Oregon City nonprofit raises over $1,000 for fire recovery
Downtown Oregon City's nonprofit space for aspiring artists has raised over $1,000 from the community this month in response to a car crashing into the organization's gas line and sparking a fire.
Soulflags Art Lit Community Center leaders thanked NW Natural and Clackamas Fire personnel for responding quickly to the Jan. 5 incident and preventing worse damage to the building at 504 Main St.
Officials estimated thousands of dollars in damage was done to four interior doors, door trim, locking bolts and the double-glass doors in the back of the center. The crash temporarily closed the center, but it reopened for limited hours on Jan. 6.
Through its community workspace, Soulflags focuses on creating an opportunity for youth and aspiring artists to be exposed to different art styles and media. Following the crash, Alexa Lachman launched the fundraising campaign, saying the nonprofit is personally important.
"It's one of the most inclusive, loving spaces in Oregon City and a place where I feel completely at home every time I walk in the doors," Lachman said. "This place connects anyone of any age with art and community, two things I couldn't live without."
Donations help Soulflags provide studio space and art supplies to children and aspiring artists throughout Clackamas County. Soulflags co-founder Tima Carlson said that if the driver does not have insurance, the nonprofit organization will most likely be responsible for replacing doors, casing and paneling.
"The building owner's insurance is going to go after the driver's insurance," Carlson said.
For more information about Soulflags and to donate, visit soulflags.org or gofundme.com/f/soulflags-art-lit-community-center-door-repair.
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