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: 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.
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.
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.
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.