The Second Question: Insight, Resources, Connections

About a month ago, 21info Board Chair Michael Schultz announced our new CEO Dan Herman. After getting his feet wet, Dan wanted to sit down and share some of his background, why he chose 211info and what he's looking forward to in the future. From shoe company president to nonprofit executive, Dan has quite the story to tell. 
Hurry up because applications for the Lane County Dental Care Day Clinic are due June 14.  Dental Care Day services are offered to low income residents of Lane County who do not have private or public dental insurance. A photo ID proof of residence is required at the first appointment.
American Winter, the documentary filmed in the 211info office, is coming back to Oregon. If you've been hearing about the film for months and haven't been able to see it, now's your chance. 
As summer starts and people are more willing to be out and about, several community gatherings and resource fairs are happening. But with summer also comes sun. So make sure you check out the free skin cancer screening.  Jump to events in:
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Oregon is one of eight states in the United States that do not house an active military base for those that serve. Service members residing in Oregon have historically struggled more to find a community of support and access to resources than those whose states have all the amenities active bases provide. The Oregon National Guard Service Member and Family Support Program (SMFS) have faced this challenge by having a “virtual fort” for its service members to feel supported called Fort Oregon. 
More than 300,000 active duty military, prior-service members and their families live in Oregon and Southwest Washington. And they need your help.  As service members return home from Iraq and Afghanistan in the next several years and the conflicts over in the Middle East wind down, our roles to support these community members has just begun. Working in social service it is important to understand the military culture, the various systems veterans and service members must navigate, and how to be culturally competent towards this growing and invaluable population.
With Memorial Day in mind there are several Veterans events. Also, all week we'll be sharing information for military personnel and their families. Stay tuned here. As always there are a few parenting events and a unique free transportation day. Lastly, following a post we wrote last week about immigration reform, there is a free citizenship class in Yamhill. 
Soon we’ll be celebrating Memorial Day. Many will bar-b-que and enjoy the company of friends.
As was pointed out in a recent article, it is unclear whether immigration reforms will pass Congress. However, if the reforms do pass, undocumented immigrants will have to take certain steps before they can seek permanent residency.  One of those steps is learning how to speak English or be enrolled in English classes.