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Heartfelt thanks to Dial-A-Bus

Old Mill Center for Children and Families would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff and volunteers of Benton County Dial-A-Bus for donating their services in January.

When our organization’s van was damaged in an accident, Dial-A-Bus immediately stepped in to transport children to our relief nursery classroom and respite care with only a single day’s notice. This allowed us to continue offering our services without interruption to families who depend on us for transportation to and from our relief nursery — without transportation support, some of the children in our program wouldn’t have the opportunity to get to class.

Dial-A-Bus has done an amazing job of transporting our kids, and we’re grateful for their ongoing assistance.

Kendra Meshnik

Old Mill Center for Children and Families (Corvallis)

Thank you for furniture donation

Thank you very much to our friends at the University Inn in downtown Corvallis for their recent donation of furniture to the Heartland Humane Society Thrift Shop.

We greatly appreciate their generosity, and will put the generated proceeds to good use fulfilling the mission of Heartland Humane Society: “To build a more compassionate community by teaching humane messages to our youth, caring for homeless animals, and strengthening the human-animal bond.”

Susan Wechsler

Heartland Humane Society (Corvallis)

Volunteers help restore cemetery

I would like to offer a big thanks to all the people who have contributed to the ongoing restoration of Gingles Cemetery:

To Buzz Wheeler of Coastal Farms for his generous contribution and support; to Kevin Armstrong Excavating for Kevin’s guidance and kindness in donating his time and use of his equipment for the building of the new road to the cemetery; to Grant of Creekside Fencing for his generous donation of two gates and the labor to install them; to John Good of J.B. Good Inc. for bringing down a dangerous snag at the cemetery;

To Burr Fancher and Glenn Harrison for their invaluable advice and guidance from the very beginning, and also helping me secure a grant from the state for the initial road construction and cleanup of brush and debris; to Kuri Gill, Oregon Heritage Grants outreach coordinator, for all her help, time and advice in obtaining the grant for the new road and initial cleanup, and her continued support in the restoration;

And mostly to the landowners who graciously offered access to build the road, without which none of the restoration would be possible. And to all the people who have written to me offering their support: Thank you.

Rick Pyburn


Shelter staff expresses thanks

The Men’s Shelter has many people to thank for their generous donations of time in the month of January.

The numerous civic groups and churches include the Corvallis Rotary group led by Erin Haynes; the Corvallis Friends (Quakers) with team leader Bob Burton; the First Congregational United Church of Christ with team leader George Mueller; Grace Lutheran Church, led by Sue Speulda; and the Highland Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with team leader Gary Moss.

These groups, combined with private citizens who volunteered via SignUp Genius (, donated 185 hours per week to help the men’s shelter provide a safe place to sleep for up to 50 men a night. The kindness and humanity displayed by them is priceless!

In addition, Stone Soup, Clodfelter’s, Francesco’s, University Hero and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op donated much-appreciated food for each evening, and the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Action Launch and other cash donations raised $3,500 to help with the day-to-day purchases necessary to help the shelter run smoothly. Finally, there are several individuals who volunteer each week at the shelter who are specially thanked: George Grosch, Annie Bowen and Jim Swinyard.

All of these volunteer efforts and hours are essential to the shelter operation, and display the excellence of the Corvallis character and compassion.

Lynn Jarvis


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