By NR Staff • 

Homeless count seeking volunteers

Opportunities include street teams, flyer distribution, agency donations, serving meals and client services assistance. There will be a mandatory safety training in advance of the actual count day.

The Yamhill Community Action Partnership is coordinating the event, which is part of the county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. 

The information gathered will be reported to state officials and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It helps to assess gaps in the area’s social services and progress from previous counts.

Those who would like to volunteer can call 503-687-1481 or visit For more information, contact Lindsay Combs at 503-883-4176 or 


Gaston Fire District seeks public input

GASTON — The Gaston Rural Fire District is kicking off its centennial celebration with a public opinion survey.

The district, founded in 1913, has two full-time firefighters and a part-time paid chief, but otherwise is staffed by volunteers. The district covers 55 square miles in Washington and Yamhill counties, stretching from Hagg Lake to the top of Bald Peak.

The survey, created and maintained by volunteers, seeks to gauge community satisfaction with the district’s service. The survey also seeks comments or suggestions for improvement.

The brief survey is available at or at

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