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January 08, 2013
'State of the Cities' set Wednesday
INDEPENDENCE -- The mayors of Monmouth and Independence will give their annual "State of the Cities" address at noon Wednesday (today) at Independence Cinema.
The registration deadline for the event luncheon has expired, but community members are still welcome to attend the presentation by Monmouth Mayor John Oberst and Independence Mayor John McArdle for free.
The event is hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce. Independence Cinema is located at 450 S. Second St.
Watershed group to meet Thursday
MONMOUTH -- Liz Graham of the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District will be a guest speaker at the next Luckiamute Watershed Council meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Volunteer Hall in Monmouth.
Graham, a PSWCD resource technician, will provide an overview of her organization's action plan for the Ash Creek Priority Area.
The council's monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The public is welcome to attend.
For more information: 503-837-0237; www.luckiamutelwc.org.
Senator schedules Friday town hall
DALLAS -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will hold a town hall meeting in Polk County on Friday.
The event takes place at the Col. James Nesmith Readiness Center, 12830 Westview Drive, Dallas, and begins at 1 p.m.
Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answer questions and invite suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.
"Talking directly to Oregonians in every county is a great way to hear about the issues folks want me to fight for in Washington," said Merkley.
For more information: Courtney Warner Crowell, 503-326-2747.
Free grant writing training available
DALLAS -- The Dallas Community Foundation will hold a free grant writing training on Jan. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at Dallas Alliance Church, 775 E. Ellendale Ave.
The training is geared toward those who are new to grant writing or have limited experience. This is an opportunity for smaller nonprofit organizations to learn how to secure program funding and diversify their funding streams.
Nonprofit organizations planning to apply for a grant from the Dallas Community Foundation are encouraged to participate in this informative session.
By the end of the training, participants will have a better understanding of the grant writing process, how to scope a project, and how to submit successful grant applications to a variety of funders.
To reserve your spot or for more information: Dallas Community Foundation, 503-798-7847; email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource fair in need of volunteers
POLK COUNTY -- Volunteers are still needed to help out at the upcoming Polk Community Connect.
The event is a free, one-day resource fair to link those in Polk County who are homeless -- or at risk of becoming homeless -- with county, city and government agencies or support organizations who offer assistance.
"Connect" will take place Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Church in Independence.
Volunteers will help with setting up, serving meals, showing guests around the event, Spanish translation and other needs.
Shifts run from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. You can volunteer for one shift or all day.
To sign up, contact Melissa Padron via email to email@example.com or visit www.handsonw.org.
Peer counselors sought for seniors
POLK COUNTY -- Application deadline is Jan. 17 for individuals interested in becoming certified senior peer counselors in Polk, Marion or Yamhill counties.
Volunteers help provide free, confidential, supportive mentoring to older adults experiencing mild to moderate depression, loneliness, grief, changes in physical health and struggles with other later life changes.
Volunteers must be 45 or older and commit to a maximum of 10 to 12 hours per month for client contact and supervision. All mileage is reimbursed. Bilingual (Spanish and Russian) speaking volunteers are especially needed.
Orientation for new volunteers is scheduled Jan. 23 from 10 to noon in Salem. A training program takes place Jan. 28-29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem.
For qualifications, applications or more information: Jeff Lukehart, 503-304-3414; email to firstname.lastname@example.org.