session). This directory contains contact information for agency legislative staff.

Health/ Salud:

BIRTHINJURYGUIDE.ORG

BirthInjuryGuide.org is a vast resource of information covering all aspects of birth injuries, aimed at providing answers to the many questions parents have when their child has a birth injury. Tragically, about 76 babies are born with a birth injury every day in the U.S.

H1NI FLU: A GUIDE FOR COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Community and faith-based organizations are essential partners in comprehensive state and local flu response, and this guide was created to support them this flu season. The guide provides specific action steps that community and faith-based organizations can take to help keep communities healthy during flu season.

INFORMACIÓN ACERCA DE LA GRIPE (PDF) (ESPAÑOL)

In the United States, seasonal influenza and its complications cause an average of 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations, as well as countless hours of missed work and missed school days. Influenza often leads to secondary infections such as pneumococcal pneumonia, ear infections, and sinus infections.

OREGON LATINO HEALTH COALITION (OLHC)

OLHC works to close the health disparity gap in the Oregon Latino community.

THE MESOTHELIOMA GROUP

The Mesothelioma Group is small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families.

STARTYOURRECOVERY.COM

Start Your Recovery is an online resource that connects individuals and families to alcohol and addictions resources in their community. Visit their site using the link above to start your path to recovery. 

Immigration and Immigrant Rights/ Inmigración y Derechos de Inmigrantes:

CAUSA

CAUSA is Oregon’s statewide, grassroots immigrant rights coalition.  We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies.

IMMIGRATION SERVICES PAGE

US Immigration Services and Forms.

TOOLS FOR STOPPING UNJUST DEPORTATIONS

Human dignity groups have been identifying local impacts, and pushing for local and national level changes in the way we treat immigrants and their families – we are pushing for human dignity. We have also found that when we promote safety and fairness for this minority, the entire community is safer, more united, and more able to focus on the real problems facing small-town America.

Labor Rights/ Derechos Laborales:

BUREAU OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIES CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION

The BOLI Civil Rights Division enforces laws granting job seekers and employees equal access to jobs, career schools, promotions, and a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. These laws ensure workers job protection when they report work-site safety violations, use family leave provisions or the worker’s compensation system. Civil rights laws also provide protection for those seeking housing or using public facilities such as retail establishments or transportation services.

PINEROS Y CAMPESINOS UNIDOS DEL NOROESTE (PCUN)

PCUN (Northwest Treeplanters and Farm-workers United), is Oregon’s union of farm-workers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and Oregon’s largest Latino organization. PCUN’s fundamental goal is to empower farm-workers to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and all of its effects.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON LABOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTER

LERC provides a variety of educational programs that teach the basics of union representation, help union leaders and staff to develop strategic analysis and critical thinking skills, and prepare workers to become effective advocates in workplace and community settings.

Legal Representation/ Representación Legal:

OREGON HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION (OHBA)

OHBA works to promote and address Latino legal issues.

LOW-COST LEGAL RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

This is a list of nonprofit organizations that have attorneys or “accredited representatives” that can assist people with immigration issues. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), District 20, provides this list as a resource for immigrants and refugees, but does not endorse any of these organizations.

MESOTHELIOMA LEGAL HELP

Victims of asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma are usually entitled to financial compensation. We offer brochures from the leading mesothelioma law firms in your area, so you and your family can be on your way to getting the money you’re owed.

ZOFRANLAWSUITGUIDE.COM

Zofran–also known as ondansetron or Zuplenz–has only been approved for cancer patients who experience nausea during treatment–yet it has been prescribed many times to pregnant women, leading to birth defects and a myriad of other medical problems.

 

Students and Teachers/ Estudiantes y Maestras:

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE LATINO STUDENT UNION

The Latino Student Union focuses on providing personal, social, cultural and academic support to Latino students.

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MULTICULTURAL CENTER

The Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students from all ethnic backgrounds can get information on admission, registration, course and program planning, and referrals to on-campus and community services.

OREGON ASSOCIATION OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION (OABE)

OABE recognizes the rich cultural and linguistic diversity within our state and promotes mutual respect, uncompromised equality and inclusiveness in the education of all students.

OREGON ASSOCIATION OF LATINO ADMINISTRATORS (OALA)

OALA promotes Latino educators, both current and aspiring into positions of leadership through mentorship, networking, and professional development.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON MECHA

M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) is a student organization that has been active on the University of Oregon Campus for more than thirty years. MEChA strives to promote awareness on issues related to Latinos on campus and in the community. One of its primary goals is the recruitment and retention of Oregon’s Chican@ and Latin@ Students in higher education. M.E.Ch.A.’s intent is to ensure that Chican@ and Latin@ cultures and philosophies are being represented at the University of Oregon and in our surrounding communities.

 

Rehabilitation and Abuse Counseling/ Rehabilitación y Ayuda para Abuso:

DRUG TREATMENT CENTERS

Addiction Center is a free online educational resource answering questions about rehab and providing helpful information on various chemical dependencies. Find treatment center options and identify signs and symptoms of addiction in a friend or loved one.

 

REHAB INTERNATIONAL

According to Medline Plus, abuse of drugs and alcohol causes about 40 million illnesses and injuries in the United States. But there is still a great deal of misinformation about specific drugs and their effects on the individual. The information contained here is designed to cut through the myths surrounding drug addiction and provide you with nothing but the facts needed to find treatment help. You’re not alone. We’re here to help, 24/7. Please call: 877-345-3281

SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CENTERS

Substance abuse treatment center finder is a comprehensive, easy to use online directory of alcohol abuse treatment centers, drug abuse treatment centers, drug addiction treatment centers and substance abuse treatment centers in the USA. It provides your loved one easy to use tools and support they need to find the right treatment program that will help to overcome their drugs, alcohol or other substance abuse addiction including residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and adults.

 

Women and Domestic Violence/ Mujeres y Violencia Doméstica:

OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

OCADSV mission is to raise awareness about or regarding violence against all women and children, and to work towards non-violence through leadership in advocacy, public policy, training, resource development and social change.

WOMENSPACE

Womenspace believes that each person has the right to lead a life free from violence and fear of abuse. All people have the desire and capacity to control their own lives. Because of this belief, Womenspace provides the following services to the members of the Lane County community: Emergency Shelter, 24-hour Helpline, Support Groups, Transitional Programs, Community Education, Legal Advocacy, Rural Advocacy.

PRECONCEPTION HEALTH INFORMATION

Amor y Salud (Love and Health) consists of a radionovela playing for 12 weeks on radio stations across Oregon. Please check out the website (www.amorysalud.oregon.gov), facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/amorysalud) and MySpace pages (http://www.myspace.com/amorysaludoregon) for more information. On the DHS preconception health website (www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/pch/index.shtml), there is also additional resource information for Latinas. You can listen to the radionovela each week on our Amor y Salud website and facebook page.

 

Other Resources/ Otros Recursos:

DIRECTORY OF BILINGUAL (ENGLISH-SPANISH) SOCIAL SERVICES

The University of Oregon’s, Center for the Study of Women of Society created a directory of Social Services in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. All the agencies and organizations included in this directory have developed some bilingual capacity to serve clients.