Washington County

About Unite Oregon, Washington County

Unite Oregon represents the merger of two strong organizations – Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and Oregon Action (OA) – who together have decades of experience organizing immigrants, refugees, people of color, and low-income Oregonians to address racial and economic disparities and improve quality of life in our state. Unite Oregon, Washington County is an independent chapter of this powerful statewide nonprofit. (Read more about this unique and powerful merger, and what it means for our work, here.



It's that time again - we're recruiting for the Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) Program!

In partnership with the City of Beaverton, Unite Oregon provides an annual FREE leadership development program for emerging immigrant, refugee, and people of color. This year we will be celebrating TEN years of this amazing leadership program! The Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) Program centers around four goals:

(1) Learn concrete leadership, community organizing and advocacy skills

(2) Understand local government and how to get involved

(3) Build cross-cultural relationships with people from around the world

(4) Help make Beaverton a thriving, multicultural city that is inclusive to everyone!

To qualify, you must:

1. Live, Work, Worship, Study, or Play in the City of Beaverton

2. Attend all SIX three-hour trainings between March - May 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Saturday 3/12, Saturday 3/26, Saturday 4/9, Saturday 4/23, Saturday 5/7, and Saturday 5/21

This program is fully online. We highly encourage you to answer fully and honestly to the questions on this application because it will be used during the selection process.

Contact: Ernesto Oliva • (971) 279-8710 • [email protected]

We are excited to work with applicants that would like to develop their leadership skills to be active members in their communities! Thank you for showing interest in our program. Please fill out the questionnaire below to complete the BOLD application process. 



In 2017, Unite Oregon, Washington County is digging in on the issues that our members have prioritized for us, including raising wages for workers; continuing racial justice work like ending police profiling; fighting for justice and dignity for immigrants and refugees; addressing the affordable housing crisis; and focusing on holistic community health and wellness.

Other issues we work on include planning and land use issues, transportation access and affordability, economic justice for working women, environmental justice, and civic engagement. All of our work is approached through a racial justice lens and with a focus on developing the leaders of tomorrow as we build a powerful movement for justice.

Throughout all of our campaigns and issue work, we are continuing our focus on developing new organizers and community leaders. as well as continuing to take a visible leadership role in the community as an organization.

Action links: 
Become a Member 
Take Action 

Or, call us! (503) 287-4117, ext. 5


Our Leadership

Unite Oregon, Washington County is led locally by a leadership council of 5-10 members who live in our community. We prioritize immigrants, refugees, and people of color for leadership council positions. 2-4 members of our leadership council are elected up to Unite Oregon's statewide Board of Directors.


Welcome to Beaverton: A Guide for Immigrants, Refugees, and Other Newcomers

Check out this fantastic new resource developed by our Washington County Leadership Council member Piyawee Ruenjinda, in partnership with Joan Goldhammer of the Beaverton First United Methodist Church!

Read the Welcome to Beaverton Guide