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To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers’ lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.

Memo Pad submissions for the September issue are due by Monday, Aug. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at editor@midcountymemo.com. Or mail editorial submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.

Loaves & Fishes seeks drivers
Loaves & Fishes Centers, The Meals-On-Wheels People, is seeking volunteer drivers to ensure homebound seniors receive nutritious meals and a bit of companionship during the summer months.

“These volunteers are so invaluable because they not only help us feed our frail elderly, but they make sure these seniors see a friendly face each day. Sometimes the Meals-On-Wheels driver is the only person these homebound seniors see all day,” said Executive Director Joan Smith. “Summer volunteers also help fill the routes left by our regular drivers who go on vacation in the summer.”

Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. For more information, call Angel Pilato at 503-988-6239.

Helpers needed to water trees
Young trees were planted in the green space created by the Northeast 122nd Avenue exit from I-84 East. These trees need water during the dry summer months. If you can help, please call Clare or Sharon Mershon at 503-252-7139.

Free vocational training courses offered at IRCO
The Employment and Vocational Education program at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization is currently enrolling for its free office clerk training and health care worker training courses. These courses are open to Southeast Asian Portland-area residents with advanced English skills.

The office clerk training session begins Monday, Aug. 8. The purpose of this sixteen-week training is to introduce participants to employment opportunities in office and customer service entry-level jobs in areas such as business, education, social services, and health care. Students will gain proficiency with Microsoft Office 2000 including Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint and the Internet. They will also focus on expanding their clerical, job application, and workplace communication skills including business correspondence.

All students will participate in internships in local office settings. The goal is to ultimately match participants with employment based on their skill level and career interest.

Classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. from Aug. 8 until Nov. 23 at IRCO, 10301 N.E. Glisan St.

Enrollment is also taking place for health care worker training classes set to begin in December. The purpose of this seventeen-week training is to introduce participants to employment opportunities in the health care industry. This training is open to Southeast Asian residents of the Portland metro area with strong English and computer skills.

In addition to providing an overview of a cluster of entry-level jobs including sterile processing, lab assisting, dental assisting, medical coding and others, the course will focus specifically on the skills needed for administrative medical assisting. Students will gain an understanding of front desk procedures, patient record management, billing and insurance procedures, and more. They will increase their computer, clerical and communication proficiencies. Students will participate in internships, with the goal of ultimately being matched with employment in the medical field.

Classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. from Dec. 5 until March 29 also at IRCO.

If you are interested, please contact LongSan Tzeo at 503-234-1541 ext.111 or Leakhana Lao ext. 119.

Grant brings SMART to Menlo Park Elementary
The Portland Children’s Investment Fund announced that they would award funds to launch the Start Making a Reader Today program at Menlo Park Elementary School in the David Douglas School District. This grant will bring the programs proven reading support to children that do not yet have access to SMART.

“This CHIF grant enables us to bring extra reading support to families and children who may lack the resources to obtain it otherwise,” Mary Jubitz, CEO of SMART said. “The simple act of an adult reading one-on-one with a child helps that child learn the one academic skill needed to master all the others.”

Menlo Park Elementary principal Brooke O’Neill said, “Students participating in SMART benefit from not only developing a love of reading and books, but benefit also from positive personal relationships. Having SMART at Menlo Park will enhance the community and culture of our school as well as provide additional opportunities for our volunteers.”

SMART is a cost-effective, non-profit statewide literacy program that gives Oregon children the extra reading support, new books and caring attention they need. SMART helps students build the critical life skill of literacy while cultivating decision-making skills and social development. With one-on-one support from an adult volunteer, students gain the confidence they need to succeed in school and in life.

Adults interested in volunteering to read with children can visit www.getsmartoregon.org or call the SMART office at 503-230-2944.

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