Oregon City Woman's Club presents 7K to 16 local nonprofits
The Oregon City Woman's Club has "grown in leaps and bounds; we now have 43 members," said Jerri Adams, the president of the group.
What do these women do?
They raise money to support area nonprofits and in a ceremony on Jan. 22 at the Tumwater Room they distributed $7,000 to 16 organizations.
"Woman's Club is an international club that started in 1899 and we have tons of acknowledgements that we are extremely proud of. Oregon City's chapter started in 1903, and one of the first things the club did was build a library and raise the money to help move the McLoughlin House up Singer Hill to save and preserve it. We do lots of things besides giving other nonprofits checks, too," Adams said.
During 2017, the Woman's Club raised funds through the annual auction, and by working at the Oregon State Fair and the First City Celebration in Oregon City. Every penny of that money goes back into the community, Adams said.
Representatives from each of the nonprofits commented on how much they appreciate the Woman's Club, and what they plan to do with the money they received.
Angels in the Outfield
This organization is an all-volunteer board, so all the money received "expands the number of children we can help," said Shannon Kmetic, the founder and president of Angels in the Outfield.
The nonprofit, founded in 2009, receives referrals from teachers, counselors and caseworkers to help children impacted by crime, abuse and neglect.
The OC Woman's Club helps the organization in more ways than one, she said, adding, "They are always the ones who step up."
This program, started in 2014, provides food for homeless and food-insecure high school students in Oregon City, said Ted Thonstad, the pantry's project coordinator.
"We're filling 110 backpacks per week," he said.
This year the OC Woman's Club "took on the challenge of homeless kids at Christmas," Thonstad said, adding that the group provided hats, gloves, scarves, warm clothes and $495 in gift cards to the teens.
"We get an unbelievable amount of support from them," he said.
All monetary donations go to purchase food for students.
H.O.P.E. is a nonprofit network of five food pantries located in Oregon City; it stands for Helping Other People Eat.
Duane Younger, a board member, said he is grateful to the OC Woman's Club for the "many things they do in the community, and especially for those in need."
He estimated that H.O.P.E. feeds about 71 families per week out of the organization's shopping pantry.
New Urban High School
New Urban, a project-based high school in Oak Grove, is a new addition to the groups supported by the OC Woman's Club. Eric Kilgore, the tech specialist at the school, said the money from the club will go to support new projects.
Oregon City Police, homeless liaison
Mike Day, the homeless liaison for the OC Police Department, is another new recipient of money from the OC Woman's Club.
"Each person I work with has varying circumstances, and this funding will be used to fill the gaps in social services funds," he said.
Oregon City Library
Library Director Maureen Cole, another new recipient of money from the club, said she plans to "purchase a portable magnifying glass that can be checked out by people [with vision issues] and be used in the library."
Friends Involved in Dog Outreach is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping people and their pet companions stay together. Every dollar donated goes to purchase pet food, said board member Mariann Buell, who is an outreach volunteer for FIDO.
The AniMeals program and the new Veterans AniMeals program deliver pet food along with the Meals-on-Wheels program every other week to recipients who often are at risk of sacrificing their own nutrition to feed their animals.
FIDO also has a pet food bank for both cats and dogs, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, Buell said.
"We are always in need of donations," she said, adding that cash allows the organization to buy cat and dog food, when donated food falls short.
Buell estimates that FIDO's pet foodbanks provided 156,766 meals in 2017.
Clackamas County Health Center
Tracy Garell is the operations manager at the Behavioral Health Center Clinic that serves children, youth and families. It is part of Clackamas County's Health, Housing and Human Services.
"We are going to use the money to buy diapers and feminine hygiene products, which are items not covered by any other services," she said.
"Diapers are real gifts and mean so much to the families," Garell added.
Clackamas County Historical Society
"We don't receive any money from the county, city or state, so we depend on donations," said Jenna Barganski, museum manager and volunteer coordinator at CCHS.
The museum will use the money from the OC Woman's Club to "improve our hands-on history hall and expand our audience. We are working to get our younger audience excited" about the exhibits, she said.
Barganski added, "We want to bring new faces into the museum and bring families in."
DHS Shoes for Foster Kids
Sometimes, when tragedy strikes, children are removed from the situation with only what is on their backs at the time. When they are placed in foster care, often they desperately need the basics, like shoes.
The money from the OC Woman's Club goes to buy gift cards to Payless Shoes so the foster children can try on and pick out their own shoes. The program supplies 20 to 25 foster kids with shoes. Some of the children have never owned a new pair of shoes, said Mary Basargin, volunteer coordinator for the Clackamas County's Department of Human Services, Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency division.
Project Start Right
Lowell Gere noted that every fall Project Start Right provides backpacks filled with school supplies to Clackamas County students in grades kindergarten to 12.
"We depend on organizations in Clackamas County for donations," he said.
The money given to the Oregon City Backpack Buddies enhances "any help that we can give to schoolchildren," Carole Datria.
"Nine churches cover all the public elementary and middle schools in Oregon City," she added.
All the information about children in need comes from the school counselors, and then volunteers meet to fill the backpacks. Teachers at each school "deposit food in the backpacks discretely," Datria added.
OCPD, summer camps program
"The money from the OC Woman's Club is the only donation that we receive for summer camp," said Chris Wadsworth, community outreach and crime prevention officer with the OCPD.
The camp is for 30 to 36 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders and meets at Gaffney Lane Elementary School for a week.
"An Oregon City school bus picks the kids up, takes them home and takes them on field trips," she said.
Members of the OCPD eat lunch with the kids, and all the officers teach classes about law enforcement, said Shaun Davis, a department captain.
Representatives from the K9 and fire departments drop into the camp as well as detectives, so the students can have a positive interaction with law enforcement, he added.
Pioneer Center Meals on Wheels
The Pioneer Center in Oregon City provides home-delivered meals to homebound seniors in Oregon City, West Linn, Beavercreek and Redland areas.
For people over the age of 60 or those under 60 referred by Medicaid, meals are provided five days per week at the noon hour.
The meals on wheels program can connect seniors with other programs and services that are available in Clackamas County and through local organizations.
The money from the OC Woman's Club will sustain Meals on Wheels, which "is needed, especially, after the holidays," said Jamie Davie, client services coordinator at the Pioneer Center.
"We've never been busier," added, Jessica Spencer, recreation programmer at the center.
For more information call 503-722-5979, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation
The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation consists of emergency service agencies within Clackamas County and provides assistance to people who've been affected by disaster, tragedy, injury or other adversities.
In 2017, the foundation presented a check for $5,000 to the Children's Center, a nonprofit child abuse intervention center that supports and medically assesses children in Clackamas County who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect.
Fire Chief Charlton and foundation President Don Trotter also presented a check for $4,000 to Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program.
To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation or to make a donation, visit Clackamas Fire's online.
The OC Woman's Club also gave money to Love INC., an organization with a mission to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.