CoSA Training Part I: CoSA History, Circle Dynamics, and Reentry Realities for Sex Offenders. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Interchurch Center, 0245 SW Bancroft St (at Kelly), Portland (directions here). Lunch and refreshments will be served. Training is free for registered volunteers. Volunteer for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA),and learn about an effective way to prevent violence. Circles of involved community members form positive social support for high-risk offenders coming out of prison. The hope of CoSA is simple yet profound: No More Victims - one person at a time. Circles follow an effective restorative justice model, working alongside the treatment and supervision offenders are already provided, by offering practice in pro-social relationship building to help someone integrate into the community as a responsible, healthy citizen. RSVP for this training and find out more: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 988-8580.
Dining Out for Life. Join EMO's HIV Services on Thursday, April 28, for Portland's eighth annual "Dining Out for Life," an annual international dining fundraising event, raising money for AIDS service organizations. Dine out at one of the participating restaurants and a substantial percentage of your bill will go directly to programs serving people with HIV/AIDS. In the Portland metro area, Dining Out for Life benefits EMO’s HIV Services and OHSU’s Partnership Project. For more information and a full restaurant listing, visit diningoutforlife.com/portland.
EMO's Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner. Reception & Silent Auction at 5 p.m. and Dinner & Awards Presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Pavilion, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland. As the premier statewide ecumenical event of the year in Oregon, EMO's Annual Community Awards & Celebration Dinner will bring together over 400 members of our diverse communities of faith and community partners. Each year, EMO recognizes individuals and groups in the community who have demonstrated a commitment to ecumenical service in Oregon. This year's award recipients include: "Ecumenist of the Year" to The Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, Unitarian Univeralist minister, writer, activist & spiritual leader; "Two Pauls Award" to Kelly Raths & Karuna Thompson, Christian & Buddhist chaplains at the Oregon State Penitentiary; "Vollum Ecumenical Humanitarian Award" to the Climate Action Coalition; and the "Rodney Page Ecumenical Service Award" to Ron Means. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, download a Sponsorship form. Check back soon for early reservations.