Slavic Community Center of NW, Inc, a local 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was established in 2011 by local community leaders and businessmen. Our fundamental goal - help members of this community become fully functional, well integrated part of the society in every aspect of their life in this country: education, employment, health and wellness, social services, business development, career growth, legal assistance, etc. while preserving their cultural heritage.
We all know that Oregon and Southwest region of Washington is home to over 400,000 Russian speaking immigrants from every corner of the former Soviet Union. Everyone arrives here for a different reason: some came for freedom of religion, some from persecution on ethnic grounds, some were fighting for their lives, while others wanted to reunite with their family. Some came to establish a business either by the invitation or by the luck of the draw with the Green card. No matter how they all got here, the main goal is to unite this culturally-rich community on the common grounds in order for them to gain access to unlimited resources, which will help them succeed in all aspects of their lives. The Slavic Community Center was designed with all of those aspects of life in mind by creating four major sectors within the center: Social, Educational, Business and Informational.
Aims to spread information about government and public social programs that help and provide for the most vulnerable members of our community. We also aim to connect other members of our community who are in need of material or psychological help with the appropriate resources. (Partners: ROSS (Russian Oregon Social Services))
The goal of this department is to introduce members of Slavic community to opportunities to take part in various educational programs such as English classes. In addition, we give attention to Russian and Ukrainian language and cultural education, especially important for those who were born in the USA. Inform members of any opportunity of obtaining education or training that will lead to employment and career growth. (Partners: Multnomah County Library)
Provide information about various government and non-government programs that focus of small and medium sized business development with help of investments and subsidies. Assist with the search of goods and services, not only within the Slavic community, but also beyond. Organize various entrepreneurial and networking events (trade shows, seminars and business meetings) resulting in exchange of experience and establishing professional contacts. (Partners: Mercy Corps NW)
We have successfully launched this sector, which focuses on presenting factual and time sensitive information about life and events of the slavic community and the region: news, interviews, television shows. The video production of the programs are broadcasted online at Slavicfamily.org, on the “Slavic Family Studio” Youtube Channel and on the satellite Channels CNL & TBNRussia. In addition to the video production, the Slavic community center is proud to announce the widespread popularity of the Slavic Family newspaper featuring articles pertaining to news, local events, advice, historical and cultural preservation as well as announcements. This newspaper is distributed across four states’ (Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri) community centers, stores and libraries.
One day we wish to bring each of these sectors to reality with the help of our ever growing list of sponsors and community partners.
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