Support 116 environmental nonprofits!

by EarthShare Oregon
Smith River, Oregon - courtesy Lee Webb
Smith River, Oregon - courtesy Lee Webb

Can we make our world better? Safer? More stable?  ABSOLUTELY.  EarthShare contributions are making it happen.

So much of our news in the Pacific Northwest has been dominated by things we feel powerless to control.

Forest fires are the most obvious.  But drought, high water temperatures killing our native fish, and heat waves are also making their presence known.

I feel so much more able to face these big, hairy problems -- because I know that EarthShare member charities, and the donation I make through EarthShare Oregon, are actively working to prevent these things from affecting our lives.

Renewable Northwest is bringing more and better renewable energy sources to the region -- allowing us to move further away from fossil-fuel-based energy sources.

1000 Friends of Oregon is actively defending Oregon's land use laws, and working to make it so that our communities, our transportation systems, and our daily lives generate less greenhouse gas emissions.

The Freshwater Trust is protecting our rivers by building new, 21st century conservation tools and technologies that actually restore ecosystems, and then implementing those solutions on real waterways.

Northwest Earth Institute is launching its annual EcoChallenge in October -- mobilizing thousands of people (maybe you?) to lessen their impact on the Earth by challenging yourself to a new environmental action.

These issues seem big. But they can be brought down to size when we support EarthShare Oregon. Your donations are tackling big problems from all angles. Thank you for giving -- and for being part of the movement to stabilize our climate.

EarthShare supporters are making our state better!
EarthShare supporters are making our state better!

EarthShare Oregon member charities just renewed their membership in our federation recently, and when they did, they also provided lots of great stories and examples of the ways in which they make our state more livable and keep Oregon the place we all want to live.

For example:

1000 Friends of Oregon began supporting the Rogue Valley Food System Network, an initiative that connects farmers, distributors, store owners, and more to get fresh local produce into the hands of people around the state. The network has successfully introduced “Rogue Valley grown” produce and labels into various grocery stores.

BRING Recycling worked with 38 new businesses in Lane County through its RE:Think Business program, providing free, confidential advice and support on practical ways to minimize waste and save money. Those businesses implemented more than 300 recommendations and are saving resources in their everyday operations.

Willamette Riverkeeper organized the 6th Annual Great Willamette Cleanup, involving more than 800 volunteers at 24 sites, who worked for a combined total of 2,500+ hours cleaning up more than 200 miles of the Willamette River watershed. The trash haul collected 12 TONS of garbage from the river and its shoreline.

The Sierra Club partnered with fishing groups and led a campaign to protect critical salmon and wildlife habitat in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. This campaign resulted in an unprecedented new protection for state lands called "high value conservation areas."

There are so many ways your donation to EarthShare Oregon is protecting the landscapes, way of life, and state we all love. A gift will benefit all 80 charities in our network and the crucial work they do for everyone, every day.

Fighting for drinking water in the Columbia Gorge
Fighting for drinking water in the Columbia Gorge

EarthShare Oregon and our almost 80 member charities have started 2015 off with important work, fun projects, and new ways to engage with our environment.

A few examples of  the work EarthShare Oregon funds through our members include:

  • Bark is working to protect the publicly owned drinking water of the residents of Cascade Locks, Oregon, from being sold to a private company looking to bottle and sell it.
  • Bicycle Transportation Alliance is working with the people of Southwest Portland to secure basic safety features on a major connector street for those who bike or walk the street.
  • KS Wild is working urgently to protect 40,000 acres of forest land in Southern Oregon from fast-tracked clearcut logging.

Threats to our lands, water, and livability emerge daily in Oregon, and our members keep track and actively work against them. Your funding and support are making this type of vigilance possible.  Because of the help your donation gives, our groups can effectively mobilize volunteers and get the word out when needed.

Thank you for what you're already doing, and make an additional gift if you can.

Great blue heron by John Driscoll
Great blue heron by John Driscoll

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!

  • $10 per month would save more than 21,000 pounds of carbon dioxide greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere with the installation of new energy-efficient lightbulbs.
  • $10 per month would provide a nature-oriented school program at an Oregon State Park for 40 children.
  • $10 per month would plant 62 trees along an Oregon fish-bearing stream, lowering water temperature to make it a better environment for fish.

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! 

Thank you,

Meghan Humphreys

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.

  • Institute for Applied Ecology mobilized 1,806 volunteer hours for Habitat Restoration projects, including working with 100 volunteers and students at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge to plant more than 11,000 early blue violets to provide food for Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillars.

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!


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EarthShare Oregon

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​earthshare-oregon.org
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