About AID, Portland

First of all, thanks for visiting AID Portland website. The Portland chapter of AID was founded in 1999 by a group of friends at the India Day celebration at Pioneer Square. Thechapter has had several success stories since then.
In 2013, AID Portland supported 4 projects costing over USD 20000. In the same year, we were successful in hosting two fund raising events. TARANA, Portland's local Bollywood band, helped raise funds for AID on a fun-filled evening in April. The Portland Metro Open Cricket League supported us in raising funds for the Uttarakhand Relief Fund by playing in a 16 team 2 day cricket tournament. We also hosted eminent speakers including Shailesh Gandhi, Right to Information Activist and former Information Commissioner of India.

What do volunteers of AID, Portland do?

Volunteers of AID are mainly involved in the following activities: 
     
Projects

Volunteer chapters of AID provide financial support and expertise to NGOs based in India that are aligned with our mission and vision. Volunteers actively solicit project proposals from these NGOs, thoroughly evaluate the projects and finally help raise funds for these NGOs to implement them. Proposals that are approved by a majority vote are assigned to a team led by a Project Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the Project Coordinator and his team to ensure successful implementation of the project as well as evaluate and monitor the progress of the projects funded by AID. Volunteers return to India periodically to raise awareness about the work done by AID and to evaluate programs that we support.
     
Fund-raising events

Volunteers also actively take part in organizing several fund-raising events throughout the year. Events include inviting music bands and concerts to play for AID, hosting fund-raising dinners, hosting local sports tournaments and other similar activities. 

In addition, for the effective functioning of the chapter, there are several roles which the volunteers take up. Chapter president, secretary, treasurer, overall project coordinator, webmaster and fund-raising coordinator are some of the roles.

How can you join AID, Portland?

Come and join us in the weekly Community Service Hour (CSH) to participate actively in AID activities. There are several roles one can take up in AID.  For more information, check thcontact us page. We meet every week on Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm  for our Community Service Hour (CSH). This meeting is open to all. You are most welcome to join us at the following venue every week on Thursday:

HF3 101, Intel Hawthorne Farm Campus, 
5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Hillsboro OR 97124
(** Conference room HF3 101 is freely accessible to all.)

You can also reach us via email:

 
You can use Intel's new employee matching gift program to donate to AID, Portland. For detailed information, please click here.


Past event: Aarohan 2017 - A musical concert to benefit farmer empowerment through Chetana Vikas, 23rd April, 2017

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AID Portland is back with Aarohan again this year!!  Are you ready for an awesome night of music, singing, silent auction, food and lots of fun? All proceeds from this event benefits Chetana Vikas which is an NGO in India that is working tirelessly towards farmer empowerment. One of our volunteers has just completed a site visit and we very excited about supporting this cause.   

When: 
Sunday, 23rd April, 2017 - 3 pm to 6 pm

Where:
SMSU Ball Room, Portland State University


For more detail, follow the event page.


Past event: A session with Shweta Narayan, 6th March, 2017

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Do you care about the environment and want to learn more about the challenges to the environmental ecosystem in India? Are you curious to know more about how environmental activists are rallying change from the grassroots? Do you want to join forces to make a change? Join us in a meet n greet session and talk to Shweta Narayan, a long-time environmental justice activist, and coordinator of the Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM) program for The Other Media in Tamil Nadu, India. 


When: 
Monday, 6th March, 2017 - 6 pm to 8 pm

Where:
Intel HF3 Auditorium
5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Hillsboro OR 97124 US

For more details, follow the event page.


Recent Updates
23 Mar, 2017: Volunteers mainly discussed the ongoing preparation for Aarohan concert. Silent auction and sponsorship were among the topics that were discussed.

16 Mar, 2017: Venkat, a volunteer from AID Seattle chapter, dialed into the CSH to share how AID Seattle conceived the idea and developed local talent into a band. The latest performance by the band helped raise about $100k in funds. The remaining part of the CSH was spent in Aarohan planning.

9 Mar, 2017:
This CSH was spent entirely in reviewing Apna Skool project proposal for renewal. Funding decision is pending and will be made upon availability of few clarifications regarding the proposal.

For full list of updates, click here.
 
Publications

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B__uT6wArgO-cUlrbWNxZWFDN28/view?usp=sharing

End year, 2016

For full list of publications, click here.