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
EarthShare Oregon giving campaigns at more than 100 workplaces are ramping up this month! The funds we raise now through the end of 2013 will support programs in our 80 member charities -- 7 of which are new this year!
Did you know you can easily support the great work of groups like:
Beyond Toxics -- $2 per pay period to Beyond Toxics will subsidize five low-income parents to attend an asthma care and green cleaning workshop, where they can earn a Green Cleaning Certificate that adds to their job skills.
Bark – Saved 2,500 Mt. Hood acres from logging & prevented construction of 14 miles of new roads (which pollute nearby streams with erosion runoff).
Columbia Land Trust – Protected 2,755 acres of important habitat and riverfront lands throughout the Columbia River Basin, and restored 15 miles of the Klickitat River to a more natural state.
Institute for Applied Ecology -- Engaged more than 500 students in service-learning annually, and conducted sixplantings of native species or outdoor field trips.
Growing Gardens - $6.25 a pay period builds a garden bed for a disabled and very low-income home gardener who may not otherwise be able to afford fresh food.
McKenzie River Trust -- $5.50 per pay period can buy and protect more than 100 square feet of acreage along a river that will provide clean water for people, fish, and wildlife forever.
Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund -- $2 per paycheck will allow a volunteer canvasser to knock on 24 doors, encouraging pro-environment voters to participate in important elections.
Join EarthShare and our member charities in safeguarding clean water, protecting clean air, creating sustainable jobs, preventing waste, and fighting climate change. With your help, we can care for the environmental legacy we all share.
Recycling. Maintaining trails. Planting trees. Writing your congressman. Volunteering to teach kids how to ride bikes.
All of these are what we typically think of "environmental actions." But one of the most powerful actions you can take is one you might not realize -- making a donation.
EarthShare Oregon and our 80 member charities can do more than most people realize with a gift of cash, even just a few dollars every month. With a regular donation, here are four examples of what our member groups can do:
There's so much more we can do to improve and protect Oregon's environmental treasures. We just need more people stepping up to help through EarthShare. Thank you for giving, and we hope you renew your commitment to sharing the responsibility for our state's natural legacy.
We all know that numerous threats to our natural world are growing -- and at the same time, environmental charities are having to reach further and spend more time and money just to pay for the important protection work they do. EarthShare is dedicated to do this work more efficiently for them. We engage people like you to support the environmental movement with your dollars as well as your time.
Here are some of the projects EarthShare helps make possible at our member organizations:
Willamette Riverkeeper - protecting the Willamette River from pollution and degradation with the help of volunteer "river monitors" as well as legal action. Read more...
Bicycle Transportation Alliance - Created a new Bicycle Education Safety blog and resources for those teaching kids to ride for the first time, or anyone wanting to brush up on their kids' safety skills. See the education series...
Audubon Society of Portland - Caring for injured native wildlife, including many raptor birds hit by cars this time of year. See how they helped several Great Horned Owls recently...
These are only three examples out of more than 70 charities that could use more help -- thanks for giving, and let's make their work easier in 2013 by giving again!
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