Sunday, November 9, 2014
The festival has evolved over the years, and started out as a way for the Homebrewers’ club to kill some time between competition judging and award announcements. The first year only made $200, and involved a small group of outside brewers. The festival grew, moved to the fairgrounds, and is now held in September to help ensure good weather for the outdoor event. With 3,100 attendees this year, the festival is bigger and better than ever, and helping more people in the community too.
“Most of the profits from the festival go to Linn Benton Food Share. We wanted to partner with local organizations that provide services to those in need in the area. Linn Benton Food Share was a great fit,” said Patrick Gorman, Septembeerfest event organizer.
The $21,000 donation will go a long way to provide nutritious food to those in need. LBFS depends almost exclusively on community support, which makes it possible for them to gather and distribute over 5 million pounds of food annually through their 74 member network. LBFS keeps overhead costs at around 1%, which is 6.5% less than similar organizations according to Charity Navigator.
“We are extremely happy to be the beneficiaries of Septembeerfest. The Homebrewers are a fun bunch, and how can you beat an event where people have fun drinking good beer, while providing funds to feed people in need? It is this kind of community support that allows our food pantries to provide 50,000 emergency food boxes each year, as well as providing the food needed by our member soup kitchens and shelters to provide an additional 272,000 hot meals.” said Mike Gibson, Director of Linn Benton Food Share.
To support Linn Benton Food Share or any of Community Services Consortium’s poverty-fighting programs and services, visit our website at www.communityservices.us. Donations can be made through our website or mailed to our main office: Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.
To support Septembeerfest through sponsorship or to find out more about the festival, visit www.septembeerfest.org.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Teacher Saka Coy sings with children on Button Day
“The buttons say “Head Start Works,” and every day we see that it does—both for growing and learning children and their families, who also receive our support, referrals, partnership and our friendship. Our community partners help make our Head Start a true success,” shared Suzanne Miller, Director of CSC Lincoln County Head Start.
Suzanne Miller with
Reverend Dr. Paul Hayden
Community partners in attendance included Reverend Dr. Paul Hayden, the new reverend at the Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church. The church has been a generous and committed supporter of Head Start, hosting an annual luncheon for Head Start Lincoln County staff, giving the children holiday gifts, and giving backpacks with school supplies at the end for the school year for children needing supplies for kindergarten.
“Their support, care, and compassion in action has been a real inspiration!” said Miller.
CSC Head Start provides a free preschool education to Lincoln County children ages three to five years old, offering a nurturing learning environment that includes parents as important resources for their children’s learning.
Head Start has locations in Lincoln City, Newport, and Toledo. Head Start focuses on the “whole child” and includes the child’s educational, health, family, and social needs.
CSC Head Start’s educational program is designed to foster intellectual, social, and emotional growth. It meets the needs of each child and is sensitive to the child’s cultural identity, as well as any health or academic challenges.
Head Start staff on Button Day
For more information, call or stop by the following CSC Head Start locations:
Lincoln City: 2130 SE Lee Avenue, 541-996-3028
Toledo: 845 NW “A” Street , 541-336-5113
Newport: 253 NE 1st Street, 541-574-7690
To show your support for Head Start, please visit www.communityservices.us and click the “Donate” button or call Dee Teem at 541-574-2277.
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