Warming center to be open Saturday and Sunday nights – Volunteers needed, PLEASE!

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Jan 132012

LIncoln County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

Volunteers are needed to help open and operate the Newport Warming Center for Homeless Families and Individuals Saturday and Sunday nights at 6pm. The Warming Center is in the main exhibit hall of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, NE 3rd and NE Harney, just east of Newport High School.

Volunteers Coordinator Dave and Joann Williams say there are FIVE shifts available:

SET UP: SAT/SUN, 5-6PM. Two to three volunteers needed.
First: 5:45pm-11pm. Three volunteers needed. At least one male.
Second: 10:45pm-3am. Three volunteers needed. At least one male.
Third: 2:45am-6am. Three volunteers needed. At least one male.
TAKE DOWN: 6am-7am. Three volunteers needed.

To become a volunteer, contact Dave or Joann Williams at 708-983-9177.

Food volunteers are coordinated through Jim and Kathy Myers. If you would like to donate food, please drop it off at the fairgrounds by 5pm. Dinner and breakfast foods are needed. For more information call 541-270-0892.

Volunteers who did not participate in last year’s warming center operations or who did not attend training need to come at 5pm to read the manual and sign confidentiality agreement if wanting to volunteer on shifts 1, 2 or 3.

My Sisters’ Place needs volunteers

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Jan 052012

My Sisters’ Place: Announcing Volunteer Open House

Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions by learning what you can do to help our community. My Sisters’ Place is hosting its 2012 Volunteer Open House on January 19th, from 5:00 to 6:30pm. This will be the perfect opportunity for you to find the volunteer position that fits your interests and schedule.

My Sisters’ Place is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of domestic, sexual, and dating violence in Lincoln County. They are in a constant need for volunteers to occupy a variety of positions, ranging from help with fundraisers to property maintenance.

Of course, there are also many positions available to work directly with clients in need of services like shelter, advocacy, support group, and transportation. All the options will be explained in detail at the Volunteer Open House, to which everyone is invited. “If you’ve been looking for a volunteer opportunity, we’ve been looking for you!” said Caitlin Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator. “We can accommodate volunteers interested in all different levels of commitment, from one week a year to a weekly basis. So make good on your New Year’s Resolutions and come join us to see what it’s all about.”

So mark your calendars for January 19th, from 5:00 to 6:30pm, as the day you’ll be stopping by My Sisters’ Place office on 934 SW 8th St. in Newport. Along with volunteer opportunities, you will find a wealth of knowledge, snacks and refreshments, and likeminded peers! If you would like more information, please contact Caitlin at My Sisters’ Place, (541) 574-9424.

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic, sexual, or dating violence, please call My Sisters’ Place crisis line at (541) 994-5959 for information and safety options.

Helping children in a most important way – LITERACY!

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Sep 202011

Provided by Lincoln County Schools

Family Literacy Center to Host Volunteer Orientation

Prospective volunteers from the community can learn about the services provided at the school district’s four Family Literacy Centers in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Waldport. The variety of volunteer opportunities available range from office duties, to fund-raising, to direct service with students. Volunteers may become involved for one-time events or on an ongoing basis.

Direct one-on-one help for students includes tutoring for students kindergarten through high school, helping students to use and access website resources for homework, and at monthly read and feed events throughout the county.

Lincoln County School District’s Family Literacy and Resource Center in Newport will host an informal information session for prospective volunteers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. All interested residents are invited to attend. The Newport Family Literacy and Resource Center is located at 351 S.E. Harney St., at the former Yaquina View school building. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Volunteer Coordinator Brittany Russell at 541-574-5824.

How to A-Cert yourself in protecting your community, Toledo style.

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Sep 132011

Toledo CERT Coordinator Nancy Lynne has announced the training schedule for Toledo citizens to become trained in CERT related operations, which are activated during major emergencies.

Community Emergency Response Teams are becoming more and more common across the country to ensure that local citizens can step in during major natural disasters or other emergencies when regular first responders are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the disaster. Those who would like to learn more about Toledo CERT training, which is FREE, can call Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing at 541-336-3311, ext. 201, or email him at ToledoCERT@charter.net

For general CERT information, go online at www.CitizensCorps.gov/cert/about.shtm

CERT training not only prepares you to take better care of your community, it helps you take better care of yourself and your family during disaster events. You also get to work with some of the finest folks in town who are true blue, solid community supporters. It’s often said that those seeking to make a difference in their community, especially under the onslaught of a major disaster, can not do better than by becoming a member of their local CERT team.

Toledo CERT training schedule:

Monday, Sept. 19 – 6 to 9 p.m. Introduction, Fire Control

Monday, Sept. 26 – 6 to 9 p.m. Disaster Preparedness

Monday, Oct. 3 – 6 to 9 p.m. Medical Operations

Monday, Oct. 10 – 6 to 9 p.m. Medical Operations, continued

Saturday, Oct. 15 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Search and Rescue, Psychology

Monday, Oct. 17 – 6 to 9 p.m. CERT Organization

Monday, Oct. 24 – 6 to 9 p.m. Terrorism and CERT

Saturday, Oct. 29 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Review and Disaster Simulation

All classes will be held at Toledo Fire Station, 285 NE Burgess Road. To join Toledo CERT and receive this essential FREE training, please sign up by calling Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing at 541-336-3311, ext. 201, or email ToledoCERT@charter.net, or show up at the first session on September 19th.

Some who talk the talk and walk the walk while others break out in a fast run…

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Sep 122011

Jerilyn Guiss (R) and Elise Jordan (L) partnering on upcoming joint support of “Project Homeless”

A Newport area business has, for a long time, been proving that you don’t have to be a big business or industrial giant to make important contributions to the health and betterment of the community. Jerilyn and Company has been donating a percentage of specific proceeds of their retail sales operations to a number of what can only be called vital services that government has been less and less able to provide; help for the homeless, medical emergencies, distressed children, fighting alcohol and drug abuse, and many, many more.

Since October of last year Jerilyn Guiss of Jerilyn and Company has raised $4,434 by setting aside a certain part of their hair care sales to a number of community boosting organizations, including:

October – Animal Medical Foundation – $325,
November – Children’s Advocacy Center – $380
December – Food Share – $414
January – Samaritan House – $406
February – PCHF – Women’s Cancer Fund – $416
March – OCCA – $385
April – Newport Public Library – $340
May – CASA – $340
June – My Sisters Place – $375
July – PAADA – $390
August – Red Cross – $409

In September, 5% of all retail sales of their salon hair product line are be being contributed to Project Homeless Connect which is an event to serve the needs of our coastal homeless on October 6th at the Newport Church of the Nazarene on 12th Street, just west of Highway 101.

Jeriyln Guiss said her company’s giving campaign was created in a moment of deep gratitude to her friends, employees and the community. One day she came in and announced, “What local groups and organizations do you admire that we ought to be supporting in their mission?” From that day forward in October of last year, Jerilyn and Company has been donating proceeds from their salon hair care product sales to those who try to make Lincoln County the best it can be.

Their next donation will be to “Project Homeless Connect” which will be helping over 100 homeless individuals at their upcoming October 6th event at the Church of the Nazarene where the homeless find work, get badly needed health care and dental work, avoid hunger and substance abuse and if “hooked,” how to get help. There is a need for more volunteers with the event, so for those who would like to be an “advocate” for a homeless person or family as they are introduced to the many services that will be part of the event, call Elise Jordan, the Vista/Homeless Connect coordinator at 541-265-9883.

Lions Mobile Health Screening Van to be in Newport October 1st

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Aug 312011

PUBLIC HEALTH SCREENING provided by Newport Lions Club

The Newport Lions Club, along with local businesses, is sponsoring the Oregon Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit for FREE public Health screening on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, at the JC Market (Thriftway) parking lot, in Newport.

Individuals will be screened for vision and hearing problems, glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes. In order to be tested for diabetes, applicants must be FASTING for at least 3 hours. For more information contact Lion Earl Dobson at 541-265-8486 or 541-961-1495.

Be CERTain to read this!

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Aug 302011

You see them around town, wearing their lime green helmets and vests. They’re your friends and neighbors who aren’t just talking about helping the community, they’re actually DOING IT!

They are members of the Community Emergency Response Team, volunteers who are specially trained to help our community deal with emergencies and disasters, no matter when they happen or how bad they are. But they are always needing updated training and the equipment necessary to do their jobs when police, fire or other emergency services need their help.

Here’s where the rest of us come in:

Members of the Newport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold a fundraiser at Rogue Ale Pub House on the bay front on Tuesday, September 20th from 5-7 p.m. The Rogue will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event back to CERT. The Newport CERT team is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

CERT will use the proceeds to help offset training and equipment costs. CERT training is designed to improve the skills of participants and to build a team of volunteers to assist the community before, during and after emergencies. When a disaster strikes, local emergency services will be challenged to answer every call for service in a timely manner. CERT members provide initial service to their families and neighborhoods.

CERT courses are offered to residents by members of the Newport Fire Department every year.

The next course will be offered starting Tuesday September 27th for eight weeks. Students must attend all the sessions to earn their certification. The CERT curriculum includes training for general search and rescue, first aid, emergency preparedness, self-protection and fire extinguisher use.

CERT members meet each month at the Oregon Community College for continued education and organizational work. CERT members have staffed many community events during the last few years, including neighborhood watch meetings, flu vaccination clinics, emergency preparedness fairs, Lincoln County Fair and the Japanese Tsunami event.

For more information checkout the website www.lincolncountycert.org/newport

Call goes out for volunteers to help spruce up Toledo Cemetery

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Jul 272011

Here’s how veteran Tony Molina puts it:

Still Looking for Volunteers to help us Clean -the Historic Toledo Cemetery-Our Open House is-Aug 21st at 3:00pm—We Have over 2000 Graves to manage voluntarily…Many-many-old Forgotten Graves!!!!

We Need Your Help……..Anyone-Everyone-Businesses-Corporations-HELP!!!!​! Call Tony Molina-541-444-2828

Oregon state foresters need volunteers who have quads and a willingness to use shovels

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May 312011

Tillamook Forest
Photo courtesy: TripAdvisor

Oregon state foresters need volunteers to help firm up ORV trail bridge approaches and to do some good ole grunt work trail maintenance in the Tillamook Forest. So if you’ve got a quad with a rack on it, or aren’t allergic to mild shovel blisters, here’s how you can lend a hand. The call for volunteers is in the Oregonian. Click here.

On Volunteer Firefighters: A must-read for everyone in the community

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Apr 202011

We hear the sirens. We see the fire trucks roar by enroute to an emergency. We may pass by a horrible auto accident or a tragic house fire and see them hauling hose, ripping open a crashed car with Jaws of Life, saving people’s lives and their pets. They are our community’s firefighter rescue volunteers. But as we continually admire and praise them for their tireless service to our communities, there is another dimension to their service. Grief and sadness. For it is not only a small world, it is even a smaller community. The seldom told story of those who answer 9-1-1’s call is revealed in an article in the Statesman Journal. Click here.