Hamilton Healthcare evolved from volunteers forming Portland’s Allergy and Chemically Injured Support group. Four of us that respected environmental medicine theories, wanted more education and so worked together. Lana Cynthia Miller stood out as a key founder who inspired us to open our eyes to the reality of the toxic chemical hazards in everyday life and become advocates for change. We all were extremely grateful to gather together with dedicated friends to make schools healthier for children and teachers and improve our lives. After more than 20 years, these air and water filtration units along with small breathing masks, and other products help many of us exist and keep well.
After five years of monthly speaker support meetings, Pacific NW Foundation offered to fund and guide us in our Mission by continuing as a 501C3 nonprofit corporation. Throughout many classes and studies of board building and grant writing, we kept having faith this was meant to be. We are very grateful for all those who advised, guided and led the way for us to reach more of the public and receive tax deductible donations and grants. The links and products on our website as developed by the author of www. injuredworker.org was crucial. Without the guidance of Virginia leading us spiritually, Ron in home support, Laura, TheresAnn, Kerey, Cece, Toni, Connie all in kindness and sympathy supporting us, along with many others, the network would never have happened.
Oregon Ecobuilding Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit was formed in December 1999. Continuing with our Allergy and Chemically Injured Support Group, we focused on the importance of a toxic-free healthy home. We enjoyed many volunteer speakers for discussions on Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity(MCS), Chemical Injury and related issues. We all shared to help each other in frequent monthly support groups with an emphasis on cost effective strategies for creating a clean oasis within a green toxic free lifestyle.
This nonprofit grassroots organization, now closed in 2010, was run by the chemically injured for the benefit of those who have chronic disabilities due to injury from the impact of manmade, synthetic toxic chemicals, often from workplace exposures. Among other material, the nonprofit promoted the free "Guide to Hazardous Household Products - Effective Alternatives,” from Metro, and extensive Latex Education from the Pacific Northwest Foundation. Your support was invaluable in getting this together and keeping it going for so long.
For more than twenty years, we have all promoted cleaner home, school, and workplace environments that would not trigger or exacerbate chronic illnesses as MCS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Porphyria, Electro Hyper Sensitivity (EHS) and many more. We all joined together to write letter, sign petitions, educate the ignorant and always advocate for reasonable accommodation to continue being able to breathe at work. For example, we provided education on the value of mercury-free, latex-free and perfume-free dental and medical offices. Validation and recognition are crucial to regaining wellness. To our MCS community, please keep up the good work!
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