May 7 (1) - Toolbox Project Serving the Eugene-Springfield metro area by providing members with low-cost access to building repair and garden tools to transform their homes, businesses and neighborhoods. Their goal is to help individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive by creating a space where they can all share, build and grow together.
May 21 (2) - Community Supported Shelters Focus is creating low-cost/big impact strategies for supplying safe basic shelter and a supportive community to those in need.
June 4 (1) - Center for Community Counseling The Center is a non-profit mental health organization that for more than three decades has been a resource for low-income and uninsured adults in Lane County who are in need of mental health services but have no other means of receiving assistance.
June 4 (2) - Oregon Contemporary Theatre OCT creates bold entertainment, challenges expectation, inspires curiosity, encourages dialogue and supports positive change. They believe theatre can transform audiences, students, artists, our community and the world around us.
June 4 (3) - Downtown Languages The mission of Downtown Languages (DTL) is to increase opportunities for immigrants and build respect and understanding across cultures by providing language, literacy, and other educational programs.
Chandra LeGue from
Wild was our guest. They work to protect and restore
Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for
Kari Rosenfeld joined our program. She's the Lane County Area Manager for Start Making A Reader Today (SMART). They are Oregon's largest literacy nonprofit helping thousands of children become confident, successful readers by providing one-on-one reading support & books to keep.
Tara Whitsitt joined our program. She is the founder of Fermentation on Wheels. It is a grassroots organization that provides free food education and inspires people through workshops, literature, & visual arts projects that raise awareness about food sustainability as well as teaching fermentation.
Patty Driscoll from OSU Extension Lane County and Leigh Rider, President, Lane County Master Gardeners Association joined the program. Topics included the kinds of extension programs offered, the ballot initiative in support of extension services, pesticides, how to become certified as a master gardener and what that means, the annual plant sale, and donation and volunteer opportunities.
Darcy Phillips, Executive Director of Cornerstone Community Housing joined the program. Cara Mico was the co-host. We discussed what the affordable housing need is in Lane County, success stories, what affordable community housing is, and Cornerstone's services that encourage personal growth and economic independence.
Board members Joey Curtin and Diane Bolte-Silverman joined our program and Cara Mico co-hosted. We talked about SPOT's mission, accomplishments, community need, future goals, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. Stop Pet Overpopulation Today is a volunteer organization that raises funds to assist pet owners with the cost of spaying or neutering their dog. Contact them at 541-607-4900.
Daniel McNally joined the show. He's the board President for Animal Rescue Teaching for ALL (any level of learner). We talked about their mission, upcoming events, history of the organization, types of animals cared for, tours, horse camps, riding lessons, pony parties, and more.
Renee Irvin, UO Director, Master of Nonprofit Management Program joined us. Topics included UO's nonprofit management program, local and regional nonprofit climate, Oregon minimum wage legislation and the impact to nonprofits, planned giving, Giving Tuesday, financial transparency, and discussion on the number of local nonprofits and their viability. Tatiana Bryant co-hosted this program.
Community Voices: Thought provoking discussion with Cynthia Beal from the Natural Burial Company. We learned what a natural burial is, how to plan for one, and why it's a great alternative to the steel coffin and vault option commonly used today in American cemeteries. Joining the program was my new co-host Cara Mico.
Patricia Wigney joined the program to discuss autism and the work Bridgeway House is doing to support children and families. We learned about their programs, services, and upcoming events. Tatiana Bryant was introduced as one of our new Nonprofit Eugene co-hosts.
Welcomed one of my two new co-hosts to the Nonprofit Eugene program. Tatiana Bryant and Sam discuss the minimum wage increase and its impact to nonprofits, 990s and nonprofit transparency, Giving Tuesday, planned giving, volunteerism and the financial value of volunteers.
Oregon Supported Living Program enhances the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by providing person-centered residential, vocational, and supported living programs with emphasis on the arts and community integration. We discussed the various programs offered with special emphasis on the Arts & Culture Program. Guests were Mija Andrade, Development Director and Jamie Walsh, Arts & Culture Program Manager.
The South Willamette Valley Honor Flight transports veterans in Oregon from Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn counties to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials honoring their military service and sacrifices. Guests were director Mike Pungercar and Navy WWII veteran Vern Thompson.
Pro-Bone-O is Lane County's only nonprofit dedicated to providing free veterinary services, food, and supplies for the pets of people who are homeless. Jeannie Peterson and Kristina Clarke joined our program.
Rachel Collins and Else Wieseke joined the program to talk about the Womenspace mission, services, success stories, intimate partner violence warning signs, myths, crisis line assistance, upcoming events, and prevention programs.
Terrance Kinnamon and Christine Burkey talked with us about the hospice program provided by Cascade Health Solutions. We learned what hospice is, when it's prescribed, how the needs of the patient are paramount, support provided to families, and insurance/Medicare coverage.
Talked with Krystal Young and Kris Elsbree from Walama Restoration Project. We learned about the organization's mission, why habitat restoration is important, what work is involved, current and upcoming projects, and how their education programs and work parties restore natural habitats in our region.
Welcomed A Team Justice League to the program. We talked about their mission, fundraising events, the organization's use of tools, technology, education, and camaraderie to increase the safety and well being of families experiencing autism and other disabilities.
Discussion about Giving Tuesday, minimum wage increases and the impact for nonprofits, recap of Sam's favorite interviews and a top 5 countdown of the most popular Nonprofit Eugene episodes in 2015.
Discussion with Shelley Corteville, director of the Egan Warming Center. We talked about the organization's history, mission, services provided, community need, and ways to help area homeless during the cold and warmer months of the year.
Discussion with Executive Director/Founder Mandy Cracknell and Jonah Misner from SevaDog Rescue. We learned about their work to rescue and rehabilitate dogs that need training and behavior readjustment. They also assist other rescues, support local spay/neuter programs, help find the right family match for rescued dogs, and offer support assistance after adoption. They're doing great work filling the rescue gaps in our community.
Discussion with Executive Director, Cary Lieberman and Lauren Merge, Communication and Events Manager at Greenhill Humane Society. We learned about the many programs the organization offers the community, success stories, funding sources, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, the adoption process, and euthanasia policy.
Talked with Jim Evangelista and Catherine Pickup from Reality Kitchen. We learned why and how they started this wholesale bakery and retail cafe that is also a job training program for young adults with developmental disabilities. They have built a truly community cafe and also provide a variety of high-quality products to area businesses and community partners.
Talked with Deb McGee and Patty Hine, co-founders of 350 Eugene. The discussion included what the organization does, why 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide is important, local climate change activism, signs of climate change and why it matters, climate deniers, 350 Eugene organizational campaigns involving liquified natural gas, divestment of fossil fuels, Oregon Pledge of Resistance, upcoming activism events, recurring trainings and meetings, and where the Presidential candidates stand on climate change.