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Cancer Center under construction gets $5K, with another donation going to Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine

Oregon City Woman's Club kicked off the year by announcing a total in $16,800 donations to 11 organizations benefiting the community.COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON CITY WOMAN'S CLUB - Tiffany Gillespie with Providence Willamette Falls Foundation, right, accepts a donation to the Cancer Center from Woman's Club members Susie Werner and Connie Kitzmiller.

Providence Willamette Falls' new Carol Danielson Suzuki Cancer Center was one of the largest recent beneficiaries of the Woman's Club. With a $5,000 donation to the Cancer Center currently under construction, the club is now halfway through its pledge to give $15,000 to the center during a six-year period beginning in 2020.

With funds they raised throughout the year, approximately 50 members of the Woman's Club also donated to Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, whose mission is to serve the health needs of uninsured, low-income people by providing free medical care through community volunteers. Renovations will be taking place at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus so that the county's only free medical clinic can move roughly 2 miles south to expand its health services and provide training opportunities for students interested in health sciences.

Additionally, Woman's Club members donated funds to reinstall the flag pole as part of the Veterans Memorial Plaza restoration at Mt. View Cemetery, Oregon City Backpack Buddies for food to children in need, Brief Encounters for breaking the sense of isolation surrounding pregnancy with trained facilitators holding parent support groups, Camp Hope with A Safe Place Family Justice Center where children impacted by violence and abuse attend to increase confidence and resiliency, and Helping Other People Eat for purchasing and distribute food to families each week.

Other beneficiaries of the club's generosity included M Seed, which sponsors addicts struggling with drug abuse by getting them into 12-month residential programs; Pioneer Center Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to low income and homebound seniors; Oregon City Community Schools, which supports low income families with child care needs when school is not in session and provides camp opportunities for children who might otherwise be home without adult supervision during school breaks; and Oregon City High School's We Dine Together, provides a welcoming space where at-risk students can come together for lunch, after school and outside activities.

Since 1903, the club has given annual donations to causes that provide civic improvement or social services.

"We continue to work hard helping to make our community a better place for everyone," said Woman's Club President Connie Kitzmiller."The members of our club care about all those in need and work to help make our community a better and safer place for everyone."

Visit oregoncitywomansclub.org for more information about the group and its fundraising efforts.


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