Thank you, postal carriers, for collecting food for the hungry

Linn Benton Food Share would like to thank the postal carriers of the Corvallis Post Office for their participation in the recent National Letter Carriers Association Food Drive. More than 26,000 pounds of food was collected during this year’s food drive.

A special thanks to Sue Ferdig, Joy Fukuda, Jeff Cota, Gary Ashbaugh, Richard Pond, The Greater Corvallis Rotary Club, NALC Br No. 1274, Rebecca Landis, Corvallis Public Works and all of our friends who were so instrumental in making the food drive a success.

And most of all, thank you to the residents of Corvallis for the generous donations of canned and nonperishable foods. Your donations will be distributed through Linn Benton Food Share’s 74 member agencies, which include emergency food pantries, gleaning groups, soup kitchens, shelters and crisis centers.

We are truly fortunate to be part of such a caring community!

Susan James, Linn Benton Food Share

Community Outreach grateful for recent volunteer support

Community Outreach would like to thank members of Kappa Kappa Theta and friends for volunteering on Sunday, May 19: Sam Romero, Erika Greenwell, Katie Robbins, Lori Fruin, Halie Haynes, Morgan Rooney, Morgan Simak, Tau Rodondi, Sydney Dexter, Alyssa Rollins, Mazi Sitwohl, Bonnie Nutting, and Michael Smith. Together, they cleaned and disinfected all of the toys and surfaces in Mari’s Place to ensure a clean learning and play environment for the children.

We’d also like to thank members of Beit Am Jewish Community Youth Group: Adam Reguski, Dylan Wirth, Emily Cohen, Jonah Rapas, and Rabbi Benjamin Barnett for volunteering their help pulling weeds on Sunday, May 19.

We look forward to working with Kappa Kappa Theata and Beit Am Jewish Community Youth Group again soon. Thank you for all of your help and support!

Kyle Janssen, Community Outreach volunteer

Thanks for the support, donation to the Arts Center

Many thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $25,000 to The Arts Center, and to the 62 new members who joined The Arts Center and qualified us to receive this donation. The Arts Center depends on memberships as a key part of its funding.

Such generosity allows us to provide beautiful and provocative art exhibits for our center on the edge of Central Park. The Arts Center also provides quality, hands-on art education in our local schools, in children’s summer camps, in at-risk youth programs and in the area’s juvenile detention centers. We place musicians and artists in Good Samaritan’s chemotherapy room and dialysis unit to calm and inspire patients.

Without our members and generous donors, we could not continue to provide these important services to our community.

Elizabeth Bell, The Arts Center

Corvallis Elks Lodge donates venue and services to Heartland

On behalf of staff and volunteers and the homeless animals of Benton County, I would like to thank the Corvallis Elks Lodge for donating their venue space and making their lodge amenities available for monthly Bow Wow Bingo fundraisers benefiting the Heartland Humane Society.

The Elks Lodge welcomed over 50 players, volunteers and staff on Tuesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., making its buffet dinner, bar, lounge area and AV equipment available for the event. This event was the first of several upcoming monthly Bow Wow Bingo events, held on the third Tuesday of the month.

Heartland is extremely grateful for the generosity and hospitality. Thank you, Corvallis Elks!

Emily James, Heartland Humane Society

Central Linn students help grieving families

This August Benton Hospice Service will offer a camp for families grieving the death of someone they care about. Each family member will receive a camp T-shirt designed by a student in one of Laurie McCloskey’s art classes at Central Linn High School.

Thank you to Lexi, Joe, Blossom, Jordan, Elizabeth, Davin, Kyle and Christian, who each submitted a T-shirt design for consideration. Benton Hospice appreciates the talent and efforts that went into each design submitted. Choosing one was not an easy task! Lexi submitted the winning design.

Last year families shared that camp was incredibly helpful, to connect with others who were grieving, to have fun, to share their experiences and to learn together about how to cope with grief and support their own families. Our hearts are warmed by the caring support shown by these Central Linn students for the families we will welcome to Camp Compass this August.

Joelle Osterhaus and Laurie Russell, Benton Hospice Service

Friends of the Family thanks the community for its support

Friends of the Family Ministries would like to thank the community for its generous support of our May 21 fundraising dinner. We appreciate all our wonderful table sponsors, hosts and volunteers who helped make the event so successful. Their support and the generosity of those who attended enabled us to exceed our fundraising goals for the evening! Special thanks to Vicki Eick, Allan Flemming and CRU for serving our guests, emcee Tim Euhus and Nichole Hoffman and Rob and Rachael Byers for sharing their stories.

Thanks also to the many individuals and businesses who donated items and services to our “un-auction” that was greatly enjoyed by all.

Friends of the Family has been promoting healthy relationships and healthy homes since 1994. All proceeds from our fundraiser will support education and counseling services to help strengthen marriages and families in our community. For more information visit www.fofm.org.

Cindy Crook, Friends of the Family Ministries

Thanks from Senior Center for success of health and fitness day

From all of us at the Chintimini Senior Center, we’d like to say “Thank you!” to all of the volunteers and vendors who helped us make the National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 29 successful! We had a great event and could not have done it without you, so thank you so very much! We hope to work with you in the near future.

Linda E. Elder on behalf of Corvallis Senior Center staff

Bicycle event rolled into another successful year

Corvallis Spring Roll would like to thank everyone who made our kids’ bike event a success: First Tech Federal Credit Union, Joan Demarest, Corvallis Montessori School, Linus Pauling Institute Healthy Youth Program, Corvallis Aquatic Team, Samaritan Pediatrics, Northwest Dental, Barker Uerlings Insurance, Corvallis Cyclery, Team Dirt, Corvallis Safe Routes 2 School, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Laughing Planet, Thistledown Photography, and all our volunteers.

More thanks: Soap Creek Collective, Cirello’s Pizza, Jamba Juice, Mid Valley Bicycle Club, Soup Cycle, Creperie du Lys, Redsfree Design, Paul Bausch, Maria Ballard, Benton County Public Works, city of Corvallis, Bicycle Stage One, Corvallis-Albany Farmers Markets, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Cycle Solutions, Cyclotopia, First Alternative, Five Star Sports, Bike ’N Hike, Fred Meyer, Sam’s Station, New Morning Bakery, Market of Choice, Play It Again Sports, Purple Moon, Spice and Ice, The Toy Factory, Trader Joe’s and Yogurt Extreme.

You made Corvallis Spring Roll a true community event.

Ilene McClelland, Corvallis

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