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Secretary of the Board of Directo...

Phone: (541) ***-****  HQ Phone
Maslow Project
500 Monroe Street
Medford , Oregon 97501
United States

Company Description: Maslow Project is a nationally-recognized outreach program and resource center that works with families, schools, and social service agencies to break down barriers...   more
Background

Employment History

  • President
    RIVERNET
  • President
    Rogue Valley Community Organizations Active
  • Director for Community Relations
    Planned Parenthood for Southwestern Oregon
  • Minister
    United Church of Christ disaster ministries
  • Pastor
    Design Perfected Inc

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Board of Directors | Maslow ProjectMaslow Project
www.maslowproject.org, 13 July 2014 [cached]
Paul Robinson Board Secretary
Board Secretary Paul Robinson is a retired minister in the United Church of Christ, and served the church in Medford for ten years. Following his retirement from the pastoral ministry, he served as the Director for Community Relations for Planned Parenthood for Southwestern Oregon for five years. Paul currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Maslow Project and as the Chairperson for the World Community Service Committee for the Medford Rogue Rotary Club. He is the President of the Rogue Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster and the President of RIVERNET, a disaster preparation and response including the faith communities of the Rogue Valley.
Weekly News
www.trinitychurchashland.org, 5 July 2009 [cached]
For more information contact Paul Robinson, President of Rivernet at 840-5640.
[IMG]Good-hearted donors must use discretion for hurricane relief - September 2, 2005
www.mailtribune.com, 2 Sept 2005 [cached]
"We're encouraging people to give to organizations they're already familiar with," said Paul Robinson of Rivernet Inc., a local nonprofit disaster coordination group that formed after the 1997 New Year's Day Flood.
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Donors tempted to send physical supplies such as water, food or clothing should resist the impulse, said Robinson.
Often, disaster management agencies are forced to spend time, energy and money coping with well-intentioned but unwanted donations.Sometimes, the donations aren't particularly thoughtful, he added.In the past, people have sent piles of dirty, ragged winter clothing to hurricane victims broiling in summer heat, for instance.
"In the business of disaster work, they call the donation do-gooder cycle 'the second disaster,'" Robinson said."Unless there's an identifiable delivery system and a clear need, give cash."
The impact of Hurricane Katrina highlights the need for a local agency dedicated to coordinating the efforts of volunteer agencies and individuals during a disaster, he added.
In October, Rivernet Inc. will launch RVCOAD: the Rogue Valley Community Organization Active in a Disaster.Modeled on similar national entities, the agency will work to meet emergency and long- term needs not covered by government or other social service groups.
Representatives from several area churches, nonprofit groups and Jackson County's emergency response team are involved in the effort.
Interested people can contact Robinson at 840-5640.
Local disaster relief group to expand - February 17, 2004
www.mailtribune.com, 17 Feb 2004 [cached]
Rivernet Inc., which formed after the 1997 New Year's Day Flood, has become a free-standing nonprofit and is reaching out to the community for additional volunteers, Rivernet President Paul Robinson said.
The group plans a volunteer-training class Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St. Robinson is a pastor at the church.
The training will cover managing donations, placing volunteers and working with other community groups that respond to disasters, Robinson said.Those are the tasks assigned to the group in the county's emergency plan, he explained.
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At its inception, the group, originally known as Rogue Valley Interfaith Relief Network, coordinated brigades of shovel-bearing citizens who wanted to help dig out Ashland's Plaza after the '97 flood, then distributed nearly half a million dollars from various church funds to cover the multitude of little expenses that other programs overlooked, Robinson said.
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With Rivernet's role formally recognized by the county, the group decided to become more than just "a coalition of church people," Robinson said.
It stepped out from under the Congregational Church's umbrella to set up its own organizational structure and bank account, Robinson said
"That means we can go beyond the normal church folk and get the community involved," he said."This is a way for people who want to do something in a disaster."
He hopes to attract new volunteers to this week's training session.
However, Rivernet will continue to work closely with area churches and organize interfaith responses to disasters, he said.
Helping those with the greatest need ...
www.mailtribune.com, 23 Sept 2007 [cached]
Helping those with the greatest need and least ability to take care of themselves during an emergency can create some of the biggest challenges for emergency "aftercare" workers, says Paul Robinson, president of Rogue Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (RVCOAD).
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For example, what will happen if we experience a pandemic, Robinson asks.
"What if people are told to stay home in self quarantine?"he says.
Every person is encouraged to have a 72-hour pack containing water, food and medicine, and sources for heating and light, Robinson says.
RVCOAD is a spin-off organization from Rivernet Inc. - a coalition of churches that responded to area floods.Modeled on similar national entities, RVCOAD works to meet emergency and long-term needs not covered by government or other social service groups.Representatives from several area churches, nonprofit groups and Jackson County's emergency response team are involved in the effort.
The impact of Hurricane Katrina highlights the need for a local agency dedicated to coordinating the efforts of volunteer agencies and other individuals during a disaster, Robinson says.People often expect their most urgent needs will be met by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).But in the hours and days following a disaster, help from FEMA may not yet be available.
"A lot of times FEMA does not come out until there's been a federal disaster declared," Robinson says."And long-term care is almost exclusively provided by non-governmental agencies."
Robinson sites an example from the 1997 flood where FEMA help was almost cancelled because of red tape - but for the coordinated efforts of Rivernet Inc. volunteers and FEMA workers.
An elderly couple had signed up with FEMA.The pair were in the process of cleaning up their property when the husband died of a heart attack, Robinson says.The husband's tragic death invalidated the couple's claim, he adds.FEMA called Rivernet Inc. and advised them to help the woman resubmit her claim.
"They told us to do it 'so she doesn't get lost in the mix,' " Robinson says.
Rivernet Inc. remains a viable operation, he says.
As Rogue Valley's demographics skew toward seniors - who often have special medical needs - Robinson says his group is responsible for maintaining "the talent database" for other Rogue Valley responders.
The the Rogue Valley Council of Governments is developing a registry to track those with special needs throughout the valley's different geographic areas, Robinson says.
Monday's meeting is another of the quarterly meetings RVCOAD holds annually, Robinson says.
"We meet on a regular basis so we know where to turn, who the players are and so we don't duplicate services," Robinson says.
A previous topic included communications.
"What happens when the phone lines are down?"Robinson says.
The next will be on regaining or maintaining mental and spiritual health after a disaster, he added.
"We will be dealing with post-traumatic problems," Robinson says.
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