'Give Local' and give generously to nonprofits in the Newberg area
Give Local is an effort by The Graphic and Pamplin Media Group to inspire our readers to give generously to support local nonprofit organizations that are making our communities stronger.
In partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington and numerous local businesses,The Graphic is proud to help build awareness about numerous nonprofit organizations who do so many good things for the betterment of all.
Giving locally is obviously not a new concept for many of us. But as we approach the holidays, we want to make sure our readers don't forget about the many great organizations doing philanthropic work closer to home.
Philanthropy can be broadly defined as love for humankind. It is derived from the Greek words "philos," which means loving and "anthropos," which means humankind. A person who practices philanthropy is called a philanthropist. Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr., owner of the Pamplin Media Group, is one of Oregon's most prominent philanthropists.
Our hope is that by making more people aware of the efforts of our local nonprofits, we will create an army of local philanthropists who are inspired to make a difference in their communities through the power of giving.
We have highlighted several nonprofits below that we feel are worthy of your support. Donations to any of these local nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and will help people in need right here in Newberg.
Of course, there our numerous nonprofits that are also doing equally great work in our communities as well. Our hope is that through the spirit of giving, you will find a nonprofit that personally resonates with you and make a donation today.
When we all step up to support our communities in this way, we all win.
Newberg Thrift Store
For decades, the Newberg Charitable Organization has operated a thrift shop in Newberg to help out the homeless and lower-income people in the community meet some of their needs. While the thrift shop is open to all seeking a good bargain, its biggest focus is on giving back to the community.
The thrift shop's deep roots in the community go back to its establishment in 1969, when it operated under the umbrella of the city-owned hospital and in conjunction with its gift shop. The shop broke ties with the hospital some time ago and established itself as an independent nonprofit organization.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization, according to secretary-treasurer Janet LaFountain, adding that the volunteers' contributions are what allow the shop to continue to give back to the community in the way it has.
For information on how to donate to the thrift shop, volunteer or receive a monetary donation for a local organization, visit its website at www.newbergthrift.org or call 503-538-5051. The shop is located at 414 E. Third St. in Newberg.
Newberg Animal Shelter
The Newberg Animal Shelter has been through a lot over the past several decades, but now is stable in its new building on Sandoz Road with a cadre of volunteers dedicated to caring for and finding homes for animals. And that is good news for the community as both the city and the county have cut their animal control programs, leaving the responsibility for maintaining and running the shelter to its president, a small batch of full-time employees and volunteers.
And they're a busy bunch, with adoptions expected to top 800 animals this year. So they could use your help, whether it be cash donations, volunteer hours or the occasional bag of food.
For more information on animals up for adoption, lost animals or opportunities to volunteer at the shelter, visit www.newberganimals.com. The shelter is located at 1591 S. Sandoz Road in Newberg and can be reached by phone at 503-554-9285.
Newberg Library Friends
The Newberg Library Friends are a group of mostly retirees who are finding ways to give back to one of their community's most important resources. The Friends do everything from organizing classes for kids at the library to stocking its shelves with books, all the while establishing themselves as key components of the community.
Theirs is an unpaid, volunteer position that assists library employees in the duties that keep the library running smoothly.
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