Making Sense of The Federal Budget

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2015 Annual Report

Did you get a chance to see our super-snazzy infographic-style annual report yet? Take a look!


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Now Hiring: Fundraiser and Volunteer Coordinator

Job Announcement


Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) is seeking someone to join our development team on a half-time basis. The person hired will become part of an organization that has been working for social change for 50 years, and must have a demonstrated commitment to peace and social justice. Nonprofit fundraising and volunteer coordination experience is preferred. See the full job description below.


To apply, please send a résumé and a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position to This position will be open until filled, with best consideration for applications received by March 25th, 2016.


Job Description


The Development and Fundraising part of the job involves helping to implement and expand all aspects of a diverse and healthy fundraising plan. Expanding and deepening CALC’s major gifts program will be the focus of the job. A successful applicant must be willing to approach individuals directly for financial support. Training and mentoring in face-to-face fundraising will be provided, but a willingness to ask for money is essential.


The Volunteer Coordination aspect of the job will involve recruiting, orienting, scheduling and appreciating a diverse pool of volunteers and interns. CALC’s 2016 50th Anniversary will produce many volunteer opportunities and a strong volunteer base will ensure CALC’s effectiveness into the future. Recruiting youth and young adults to participate actively in CALC will be a priority, as will identifying senior volunteers with flexible schedules.


Fundraising and Development Job Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular meetings with other members of CALC’s development team. This involves helping to plan and implement all aspects of CALC’s fundraising.
  • Maintain positive relationships with current CALC members and supporters.
  • Identify potential new financial supporters and/or encourage members to increase their financial support for CALC by becoming pledgers or major donors.
  • Schedule personal visits with current or potential donors who have the capacity to make generous gifts. This involves:
  • Gathering information about donors, their particular interests and relationship to CALC and/or other organizations with overlapping interests and values
  • Reaching them by letter, email or phone
  • Securing visits
  • Meeting with the individuals, alone or with other members of the board or staff
  • Sending personal appeals and cogent updates to donors who are unwilling to meet or who do not live in the area
  • Directly requesting financial support
  • Keeping excellent records
  • Making sure to thank contributors promptly


Volunteer Coordinator Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with program staff and consultants to develop job descriptions for volunteers and interns (e.g.tabling at program events, soliciting donations for events, joining a program task force to help plan and implement projects and campaigns, being part of a rapid response team).
  • Work with administrative staff to cover office volunteer opportunities (e.g.mailings, phoning for events and donations, answering the phone during staff meetings or when the office administrator is busy).
  • Use the CALC data base and CALC events to identify and expand a diverse pool of CALC volunteers.
  • Make presentations to college and university classes about volunteer and intern opportunities.
  • Keep a log of volunteers, detailing their interests, expertise and availability.
  • Hold periodic volunteer orientation and appreciation luncheons or other volunteer events. Build volunteer appreciation into CALC’s visible community presence.

Note: Specific projects needing volunteers will include maximizing the use of CALC’s four traveling photo exhibits, as well as various events related to CALC’s 50th anniversary, including a youth mural project, a summer open house, creating a powerpoint about CALC’s history, and organizing a gala anniversary event next fall.


Organizational Responsibilities:

As part of CALC’s staff team, the person hired will participate in staff meetings, prepare staff reports and work plans, attend CALC Board meetings or trainings as relevant, and support CALC events.



  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to equity for all, including people at the margins due to race, ethnicity, religion, culture, national origin, LGBTQ status, disability, or economic status.
  • Excellent people skills, a professional demeanor, and a demonstrated aptitude for networking.
  • Initiative, and excellent time-management and prioritizing skills.
  • An understanding of organizational accountability.
  • A clear commitment to confidentiality and a strong sense of ethics.
  • Willingness to be a team player and the ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, ages, genders, and personal/cultural styles.
  • Openness to mentoring and guidance.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer and social media literacy.


Compensation, Probationary Period, and Benefits:

This half-time position offers a starting pay of $12 per hour for a six-month probationary period. Following a positive six-month evaluation, the pay will increase to $14 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation time and health insurance.



The Federal Budget: Crisis and Opportunity


Along strict party lines, in April 2015 Congress adopted a budget resolution that announced a ten-year plan to dismantle all federal programs that benefit the 99%: the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, Medicaid, Food Stamps, subsidized housing, aid for college attendance, and many more, including Medicare itself. It also calls for big tax breaks for the rich, such as abolishing the estate tax, and sustaining a high level of spending for war and preparation for war.

Join us March 12th as we learn about how we can seize this opportunity to build a progressive majority in Oregon. Read more and sign up


Help Raise the Wage!


Do you live in Eugene, Junction City, or Springfield, and support raising Oregon’s minimum wage? Please join us for our upcoming get-togethers on February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd when we will be making calls in support. To get more info and get involved in these events, please contact our SAfER coordinator Phil Carrasco at or (541) 337-6391.


Meanwhile, here’s how you can help!

  • Call your representative to let them know you support Raise The Wage.

Here’s what you could say: “Hi, my name is ____. I live in Eugene/Junction City/Springfield. My family and I could really use a raise. I believe it is time for Oregon families to have a living wage. Please advocate for us and raise the wage. Thank you.” If you get sent to voicemail, simply leave a message.

– If you live in Eugene or Junction City, call Senator Chris Edwards at (503) 986-1707.

– If you live in Springfield, call Representative John Lively at (503) 986-1412 AND Senator Lee Beyer at (503) 986-1706.

  • Email your representative.

All you have to do is click here. The letter is already filled out- just sign off and hit “send.”

  • After contacting your representative, please let Phil know at (541) 337-6391 or Thank you!



Vigil in Support of the People of Occupied Burns

Big thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday to show solidarity with the people of occupied Burns and say “NO” to the threats and intimidation of militias.


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