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Madras resident Sarah Short advocated for people with disabilities locally and at the state level.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sarah Short and her daughter Laura.When the family of Sarah Lovina Short decided to memorialize their mother, they contacted Opportunity Foundation Executive Director Seth Johnson with a desire to make a donation.

At the time, he did not anticipate it would take the form of a $30,000 new endowment enabling Central Oregon residents with disabilities support toward job training and opportunities, social events, and other activities.

"We are extremely grateful to the family for this generous endowed gift," said Johnson. "Their wishes are that this endowment grow through the donations of others in our community. Given the ongoing uncertainty of funding for our critically important services, please consider joining the family and amplify the power of your gift."

An endowment is a fitting way to remember Sarah Short, who spent her life advocating for underrepresented groups with special needs through her own efforts and groups like the Arc of Central Oregon. Sarah Short was also part of a small panel of citizens, giving input regarding state budget cuts, for former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts.

Since its founding in 1965, the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon has relied on generous contributions of citizens and businesses to push further in its mission of empowering people of diverse abilities.

This has taken the shape of educational, residential and employment-related services helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the local community achieve their goals and potential.

The family's gift ensures that their mother's impact will continue for years to come. Gifts of all sizes positively impact Opportunity Foundation's overall efforts, including services for 38 full-time residents in nine locations, behavioral support services and classes to the public and families, job development and vocational training services, and thrift stores in Madras, Bend, and Redmond, serving more than 200 clients.

The Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information or to donate, visit www.opportunityfound.org, or contact Lew England at 541-548-2611 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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