By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

Nonprofits head into 2016 with ambitious agendas

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Brandy McIntosh explains the various items included in the Children s Night Kit from Henderson House, part of the new Surviving  to Thriving program.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##Brandy McIntosh explains the various items included in the Children's Night Kit from Henderson House, part of the new Surviving to Thriving program.

Starting this year, workers at the domestic violence shelter will relieve some of that uncertainty with kits that offer some of the basics for starting over. The kits were created with the help of donations received over the holiday season.

Throughout McMinnville, nonprofit organizations are making plans for the coming year with resources gathered in 2015.

Savenia Falquist, executive director at Henderson House, said the biggest change shelter is addition of the “Surviving to Thriving” kits. There are three kinds — one for starting a new kitchen, one for starting a new bathroom and one for helping children get to sleep.

The kitchen kits are available both Anglo and Hispanic versions.

Other variations on the kits help families moving to either transitional or stable housing. They include such things as laundry baskets, blankets and other items families will need to reboot their lives.

“They’re designed for our shelter clients,” Falquist said. “A lot of clients don’t have anything when they come in, and these help them and their children get grounded.”

The next major item on Henderson House’s agenda is preparing for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in April. In addition to the agency’s usual cosmic bowling fundraiser, numerous other activities are in the offing.

“We’re going to develop a whole strategy for how to promote the idea of sexual assault awareness,” Falquist said.

April will also be a huge month for Juliette’s House, a McMinnville agency that responds to cases of child abuse.

“In April, we’ll be partnering with other agencies to come up with something for the whole city and council to raise awareness on issues concerning children,” said Development Director Francine Fiore.

“Also starting in April, we want to have local businesses and wineries do fundraisers for us,” she said. “You do enough of those little fundraisers over the year, and it really adds up.”

She said she also wants to work with the McMinnville Downtown Association. With the association’s help, local businesses decorated their windows with a pinwheel theme last year to raise awareness about child abuse.

“That was really popular,” Fiore said. “We’re going to try to do that again.”

The biggest fundraiser for Juliette’s House is its annual auction. Last year’s auction, held Oct. 17, raised about $93,000.

“There will be another auction this year, because it’s been so successful for us in the past,” Fiore said.

Beyond that, she said, the agency’s board is just beginning to make plans for 2016.

Jeff Sargent, executive director at the Yamhill Community Action Partnership, said YCAP’s management team met Jan. 20 to begin strategic planning for the next fiscal year that begins in July.

It’s a little early in the process to talk about changes in store for the organization, he said. “We won’t know about those things until May or June,” he said.

Nonetheless, Sargent said, YCAP is starting 2016 on solid ground following the holiday season.

“We’re very pleased with the results of the holiday fundraising and donation drives,” he said. “The community is very generous. We have a full food bank warehouse from all the food drives and the Oregon Food Bank.”

The biggest thing on YCAP’s immediate horizon is an annual head count of local homeless people on Wednesday. The head count draws on volunteers from numerous other nonprofit organizations throughout the community.

One of the agencies is Hope on the Hill, a program of the Nazarene Church on the Hill that provides food, clothing and other necessities.

As with Henderson House and Juliette’s House, April will be a month for the program. Executive Director Heidi Lindell said organizers will begin selling plots that month in the community garden.

To accompany that effort, she said, there will be a class to teach children how to grow their own organic vegetables.

“There will also be a nutrition class for everyone that looks at food and how to put elements together so you can make the most out of the food you’re given,” Lindell said. “All those programs will move forward in the coming year.”

Lindell said she and other organizers are also putting together an 1980s-themed dance for Drag the Gut in late August.

MV Advancements, an area nonprofit offering vocational, educational and other services for people with developmental disabilities, has a full slate of activities planned for 2016, said Executive Director Kathy Schlotfeldt.

Plans include a March Madness basketball tournament at the McMinnville Community Center in March for clients and staff. A prom will be held at First Baptist Church in April and a family forum at the McMinnville Community at a yet-to-be-determined date at the McMinnville Community Center.

Other events include a golf tournament at Michelbook Country Club July 22 and a 50th anniversary celebration in September. Serendipity Ice Cream, the business MV Advancements operates on Third Street, celebrates its 16th anniversary in October.

Lindell and other nonprofit leaders said they mostly look forward to another year of serving the public. “We will all continue to operate our programs to help members of the community to be more self-sufficient,” she said.


Annette Madrid

The really great thing about YCAP is that all the food/cash donations received go only to folks in Yamhill County. We applaud their efforts & continue to support these and other deserving non-profits in Yamhill County. YCAP is the recipient of the Yamhill County Employee's Association (AFSCME Local 1422) Food Drive each year, and our employees union will be awarding a matching funds check next weekend from AFSCME to double the impact of YCEA members' donations to YCAP. Keep up the good work!
Best regards.
Annette Madrid, Vice President of Yamhill County Employees Association (YCEA)& Food Drive Chair