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We’re launching our 10x10x10 campaign today! Are you asking yourself, “What is that??” With the 10x10x10 campaign, we hope to have 10 new monthly sponsors sign by October 10th (10-10). Why is this important? Recurring gifts provide a steady source of funding for our educational projects, allowing us to focus on the future! Help us reach our goal and become a monthly sponsor right now! Already a monthly sponsor? Share this opportunity with your network! Tell everyone what Friends of Pimpollo means to you! Even monthly gifts of $10 help to sustain our projects! Visit our donations page now or contact our office to get started today! Thank you for believing in the power of education!!

Now Accepting Donations Via Stock

Friends of Pimpollo is excited to announce that we have added a new gifting option and can now accept donations via stock. Please contact us at info@friendsofpimpollo.org for more information on how to start this process.

Boni Visits Area Schools, Shares Experiences With Students

St. John the Apostle VisitWhile in Oregon for our Cinco de Mayo events, Bonifacio Luis Hernandez, also known as Boni, had the opportunity to visit area schools with a special connection to the Vicente Guerrero community and the Oaxaca Kids Can Program he oversees. His first community visit after arriving in Oregon was on Friday morning at St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City. There, Boni asked students about their dreams for the future. Some said they wanted to be doctors, some teachers, some soccer players. After the students answered, Boni explained to them that the students in Vicente Guerrero have the same dreams.

Later that afternoon, students in West Salem High School‘s Students for Change and Advance Spanish classes also had the opportunity to engage with him and FOP Founder John Kerr.

On Saturday, Board Member Cecelia Monto invited Boni to come speak to her class at Chemeketa Community College, where he discussed things that hampered development in Oaxaca. The students in this class will be traveling to Oaxaca in mid-June as FOP team members.

Queen of Peace VisitFinally, on Wednesday morning before the Portland Cinco de Mayo reception, Boni had the opportunity to speak with the students and staff at Queen of Peace School in Salem. The gathering ended with Board Member Julie Hoy leading the students in a song for Boni.

A special thank you to the students and staff at all of these schools for inviting us to come speak with you, and to the St. John the Apostle School, West Salem High School, and Queen of Peace School communities for your hard work raising funds for Friends of Pimpollo programs this year! We are so proud of that you are already committed to changing the world.

Accepting Applications for our College Internship Program

We are happy to announce that we are accepting applications for our College Internship Program! Please email info@friendsofpimpollo.org for more information and application materials.

Are you a college student looking for a summer or academic year internship? We are looking for dedicated individuals who want to be a part of furthering our mission.

The Friends of Pimpollo College Internship Program provides the opportunity for current college students to gain first-hand knowledge of the impact of literacy and educational programs on reducing poverty. This part-time, unpaid position is open to students in a variety of fields and areas of study, is flexible with existing schedules, and will provide the intern(s) with first-hand experience in all aspects of running a nonprofit organization. We are happy to work with personal career goals and academic requirements to make this the best possible fit and an incredible learning experience for each individual. The internship will benefit the organization by providing needed services, will benefit the intern by providing practical job experience, and will benefit the community through the service projects and programs in which the intern participates. Potential candidates might be studying Anthropology, Business, Communications, International Development, Marketing, Spanish, or a number of other applicable fields.

Please send resume, cover letter and 2 letters of recommendation to info@friendsofpimpollo.org. Position(s) will remain open until filled.

Progress In Motion – Celebrating 15 Years

Fifteen years ago, Friends of Pimpollo came to be. We are living proof of Progress In Motion. Check out our latest video to learn more about how we have progressed since we were founded in 2000.

A special thank you to Wavelength Studio, Foto Velázquez, and Julie Hoy for creating this video!

FOP Appears in Court

Photo Courtesy of the Statesman Journal

FOP Founder John Kerr, Board Member Julie Hoy, and Executive Director Laura Ruggles make a visit to court—that is, the Statesman Journal’s “Holding Court.”

No, not that kind of court! Yesterday afternoon, Friends of Pimpollo Founder John Kerr, Board Member Julie Hoy, and Executive Director Laura Ruggles went to the Court St. Dairy Lunch and had the opportunity to speak with the Statesman Journal and share some updates for their weekly feature, Holding Court.  While there, we had the opportunity to share some exciting news with the greater Willamette Valley community: not only are we celebrating our 15th anniversary this year at our upcoming Cinco de Mayo events, but program coordinator extraordinaire Bonifacio Luis Hernandez will be our keynote speaker at both events! Members of some of our past 61 teams may remember Boni from visiting the community of Vicente Guerrero. We also shared that our Oaxaca Kids Can Program provides both a nutritional breakfast and computer education classes for children at Símbolos Patrios Elementary five days a week, that the first computer center at Símbolos Patrios opened in November 2014, and that breakfasts are now also being served three days a week to 90 students at Adolfo Lopez Mateos, a second school in Vicente Guerrero. Even though the Court St. Dairy Lunch was closed for business due to some problems with their grill while we were there, we enjoyed their hospitality and the chance to share a little bit about what we do at Friends of Pimpollo. See the full article on the Statesman Journal’s website for more on our “visit to court.”

Would you like to join us for one of our Cinco de Mayo Celebrations? We would love for you to attend! For more information about both events and to RSVP, please contact us at info@friendsofpimpollo.org.
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Join Us For Our 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration – “Progress in Motion”

You’re invited to our 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, “Progress in Motion,” which also will mark our 15th Anniversary as an organization! The celebration is so big that there will be not one, but two events. Our Salem celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 5th from 12:00-1:00 at the Salem Convention Center and our Portland celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 pm at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. Bonifacio Luis Hernandez, program coordinator extraordinaire in Vicente Guerrero, will be our keynote speaker at both events.

Please RSVP to info@friendsofpimpollo.org by May 4th to attend the Salem celebration and by May 5th to attend our Portland celebration. All are welcome to attend!

Join us for one or both events!

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Informational Session at Chemeketa Woodburn

Do you have a passion for education? Are you looking for an engaging and gratifying community service opportunity? If you are, please join us for an informational session regarding our upcoming team trips to Oaxaca, Mexico.

The session will be hosted by an esteemed member of our board, Cecelia Monto. It will be held on Thursday, March 12th from 5:30-6:30 PM on the Chemeketa Woodburn Campus, Room 203.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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We’re Hiring!

Would you like to be more involved with FOP? Consider applying for our Internship today!

Internship in Salem, Oregon

The Friends of Pimpollo internship provides the opportunity for a college graduate to gain first-hand knowledge of the impact of literacy and educational programs on reducing poverty. The internship will benefit the organization by providing needed services, will benefit the intern by providing practical job experience, and will benefit the community through the service projects and programs in which the intern participates. The internship is a part-time, paid position. Open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree. Spanish proficiency is recommended.

Please send resume, cover letter and 2 letters of recommendation to info@friendsofpimpollo.org. Position will remain open until filled.

Please find the Internship description below.

Welcoming Ella, a FOP volunteer

Ella, a summer 2014 team member and West Salem graduate, has graciously offered to volunteer with Friends of Pimpollo during her winter break. She is working to continue to advance FOP forward by helping out in the office and completing research for future projects.

Thank you for your efforts, Ella!! Welcome to the team.

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