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The Spirit of Giving

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the traditional spirit of giving during the holiday season, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer has compiled a list from those submitted of items needed by nonprofit organizations based in Polk County that serve local residents, particularly during the Christmas season.

November 27, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the traditional spirit of giving during the holiday season, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer has compiled a list from those submitted of items needed by nonprofit organizations based in Polk County that serve local residents, particularly during the Christmas season.

It's no secret that many nonprofits have been hit hard by the ongoing tough economic times in our region that have left an ever-increasing number of people in need of their services.

Nonprofits help play an important role in our communities' overall quality of life, and we hope our readers and local businesses will extend a helping hand and consider a gift to any of these organizations this holiday season.

Kurt Holland,

Managing Editor

Polk County Itemizer-Observer



Beth Jones or Amanda Howard

Phone: 503-623-4618 (leave a message)


What we do: Bambinos is a nonprofit ministry that serves low-income families in Dallas. We aim to reduce stress in homes and enrich the lives of children by offering good quality clothing, school supplies, sports scholarships, diapers/wipes, and more. We are all volunteers trying to show love and support to our neighbors in any way we can. We have been operating since 2008 and have served more than 150 families in Dallas.

Our wish list includes: Diapers/wipes (any brand or size); new clothing (weather appropriate, jeans, children's sizes 6-14); new shoes (athletic, boots, children's sizes); a location to operate from.



Melissa Baurer

(Polk County Resource Center)

326 Main St., Dallas

Phone: 503-623-5559


What we do: The Dallas Adopt a Family Holiday Project matches Dallas families in need with community folks who adopt them and provide a holiday meal and a gift for each child in the family.

Our wish list includes: We are always looking for folks who would like to adopt a family. If you're interested in adopting families, contact us no later than Dec. 4. We would appreciate any cash donations or Safeway and Walmart gift cards, as those are used to help purchase gifts for teenagers, extra food for families, new and used coats, and for people to adopt additional families. Volunteers are also needed for our distribution days on Dec. 18-19.



Warren or Sue Lamb

Phone: 503-623-3585



What we do: Our purpose is to give families in need a holiday gift of food boxes -- enough for a holiday meal and beyond. We serve the greater Dallas area including Rickreall, Perrydale and Falls City. If donated we will also provide books, gifts for our senior citizens and toys for kids.

Our wish list includes: Ample supply of canned and nonperishable goods; sponsors for particular food groups (i.e. juice, milk, cereal, etc.) and cash donations to provide meat, milk, bread and other staples for our families. We also need plenty of volunteers to help us sort, shop, pack and deliver these boxes starting at 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at LaCreole Middle School.



Deb Darr

Phone: 503-787-3888

Drop-off site: Starlite Lanes Bowling Center, 394 Main St., Dallas.

What we do: Annual winter clothing drive to assist Polk County families.

Our wish list includes: Coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens and socks. Items should be new or clean with little or no wear. Donations are accepted through Jan. 7 and can be dropped off daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Starlite Lanes.



Pat Jaffer

840 N. Main St., Independence

Phone: 503-838-1276


What we do: The Ella Curran Food Bank provides emergency food boxes for needy and low-income area residents. We are community supported and a partner of the Marion-Polk Food Share.

Our wish list includes: Canned and nonperishable food. Vegetables and meats are acceptable as we have limited freezer/refrigerator storage. Gently used clothing, blankets and bedding are also needed. Volunteers are welcome.



Barbara Spencer

P.O. Box 174

Falls City, OR 97344

Phone: 503 787-4311


What we do: The Falls City Arts Council mission is to promote accessible art, cultural and historic enrichment programs that will build a foundation of support, trust, education and growth experiences by inspiring creative expression and enhancing lives through sustainable opportunities for all residents of Falls City and surrounding rural communities, including those affected by poverty and homelessness. All of our help is through volunteers, so all your support goes directly to needs.

Our wish list includes: Printer ink (Canon 225 and 226), computer paper, toiletries, hats and mittens, art supplies, pencils, glue sticks, clay, sewing notions, a new printer and monetary donations.



Mark Girod, Executive Director

8780 Haley Rd.

Independence, OR 97351

Phone: 503-838-8518



What we do: The Forgotten People Foundation focuses on three humanitarian projects in northern Vietnam: disabilities advocacy including an orphanage for disabled children in Huang La village; leprosy advocacy; and supporting educational needs of children in rural, Bac Giang province. FPF is committed to service learning and leads student trips to Vietnam annually putting donor money to use in ways that are almost 100 percent direct support. Donations to FPF are tax-deductible and can be directed toward the three projects identified above or other causes such as food shortages during winter months, warm coats and blankets, or medications and medical care. One of our many success stories, little Kim Chi from Huang La, recently had corrective foot surgery and is now attending school for the first time. Her life has been literally transformed by donations and support from people just like you.



Ann Lindsay Wright

451 SE Maple St., Dallas

Phone: 503-831-4736

FAX: 503-831-1501


What we do: We provide food, clothing, household goods and much more to the needy of local counties.

Our wish list includes: Donations of all types of foodstuffs including canned goods, dairy, produce, bread, vegetables, meat, etc.; clean clothes of all sizes in good repair; baby articles; salable home items, clean furniture, bedding, books, medical equipment for our free loan service. We always need volunteers to help in all areas inside and outside the building.



Elena Pe¤a, outreach volunteer

769 N. Main St., Independence

Phone: 503-838-3518


What we do: We're a bilingual community center for the purpose of community participation to empower families through education and promotion to life enhancement through existing local-, state- and county-based resources. We focus in building and bridging relationships through acculturation and respect for diverse cultures in the community. We do so by filling in gaps to existing resources without duplication of services. Our major fundraiser is the annual Community Fiesta at Riverview Park.

Our wish list includes: Volunteers. We need volunteers to help us update our website, to respond to referral services, donations for new updated printed materials, to help with trainings for marketing of services, to help write grants, fundraising and for Fiesta activities.




Liane Moser

Independence Public Library

175 Monmouth St., Independence

Phone: 503-838-2240 or 503-838-1811

What we do: Independence Public Library has set up a holiday giving tree to benefit the residents of Independence Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Our wish list includes: Descriptions of items needed will be printed on the decorations on the tree at the library through Dec. 15. Visitors can select a decoration or two, purchase the item or items, and return the unwrapped gifts to the library front desk. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered to the center for their holiday celebrations.



Sgt. Rick Igou

Independence Police Department

P.O. Box 7

555 S. Main St.

Independence, OR 97351

Phone: 503-838-1214

What we do: The Independence Police Officer Benevolence Fund was created to establish an endowment fund for Independence Police Officers and their families. The endowment fund is intended to provide financial support for Independence Police Department employees and their immediate family when the employee becomes critically sick or injured.

Our wish list includes: Cash contributions, but will accept firearms. This is to assist those that acquire a firearm, but do not want it. They will be sold to a qualified person and the funds deposited in the benevolence fund. Donations are tax deductible.



Stephen Scheck, president of MICF Board

P.O. Box 84

Monmouth, OR 97361

Phone: 503-838-0251



What we do: The Monmouth Independence Community Foundation provides classroom enrichment grants to teachers in the Central 13J School District. These grants supplement K-12 classroom instructional needs. Since their inception in 2000, the foundation has awarded close to 200 grants for a total of $68,000. The program has affected more than 29,000 students in classrooms throughout the district. The foundation also provides scholarships to graduating seniors of Central High School. These scholarships help students continue their education at a college or vocational training school of their choice. Approximately six to eight scholarships are awarded each spring at the CHS Senior Honor Awards Assembly. The Foundation has awarded almost $50,000 in scholarships since 2002.

Our wish list includes: Contributions for our grant and scholarship funds.



Timm Cable

c/o Independence Police Department

555 S. Main St.

Independence, OR 97351

Phone: 503-838-1912


What we do: Monmouth-Independence Nite Court is a combined effort between five organizations to provide a safe place for Talmadge Middle School youths to gather on Saturday nights for activities and conversation. We provide a controlled environment led by positive adult role models where the youths can safely have fun. Nite Court is a combined effort between the Independence and Monmouth police departments, YMCA, Central School District and Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce. Youths are asked to pay $1 to $4 to attend Nite Court, depending on the activity. However, no one is refused entry due to an inability to pay.

Our wish list includes: Nite Court is seeking community donations to allow us to continue this practice. Gifts totaling $1,000 would allow us to continue this practice through the 2012-13 school year.



Kevin Priest

480 E. Main St., Monmouth

Phone: 503-838-2304



What we do: Partnerships in Community Living Inc. (PCL) helps expand the horizons and enhance the quality of life for those we support. PCL is committed to supporting the communities where the people served by PCL live, work and play.

Our wish list includes: Pots and pans, Blu-ray DVD player, air conditioner, queen sheets and bedding, flat screen TV, digital camera, DVD player, DVDs, hand-held games, throw blankets, action DVD movies, twin sheets, plastic cups, photo albums, country CDs, stuffed lizard, sitcom DVDs, full sheets, Judge Judy DVDs, Perry Mason DVDs, patio chairs, patio tables, patio umbrellas, picnic tables with separate benches, Oregon Ducks decorations, Trail Blazer decorations, gazebo, board games, Tupperware, kitchen utensils, printer, microwave oven, air popcorn popper, women's waterproof black winter jacket (XXL), skillets, nonbreakable dish set, dining room table, dining room chairs (six), body pillow, men's pants (sizes 30x30, 48x32 or 30x32), men's coat (4XL), men's T-shirts (4XL), men's T-shirts (medium), men's shoes (size 9 1/2), furniture, cars, sponsor a staff member to attend training, cash donations, laptops and computers, TVs and tickets to games.



Heather Martin

657 SW Main St., Dallas, OR 97338

Phone: 503-831-3173



What we do: Develops and manages rental housing for low and moderate income families, senior citizens and special needs populations; provides low-interest housing rehabilitation loans to help low and moderate income homeowners make necessary repairs; helps Polk County residents purchase their first home and build other financial and personal assets by providing educational programs, credit and homebuyer counseling, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and other resources; and works to enrich the lives of its residents by proving resident services including tenant mediation, resource and referral, asset-building opportunities and youth programs.

Our wish list includes: We develop our brochures and marketing information in-house and the color printer we use is on its last leg. A new color printer would allow us to continue producing high-quality, eye-catching information, therefore marketing our services to help the residents of Polk County. We also manage the Carol Hensley Memorial Children's Fund, which provides small grants to help Polk County children pay for clothes, supplies, camps, sports fees, co-pays and other needs. In order to continue providing help to children in need, we need donations. Donations to this are tax-deductible and can be made at our website. Our wish is to be able to have enough funds and supplies so we don't ever have to turn children away.



Deborah Thompson, executive director

PO Box 783, Dallas, OR 97338

289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 701, Dallas

Phone: 503-623-6703


What we do: Serving domestic and sexual violence victims in Polk County through crisis intervention. We provide: emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, support and educational sessions, sexual assault victim response, legal advocacy services, and community outreach.

Our wish list includes: Emergency preparedness kits/items, cold and flu medicines, first aid kits, batteries (all sizes), paper towels and toilet paper, used cell phones, new windshield for our Jeep (it's badly cracked). Sable House will use your donations to provide emergency shelter services to families in need. Our funding has been severely effected by the economy and the need for our services continues to increase so we are more in need of your help than ever before.



Kathy Chiles, executive director

P.O. Box 317

888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Dallas

Phone: 503-623-5257


What we do: We're a local nonprofit food bank serving Polk and Marion counties. We assist approximately 300 needy families on a weekly basis (most food banks are one time a month food box). We are self-supporting through nominal membership dues (average $10 weekly). Families receive about $125 to $150 worth of foods of their choice each week. We provide fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of healthy breads, dairy products, meats, canned goods, cereal, juices, frozen foods as well as household goods, toiletries, diapers and even pet food.

Our wish list includes: Requesting funds to sponsor families that can't afford member fees as well as funds to keep foods coming into the program.




Colin Albi

347 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth

Phone: 541-868-7191


What we do: Our food bank serves students, staff and faculty of Western Oregon University who are food insecure. Donations will be used to give to individuals on campus who are in need of food assistance.

Our wish list includes: Any canned goods (vegetables, chili, fruit, tuna), especially canned meats; toiletries (travel size containers of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion); nonperishable items (granola bars, oatmeal, etc.); any perishable foods since the food bank has a refrigerator/freezer; any frozen foods.

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