NeighborWorks Umpqua excited to join NeighborWorks Week this Saturday

Every year in June, NeighborWorks Umpqua participates in a national event with other NeighborWorks America organizations:  NeighborWorks Week. NeighborWorks Week mobilizes tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, and civic leaders across the country in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. The theme for this year’s national event is “Creating Opportunity”, a core tenet of NeighborWorks Umpqua’s (NWU) mission and strategic goals. NeighborWorks Week gives NWU the perfect opportunity to practice what we preach. Starting June 2 and ending June 9, this year’s NeighborWorks Week will be the organization’s most ambitious one yet.

In years past, NWU has cleaned up neighborhoods, hosted barbecues for veterans, painted and repaired homes, but these projects have typically been rooted in one specific geographic area. This year, we will work in four of our service counties to create opportunity all within the same week in June!

In Coos Bay, NWU staff will be attending an important government-sponsored resource fair, held in partnership with Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Association of Oregon Counties, and the League of Oregon Cities. The resource fair in Coos Bay will allow the local government of Coos Bay to meet and talk with nonprofits in their area to identify important housing resources and experts for the local community. In addition to the resource fair, NWU will also work alongside its first Community Leadership Institute group and the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) garden club to beautify the grounds of SWOCC on Saturday. The Coos Bay office will hold a Volunteer Celebration for their tax preparation and filing volunteers who filed over 500 tax returns and contributed over 1500 volunteer hours.

In Roseburg, NeighborWorks Umpqua will begin working on the historic property, the Willis House. The work includes painting and repairing the outdoor gazebo. All week, volunteers and staff will be on site making repairs, painting, and landscaping the important historic property.

In Medford, NWU staff will be attending another resource fair, held in partnership with Oregon Housing and Community Services, Association of Oregon Counties, and the League of Oregon Cities. In addition to the work in Medford, NWU will also work on its property, Rice Park, in Ashland. The staff will clean up the local community garden for the residents and ensure they are able to use the resource for years to come.

In Cottage Grove, NWU staff will be attending another fair, held in partnership with Oregon Housing and Community Services, Association of Oregon Counties, and the League of Oregon Cities. The resource fair in Cottage Grove will allow the local government of Cottage Grove to meet and talk with nonprofits in their area in order to identify important housing resources and experts for the local community.

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to complete this impressive mix of projects during NeighborWorks Week. To follow the projects and process, make sure to visit social media for photos and pictures.