Community Service in collaboration with CORDUSA

Chinmaya Balavihar

Bala Vihar
From birth to 12th Grade,  we offer classes & activities based on the universal philosophy of Advaita Vedanta to achieve cultural sensitivity & awareness.
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Hindi Curriculum

Hindi Curriculum
The Chinmaya Mission Hindi classes are the best sought out classes for the Hindi language in Greater Portland area, offering to all levels of students!
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Adult Study Groups

Adult Study Groups
The study group syllabus was designed by Gurudev so that anyone could follow the curriculum systematically & advance their understanding.
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Chinmaya Swaranjali


Chinmaya Swaranjali (Choir) is the musical wing of Chinmaya Mission, we have a very active group, coming from all age groups and musical abilities.
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Community Service


From mentoring for English learners to neighborhood cleanup, we take up a leadership role in assisting those in need, in the community that we live in.
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Chinmaya Mission Portland takes a leadership role in assisting our friends and neighbors in the community that we live in.

Charity is an attempt wherein I try to expand and bring into the ambit of my life, all others around me and grow to consider the other man’s needs and requirements as important as my own personal needs. To live seeking an identity thus, with at least those who are immediately around me, is to live away from the suffocating selfishness and the throttling grip of my body-consciousness.
– Swami Chinmayananda

 

We deliver cooked food at the homeless shelter every Saturday
Cook & deliver every Saturday.
Food assistance – We provide cooked food to homeless shelters every Saturday and periodic food drives and volunteer at Oregon Food Bank and The homeless crisis is exacerbated by the pandemic, which has led to food shortages, health risks, economic challenges, and loss of access to public facilities that the homeless previously used for electricity, water, showers, and shelter. We continue, even during the pandemic, to serve the needy with weekly full meals to Transitions Projects, which help individuals work their work way back into independent lives in our society

Free tutoring for English Language Learners
ELL (ESL ) tutoring – For the last 5 years, we have been providing critical supplemental educational opportunities for both children and adults from less fortunate backgrounds on their English language conversation & reading skills. As the nation shifted to online learning during the novel coronavirus outbreak, language and access barriers had shut many of the nation’s nearly 5 million English-learner students out of the learning process. So we have expanded our free tutoring program to help more ELL students.

Positively impact through many hands-on human-environment interactions.
One Earth – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!
One-Earth-One-Humanity – It’s Time For Action! We can solve the climate crisis and limit global temperature rise by transitioning to 100% renewables, protecting & restoring our lands and seas, and shifting to regenerative agriculture. We have joined hands with local environmental services & Chinmaya Mission Niagara (Prthvi Sevasanga) to expand our environmental protection and awareness projects over the years.

We provide disaster relief as needed in the community
Disaster Relief work.
Disaster relief – We work with local agencies in collecting distributing and giving financial assistance to those who are affected by the disaster in the local area. As an example, we have been working with CORD USA in raising funds for COVID-19 Relief and so far distributed over $25,000 to local agencies and have done hands-on help.  When disasters like wildfires stike our area, we have been at the forefront of reaching out to the community to provide the help needed.

 This is one of our way of giving back to the community and instill a sense of cleanliness in our children
Quarterly street cleanup
Adopt-a-RoadwayAdopt-A-Road Program is an anti-litter campaign intended to build civic pride in a litter-free Oregon. It allows citizens to work in partnership with the county by “adopting” a segment of the roadway and agreeing to keep it clean. We have sponsored 170th street in front of “Apna Bazaar” and do the quarterly street cleanup

Selected students get 2 full weeks of hands-on serving opportunity
Hands-on serving opportunities in rural areas
Hands-on service through service visits  – Our students get a chance to go to rural India through CORDUSA, Chinmaya Mission’s humanitarian wing, and experience serving the needy first hand. Most of them come back needing to do more and start projects like ELL tutoring, camps, and other innovative programs to help the underprivileged in this Country.

Summer Camps
Summer Camps
Summer Camps & Innovative Fundraising programs – During the Summer break, our high-school students conduct camps in Robotics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, and Speech and Debate and offer them free of charge for those who have financial difficulties.  Our Bala Vihar students also initiate innovative fundraising for disaster relief, like baking (“Cookies 4 COVID Care”), hand-made soaps (“Soap That Saves”), etc;