From Pat Warwick
South Lincoln Resources (SLR) has been planning a long time for a new home for Waldport Food Share, Adventist Clothing Share, all of SLR’s programs plus Emergency Services. These groups serve residents of Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachats, Tidewater and Five Rivers. A new opportunity has come up, a good property with two warehouses, available now. Initial walk
through with a contractor says it’s well built and has no major problems.
To make an offer, SLR must have full funding in place and they are 75% there. With $69,000 to go, all three groups are asking the community for help. “This property is economical (and sensible,)” according to project chairman, Tonner Hays, “ and we can get all our programs ‘home’.”
“We were astonished when Waldport Food Share provided over 100,000 pounds of food in one year. That was 2010. This year Food Share is on track to provide more than 200,000 pounds!” Hays reports. Food Share’s responsibilities can only increase while government programs
continue to decline. With current storage maxed out, the pantry can’t take advantage of
sales and there is no room for fresh produce. They are in critical need of more space and better conditions.
Adventist Clothing Share gave away 35,000 items of clothing, bedding and linens in 2010 with Great Giveaway events every six weeks. Now, with Giveaways monthly and a record 5,549 items given to more than 800 people in August, the program is on track to give away more than 50,000 items this year. Giveaway Events are set up outside…
Holiday Food Baskets have seen steady increases in the number of families served. Christmas 2006 served 700 people in 250 families and in 2012 served 1,100 people in 388 families. First step every year is finding places to store, pack and distribute tons of food for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas.
Clothing Giveaways, Holiday Food Baskets and other periodic activities will share a planned flex-space. This space also allows SLR’s Furniture Program to take in large volume donations such as when local motels upgrade beds.
The Keady Center is a temporary home. It’s not holding up well. Leaks in the flat roof have eluded repairs for years. Last winter part of the ceiling collapsed in the Medical Equipment room where mold has also been a persistent battle. Some of our volunteers cannot work in the building.
Please help secure the future of these vital community services by making a generous donation. If you have questions about the groups, their services and the project. Call SLR at 541-563-2388 and leave a message about the building project and Hays will return you call.
Send your tax deductible contribution to South Lincoln Resources / Building Fund at
PO Box 1638, Waldport, OR 97394.