GivingLocal news September 20, 2022

Friends of the Children – Q2 GIVE

Q2 2022 GIVE

Quarter 2 this year brought a fun event in the sun with food carts and raising money for a good cause!  We had a fun event and raised a bunch of money for Friends of the Children / Lane County.

For those of you who are new to my blog- here’s the run down.  Each quarter I combine my client event with a GIVE.  In addition to my standard quarterly GIVE, I commit an additional $10 for every family that RSVP’s (even a no RSVP!).  In addition, sometimes clients and/or collaborators contribute as well!   My GIVE has evolved over the years, and I now focus on supporting healthy and active youth in our community.

This quarter for the event I offered lunch via 2 food trucks: Sammitch and Red Five Hotdog Company.  Both carts were amazing with their food selection, customer service, and fun attitudes.  Sammitch Food Truck can often be found at lunch time during the week downtown.  I’m already thinking how I can incorporate them again into a client event!

This quarter the GIVE was for Friend of the Children/Lane County!  They are a local organization that provides mentorship for kids – committing to 12 years + no matter what.  Wow!  As I’ve learned more about their mission and service I am blown away by their commitment to the kids and their families for the long haul as well as their commitment to the science behind it all. I have recently joined their board and am excited to support them in more ways going forward. If you want to learn more please see the link below.

Blu-inc. Capital agreed to match donations from the RSVP’s and any client donations as well.  In total we ended up raising $3900!  This is the most my GIVE campaign has given in a single quarter and it’s exciting to see it grow!  If you are looking for a private money lender, a new way to invest, or a solution to a tricky financing situation – check out Blue-inc. Capital!

If you are interested in being part of these events and you aren’t already – let me know!  They are a fun way to connect with each other and with organizations doing great things in our community!

Friends of the Children/Lane County: https://friendslanecountyor.org/

Blue-inc. Capital: https://blue-inc.com/

 

Giving March 7, 2022

KIDSPORTS – Q1 2022 GIVE

You guys!! This quarter was our biggest quarter to date raising over $3200 for KIDSPORTS.

For those of you who are new to my blog- here’s the run down. Each quarter I combine my client event with a GIVE to raise funds for a local non-profit. In addition to my standard quarterly GIVE, I commit an additional $10 for every family that RSVP’s (even those unable to attend!). In addition, sometimes clients and/or collaborators contribute as well! My GIVE has evolved over the years and currently I’m focusing on supporting healthy and active youth in our community.

At the event this quarter, I offered guests a bottle of local wine and chocolate. The wine was sourced from Oregon Wine Lab – a local urban winery I enjoy.  Interested in learning more about the Oregon Wine Lab? Check out the link below!

 

KIDSPORTS is a local organization where all kids play. Bev Smith, the executive director, came to our event to chat about what they are doing to support kids and sports in our community. I have been so impressed with their services in general and particularly how they were able to pivot during the pandemic and keep kids moving and playing. If you are interested in volunteering or contributing to this organization, check out the link below!

Heather Ducker with Homebridge Financial Services agreed to match donations from event RSVP’s, including any additional client donations as well. In total we ended up raising $3256! This is the most my GIVE campaign has given in a single quarter and it’s exciting to see it grow. If you are looking for a great local lender, check out Heather and her link below!
If you are interested in participating in future events or fundraising efforts, please let me know! They are a fun way to connect with one other and contribute to organizations doing great things in our community!

Oregon Wine Lab: https://www.oregonwinelab.com/
KIDSPORTS: https://kidsports.org/
Heather Ducker, Homebridge, NMLS# 544769 : www.heatherduckerteam.com

Giving January 10, 2022

Friends of the Children – Q4 2021 GIVE

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s 2022 already!?  I wanted to update everyone on my 4th Quarter GIVE from last year and the amazing organizations we partnered with.

The 4th Quarter client event was Mom’s Pies!  What a delicious and locally owned treat to celebrate the holidays and year end!  It is so fun to see everyone that participated and to share Mom’s Pies with clients and collaborators.  For every family that participated I donated an additional $10 and clients brought in donations as well.  We raised an additional $500 for the GIVE!  Together with my quarterly donation we gave $2500 to Friends of the Children.

 

 

   

Do you know about Friends of the Children?  You might not, because they just came to our community in the Summer of 2020.  Their Mission:

“Impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors –  12 + years, no matter what.”

Wow!  They commit to 12 years with a kiddo!  That’s amazing!  What I learned is that even though they are new here they are not a new organization.  Their track record speaks for themselves:

  • 98% avoid early parenting (7X less likely than peer groups; 25 X more likely than their parents)
  • 93% avoid the juvenile justice system (5 X less likely than peer groups; 8.5 X more likely than their parents)
  • 92% enroll, enlist or join the labor force
  • 83% of youth graduate from high school or obtain their GED (2X more likely than peer groups; 3X more likely than their parents)

From their website: “Our model is distinct, courageous and proven. We redefined youth mentoring by creating the first and only long-term professional mentoring program in the country. Friends are experts in building sustained and nurturing relationships with youth. Our model is evidence-informed and research-based, and we have proven long-term outcomes to show it works.”

It was an honor getting to know Matt Springer, the executive director, of our local chapter.  Check out our photos together!  If you are interested in getting involved or contributing to Friends of the Children further check out their website at: https://friendslanecountyor.org/

 

   

Giving October 2, 2021

FOOD for Lane County – Q3 GIVE

Q3 2021 GIVE – FOOD for Lane County

Happy Fall!  This is my avenue to update you on my GIVE campaign.  Each quarter, I donate a portion of every commission to a local non-profit.  It has been an amazing experience getting to know various non-profits in our area.  Over the past couple years, I have been able to further support our community by donating over $20,000 to local non-profits.

The mission and philosophy behind my GIVE to non-profits is to support health awareness and physical activity for youth in our community. My passion for youth wellness comes from 20+ years of coaching and continues to grow in partnership with various non-profits who support a similar mission. This last year I started pairing my client events with my GIVE.  It has challenged me to GIVE even more and has allowed me to bring more awareness to the non-profits I’m passionate about through education.

This quarter we had a pizza night!  I provided pizza from Papa Murphy’s to my clients and business associates to enjoy a night off from cooking.  For every family who participated, I donated an additional $10 above my standard donation.  A few clients also contributed to the donation!  In total we were able to GIVE $1800 to FOOD for Lane County!

This time we specified Food for Lane County’s youth programs.  Read below about their programs!

Oregon has one of the highest child hunger rates in the nation

Child nutrition is important to every child’s emotional, physical and mental health. Children depend on nutrients to nourish their bodies, provide energy to grow and facilitate cognitive development. FOOD for Lane County manages three programs that provide Lane County children with the food they need to feel healthy and succeed in school.

Children’s Weekend Snack Pack
The Children’s Weekend Snack Pack program provides school-age children in Lane County with a large bag of easy-to-prepare, nonperishable food to eat on weekends or during school vacations.Three Springfield elementary schools participate in the program: Maple, Riverbend, and Two Rivers/Dos Rios. Umpqua Bank provides funding and volunteers.

For more information about Children’s Weekend Snack Pack, please contact Carrie Copeland at (541) 343-2822.

Cereal for YouthCereal for Youth provides nutritious cereal to children and teens throughout Lane County. Schools and youth programs are active participants in this program. They request cereal from FFLC and distribute it to students for breakfast, as a school-day snack or to take home as an afternoon or weekend snack. We distribute hundreds of thousands of healthy snacks through Cereal for Youth each year.

For more information about Cereal for Youth, please contact Carrie Copeland at (541) 343-2822.

Summer Food Program
We invite all children and youth age 18 and younger to eat lunch for free during the summer months. Employees serve meals at schools and community centers located throughout Lane County. Each summer, FFLC serves thousands of lunches and breakfasts to children through the Summer Food Program.

 

Want to get involved?  Check out their website for ways to volunteer or donate.  https://foodforlanecounty.org/

I am SO grateful to my clients and business associates that have participated in these events.  You have challenged me to GIVE in a bigger way and we’ve been able to do so together in a fun way.

Stay tuned for Q4 event and GIVE!  I hope to see you there 😊

GINA

 

Giving August 17, 2021

Kidsports – Q2 GIVE

Kidsports – Q2 2021 GIVE

Here’s what I’ve been up to!  Each quarter, I donate a portion of every commission to a local non-profit.  It has been an amazing experience getting to know various non-profits in our area.  Over the past couple years, I have been able to further support our community by donating over $20,000 to local non-profits.

The mission and philosophy behind my GIVE to non-profits is to support health awareness and physical activity for youth in our community. My passion for youth wellness comes from 20+ years of coaching and continues to grow in partnership with various non-profits who support a similar mission. This last year I started pairing my client events with my GIVE.  It has challenged me to GIVE even more and has allowed me to bring more awareness to the non-profits I’m passionate about through education.

I am grateful to my clients and business associates that have participated in these events.  You have challenged me to GIVE in a bigger way and we’ve been able to do so together in a fun way.

This quarter we had a picnic in the park!  I provided sandwiches from Jimmy John’s to my clients and business associates.  For every family who participated, I donated an additional $10 above my standard donation.  A few clients also contributed to the donation!  In total we were able to GIVE $1650 to Kidsports!

A little more about Kidsports from their website: “KIDSPORTS is a private non-profit organization in Oregon that provides youth sports programs for pre-K through 12th graders in Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas. KIDSPORTS teaches children and families the value of physical fitness, sportsmanship, practice and teamwork through sports and activities….All Kids Play is a cornerstone to our organization. Our programs are open to any child who is able to participate regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, ability or financial status.”

I feel so good about supporting an organization who does their best to provide movement, sport, and wellness to all kids!  This donation will go toward their General Federal Free Lunch scholarship and BIPOC scholarship.

Stay tuned for Q3 event and GIVE!  I hope to see you there 😊

Giving February 18, 2021

Kids FIRST – Q1 2021 GIVE

For those of you that haven’t been following my blog, here’s what I’ve been up to!  Each quarter, I donate a portion of every commission to a different non-profit.  It has been an amazing experience getting to know various non-profits in our area and partnering with them.  I’ve been able to do this for a couple years now, donating over $20,000 to local non-profits.

The mission and philosophy behind my GIVE to non-profits is to support health awareness and physical activity for youth in our community. My passion for youth wellness comes from 20+ years of coaching and continues to grow in partnership with various non-profits who support a similar mission. This last year, started pairing my client events with my GIVE.  It has challenged me to GIVE even more and allowed me to bring more awareness to the non-profits I’m passionate about through education.

This quarter, I partnered with the Oregon Wine Lab togift my clients a bottle of wine and a real estate trivia game I created myself!  For each family who participated, I donated an additional $10 to Kids FIRST.  If you haven’t been to or tried the wine from the Oregon Wine Lab be sure you do!  They are one of my favorite wineries and local tasting rooms here in Lane County. You’ll find Da-Nang food cart, covered outdoor seating, and they even deliver!  Check them out here: https://www.oregonwinelab.com/   Shout out to Mark, the wine maker/owner, for supporting this event and Kids FIRST!

 

 

Supporting kids this quarter took a foundational approach by supporting kids who have been victim of or witness to violent crime.  Kids FIRST does just that!  Their mission is: “to provide intervention and advocacy to children who are victims of, or witnesses to, crime. Children are referred to us directly by our community partners: law enforcement, DHS Child Welfare, and medical professionals. Kids FIRST most often serves children for child sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, or witness to domestic violence. Approximately 3/4 of the children we serve are under age 12.”  Did you know not all child advocacy centers are accredited?  Kids FIRST is and just went through the process to renew!  They use their leadership and connections throughout the state to assist other organizations through the process to help serve even more kids.

Learn more about Kids FIRST here: https://www.kidsfirstcenter.net/

Get involved here: https://www.kidsfirstcenter.net/get-involved

Donate to Kids FIRST here: https://www.kidsfirstcenter.net/donate

Giving December 28, 2020

KIDSPORTS – Q4 2020 GIVE

Q4 of 2020 I partnered with KIDSPORTS.  I have been impressed with how during the pandemic they were able to pivot and continue to offer as many services as possible to keep kids and folks moving.  One of the services they offered was a PE class since kids didn’t have in person school.  What a great idea!  They have a new facility that has been able to offer more for everyone in our community including space for some adult league play.

A little more about them from their website: “KIDSPORTS is a private non-profit organization in Oregon that provides youth sports programs for pre-K through 12th graders in Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas. KIDSPORTS teaches children and families the value of physical fitness, sportsmanship, practice and teamwork through sports and activities….All Kids Play is a cornerstone to our organization. Our programs are open to any child who is able to participate regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, ability or financial status.”

From their executive director, Bev Smith: “KIDSPORTS has been in our community for over 60 years providing youth sports programs to thousands of kids.  Last year, 14,000 children participated in KIDSPORTS programs and we hope to continue to grow.  As we discussed we will allocate funds to our General Federal Free Lunch scholarship and BIPOC scholarship.”  Big shout out to Bev Smith for partnering with us on this!

This quarter I did a pie event with my clients.  I partnered with the local pie company – Mom’s Pies – which are SOOO delicious.  Shout out to Lou Sangermano, from Mom’s Pies, who was great to work with! Check them out at Market of Choice or Dairy Marts in our area. For every family that participated I committed to donate $10.  In addition a couple of families also gave to KIDSPORTS.  In total the donations ended up being $2500!  Thank you to all my clients, business collaborators, and family for supporting KIDSPORTS in our community.  The donation went to their scholarship fund to help more kids be able to participate.  So excited!

If you are interested in learning more about KIDSPORTS click here.

Interested in signing your kid(s) up?  Check out this page for information on sports and registration.

You can donate anytime!  Click here to find out how.

You can coach or officiate too!  Want to get involved?  Click here to find out about coaching.       Click here to find out about officiating.

Giving September 30, 2020

FOOD for Lane County – Q3 2020 GIVE

Q3 of 2020 I partnered with FOOD for Lane County. This partnership felt particularly relevant this year between the pandemic and the local fires creating even more of a need in our community.

Their mission: “Reducing hunger by engaging our community to create access to food. We accomplish this by soliciting, collecting, rescuing, growing, preparing and packaging food for distribution through a network of 157 social service agencies and programs; through public awareness, education and community advocacy; and through programs designed to improve the ability of low-income individuals to maintain an adequate supply of wholesome, nutritious food. These programs include emergency food boxes, shelters, meal sites, rehabilitation facilities, nutrition education, gleaning and community gardens. We serve a diverse population of people living on limited incomes including children, families, seniors and single adults.”

While we still aren’t meeting in large groups there are still ways to help if you want to contribute to FOOD for Lane County.  Whether you want to donate or volunteer, learn more or get help – click on the word that matches you best.

 

This quarter I did my first ever pizza night for my clients!  I provided a dinner of pizza and a 2L drink of choice to ease the stress of the new school year and all that is going on in our world and to have some fun!  Since we can’t get together, I thought this would be a fun way to help those I know.

 

 

 

 

In partnership with my clients I offered to add $10/family that participated in my pizza night to the GIVE to FOOD for Lane County.  A couple of families decided to donate in addition to that.  Wow!  We were able to GIVE $2550 toward Food for Lane County and I am humbled and honored to help in this way.  Thank you to my clients, industry partners, family and friends who are part of this success.

Learn more about Food for Lane County here: https://foodforlanecounty.org/.

 

 

 

 

Giving July 23, 2020

Cascades Raptor Center – Q2 2020 GIVE

 

Q2 of 2020 I partnered with Cascades Raptor Center. They are a nature center and wildlife hospital. Their mission is: “Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, the Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.”

While we find ourselves still unable to meet in large groups, they are open to public for small groups!  Check out their website for more information: https://cascadesraptorcenter.org/.

This quarter I tried my first VIRTUAL client and GIVE event!  Wow – it was better than I thought it would be.  I partnered with Gail Newton, our clients, and Cascades Raptor Center to enjoy an evening learning more about this center and the birds. We had a tour of the new medical center, got to meet 4 of the birds and raised over $5000 (including my GIVE) for the center.  We recorded it so you can watch the event – but we won’t have it up forever.  Watch it now so you don’t miss out!  WATCH EVENT BY CLICKING HERE

Enhancing Appreciation, Respect, and Stewardship through Public Education

The Nature Center’s goals are to enhance appreciation, respect and stewardship through public education.

Meet the birds here: https://cascadesraptorcenter.org/meet-the-birds/

Want to visit??  Plan your visit here: https://cascadesraptorcenter.org/about/plan-your-visit/

 

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release

The Wildlife Hospital’s mantra is: rescue, rehabilitate, release.

Check out their wildlife hospital : https://cascadesraptorcenter.org/wildlife-hospital/

Becoming a member or donating are ways to help further their mission!  If you are interested click on the word that fits you (member or donate).

Stay safe and Be well!!  Gina

Giving April 16, 2020

Eugene Science Center – Q1 2020 GIVE

Q1 2020 GIVE – Eugene Science Center

What an end to the first quarter of 2020!  I don’t know that any of us could have predicted the pandemic and sheltering in place.  I want to acknowledge that this has affected us all in so many ways.  My heart goes out to everyone who has been directly affected by the virus itself.  My heartfelt gratitude to the first responders that are working on the front lines to help us all!  Every day I am a mix of grief and gratitude as I’m sure many of you are as well.

Before this all happened, I was able to have a client appreciation party at the Eugene Science Center.  I wanted to offer a fun night for families as well as bring awareness to this amazing organization in our community.  We enjoyed the main exhibition hall, a live planetarium show, a laser light show, some snacks and learned about some of the programs and expansion projects coming up for the Eugene Science Center.  I was able to partner with you all in a very real way by matching donations on that night – and we raised $650 in total!  Thank you for everyone that came to learn, to play and to support.

Once we are able to get out and about again – I encourage you to visit the Eugene Science Center.  They have some pretty amazing shows, programs, and events!  Check out their social media page as they are sharing some fun things to do at home during this time. If you are so inclined and able consider donating to help them survive.  Be well everyone!

Learn more at their website: https://eugenesciencecenter.org/

One of my favorite things is the Planetarium: https://eugenesciencecenter.org/planetarium/

Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EugeneScienceCenter/?ref=br_rs

Donate here: https://eugenesciencecenter.org/donate/