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Thanks to ‘Many Hands’ for $1K youth scholarship 

The Corvallis Environmental Center would like to thank the community for coming out

for Many Hands Trading’s Day of Sharing on March 21. It was very successful, and

Many Hands donated just over $1,000 to fund our youth education scholarships. Every year we serve more than 2,500 community youth through SAGE Garden and Avery House Nature Center. These funds will help to make our programs accessible to those in the community who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Thanks, also, to Many Hands Trading for hosting us this year. We are grateful for their generosity.

Samm Newton

Corvallis Environmental Center

Reach Out Yoga makes a difference to Old Mill Center

We thank Lisa Wells and the board members and volunteers at Reach Out Yoga for their support of yoga classes at Old Mill Center. The generous donations of the remaining funds of their amazing nonprofit will ensure ongoing yoga classes at our facility for the children and families we serve and clients of the organizations we partner with. Thank you for bringing the gift of yoga to children, individuals and families who would not otherwise have access to it.

Bettina Schempf

Old Mill Center

Winter Wildlife Field Day was ‘wildly’ successful

Audubon Society of Corvallis had a “wildly” successful Winter Wildlife Field Day event on March 7, thanks to the talent and dedication of our volunteers! We want give a big thank you to all who helped out and to Finley National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for hosting.

We ended up providing more than 100 kids with their own homemade bird nest box. And with more than 300 total attendees, we hope folks gained a greater appreciation of Corvallis' diverse range of wildlife habitats. Thank you so much!

Jessica Brothers

Audubon Society of Corvallis

Displaced residents found welcome and ‘comfort’

I am a resident at Samaritan Village. This year each apartment at Samaritan Village is undergoing some renovations that require that the residents be temporarily relocated. Some residents opt to travel or stay with family while others are being lodged at Comfort Suites on Ninth Street.

Each resident who has relocated to Comfort Suites has been treated with kindness and excellent service. Those among us with pets are grateful that our pets have also been welcomed.

Comfort Suites embodies the spirit of community that shows the very best of Corvallis. They are a wonderful example for other hotels in the city to follow.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Comfort Suites. We are grateful for your welcome of our residents during this time of change.

Marian Ely

Corvallis

Community has generously give to Altrusa fundraisers

The Altrusa Club of Corvallis recently held two fundraising events that fund community service projects.

Our pecan sale during the holidays was successful thanks to Seriously Sassy, The Hair Palace and Image Makers, who allowed us to sell pecans in their establishments. We still have some chocolate covered, cinnamon glazed pecans, and other pecan treats for those who missed out before!

Also, thanks to Carolee Woodstock of Woodstock's Pizza for supporting our Altrusa pizza party for many years, including our last one on Feb. 25. And a big thanks to the many folks who bought pecans and pizza certificates!

We appreciate the Benton County community who helps us fund our service projects, including the Career Closet, scholarships, literacy activities, College Hill High School, Habitat for Humanity and Drug Court.

Tammy Skubinna

Corvallis

Environmental Center draws growth to city

Congratulations to the always-inspiring Corvallis Environmental Center on being awarded a $145,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust. Well done!

In being awarded this competitive grant, the CEC once again shows their focused, dynamic leadership in environmental stewardship and community sustainability.

When we were considering moving to Corvallis, one of the first things we noticed was the CEC office downtown. The fact that an environmental group was organized and active enough to have such a visible presence was one of the things that helped us to know that Corvallis was a place we wanted to be.

Though we can’t match the Meyer grant dollar for dollar, we’ve sent the CEC a donation of $145 to celebrate this accomplishment, and to help make our community a better place for future generations. We invite everyone who cares about the environment, sustainability, and/or the future of Corvallis to do the same.

Dale Vanessa Holiday

Max Mania

Corvallis

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