I don’t need to tell you how much our community, our state, our country, our world is hurting right now. As I write this tonight the Oregon Health Authority reported another record number of COVID-19 deaths. We are going to endure a lot more pain before we start clawing our way back to some sense of normalcy. I can’t imagine how fearful it would be facing eviction, houselessness, food insecurity, and the many social ills that so many Oregonians are suffering. But I can help organizations that are working very hard to improve the safety, health, and living situations for those who desperately need help.
You can find organizations that may fit with your values by checking our Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. They have chosen some of the most impactful local organizations helping to make our community a better place for everyone. You may also consider Portland’s own Mercy Corps Northwest. Their teams are helping individuals displaced by the wildfires and provide many programs that build community resilience.
Of course, you probably have your favorite wildlife and/or conservation groups that regularly benefit from your support. This year, consider adding a new organization or increasing your support. Many non-profits that rely on in-person fundraisers are likely to be falling far short of revenue this year. Although we have seen some major victories recently (blocking of Pebble Mine permit, progress on Klamath Dam removal, and passage of an historic Public Lands Act), the work to protect and improve our environment is more important than ever. What ever you choose, make this a (another) year to really make a positive contribution – our world and the many species in it need to have more folks show they care.