BottleDrop customers helping support Oregon City summer camps
More organizations are lining up to help reduce barriers to accessing summer camps for Oregon City children who come from families with limited income.
BottleDrop's parent organization, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC), this month announced a $2,500 donation to the Oregon City Parks Foundation.
Oregon City Parks Foundation's scholarship fund, created in late 2020, received $2,000 in March through a successful grant application to OnPoint Community Credit Union. Oregon City Garbage Co., aka B&B Leasing, donated another $1,000 to the foundation's Elyejah Dean Hauff Camp Fund, which works with the city's Parks & Recreation Department to facilitate getting funds out to help pay the summer camp fees.
This year 11 children received Oregon City camp scholarships for various amounts from $25-$150 for a total of $1010.85. Park-foundation leaders plan to add to the scholarship fund so that they'll be ready as the program expands in future years.
OBRC's donation to the new Oregon City scholarship program was generated through BottleDrop's Containers for Change Program, which donates all funds from redeemable cans and bottles for nonprofit organizations, when customers don't place stickers on bags of containers left at BottleDrop locations. Customers can participate in the program by simply leaving their tags off of their Green Bags, and dropping them off at any BottleDrop facility, like the Redemption Center at 14214 Fir St., Oregon City.
"We are very appreciative of the BottleDrop program, as it has enabled the Oregon City Parks Foundation in raising funds for our park projects," said Dorothy "Didi" Dahlsrud, vice-president of the Oregon City Parks Foundation. "Our community has benefited greatly because of BottleDrop."
Families who may not be able to afford their child's camp fees now have access to the Elyejah Dean Hauff fund by filling out a confidential online application detailing their income qualifications. Elyejah Dean Hauff, who died in 2019 at the age of 9, lived in low-income housing in northern Oregon City and loved spending his summers outdoors and in parks.
"Outdoor recreation is especially important for young people in Oregon. We're proud to help Oregon City area youth create positive, long-lasting outdoor experiences and memories," said Eric Chambers, OBRC's director of external relations. "Our customers are amazingly generous, and we wanted to create a straightforward way for them to support programs like this with funds from their bottles and cans."
Oregon City's application deadline to participate in supervised summer camps has passed for this year, but the scholarship fund will still be in place during future years. For more information, interested families can contact the Oregon City Parks and Recreation Department at 503-657-8273, or go to the scholarship page that explains how eligibility is determined at orcity.org/swimmingpool/scholarship-information.
Those wishing to make donations toward the Elyejah Dean Hauff Camp Fund, visit oregoncityparksfoundation.org/giving or mail your donation to Oregon City Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 963, Oregon City, OR 97045.
Editor, Clackamas Review/Oregon City News
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