News From The Community

MRG Foundation Supports Wildfire Relief Funds

As they continue funding organizations and efforts that are focused on BIPOC, Immigrant, Tribal communities, and social/racial, justice our partners at the MRG Foundation are supporting the following wildfire relief funds:   The Since Time Immemorial Fund “Nearly every, if not all, Tribes in the Northwest have reservation land or culturally significant land that is...

Wildfire evacuation protocol for people quarantining or isolating due to COVID-19

During Oregon’s wildfires and safety evacuations, it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19, particularly for those in isolation or quarantine due to a positive diagnosis or exposure to the virus. The first priority in wildfire situations is responding to the evacuation and safety instructions of local and state fire officials – and heeding their warnings....

United Way Wildfire Relief

Greater Douglas United Way (541) 672-1734 https://gduway.org/ Roseburg OR Tillamook County United Way (503) 676-3770 tcuw@tillamookcountyunitedway.org Tillamook OR United Way of Central Oregon (541) 389-6507 https://www.unitedwaycentraloregon.org/ Bend OR United Way of Clatsop County (503) 325-1961 http://www.clatsopunitedway.org/ Astoria OR United Way of Columbia County (503) 556-3614 http://unitedwayofcolumbiacounty.com/ Ranier OR United Way of Jackson County, Inc. (541)...

GOSW Member Elected to Chair the Oregon State Board of Education

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Refresh, Replenish and Get Ready to Get into Good Trouble

“Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.” –John R. Lewis Dear GOSW Members It has been a few weeks since we have been in community with one another, and as days of July come to a close and we prepare to...

The Penney Family Fund commits to increase grant payout to 10%

The Penney Family Fund‘s third- and fourth-generation board members have voted to increase their grant payout to 10% from 2021-2023. With the converging global crises—the COVID pandemic, an awakening to police violence and systemic racism, climate change, and a consequential 2020 election in the United States—PFF believes that the time is now to begin the journey of...

The Resource Connector: First Phase of Pilot Program Concludes

We are excited to announce that The Resource Connector (TRC) generated over $600,000 in funding for nonprofits from throughout the state and in a variety of disciplines. Funders will continue to have access to this tool to identify and fund nonprofits in need. We knew going into this that TRC was a new concept that...

Gratitude

Hello, GOSW Members As summer has officially arrived, we recognize that we are still living in a great deal of uncertainty, both with our ever-shifting experience with COVID-19 and our efforts to address systemic racism in our country. Summer, normally filled with a ritualized escape into the Pacific NW sunshine, now has a curious new...

An Other Amongst the Others

I was 5 years old when I recognized the difference between my parents. It wasn’t based on the fact that their skin tones were different. Or that my mom has beautiful blue eyes and my dad has lovely chocolate ones. It had nothing to do with the obvious physical characteristics that we so urgently assign...

In the Midst of Grief, Hope

It has been a month since the brutal murder of George Floyd. Over these past few weeks I have felt incredible grief over what transpired in those agonizing and grueling 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Since then, I have been overcome with sadness that often feels like rage. I think a lot about the complexity...