The Albany Democrat-Herald and Corvallis Gazette-Times have compiled lists of items needed by mid-valley nonprofit organizations, which play a vital role in our quality of life.
Most of the wish lists below also appeared in the Dec. 11 editions of the Democrat-Herald and Gazette Times.
Wishes: Baby Dolls 15-18 inch size, My Little Ponies, Legos, Teen age girls diaries/journals, socks/underwear/pajamas for children newly in foster care, Tree Top Fruit snacks and individually wrapped Austin peanut butter crackers (Costco), gift cards (Costco, Target, Staples, Fred Meyer).Cash donations will be used to provide child abuse assessment services (medical, interviews, advocacy) and counseling services for abused children and their families at no charge. Items can be delivered to: 1054 29th Ave. S.W., Mid-Valley Professionals Park, Albany, OR 97321 (please call first); or mailed to P.O. Box 68, Albany, OR 97321
Contact: Lynn Youngs, director of community & financial development, ABC House—A Child Abuse Assessment Center serving Linn & Benton Counties, 541-926-2203;firstname.lastname@example.org; www.abchouse.org
Albany Helping Hands Homeless Shelter
Wishes: Blankets, pillows, sock, men’s and women’s sweat shirts & pants, hot spiced cider, hot chocolate, coffee, coffee creamer, microwavable cup-a-soup or top ramen in containers, individual microwavable entrees, crackers, peanut butter, cheese, granola bars, fresh fruit or individual containers of fruit or applesauce, cookies & snack cakes. Also, “stocking stuffer” items for gift bags for guests during the Christmas Party or gift cards so staff can purchase these items for the guests.
Contact: Dan Kress, Sandra Fox, 619 Ninth Ave. S.E., Albany OR 97322, 541-926-4036; www.albanyhh.org
Albany Regional Museum
Wishes: To preserve, exhibit and encourage knowledge of Albany and the surrounding area, the museum is asking for archival boxes and wire storage shelves to house and protect treasured items that are donated to the museum.
Albany VFW Post 584
Wishes: 40 gallons of milk, 40 loaves of bread, apples, oranges, bananas, canned vegetables for food baskets for veterans and National Guard members in need.
Contact: Linda Baker, email@example.com
Alsea Valley Gleaners
Wishes: Twenty 18-gallon rubbermaid totes, banana boxes, heater, chainsaws, files and chainsaw chains.
Albany Volunteer Caregivers
Wishes: A new computer for the office to record information from Caregivers’ receivers, volunteers and those who support the program. Record keeping is a vital component of the program, and it has been recommended that the organization upgrade its 10-year-old equipment. Also needed are more volunteers in the Albany and Lebanon area to help with driving seniors to their appointments. Volunteers can use one of the Caregivers’ vehicles or their own.
The Arc Benton
Wishes: The Arc is an advocacy organization, providing educational, employment, housing and recreational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization is in need of people 18 or older to volunteer in 2- to 4-hour shifts at The Arc Thrift Stores, 10th and Beca in Corvallis or 10th and Main in Philomath. Tasks include testing lamps, polishing furniture, doing minor mending, steaming garments, carding jewelry, accepting donations, and offering friendly customer service. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The Arc also welcomes donations.
American Legion Post 184
Wishes: Lightweight folding rectangular tables, Locksmith to re-key doors and make keys, 2 gas cooking stoves with hoods, Bingo balls
Contact: Rick Dominquez, American Legion Travis Moothart Post 184, 541-990-6256, 339 N. Main St (P.O. 184), Brownsville, OR 97327,
Benton Hospice Service
Wishes: Thank you and birthday cards, fabric for sensory blankets and night gowns, art supplies, unscented pillar candles, E-reader for lending reading materials, white copy paper, facial tissues, USB/flash/thumb drive, gift cards (gas, bookstores, craft stores, restaurants, grocery stores). Cash donations help provide care for patients with no insurance coverage or ability to pay, the “extras” not covered by Medicare or insurance, materials used in training respite volunteers, free community caregiver and grief education and support groups, transition services for those not ready for hospice care.
Benton County Habitat For Humanity
Wishes: Benton Habitat for Humanity is seeking to ramp up its Home Repair Initiative. Currently, the program shares tools with the Home Construction Program and would now like to add new, commercial-quality tools to its toolbox. We are in need of a skill saw, sawzall, portable table saw, chop saw, 100’ extension cords, hammers (both framing and claw), spliters, and an impact driver drill (with lithium batteries). We are also looking for a 6’ x 12’ enclosed construction trailer to store all our new tools.
Contact: Hilary Kovalchik at 541-752-3354 or visit www.bentonhabitat.org
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam
Wishes: Cash donations toward tutoring, athletics and nutritional services for more than 400 children every day (90 percent of annual funding is through donations); copier paper, art supplies, Legos and building games and maintenance items such as shovels, rakes, zip ties
Contact: Kris Latimer, executive direct, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Santiam; Lebanon, 541-258-7105; Sweet Home, 541-367-6421; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishes: Donations to keep producing the Calyx Journal: Laptop computers or tablets less than 5 years old, small folding bookshelves, office chairs, business and letter-sized envelopes, small round conference-style table.
Contact: Alicia Bublitz, managing editor, email@example.com, 541-752-9384, P.O. Box B, Corvallis, OR 97339
Camp Attitude Oregon
Wishes: $5,504 for a new EZCamp2 registration system, six 9-to-10 cubic feet apartment-size refrigerators for our cabins to house medicine and specialty food items for the disabled camper who come each summer, two large generators that kick on automatically when the power goes out.
Contact: Louie Kazemier, camp director, 541-367-3420, 45829 Santiam Highway, P.O. Box 207, Foster, OR 97345; www.campattitude.com.
CASA — Voices for Children (Benton County)
Wishes: Clothing, toys, and financial donations. Donations will go to support abused and neglected children in Benton County.
Contact: Caitlin DeBoer, program assistant, 541-753-5838; 129 N.W. Fourth St., Suite B, Corvallis, OR 97330; www.casa-vfc.org.
CASA of Linn County
Wishes: CASA supports volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children under the protection of the juvenile court. It requests: Big 5 gift cards for sports equipment and Target or Old Navy gift cards for clothing for foster kids, Bi-mart or grocery store gift cards for office, event and training supplies, Wal-Mart gift cards for needs of foster kids in east Linn County, new books for children through teens, volunteers to advocate for children or help with short-term projects
Contact: Cynthia Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, CASA of Linn County, 2730 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Suite 201 Albany, OR 97321; 541-926-2651, www.linncasa.org.
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)
Wishes: Donations provide a safe, warm place for people fleeing domestic violence to stay, as well as all needed amenities. Donations can be made online at www.cardv.org or mailed to CARDV, PO Box 914, Corvallis, OR 97339. The following new items are also needed: $5 gift cards to local stores/fast food restaurants, 13-gallon trash bags, automatic dish detergent, wash cloths, baby shampoo, baby lotion, 60-watt light bulbs.
Contact: Crystal Kelley 541-758-0219 x301. Mailing address: CARDV, P.O. Box 914, Corvallis, OR 97339. Drop-off location: 4786 S.W. Philomath Blvd., Corvallis. Website: www.cardv.org
Wishes: Charlie’s Closet is a group dedicated to supplying clothing as well as library books to children in need in Albany-area elementary schools. It seeks donations of boys' and girls' new underwear and socks, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, school supplies and cash donations to buy items such as new shoes and coats. All of what is donated goes directly to the schools where it is passed on the children.
Contact: Kitty Liles, 541 928 8005; Lucy Webster, 541 926 4533; or Kathy Erickson--541 928 2986.
Children’s Farm Home Therapeutic Horse Program
Wishes: Heavy-duty utility cart, pitchforks (wooden handles with plastic fork preferred), wheelbarrows, rubber boots,, leather cowboy or paddock boots, riding helmets, (ASTM-SEI approved, new only), horse treats, horse clippers (body clippers and face clippers both needed), Cavalletti blocks, barrels, flat-backs water buckets, large water trough, sand or gravel, snow shovel, large flat-bottomed shovel, brooms, arts and crafts supplies. All donations will directly benefit the horse and children in our care,” said Kristen Atwater, horse program director.
Contact: Kristen Atwater, 541-758-5979 or 541-758-5967; www.trilliumfamily.org
Chintimini Wildlife Center
Wishes: Whole, unprocessed nuts (walnuts, filberts), good quality dog & KITTEN food (dry, canned), kitten powdered milk replacer (KMR), Gerber brand jarred chicken flavor baby food, fleece material for soft bedding, bathroom and facial tissues, heating pads (no auto shut-off features); baby wipes (unscented), hardware cloth, hemp rope, kiddie wading pools, Astro-turf, good lumber and plywood, cigital XRAY machine, farm tractor with front-end loader, surgical instrument cleaner, livestock water tank, updated computer (Microsoft Windows XP or later), laundry soap (non-scented, HE), hand sanitizer, printer paper.
Contact: Nicole Kryger or Jeff Picton, 541-745-5324
Wishes: Financial support to help operate and maintain the programs and services Community Outreach provides. Donations can be made at www.communityoutreachinc.org; In-kind donations: nonperishable food, hygiene supplies, baby/children items, bedding, house wares, cleaning supplies and cold weather supplies.
Contact: Ty Pos, social services director, 865 N.W. Reiman Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330; 541-758-3000 ex139; www.communityoutreachinc.org
Community Services Consortium
Wishes: Each year the Community Services Consortium assists thousands of people to keep a roof over their heads, keep the lights and heat on, and put food on their tables. It also provides education programs and job skills training necessary for self-sufficiency. Visit http://www.communityservices.us/giving-season-catalog to make a gift in your name or in honor of a loved one.
Contact: Dee Teem, community relations and development director, 541-574-2277, 250 S.W. Broadalbin St. S.W., Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321; http://www.communityservices.us
Wishes: Co-Opportunity provides employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We currently provide janitorial services, groundskeeping services and confidential document destruction through our shredding department. We maintain numerous contracts at the state, county and local community level. In order to meet the requests of some of our customers, we are in need of one or two commercial vacuums with HEPA filters. We are also in need of a vehicle battery charger to have on hand in the event of an emergency.
Contact: Susan Kehoe, Executive Director, Co-Opportunity, Inc., 1305 Hill Street SE, Albany, Oregon 97322, 541-928-2178 x 303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishes: Cornerstone Landscape Maintenance, Loppers-$52.00 and 5 hand pruners-$140.00 ea. Cornerstone Wood Products, Ridgid Roofer Nailer-$229.00 and Ridgid 18 Gauge Finish Stapler-$99.00. Cornerstone Community Access, Craft & Pottery supplies-$300.00. Cornerstone Gardens, Soil Mix-$300.00. Cornerstone Packaging Plus, 3 - Floor Fans-$105.00 ea. and Craft Supplies-$100.00. Cornerstone Janitorial, 3- Vacuums-$267.00 ea. and 3 Mop Buckets-$165.00 ea. Taylor Street Ovens, Electric Stapler-$85.00, Lamenator-$299.00 and 2 Line Cordless Phone-$199.95. B&J Bookbinding, HP Photoshop all in One Printer-$119.00. Photoshop Elements Program-$105.00 and Paper Shredder-$120.00.
Contact: Kathy Trotter 541-752-9724
Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center
Wishes: CDDC is run by volunteers who serve people with no/low income in the Corvallis community. It serves 75-100 unduplicated individuals Monday-Friday in McLean Hall at First Christian Church. The organization needs to following: Coffee creamer (dry), sugar, your old extra ceramic cups (trying tohelp the environment) Socks gloves razors volunteers willing to share time (hour are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F), cash to help with rental/operating expenses.
Contact: Aleita Hass-Holcombe, 541-740-3235. 602 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis
Corvallis Environmental Center
Wishes: scanner, 3 computers, Rubbermaid tubs any size (organizing), Swifter, Squegee (window cleaning), square baskets, nature puzzles, books, games, safety cones, aquariums, pumps, filters, pond pump, basin, working laptop, carpet cleaning, handyman (for sandbox, fence), outdoor art, bird feeders, picnic tables, large Rubbermaid totes, vegetable seeds, blueberry plants, fruit trees, perennial herbs, sandbox sand, potting soil, large insulated coffee carafes, 2-burner propane camp stove, 5-gallon propane tank, gas mower, push mower, ten $35 donations for scholarships for kids.
Contact: Sara Kellogg, 541-753-9211; 214 S.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333l www.corvallisenvironmentalcenter.com
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
Wishes: Portable CD players (used ok) for English language learning, plastic zip sweater cases for textile conservation, garment bags for textile and garment conservation, boxes of individually wrapped tea bags for center visitors to enjoy a cup of tea
Corvallis Public Schools Foundation
Wishes: Nearly 40 percent of students in Corvallis schools are economically disadvantaged. The 509J Student Opportunity for Success Fund provides non-standard school supplies and emergency health and hygiene supplies. Tax-deductible donations provide essential support to students in all grade levels, including items such as emergency clothing and hygiene items, graphing calculators, field trip fees and weekend backpack meals. The fund is managed by the foundation.
Contact: Brenda VanDevelder, 541-766-4856, CPSF, 1555 S.W. 35th St. Corvallis, OR 97333; www.cpsfoundation.org
Corvallis-to-the-Sea (C2C) Trail Partnership
Wishes: Cutting brush and trimming limbs in the trail-way is a major task for the partnership, which wishes for the following to help augment its smaller hand tools: Ryobi 40 V Li-ion Cordless Hedge Trimmer and Jameson Landscaper Pole Saw Package with three 6-foot poles.
Contact: Gary Chapman, P.O. Box 1562, Corvallis, OR 97339-1562; http://www.c2ctrail.org
Crossroads International Conversation School for Women
Wishes: Instant coffee, herbal teas, instant hot chocolate, non-dairy creamer, sugar or donations for these items which are used for the school’s social break when all the students can mingle and become better acquainted. Additional donations would be used to buy class sets of easy-to-read novels for the students to discuss.
Contact: Sandy Riverman, director, Crossroads Conversation School, 541-740-8801, c/o Crossroads International, Oregon State University, University Plaza, Suite 130, 1600 S.W. Western Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97333. Please specify “Conversation School” on your donation. www.oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads
Fair Share Gleaners
Wishes: The organization distributes food twice a week to families in need in the Sweet Home area. It needs: tires for its delivery truck, coupons or money for gas for driving to the warehouse and fields to pick up the food, enclosed glass cooler for milk products, monetary donations to go toward purchasing food and maintenance costs, overhead space heater to heat the gleaners’ building housed in an old automotive warehouse.
Contacts: Tracy, 541-570-2460, or Kay, 541-248-0561; email@example.com
Family Tree Relief Nursery
Wishes: “Family Tree serves families with young children in Linn County out of our locations at the Fairmount School on Spring Hill Road in Albany and in Lebanon,” says Marie Jennings, director of development. “Our families face a great number of risk factors, including poverty, isolation and depression. Despite those challenges they have made their children a priority.” Family Tree will gladly accept donations of diapers and pull-ups, as well as cleaning supplies for families, such as liquid dish soap, Windex, sponges, toilet brushes, mops, and brooms. Toiletries are always needed.
Contact: Marie Jennings, director of development, 541-740-0230, 1005 Spring Hill Road N.W., Albany OR 97321; Familytreern.org.
Fish of Albany – Toto Fund
Wishes: Donations of cash or checks are used to help individuals, couples or families who become stranded in Albany but have family, a job, a court appointment or other obligations or support elsewhere. The Toto Fund (“there’s no place like home”) will provide a bus or train ticket, a tank of fuel, or will fill other temporary needs to get people on their way to where they truly belong. All requests are vetted by Albany Police, and fund recipients never receive cash.
Contact: Annette Hobbs at Fish of Albany, 541-928-4460, 1880 Hill St. S.E., Albany, OR, 97322; www.fishofalbany.com.
Friends of the Jefferson Library
Contact: The sky isn’t falling but the library in Jefferson just might! The 150 year old library is severely structurally compromised and must be replaced. We need your dollars! Your gift to the Building Fund will last longer than just this year and provide services for many years to come. Libraries are the doorways to everywhere and together we can keep them open. Please visit our website -- jeffersonoregonfol.com -- and donate now or mail your gift to P.O. Box 656, Jefferson OR 97352.
Wishes: Furniture Share takes in donated items and distributes them to households in need. It is in need of beds, bedding (sheets and blankets), dining tables/chairs and all other usable household items. The beds must not have rips, tears or stains. Furniture Share has a long waiting list of families who are in need of basic items to make their house feel like a home. It's always in need of office supplies: reams of paper, postage stamps, envelopes and gas cards its delivery truck.
Contact: Michelle Maddux-Robinson, executive director; 541-754-9511; 155 S.E. Lilly Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330; www.furnitureshare.org.
Grace Center for Adult Services
Wishes: The organization has promoted health with dignity since 1983. “Our program provides post-rehabilitation and memory care to people with disabilities and aged-related conditions as well as providing respite to their caregivers,” says Tera Stegner, community relations director. “Your support through a donation or gift in-kind can help ensure that seniors, individuals with dementia, and those with disabilities residing in our community continue to receive the care and support they need and deserve.”
Contact: Visit www.gracecenter-corvallis.org to learn about the various ways to help, or contact Tera Stegner at 541-754-8417.
Hand in Hand Farm
Wishes: "Hand In Hand Farm is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that helps rebuild families, children, and individuals through agricultural adventures. We are in need of the following items: Metal t-posts, corral panels and gates, lumber, road cloth, paper mill felt, gravel, hog fuel, bark mulch, kiln-dried fir shavings, hay and grain, and a greenhouse. Volunteers are needed for mechanic and auto-body work as well as for stall cleaning and projects. Sponsors are needed for parenting classes and day camps.
Wishes: Pots and pans, glass food storage containers, towels and washcloths, arts and crafts supplies, yoga ball, a radio or stereo, rocking chair, Shop-Vac. musical instruments, dining room table, patio furniture. The organization serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Contact: Jamie Peterson, 541-753-9015, 2068 N.W. Fillmore Ave., Corvallis, www.homelifeinc.org.
Jackson Street Youth Shelter
Wishes: Individual drinks (Caprisuns, juice boxes, bottled water, etc) and snacks (chips, goldfish crackers, granola bars, beef jerky, pudding cups, jello cups, apple sauce), bike & ball pumps (with extra needles), bike lights and reflectors, ear buds/headphones (new), pullover sweatshirts (male & female), pillows (new), gas gift cards (in $5-$10 increments), jump drives (new or cleared used), tickets to local events, volunteer Mentors and Personal Tutors
Contact: KendraSue Phillips-Neal 541-286-4580, www.jacksonstreet.org
Janus House/Mental Health Association of Benton County
Wishes: Janus House, a shelter and treatment facility for adults with a severe mental illness, is in need of new twin-size bedding. New sheets, mattress pads, blankets and pillows will be welcomed at 606 S.W. Fifth Street, Corvallis.
Contact: Call the staff at Janus House at 541-753-9219 with questions or visit www.janus.peak.org for program information.
Wishes: Laptop computer, printer/copier, printer paper, stamps, and nonperishable food items. If people want to make a financial donation it can go to the general fund or donors can specify their donation go to the monthly grocery giveaway, in which free groceries are delivered to people in need; Lifeseeds literacy programs in Uganda; or its children's school and widows feeding program in India.
Lifeseeds' mission is to sow seeds of life. All of its staff and board members are volunteers.
Linn Benton Food Share
Wishes: Food Share seeks financial donations to keep transporting, storing, repackaging and distributing more than 5 million pounds of food each year to the community. For every $1 donated, LBFS can distribute up to 12 pounds of food. Food and equipment donations are also appreciated. People can also volunteer the Food Share warehouse or by sponsoring a food drive. To volunteer, contact Susan James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-758-2645.
Linn County Animal Rescue
Wishes: LCAR is a horse rescue and sanctuary that is “staffed with trained, compassionate and caring volunteers, providing a safe and nurturing environment for abused, abandoned, neglected and elderly horses,” according to the organization. It wishes include bagged grain, regular and senior; shredded beet pulp, wormers for horses, feed buckets, fly strips, horse blankets and replacement straps, hand sanitizer, vet wraps/bandages, cowboy magic shampoo and detangler, alfalfa pellets, gift cards and/or financial contributions, salt blocks, heavy-duty garden hoses, gently used blankets and equipment.
Contact: Bonnie Orr, 541-258-3422, LCAR, P.O. Box 2669, Lebanon 97355. www.lcarhorse.com
Linn County DHS Child Welfare
Wishes: New, unwrapped Christmas gifts for children of all ages in foster care. Gift cards are especially needed for teenagers to places such as Target, Walmart, Old Navy, Fred Meyer, iTunes, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway. Gifts and gift cards can be dropped off at the following locations: DHS Child Welfare, 118 Second Ave. S.E., Albany; Citizens Bank, 2230 Pacific Blvd. S.W., Albany; Ultrex Business Solutions, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Albany; Willamette Community Bank, 333 Lyon St. S.E., Albany; Keller Williams Realty, 200 Ferry St. S.W., Albany; Chase Bank, 75 E. Grant St., Lebanon.
Contact: Pam Briggs, DHS Child Welfare, 541-791-5739, email@example.com.
Mario Pastega House
Wishes: Items that guests could use during their stays: Kleenex, laundry soap, canned food, pantry items, napkins, etc. People often arrive during an emergency situation and need these few items just to get settled in. About 20 percent of the guests are unable to afford the $20 donation, so sponsorship for a day at the house are welcome.
Contact: D. Bradley Betz RTT, manager, Mario Pastega House, www.samhealth.org/locations/mariopastegahouse, 541-768-4650, or toll free at 1-888-872-0760 (ask for the Pastega House).
The Majestic Theatre
Wishes: Small commercial-grade stackable washer/dryer, large refrigerator, 100 matching wine glasses, Marley 24x27 dance floor, 3-pin audio cables, industrial vacuum cleaner, stage monitors, microphones (stage professional), Apollo color changer (12), ETC Lekos 36-degree lens and ETC Pars; cable, connectors and repair parts (1000-foot spool of wire, 100 stage pin connectors, wiring tools/accessories; digital camera; professional grade color printer; pens, pencils and 8.5x11 paper; HP Windows 8 laptop, stereo systems (3) for dance studios; Kegerater or tap system; furniture for the artist and actor green room.
Contact: Tinamarie Ivey, executive director; The Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis, OR 97333; 541-785-7827 www.majestic.org
Marine Corps Family Foundation Operation Santa USMC
Wishes: Beef jerky/summer sausage/pepperoni sticks; tuna packets, chicken, cocoa, cider, drink mix, dried fruit, nuts, seeds hand warmers, twin-size fleece throws/blankets, boot socks. Peanut butter, cheese/peanut butter crackers, granola/protein bars, snack packs of cookies/chips. Other compact snacks. Microwave popcorn, cups of EasyMac, soup, ramen. Monetary donations for mailing packages for Operation Santa to deployed troops in all military branches and to purchase needed items not donated. Encouraging letters/cards.
Contact: Anita Allen, 541-258-8239, Operation Santa USMC, P.O. Box 874, Lebanon OR 97355; marinecorpsfamilyfoundation.org. Drop-off sites: Curves for Women, Albany; Jan’s Bookstore and Mama’s Fine Italian, Lebanon; Steelhead Fitness, Sweet Home.
Mary's River Gleaners
Wishes: A metal bookcxase to put canned goods on and financial donations to help the Gleaners with operational expenses in 2014.
Contact: Cookie Johnson, 541-497-9019, P.O. Box 2309, Corvallis, OR 97339; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Valley Prelude Sinfonia
Wishes: MVPS provides elementary strings education in Albany public schools and runs the Albany Youth Orchestra. Needed are violins, violas, cellos and double basses in any condition, especially in youth (fractional) sizes, music stands, string orchestra sheet music, and donations to help fund scholarships and build the program.
Contact: Kim Collar, 541-971-9806, and Nancy Koll, 541-812-1180. Mid-Valley Prelude Sinfonia, 937 Fifth Ave. S.W., Albany OR 97321. www.albanystrings.org.
Mid-Willamette Family YMCA
Wishes: Computer monitors, printers, PDF converter Professional, digital and video cameras, school bus, high chairs, child’s table and chairs. Also, patrons are invited to take a tag off the YMCA’s Angel Tree to help those less fortunate this Christmas season.
Contact: Kathleen Magnuson, community outreach director.
Mighty Oaks Children’s Therapy Center
Wishes: Money to be used for scholarships for children's therapy services for those with benefits that have run out, cause-and-effect toddler toys, baby dolls and accessories, board games, Playdoh, Legos, blocks, puzzles, toys/puzzles/dolls with fasteners, toy cars, empty boxes (refrigerator/washer/dryer), heavy blankets, craft supplies (paint, glue, markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, regular pencils, stamps, paper, pipe cleaners), pencil grips, Doll house with family figurines, Itunes gift cards for ipad apps to use in therapy, shaving cream; squirt bottles, miniature chalk boards, miniature dry erase boards, beads and string, sorting games, stress relief balls, squishy sensory balls, toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, disenfecting wipes, Lysol, nonperishable snacks, pudding cups, applesauce cups, licorice, juice boxes/Capri Suns, printer paper, small lollipops, rice, beans, flour, soil, bird seed, corn starch, child scissors, dress-up clothes/shoes, puppets, play foods, velcro toys, lacing cards, paper cups/plates, plastic utensils, toy dishes.
Contact: Heather Mackey-Adams, 541-967-7551, 3615 Spicer Drive, Albany, OR 97333.
Neighbor to Neighbor Mediation
Wishes: Six to eight conference room chairs; wall art that provides a positive environment; lobby/waiting room furniture; toys for children to play with while parents/guardians are in meetings; water pitcher and durable and unbreakable glasses; small microwave; small refrigerator (dorm style).
Old Mill Center
Wishes: Glue sticks, translucent pony beads lots, art canvas (all sizes) , colored paper, tempura paint, acrylic paints, artist-quality watercolors, watercolor paper, gift cards (bookstores, Home Depot, craft stores), children’s gloves and hats, children’s washable raingear sizes 4-10, child-size toothbrushes, rubber boots children sizes, socks and underwear boys and girls sizes 4-8, soccer/playground balls, balance/training-wheel bike, sandbox toys, clay, tempura paint, watercolors, art paper, beads, child’s soccer goal, Hot Wheel cars, kids/toddler mittens/gloves, non-skid socks (toddler-preschool age), baby swing, toddler/preschool rain boots, sizes 7-10.
Contact: Jerlyn Opoien, development manager, 1650 S.W. 45th Place, Corvallis, OR 97333, 541-757-8068.
Pastoral Counseling Center of the Mid-Willamette Valley
Wishes: “Depression, anxiety, marital strife – all hit hard during the holidays, but especially for those struggling with low incomes and no insurance,” says Ed Curtin, development and administration director. “Our professional counselors provide community mental health therapy based on need only, never on ability to pay. Of more than 300 families, couples and individuals we help each year, 75 percent pay less than 30 percent of the cost of their therapy. Please help them by helping us maintain our 3,000 hours of annual service from our office spaces (all donated) in Corvallis, Albany, and Lebanon.”
Contact: Ed Curtin, 541-753-9217, 602 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333.
Pet Adoption Network Inc.
Wishes: Pet Adoption Network, a foster home dog-rescue organization in Philomath, needs fosters homes. Donations toward medical care for the dogs also are welcome.
Contact: Website is www.pan.petfinder.com. Debbie Jackson, executive director, 24474 Columbine Drive, Philomath, OR 97370. Phone is 541-929-5941.
Philomath Community Services
Wishes: PSC is the umbrella organization for the Philomath Food Bank, the Philomath Gleaners, June’s Kid Kloset, Lupe’s Community Garden and Holiday Cheer. Its wishes: winter gloves/mittens, pajamas, socks and underwear, a platform scale with wheels, one ton truck for delivering food and gleaning wood, frozen turkeys for holiday cheer baskets, water to the greenhouse and child-sized garden tools, rolling shelves, floormats for the warehouse
Contact: Pam Stauber, 541-929-5833, PCS, 360 S. Ninth St., Philomath; P.O. Box 1334, Philomath, OR 97370; 541-929-2499.
Philomath Youth Activities Club
Wishes: The organization offers sports for K-8th graders, state-certified, year-round childcare for K-12-year-olds, including afterschool and summer day camp, clubhouse aferschool program for 4th-8th graders and Safety Camp. The club needs new or used furniture (very good/clean condition) for lounge area, pool cues, new gaming console, ping-pong balls/paddles, art and craft supplies, jump ropes, volleyballs, basketballs, footballs, dodge balls, kids hockey set, Frisbees, board games, whiffle ball sets, jewelry- making kits, and kids activity kits.
Contact: Sarah Woosley, youth center/mentoring coordinator, 541-929-4040 or 541-760-8655.
Pre-Primary Speech and Language Program
Wishes: Joanne’s or Michael’s gift cards, Staples rewards or gift cards, white or colored paper, white or colored card stock, craft supplies, Kleenex, paper towels, 5 oz. cups, napkins
Contact: Beth Morse, 541-917-1931, 432 Ferry S.W., Albany, OR 97321; 432 SW Ferry St., Albany, OR 97321; fcpreprimary.org.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP)
Wishes: Used toner cartridges to be turned in for office supply reward dollars. This support helps the organization provide services throughout Linn and Benton County through signature programs of SHIBA, Senior Peer Counseling, Tax Aide and Visit.
SafeHaven Humane Society
Wishes: Dry cat and kitten food (greatest need), Kirkland adult and small breed dog food, puppy chow, toys, non-clumping cat litter, dog treats, bleach, paper towels, laundry detergent, copy paper. Cash donations also help day-to-day services for the animals: $250 covers veterinary services for the animals for three days, $165 neuters three dogs, $100 spays two cats, $50 feeds all of the animals for one day, $25 vaccinates one dog or one cat, $10 microchips one dog or one cat.
Contact: Chris Storm, executive director, SafeHaven Humane Society, 33071 Highway 34 S.E., Albany, OR 97321; 541-928-2789; www.safehavenhumane.org.
Samaritan Cancer Resource Center
Wishes: Gasoline cards for patients with cancer who cannot afford gas to drive to their appointments
Contact: Stephanie Hagerty or Jayne Glaser, Samaritan Cancer Resource Center, 400 Hickory St. N.W., Albany, OR 9732; 541-812-5888
Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House
Wishes: Food items, funds or gift certificates to purchase food for the hospice house food pantry, for patients and visitors
Contact: Barbara Hansen, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House, 4600 Evergreen St. S.E. (drop-offs) or 1046 Sixth Avenue S.W. (mailing), 541-812-4662
Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon
Wishes: Love sweet, older dogs? SDRO rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted dogs age 6 & up. The organization needs adoptive homes, temporary foster homes, donations to pay for vet care, bags of Natural Balance dog kibble, Petco gift cards, and gasoline gift cards to pay transport costs. Donate a car/truck/boat/trailer/motorcycle (running or not). Inspired to help but you’re broke? Call SDRO to volunteer or to suggest a great fundraiser.
South Corvallis Food Bank
Wishes: The food bank distributes food boxes to those in need in south Corvallis. Cash donations are always needed for food purchases. Some items that can’t be accessed at a subsidized price include: personal care items such as bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste. Also needed are basic household items such as laundry detergent and dish soap. Food items needed: hearty soups and stews, tuna, canned hams and other high-protein foods. Also there are big wishes for a volunteer coordinator and a donation of a building site in south Corvallis.
Contact: Judy Hecht, 541-754-3028,. South Corvallis Food Bank, 1798 SW 3rd St., www.southcorvallisfoodbank.org
Stone Soup Corvallis
Wishes: Kitchen shears, a microplane zester, a large box grater, a case of Ramen noodles, an Aero coffeepot, measuring spoos and cups, long-handled silicone spatulas, cans of beans to add to soup, institutional-size cake pans. Contributions of $10 allow Stone Soup to feed 11 diners a full hot meal. Meals are served at St. Mary’s Catholic Church or First Christian Church.
Contact: Susan Dunham, 541-757-9725, P.O. Box 2381, Corvallis, OR 97339.
Strengthening Rural Families
Strengthening Rural Families promotes the development of healthy families in rural Benton County and help provide education and family support programs in the Alsea, Kings Valley, Monroe and Philomath. All financial contributions will support our operations, programs and services.
Wishes: Donations can be made at www.ruralfamilies.org through the Network for Good or by mailing a check directly to our office at P.O. Box 1528, Philomath, OR 97370. Other useful items would include: a classroom circle rug, picnic table, 2012 or newer desktop e.g. HP Pavilion or tablet e.g Microsoft Surface or Asus (2) computers, sandbox sand, a portable air conditioner, classroom shelves, legos, big toddler toys, large trikes, children’s music cds and website design.
Contact: Paul Smith, Program Manager, 535 S. 19th St., #147, Philomath, OR 97370, 541-929-2535.
Ten Rivers Food Web
Wishes: Laminator, paper cutter, binders, laptop computer, flat screen monitor, reams of card stock, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop (for increased office efficiency); computer projector, 2 lightweight folding tables, a digital camera (for events and marketing); easel pads, markers, other art/craft supplies (for community organizing events); and monetary donations by check or online via our website (for programs connecting low-income community members to fresh, healthy, local food).
Vina Moses Center
Wishes: Food, children’s gifts and volunteers for the center’s Chrismas program, which service approximately 1,200 families living in Benton County; gifts for boys and girls up to age 12; canned food, boxed food, cash donations to purchase margarine, eggs and supermarket gift cards. Volunteers are needed to work with the Christmas program, now through Dec. 19.
Wishes: HP 02 black ink cartridges, business envelopes, first-class postage stamps: all help the organization offer one-time financial assistance to residents of Benton County in emergency situations when no other help is available.
Contact: We Care, 125 N.W. 10th St., Corvallis, OR 97330, Lyn Martin secretary, 541-745-7916.