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Hikers in the Columbia River Gorge
Hikers in the Columbia River Gorge

EarthShare and our member charities are preparing to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd, with a long list of great ways for you to get involved.  Of course, the donation you've already made is good -- but you can use your time and talents, too, for volunteer opportunities and educational outings:

  • Friends of Trees is partnering with EarthShare-participating businesses to get their employees out planting trees along I-205 through NE & SE Portland. This long-barren stretch of highway is growing a new forest along the multi-use path frequented by walkers and cyclists, thanks to all the volunteers that are working so hard.
  • Columbia Riverkeeper trains and leads a team of volunteers to act as "eyes and ears" on a part of the Columbia River throughout the year, report pollution, pick up trash, and even take samples of the river water a few times a year.  These volunteers are crucial to protecting the Columbia River for all Oregonians!
  • Friends of the Columbia Gorge is leading hikes, bike rides, and stewardship work parties with the goal of bringing you out to see a new place (and care for these spots) this spring and summer.

All these opportunities and more are always listed at http://earthshare-oregon.org -- all year long, you'll find events, classes, and ways to give your time to any of our EarthShare member charities throughout Oregon.

Thank you for giving through EarthShare -- your gift makes it possible for our 70 member charities to keep people healthy, protect places for wildlife, and reduce global warming, both in Oregon and across the globe.

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EarthShare Oregon currently has more than 100 giving campaigns at Oregon businesses, most of which are taking pledges now. If you work for one of our business partners, you can give at work (or through GlobalGiving if you work at Nike or work for a business without a formal EarthShare campaign.)

EarthShare ensures that, for our donors, every dollar donated through EarthShare benefits nonprofits that are doing their work and doing it responsibly. We scrutinize their financial information, audits and stories about current projects to confirm that donors' dollars are making positive environmental change in Oregon and around the world.

Here are some NEW accomplishments by EarthShare Oregon members, made possible by our donors:

Northwest Earth Institute reached a course participant milestone—its 125,000th participant joined in discussion courses on topics including reducing dependence on oil, workplace sustainability, and simpler living.

Hells Canyon Preservation Council reduced improper old growth logging in the Hells Canyon area by 293 acres (70 percent), and temporary road building in the area by 50 percent.

Native Plant Society of Oregon - held 160 field trips, work parties, and workshops in ecosystems throughout Oregon. These trips educate participants (members and non-members alike) about Oregon’s natural history and native vegetation.

Thank you for giving through EarthShare -- your gift supports 70 charities like these that are keeping people healthy, protecting places for wildlife, and reducing global warming, both in Oregon and across the globe.

Feel this good about helping Oregon
Feel this good about helping Oregon's environment!

EarthShare Oregon is ramping up for more than 100 giving campaigns at Oregon businesses – reaching more than 150,000 Oregonians. If you work for one of our business partners, you can give at work (or through GlobalGiving if you work at Nike or work for a small business.)

The work we do ensures that, for our donors, every dollar donated through EarthShare benefits nonprofits that are doing their work and doing it responsibly. We scrutinize their financial information, audits and stories about current projects to confirm that donors' dollars are making positive environmental change in Oregon and around the world.

Here are some new accomplishments by EarthShare Oregon members, made possible by our donors:

Renewable Northwest Project added 400 megawatts (MWs) of renewable power resources to the Northwest in 2010. The region now has more than 5,100 MWs of wind, solar and geothermal – enough energy to power 1.1 million average Northwest homes.

World Wildlife Fund Protected over 30 million acres of new areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This area, roughly the size of Greece, will provide vital habitat for species like African Elephants and Mountain Gorillas.

Willamette Riverkeeper monitored Willamette River water quality every month at 47 sites between Eugene and Portland. Last year, volunteers logged a total of 1,200 hours to ensure healthy river water quality using testing protocols approved by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Thank you for giving through EarthShare -- your gift supports 70 charities like these that are keeping people healthy, protecting places for wildlife, and reducing global warming, both in Oregon and across the globe.

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Pacific Northwest salmon (photo by Jean Hamilla)
Pacific Northwest salmon (photo by Jean Hamilla)

 

EarthShare Oregon recently completed our 2011 re-affiliation process, and ALL 70 of our members have renewed for this coming campaign year! 

Our work within the environmental community, and our promise to our donors, is to ensure that every dollar donated through EarthShare benefits nonprofits that are doing their work and doing it responsibly. We scrutinize their financial information, audits and stories about current projects to confirm that donors' dollars are making positive environmental change in Oregon and around the world.

A few new accomplishments by EarthShare Oregon members, made possible by our donors, include:

 

Tualatin Riverkeepers trained volunteers facilitated community paddle trips for more than 600 people in 2010. TRK has led more than 12,000 people on family-friendly guided paddle trips on the Tualatin River since 1993.

The Environmental Center is transforming a vacant City of Bend lot into the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden. The garden demonstrates low-water, chemical-free home and garden techniques, such as xeriscaping, native landscaping, and composting for local residents to learn in a hands-on environment.

Columbia Riverkeeper defended the Columbia River Estuary ecosystem from two proposed coal plants and two Liquefied Natural Gas terminals that would have filled or dredged 100+ acres of salmon nurseries, and generated greenhouse gases equivalent to 4 million cars' emissions.

Thank you for giving through EarthShare -- your gift is 70 supporting organizations like these who are keeping people healthy, protecting places for wildlife, and reducing global warming, both in Oregon and across the globe.

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This dam is now gone, thanks to your help!
This dam is now gone, thanks to your help!

EarthShare Oregon is in the midst of receiving applications for re-affiliation from all of our 30+ Oregon-based charities, as well as the dozens of national EarthShare member charities.  Our work within the environmental community, and our promise to our donors, is to ensure that every dollar donated through EarthShare benefits nonprofits that are doing their work and doing it responsibly. We scrutinize their financial information, audits and stories about current projects to confirm that donors' dollars are making positive environmental change in Oregon and around the world.

A few recent accomplishments by EarthShare Oregon members, made possible by our donors, include:

  • Friends of Trees just planted its 400,000th tree in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA region. This organization mobilizes volunteers to plant trees that improve their neighborhoods' livability, sequester carbon, and increase wildlife habitat.
  • WaterWatch, Siskiyou Project, and many other EarthShare groups saw their efforts to remove fish-killing dams on the Rogue River succeed with the recent removal of Gold Ray Dam in Southern Oregon. The Rogue River now flows freely from the Lost Creek Project to the Pacific Ocean for the first time in 106 years – a distance of 157 miles.
  • Oregon Environmental Council saw its successful Eco-Healthy Child Care certification program for day care providers go national recently. Its certification program, originally local to Oregon, was sought after from as far away as Australia. The help and services this program provides will now be available nationwide.

Thank you for giving through EarthShare -- your gift is 70 supporting organizations like these who are keeping people healthy, protecting places for wildlife, and reducing global warming, both in Oregon and across the globe.

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