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McKenzie River Gives

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

The McKenzie Community Development Corporation is organizing an annual community-wide fundraising campaign around #GivingTuesday – McKenzie River Gives, a 24-hour period where citizens give back to the local organizations that work year round for the community.  We as individuals are the major force in giving to our communities. In 2016 of the $390.05 billion contributed to nonprofit organizations in the USA, individuals gave 72% of the total.

Currently, participating groups and organizations in McKenzie River Gives include:

  • McKenzie CDC – Click here to give.
  • O’Brien Memorial Library/Blue River Library
  • Leaburg Library
  • Vida McKenzie Community Center
  • Upper McKenzie Community Center
  • McKenzie River Clinic
  • Womenspace
  • McKenzie Valley Presbyterian Church
  • McKenzie River Community School
  • McKenzie River Regional Leadership Team for 90by30 – Click here to give. To designate your donation to the McKenzie team,  include additional gift instructions for the donation using the form.
  • McKenzie Watershed Council

On November 28, join us at the Leaburg Training Center to donate to these McKenzie organizations! Can’t make it to the event? Consider donating through our local organization’s online platforms (information will be added here as we gather it from organizations).

Contact Ashley Adelman, Executive Director with the McKenzie Community Development Corporation at mckenziecdc@gmail.com or 541-854-0210 with any questions.

McKenzie Community Group formed

Because there are no incorpo­rated communities in east Lane County, residents sometimes lack an organization which can advocate for them and can receive grants for community improve­ment projects.

For the past 20 years the Blue River Community Development Corporation (BRCDC) , a non-profit 501c(3) organization, has provided this service for residents of the Blue River area. On May 19th, 2016 the BRCDC Board of Directors voted to expand their area of service. After a unani­mous vote, their purpose now includes “the encouragement, stimulation and promotion of economic and community devel­opment and diversification in the McKenzie River watershed east of the Springfield, Oregon Urban Growth Boundary”. The name of the organization was also changed to the McKenzie Community De­velopment Corporation (MCDC).

The changes were proposed by the McKenzie River Action Team. This is a group of community vol­unteers, many of whom participat­ed in the Ford Institute Leadership Program (FILP) and the Oregon Rural Tourism Studio Project (ORTSP). Over the last year, the Action Team discussed and re­viewed the 1995 McKenzie River Strategic Plan, and conducted a series of pubic meetings. From these the Team developed specific goals which they are proposing the MCDC adopt. These goals are to “enhance coordination and communication between groups, expand volunteerism, maximize partnerships and opportunities for improved health and well-be­ing of residents; enhance the rural character of the community and quality of the environment, fos­ter environmentally sustainable communities and develop their infrastructure (e.g. high-speed internet and improved wastewater management); enable and enhance economic development, expand tourism and recreation.” .

Another change is that the groups will not formally have pay­ing “members”. Activities will be guided by the Board of Directors, and several committees. These committees are open to residents. The group is actively seeking volunteers for the new Board and committees. If you are interested in being on the Board or Com­mittee, or for more information, please contact Ashley Adelman at mckenziecdc@gmail.com

Original article published in River Reflections Newspaper 6.2.2016, change in contact information.

Broadband Meeting in Leaburg

On March 17th, 2016 the McKenzie Action Team hosted a meeting at the Leaburg Training Center to share information from a recent Rural Broadband Conference convened by the Oregon Rural Development Council in Bend during February 2016. At the conference, local residents learned about many opportunities to improve broadband coverage in the McKenzie River Valley. One program already in the early planning stages is through CenturyLink and the Connect America Fund. Final eligible areas can be viewed on this map.

The powerpoint shared at the meeting can be viewed here.

A goal of the meeting was to find community members interested in helping with this effort. While the Connect America program will assist some locations, it will not be a solution for everyone. We intend to hold a meeting in the coming months to get folks together, form a committee and identify additional programs and grants the community would like to pursue. If you are interested in getting involved, please email mckenziecommunitydevelopment@gmail.com for further information.