Garage sale honors nonprofits
Hope Village has held a garage sale every year in April for the last 20 years, and every year the profits grow. This year the village raised $10,000 after expenses and found two local nonprofits to give each 10 percent of those profits.
On May 21, they handed out $490 checks to Ray Keen and Kathy Robinson to use in their programs, which both said would be put to very good use.
Executive director Ray Keen of the Canby Center told the Herald the money would support the five areas the center supports including health, education, recreation, faith and life skills. It serves a large area that includes Hubbard, Yoder, Rural Dell, but doesn't go as far as Molalla. The eastern-most city is Beavercreek.
The center provides Harvest Share boxes of food on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and a food pantry on the first and third Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Clothing is available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
It also offers temporary financial assistance for rent and utilities to people with stable incomes who are experiencing a life challenge. Members can also attend a financial class to help achieve financial stability.
It doesn't stop there. Through the center and a network of churches, a student was given hearing aids to hear again even though the family could not afford them, another student received running shoes, a volunteer began teaching piano to at-risk students and students are treated to after school snacks.
Canby Adult Center
Canby Adult Center offers a variety of services and activities to seniors.
It provides meals, fitness, education, recreation and socialization. While working with seniors is the center's major goal, no one is refused services if they are unable to pay. The check from Hope Village will go directly to the center's food program, said Kathy Robinson, executive director.
The center provides hot meals at the center every weekday but Tuesday. The meals vary from soup and salad to pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy. They may ask for a $3.50 donation, but no one will be refused service because they can't pay.
The center also offers meals for homebound seniors four days a week, and will visit the senior or disabled person to determine whether they are able for home delivery or if they might benefit by coming to the center for lunch and taking part in center activities.
You may be wondering what Hope Village does with all the rest of the garage sale money.
Delette Huffman, a resident volunteer who coordinates the annual garage sale says the money that's left after expenses and gifts to the non-profits goes into the village's resident funds allowing the staff to purchase items for the community and help keep costs down.
They have been able to buy the Hope Village Bus that takes residents to local trips, buy a sound system and pay for landscaping among other things.
"It helps keep monthly costs low," Huffman told the Herald.
The garage sales are held every year typically the third weekend of April, although that was Easter this year so it was held on the following weekend. Items typically include furniture, clothes, books, household items and tools.
"This year we had a collection of beer steins, about 100 of them," Huffman said. "Most of them were bought by one man," she added.