Heartwood ReSources awarded Meyer Memorial Trust Grant for a new expansion

NeighborWorks Umpqua’s subsidiary is targeting Grants Pass for new store

Roseburg, OR (November 27, 2018) NeighborWorks Umpqua and Heartwood ReSources are excited to announce plans to expand Heartwood ReSources to Grants Pass. The project will be funded through a $166,619 grant award from the private Oregon foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust. This expansion will add a recycled building supply store in Grants Pass, provide new job opportunities, new recycling avenues for the area, and will improve the area’s economic vitality. Heartwood ReSources already fulfills an environmental stewardship and economic development strategy in Douglas County designed to reduce the impact on the county’s landfill.

“It’s what we do!” exclaims Marla Zoeter, Heartwood ReSources’s Store Manager.  “Heartwood ReSources provides low-cost building supplies while providing an important environmental service. Our store helps divert waste from our local landfill while acting as a resource for professional builders, contractors, homeowners, and craft enthusiasts. We have reached out to several groups in Grants Pass, including the Josephine County Solid Waste Agency and United Community Action Network and they are just as excited as we are to bring a store to Grants Pass and to begin reducing the waste in that local area.”

Heartwood Resources began as a job opportunities program of NeighborWorks Umpqua in 2001 and went on to secure its own nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in 2005.  Heartwood ReSources and NeighborWorks Umpqua are devoted to promoting equity for all and this project will bring a greater physical presence for both nonprofit organizations in Josephine County.

 “It is very important to our organization that we continue to build on our previous years’ successes,” explains Merten Bangemann-Johnson. “A few years ago, we developed a really ambitious strategic plan. NeighborWorks Umpqua would double its 25 years of community impact in 5 years. This new store location and expansion of recycling services to another county in our service area is tantamount to our plan’s success. Marla and her staff have been creating sizable environmental impact in Roseburg for years and we are excited to bring this model to the deserving residents of Josephine County.”

NeighborWorks Umpqua and Heartwood ReSources have targeted June 2019 for the store’s grand opening. To meet that deadline, new staff will be hired and trained at the Roseburg store starting in early spring, 2019.  To apply for positions for the new location visit nwumpqua.org. For more information on the grand opening, make sure to visit heartwoodresources.org.

About Heartwood ReSources

A nonprofit donation and salvage company established in October 2001 to enhance the livability of our greater Douglas County, Heartwood ReSources provides affordable building materials, jobs and job training, public education on environmental stewardship, and promotes the retention of affordable housing.

About NeighborWorks Umpqua

NeighborWorks Umpqua is a rural-focused housing and community development non-profit committed to promoting opportunity for all through quality housing, community development, property management, financial services, education, and advocacy in order to attain economic, social and environmental sustainability and equity. Started in 1991, NeighborWorks Umpqua provides over 600 units of housing, economic development opportunities, home rehabilitation services, and direct services focused on homeownership and personal finances.