Oregonians fighting poverty
By DEBORAH MOON
article created on: 2009-01-15
Four 20-something Oregonians—Briana Carp, Samuel Asarnow and Viviana Gordon from Portland, and David Eber from Salem—are spending a year performing community service through Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps.
The year-long service corps brings recent college graduates from a range of Jewish backgrounds to work full-time on urban poverty issues. Founded in 1998, the domestic service program has grown from nine service members its first year in New York City, to 59 current Avodah members volunteering in New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, DC.
Eber, from Salem, is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He is spending the year in New Orleans where he volunteers as a sustainable development campaign coordinator at the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development.
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