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Single Mom Thankful for Energy Efficiency Outreach Project

Single Mom Thankful for Energy Efficiency Outreach Project

July, 2011. Alma Velazquez is a single mom making a modest income as a school teacher. Before MACG’s Changing the Climate in Cully campaign, Alma knew she had no insulation in her house, and half of the heat was being wasted, blowing out the walls. What’s worse, she and her young daughter experienced headaches when their 30 year old furnace was running.

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Sustainable Jobs Action Team Pinpoints 3 New Directions

July, 2011. Coming off a highly successful home energy improvement outreach campaign last year, the Sustainable Jobs Action Team has targeted three directions for action.

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MACG Fall Leadership Training in Two Counties! PLUS Spring Institute Testimonies

July, 2011. MACG's Basic Leadership Institute for Public Life will be held in both Multnomah and Clackamas Counties this fall. The Spring Leadership Institute this spring was a success with 22 Participants completing the Institute from 8 institutions. Read testimonies from Institute participants here.

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Prison Transition Work Group Forming

July, 2011. This Spring saw the birth of a new work group for MACG, focusing in Prison Transition. Read more here.

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As Anniversary of House Approaches, Second House Secured in Washington County!

July, 2011. As the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the Brown-Hibbs Survivor house approaches this August, leaders from the MACG Clackamas County Cluster are celebrating the signing of a new lease to what will become the newest Survivor house in Cedar Mills, Washington County.

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63 Attend Health Care Action Day, PLUS Legislative Session Wrap Up

63 Attend Health Care Action Day, PLUS Legislative Session Wrap Up

63 MACG members attend Health Care Action Day in Salem - check out the photo album! PLUS, details on how the legislative session treated the Health Care Action Team's priorities, and what's around the corner.

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MACG institutions earn donations while improving energy efficiency, creating jobs

July, 2011. MACG leaders have been busy this spring signing up homeowners within their institutions for Weatherize for Good, an energy home improvement program. Leaders have already helped sign up 37 applicants for the program! For each home energy improvement completed, Weatherize for Good will make a $300 donation to the institution responsible for soliciting that homeowner.

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Foreclosure Prevention

Foreclosure Prevention

The Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly brought together more than 150 leaders from member organizations, for an exciting wrap-up of its campaign, celebrating their victory in pushing to establish the first in-person customer assistance center in the state and calling on Bank of America executives, state legislators, and State Treasurer James McIntire to continue collaborating with the Sound Alliance to ensure accountability.

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Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly Celebrates Success, Demands Accountability from Bank of America

Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly Celebrates Success, Demands Accountability from Bank of America

May 2011. -- The Sound Alliance Foreclosure Prevention Assembly brought together more than 150 leaders from member organizations, for an exciting time of celebration and accountability. Alliance members celebrated their victory in pushing to establish the first in-person customer assistance center in the state. Leaders also called on Bank of America executives, state legislators, and State Treasurer James McIntire to continue collaborating with the Sound Alliance to ensure accountability.

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Changing the Climate in Cully Wrap Up, Stories, and the Future!

Changing the Climate in Cully Wrap Up, Stories, and the Future!

April, 2011. Wrapping up and the Future! While contracting in the Cully community continues with homes still receiving energy efficiency improvements, most of MACG's work on the project is done. Read here for Statistics, Stories, Photos, News articles, and to hear how the project continues!

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Portlanders for Schools Time Sensitive Actions

April 27, 2011. We've been asked by a member of a MACG institution to share two upcoming opportunities for getting involved with the Portlanders for Schools Campaign. See details here.

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Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance to Criminalize Wage Theft

April 2011. -- On April 25, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance that criminalizes wage theft. Wage theft refers to intentional shortchanging of employee wages or benefits by an employer.

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Wash. Gov. Signs Foreclosure Fairness Act

April 2011. -- Washington homeowners experienced a significant victory with the passage of HB 1362, also known as the “Foreclosure Fairness Act.” The bill, which Gov. Chris Gregoire signed April 14th, offers free foreclosure counseling and makes it possible for homeowners to third-party mediation with lenders before facing foreclosure. It will go into effect in July.

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Newlywed Weatherizes Home, Gains Community Spirit

Newlywed Weatherizes Home, Gains Community Spirit

March, 2011. When Kouya signed up his home for energy efficiency improvements, he also was activated with community spirit.

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Health Care Action Team Focusing on Exchange. Register for Health Care Action Day and Show Your Support!

April, 2011. MACG’s Health Care Action Team has been working hard on its goals for 2011, with most effort focused around advocating to establish a strong, pro-consumer Health Care Insurance Exchange that can negotiate for the interests of consumers and small businesses. Establishing a strong exchange is also the number one priority for Health Care Action Day, Monday April 18.

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Family Finally Able to Weatherize Home

Family Finally Able to Weatherize Home

March, 2011. Nick O'Connor tells about how his involvement with MACG's Sustainable Jobs Action Team helped improve life for his family.

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Campaign Victory: Bank of America to Open First Assistance Center in Washington State for Distressed Homeowners

February 2011. -- Thanks to the hard work and persistence of a broad cross-section of Sound Alliance leaders, we have secured a major victory in our foreclosure intervention campaign: Bank of America in a Feb. 25 letter to Sound Alliance announced that it will open its first-ever permanently staffed customer assistance center in Washington state to assist financially distressed homeowners.

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Young Woman Gains a Living Wage Job in Weatherization

Young Woman Gains a Living Wage Job in Weatherization

Alexxis Lee was a beneficiary of the Changing the Climate in Cully project. Despite having trouble with high school, she graduated from a pre-apprenticeship program, completed the Laborers Weatherization Training program, and now works for one of MACG’s partner contractors Sustainable Solutions Unlimited.

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Changing the Climate in Cully Celebration

Changing the Climate in Cully Celebration

December, 2010. MACG's Changing the Climate in Cully campaign celebrated its successes with a Community Event in December.

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Sustainable Jobs Action Team About to Complete Successful Community Energy Efficiency Campaign

November, 2010. The Sustainable Jobs Action Team is on the verge of successfully completing a community campaign to sign up 100 homes for energy efficiency improvements in the Cully neighborhood, entitled Changing the Climate in Cully. As of this writing, 193 homeowners in the Cully community have taken the first step of applying for the program - 85% of the Team's goal of 225!

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Upcoming Events
IAF NW - Spring 2018 Regional Leadership Institute Apr 22, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018 — Canby Grove Christian Center, Canby, OR
MACG - Next Directions Assembly Apr 25, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:45 PM — Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd, Lake Oswego
Spokane - West Central Leadership Team Meeting Apr 26, 2018 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM — West Central Community Center, 1603 N Belt, Spokane
MACG - Safe Overnight Shelter Open House Apr 28, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Prince of Life Lutheran Church, 13896 South Meyers Road, Oregon City, OR
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2018 (Part 1) May 02, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Unitarian Universalist Church, small Chapel, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr, Spokane
Sound - Strategy Team Meeting May 03, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Sound Alliance Office - 649 Strander Boulevard, Suite B, Tukwila, WA
Spokane - Leadership Institute for Public Life - Spring 2018 (Part 2) May 09, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Unitarian Universalist Church, small Chapel, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane
Spokane - West Central Leadership Team Meeting May 10, 2018 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM — West Central Community Center, 1603 N Belt, Spokane
MACG - Institutional Development and Core Team Workshop May 10, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Location TBD Washington County
Sound - Leadership Institute for Public Life - May 2018 - University of Washington (Part 1) May 13, 2018 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM — University of Washington, South Campus Center, 1601 NE Columbia Rd, Seattle, Room 350
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