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.