Help for first responders
Hope Village community members hold a fundraiser each year and donate 10 percent to a local charity. This year, they gifted $200 to Dr. Richard Davies First Responder Fund.
"It's our opportunity to give back to the community," Bill Vermillion said. "We love Canby, and we want to do what we can to assist groups in Canby."
So they held a Labor Day garage sale, which roped in about $2,000, bringing the donation to $200. Vermillion said that worked out well since the First Responder Fund typically gives grants in increments of $100.
The people at Hope Village presented the donation to Canby Fire Chief Jim Davis and other first responders on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
"We were so pleased to have them," Vermillion said. "They put on a really good presentation. It's really good for the residents to see where the money goes through the fundraisers."
In the past, Hope Village has gifted funds to organizations such as the Canby Center, Kiwanis, the Canby Adult Center, Bridging Cultures and more. Vermillion learned about the recently established First Responder Fund from the Canby Herald and decided it'd be a worthwhile cause for this year's donation.
The First Responder Fund was created in 2017 to ensure that Canby Police, Fire, EMTs and the Canby Center have resources to assist people with needs that arise during emergency situations. It is named in honor of Dr. Richard Davies, who served as the director of emergency medical services in Canby for 38 years.