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Giving Back: KLCC's Guide To Giving Tuesday 2019

Ronnel Curry

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has become known as GivingTuesday.  GivingTuesday is an organization that has been encouraging philanthropy on this day for seven years, and describes their mission as a “global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”

Please join us for a special broadcast highlighting generous acts and groups from our communities right here in Oregon. You can listen to the broadcast Tuesday, December 3rd at 1:00pm and 6:30pm on KLCC. Read on for a list of the organizations we spoke with for this broadcast, and for ways that you can reach out to them. 

Oregon Community Programs has been serving youth and families for over 30 years in Lane County. Their mission is to support the use of evidence-based treatment for children and families with training, consulting, and outreach services to promote a positive family life. (541) 743-4340

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Mindi Brock, a program coordinator with Oregon Community Programs and KLCC's Love Cross.

You might have heard of a local “watershed council”, but maybe you don’t know much about what they do. There are 88 community-based, voluntary, non-regulatory watershed councils across the state of Oregon. All of them are meant to assess conditions in a given watershed- usually a river or creek and the lands that drain into them- and then conduct projects to restore or enhance the waters and lands for fish and native plants in their areas. Oregon is one of the few states to have this community-based model. On this program we speak with Holly Pupura, Executive Director of the Mary's River Watershed Council in Corvallis, and Diana Blakney, a landowner who has benefitted from the Mary's River Watershed Council. (541) 758-7597

Cottage Grove, population 10,000, has a gem, right in the heart of downtown. The Opal Center for Arts & Education offers opportunities for educational and culturally enriching unique and diverse programming. This includes theater shows, parades, community classes, and more. (541) 623-0513

SMART reading began in 1992 as a way to reinforce the idea that “reading matters." The children's literacy nonprofit believes in providing two critical ingredients for literacy success: shared reading and access to books. They're currently looking for new volunteer readers. (541) 600-8035

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Kari Rosenfeld, SMART Reading area manager for Benton, Lane, and Linn Counties, KLCC's Love Cross, volunteer reader Amber Jackson, and Charlie Jett, principal of Two Rivers Dos Rios Elementary School in Springfield.

KLCC has existed for more than 50 years and is supported by Lane Community College who holds the license with the FCC. KLCC reaches 80,000 listeners a week with about 6500 members throughout Western and Central Oregon and beyond who donate to the station. About five years ago, a group of community leaders came together and created a nonprofit to support KLCC and the KLCC Public Radio Foundation was born. (541) 463-6005
There are so many great organizations in our community, and since announcing this program we heard from a number of them who wanted to be a part of this broadcast. While we weren't able to talk to all of them, we do want to recognize the outstanding work they do:
The Diabetes Community Care Team in Eugene works to help people with all types of diabetes manage the challenges of living with a chronic disease and mitigate barriers to care including financial, psychological, and medical.
The Olalla Center in Toledo has provided mental health services for children in Lincoln County since 1978. Their newest pilot program, Bravery Center, will be starting up in 2020. Bravery Center will be a first-of-its kind resource in our community for LGBTQ+ youth.

In Eugene, The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide or E-LAW, helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet.

Burrito Brigade is a non-profit organization whose mission is to feed the hungry and unhoused in Oregon by hand-delivering vegan meals for free. They need volunteers to help wash, cut, and prepare veggies for the burritos as well as help roll and wrap burritos every weekend.

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