- Medford Gospel Mission
Mens Shelter (men only)- 541-779-1597
125 W. Jackson St. Medford, OR 97501
- Womens Shelter (women and children)- 541-772-2931
534 N. Bartlett Ave. Medford, OR 97501
- Rogue Retreat
Kelly Shelter (Transitional Warming Shelter Medford, Oregon) 541-499-0880
1410 W 8th St, Medford, OR 97501
- Hope Village (Tiny Home Homeless Community) 541-499-0880
1410 W 8th St, Medford, OR 97501
- St. Vincent DePaul
Family Shelter (limited capacity)- 541-772-8163
2424 N. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR 97501
- Community Works
Dunn House (Domestic Violence Shelter)- 541-779-4357
Must call- address not listed for safety purposes
- Salvation Army
Hope House (Transitional Shelter and Housing)- 541-773-7005
1065 Crews Rd. Medford, OR 97501
- Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland
Ashland Warming Shelters (Sunday through Thursday Nights)- (541) 631-2235
611 Siskiyou Blvd #4 Ashland, Oregon 97520
- Maslow Project
Day Shelter (for youth and families with children)- (541) 608-6868
No one wants to leave their earned money on the government table and not have it in their own pocket. And yet that is what is happening when eligible individuals and families are not claiming their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In Oregon alone, $130 million is left unclaimed yearly. These are dollars that could have a substantial impact in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. The UCAN RSVP and AARP Tax Aide programs in Douglas and Josephine County are focused on securing EITC dollars for those who are eligible.
In partnership with The Ford Family Foundation and AARP Foundation, the initial project began in February 2017 to increase awareness by providing educational fliers (from IRS EITC education site) and distributing them to 35 local food pantries and 12 community kitchens.
At the end of last year’s tax season, the programs saw $1,087,910 total EITC dollars distributed to their eligible clients. The average EITC payment was $1,444.50. The average Annual Gross Income (AGI) of the clients served was $24,662.67; a family of four at that income is considered living below the poverty level. By those numbers, the average EITC payment is like a 6% bonus.
Though it is hard to determine the direct correlation the education and the results of the AARP Tax Aid data from last year, continued focus with our partners has allowed for a new collaboration with AmeriCorps. In September 2017, an AmeriCorps member began service in Josephine County under the RSVP Program with a work plan and focus for outreach and education in the county regarding EITC and how to determine eligibility. This will help families and individuals who file their own taxes (or use preparers other than RSVP/AARP) understand if they are eligible and how to claim their EITC payment.
AmeriCorps member, Janet Keller, has been developing partnerships with business owners in the community to educate the target audience: people that are aged 24-years and are earning less than $35,000 a year. Janet is able to give employees an estimation of their potential EITC refund and educate them on how to schedule an appointment for free tax help.
UCAN, The Ford Family Foundation, RSVP, AmeriCorps, and AARP TAX Aide are all working together so that less earned money is left on the government table and distributed to the hard-working Oregonians.
Seventeen Veterans are out of the cold, just in time for Christmas, thanks to a new housing development in Medford. On December 15, ACCESS opened their latest housing development (their 17th development), Victory Place, a 17-unit affordable Housing complex for Veterans. Victory Place (pictured right) is made up of nine studios and eight one-bedroom apartments. The complex was developed by ACCESS, but is privately owned by Fred Herrmann of Commercial Counsel, Inc.
This project originated in 2015 when Mr. Herrmann approached ACCESS about helping him develop the property for Veteran housing. “Veterans are the backbone of this country, and this is a good way for us to give something back to them,” says Mr. Herrmann.
This project was made possible thanks to a $1.96 million-dollar grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services to ACCESS allowing the organization to provide housing assistance to Veterans. All residents will also have support of much needed resources provided through case management and/or referral services by ACCESS’ Support Services for Veteran Families program or other Veteran programs.
Kaiser Permanente would like to invite your organization to attend a Learning Workshop.
As a part of Kaiser Permanente’s committed focus on Capacity Building for non-profit organizations like yours we are partnering with the Non-Profit Association of Oregon to provide two learning sessions.
We are proud to host Author Andy Robinson, a national trainer in the areas of Fundraising & Finance.
We hope you can join us for a day of learning!!
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 8:30 am. – 4:00 pm. (Continental breakfast and lunch provided)
Location: Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
The Dye House
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, OR 97301
Title: Fundraising and Financial Management for Nonprofits
Presenter: Andy Robinson, National Trainer & Consultant
To Register: https://nonprofitoregon.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=2960 (no cost to attend)
Morning Session: 9 am. – Noon
Big Money for Small Groups
80% of charitable funds come from individual donors, not foundations or corporations. Learn to build a fundraising program that honors your mission, engages potential donors, and raises more money.
Where money comes from:
- Building a diverse funding base
- The basic principles of fundraising
- Identifying prospective donors
- “The ask” — face-to-face solicitation
- Ranking the effectiveness of different fundraising strategies
(BREAK – Lunch will be provided)
Afternoon Session: 1 – 4 p.m.
What Every Board Member Should Know About Financial Management … And Probably Doesn’t
With the possible exception of “How do I avoid fundraising?” a board member’s most commonly unasked question is, “What do all these numbers mean – and what am I supposed to do with them?” This workshop is designed to help trustees (plus staff and volunteers) get over their financial phobia — with clarity, humor, and few unexpected metaphors. We’ll discuss:
- Five things you should know about your nonprofits finances — without looking at a spreadsheet
- Creating a one page financial dashboard to simplify board oversight
- Managing financial risks
- Training board members to be financially literate and engaged
Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.com) provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, facilitation, and train-the-trainer programs. He specializes in the needs of organizations working for human rights, social justice, artistic expression, environmental conservation, and community development.
Over the past 22 years, Andy has worked with organizations in 47 U.S. states and Canada. Recent clients include the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Main Street Center, American Rivers, the Land Trust Alliance, and many, many local organizations.
Andy is the author of six books, including Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money, www.trainyourboard.com. His latest is What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid.
When he’s not on the road, he lives in Plainfield, Vermont.
We have limited space and can allow up to two people per organization. Please RSVP to reserve your seat!!
As the holidays approach, those of us in Community Action service see the escalating impact of poverty in people’s lives. It’s colder outside. Bills are higher and food, as a less costly and more mutable expense, is often the need that gets ambushed in the process.
That is why Empty Bowls Projects in food banks across the country are so important. Not only do they generate resources for the food bank, they also help generate community conversations around the topics of hunger and food insecurity.
This past month, UCAN held its first annual Empty Bowls Project Dinner event. Our staff and volunteers were very pleased with the event and its outcomes. Over 120 people attended, more than 50 bowl makers participated, 12 restaurants prepared soups and breads, and those joining in enjoyed the dinner.
More than $3,500 in funds were raised. And further – and perhaps more importantly – the on-going issue of food insecurity is now more prevalently discussed than prior to the dinner. Next year’s event is already being planned for October 15, 2018, which is the evening before World Food Day.
On October 12, 2017, over 270 leaders from Washington County and the surrounding region convened for an important conversation on affordable housing at our Leadership Lunch. These generous supporters came together, giving over $64,000 to help Community Action deliver hope, help, and change to families across Washington County. Attendees also heard from top business leaders about what affordable housing is, why it matters to our community, and what leaders in the private sector can do to help address this challenge.
Roy Kim, Owner of Central Bethany Development, spoke about the importance of partnership in addressing the affordable housing need, and how Community Action helps him understand the perspective of those in need of affordable housing. [CLICK TO WATCH ROY KIM]
Sarah Joannides, Director of Social Responsibility at New Seasons Market, shared how the proximity of affordable housing to the workplace impacts their workforce. As one of the largest employers in the state, this issue has become a top priority for their business and has influenced the company’s role as an advocate promoting affordable housing. [CLICK TO WATCH SARAH JOANNIDES]
Caroline Roper, a client of Community Action, rounded out our speakers by sharing her own story of transformation thanks to the support she received from Community Action helping her find affordable housing. When she was able to stabilize her home, she was able to create stability in other areas of her life, to the benefit of both her and her children. [CLICK TO WATCH CAROLINE ROPER]
Our deepest thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Tuality Healthcare, our additional sponsors and table hosts, and all of our guests for making the Leadership Lunch a tremendous success.
Near the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, hundreds of people gathered for the “Families Unite for Head Start Spirit Rally.” Many were parents or Head Start employees who came from all over the United States, including California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New York, and elsewhere. Virtually every state in the Union was represented.
The National Head Start Association organized the rally and set up 300 visits to congressional leaders later that day with the goal of encouraging lawmakers to increase funding for Head Start programs.
Several house representatives and a U.S. senator were on hand to speak, including U.S. Rep. Charlie Christ (D-FL) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Their powerful speeches excited the enthusiastic crowd.
Senator Merkley talked about the importance of fighting for expansion of funding. “Just a week ago there was a bill on the senate floor to increase military spending by 80 billion dollars,” he said. “What would be the impact to Head Start and Early Head Start if we increased funding by a few billion dollars?” Senator Merkley then asked the crowd to think of all the returns that would come back to society if the nation invested in helping all children thrive and succeed. He said, “Generations to come would feel the positive effects.” (video below)
Lawmakers weren’t the only ones taking the stage to energize the crowd, numerous Head Start parents spoke as well. Hector Banuelos from Los Angeles (a father of six) told a heartwarming story about how Head Start made a positive difference in his life and the life of his children. Banuelos admitted that he was ill-prepared to be a parent, but Head Start gave him the tools needed to flourish. “If you are a parent,” said Banuelos, “and you take advantage of every program they have, you will become a successful parent.” Banuelos also said, “Before you can take care of others, you have to take care of yourself first.”
That is a concept that Head Start believes in. And they are committed to their work, giving every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In the 50 years since its inception, Head Start has improved the lives of more than 32 million children and families. The Community Action Partnership stands proudly beside them in support of everything they do.
View the CAP press release.