This is a busy time of year for EarthShare Oregon. Our small staff of three is busy connecting with lots of businesses and individuals, to build support for our 79 member charities -- both in funding and in awareness!
As busy as we are here, our member charities are probably busier. Right now, trees are being planted, schoolchildren are learning about our natural world, rivers are being monitored for pollution, and projects to ward off the effects of global warming are being launched. None of this can happen unless more people are willing to donate money and to volunteer.
This is a perfect time to make a big (green!) impact with a new donation to EarthShare Oregon. Designate your favorite EarthShare member group, or support them all with a single gift to EarthShare. If you give at least $10 per month, you’ll get a special thank-you from Chinook Book and Neil Kelly!
It doesn't take much money to make a big, positive impact on our environment. Thank you for giving, and consider joining us again this fall!
EarthShare Oregon invites all GlobalGiving donors like you to join us in meeting us (and many of our charities) at a fun upcoming event -- August 3rd from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., at Pier Park in North Portland, OR.
This celebration of EarthShare Oregon's 25th Anniversary will feature food, activities for the whole family, and a celebration of giving to the environment! It's free -- to RSVP, please visit bit.ly/ESOR25. We hope you'll join us!
Thanks to generous donations from folks like you, EarthShare charities have been accomplishing great things for our environment. Here are some new accomplishments EarthShare (and you) helped make possible:
Friends of the Columbia Gorge land trust purchased three properties in 2013 totaling, nearly 200 acres, protecting scenic landscapes, natural habitat and creating opportunities for future hiking trails.
Growing Gardens’ Home Gardens program helps individuals and families learn to grow their own food in their backyards. In 2013 we enrolled and installed gardens for 54 new home gardener households reaching over 200 people including 61 children while we continued to support 113 second and third-year gardeners.
Thanks for giving, and it's always a good time to renew your commitment to EarthShare and Oregon's natural legacy!
See you in August, I hope!
EarthShare Oregon helps 80 environmental nonprofits connect to people like you. Most of our donors know our biggest member nonprofits' names: The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and other national groups. But have you heard of Institute for Applied Ecology?
Smaller, local charities like IAE provide critical services to our environment -- and also educate our kids about environmentally-friendly living! Here's a great story from IAE, that shows just how they're helping grow the next crop of low-impact Oregonians!
Institute for Applied Ecology (Corvallis): "On one of our field trips this year, there was a little girl who REALLY didn't want to get dirty. To her, mud was one big 'ewwww!' One mucky, muddy day in February changed that. The education folks from IAE took her class on a Field Planting Day to a wetland prairie, where the kids would plant the plants they'd grown in the greenhouse for months. The kids ran through the mud to find their plantin spot, except for the little girl who tiptoed across the mud to find the least gooey place. She put on her gloves and gingerly dug with her trowel. Hours of planting passed when the sun finally pierced the clouds. The kids went wild -- rain jackets tossed, running, laughing, planting. The joy was contagious. In a whirlwind, our mud-hating girl threw her jacket aside, smeared mud under her eyes and up her arms past her elbows. She smiled, laughed, planted, and loved it. The day closed with a call to get back on the bus, but not yet for this new nature lover, who cried out: 'No, no, just one more plant! I just need to get one more plant in the ground!' " - by Tom Kaye, Executive Director of IAE