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Our hope is that through the spirit of giving, you will find a non-profit that personally resonates with you and make a donation today.

Every day the Pamplin Media Group, parent company of the West Linn Tidings, strives to create stronger communities through the power of local journalism.

Pamplin Media Group's Give Local CampaignWhen we can engage readers with stories about their neighborhood, friends or family, then we have helped to create a community of readers who value what's happening locally.

Going into this holiday season, we wanted to see if we could create a grassroots effort of support for our local non-profits. This week, we are pleased to launch a new campaign called Give Local.

Give Local is Pamplin Media Group's effort to inspire readers to support local non-profit organizations that are also working to make our communities stronger.

In partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Oregon and Southwest Washington and numerous local businesses, we are seeking to make more people aware of the efforts of local non-profits. We hope to create a ripple effect of more awareness, more donations and more volunteers, with the end result being stronger communities.

Beginning this week and running through the week of Nov. 12, the Pamplin Media Group's 20 newspapers and websites will be highlighting up to 60 local non-profits throughout the metro area and the efforts they make to help others.

Here in West Linn we will be highlighting 3 non-profits:

— West Linn-Wilsonville Education Foundation

— West Linn Food Pantry

— West Linn High School Character Award

Our hope is that as we enter this period of generous giving, you will take some time to learn about each of these worthy groups. Each of the above charities is highlighted in today's Tidings on page A12.

And whether you become a donor or a volunteer (or both), and no matter how much you give or which causes you support — just remember that when a community works together to support one another they can accomplish amazing things.

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