Looking to positively impact your community? Try donating to the Oregon IDA Initiative!

Looking to positively impact your community? Try donating to the Oregon IDA Initiative!

The Oregon IDA Initiative builds hopes and dreams in communities across the state. Oregonians with low incomes work with trusted community-based partners to save money towards a goal, and their hard work is rewarded with a match from Initiative funds. You can help fuel this important work with a donation to the Initiative, which will be matched by a tax credit towards your personal state income tax.

We know that assets are the key to individual, family, and community success. An investment in a home, a small business, an education, or other important asset adds stability and a foundation for success. Supporting the Oregon IDA Initiative means supporting people like Charmaine Reddix, who through her IDA was able to save for and purchase her first home for herself and her two children, and then to graduate from college. Looking towards her future, Charmaine states, “There was a dark tunnel, and now there’s light. It feels like a goal that I’ve accomplished. The possibilities are endless now.”

The Initiative relies totally on the generous support of donors. We are grateful for donations of any amount – from $5 up to the limit of $500,000 worth of tax credits! You can donate by check, online by credit card, or with a donation of stock. Donors receive a tax credit at a rate of 90%. Donating is a great way to pre-pay state taxes while supporting a life-changing program. The Initiative accepts donations by check, wire transfer, credit card, or contributions of stock. You can learn more about the Initiative, the tax credit and donating on the Oregon IDA Initiative website or by reaching out directly to Hannah Waterman, IDA Marketing Manager.

A Welcome Helping Hand

A Welcome Helping Hand

It was a rainy Friday morning when the crew of the local tree service business, Oregon Tree Works, started preparing the site for their latest project, a home surrounded by overgrown trees and greenery. This home is also a part of one of NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Community Development Block Grant repair sites. After meeting with the homeowner earlier this year, our support staff slated the home for a full roof repair. Unfortunately, the thick trees and overgrown lot would have made it impossible to fix the roof. Each property has a tight budget to cover the repairs according to the grant award and it looked like the budget would be used up in the process of clearing a path for the roof repair. Thankfully, Oregon Tree Works was there to help!

“This project is a great way for us to give back to our community,” explained Oregon Tree Works owner, Kody Williams. Kody is an ISA Certified Arborist® and is TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment) qualified. He has an extensive background in forest management and tree care both internationally (New Zealand and Canada) and in Oregon. Kody guarantees the quality of all work conducted by Oregon Tree Works, and takes pride in his team’s ability to tackle difficult jobs safely and efficiently. He formed Oregon Tree Works to provide professional, yet affordable, tree care to residents of Douglas County.

Kody and his team were very thorough in their assessment of the work that needed to be done. They gave a realistic time frame for the work, which fit into the time frame we needed in order to start the roof repair. Kody and his team showed up early and were very professional and respectful, making efficient use of their time on the project. Thanks to Oregon Tree Works’ generous donation of services and time, we are able to continue our plans for the roof repair without delay.

The Oregon Tree Works team donated an estimated $6,000 in tree services to help our CDBG repair staff make room to replace the property owner’s roof. If your business is looking for a way to give back to the local community through a donation of time or service, ask NeighborWorks Umpqua how you can help! We have numerous ways that you can give back to your local community and would be happy to create customized opportunities for your company’s skills and staff. To learn more, reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Becky, at 541-673-4909 or email rmckenney@nwumpqua.org.

Important DreamBuilders Meeting is This Upcoming Tuesday!

Important DreamBuilders Meeting is This Upcoming Tuesday!

NeighborWorks Umpqua is looking for input from interested DreamBuilders about the upcoming Roseburg Build. The original plan included garages for each home in this build project.  It has recently come to our attention that we may gain access to significant funding incentives by replacing individual garages with a common parking lot. We are asking all potential Roseburg DreamBuilders to participate in the discussion by attending our update meeting next Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Douglas County Courthouse Room 310.

Parking Lot Discussion for Roseburg DreamBuilders
Tuesday, November 19th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Douglas County Courthouse
1036 SE Douglas Ave, Room 310
Roseburg, OR 97470
Email info@nwumpqua.org for any questions.

Sink or Swim is Coming Soon!

Sink or Swim is Coming Soon!

Are you struggling with a leaky faucet and not sure how to fix it? Let NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Rebuilding Together staff help! Join us for our newest class on November 16 at 10 am. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Sink Repair Class

Heartwood Resources
3495 Old Hwy 99 S
Roseburg, OR 97471


Saturday, November 16
at 10 a.m.

Cost  $5.00

Register by calling Patrick at (651) 273-3735 or emailing info@nwumpqua.org.
Pay at the door!

Special Thanks to the Following Organizations

The Collective of Southwestern Oregon

The Collective of Southwestern Oregon

By Arielle Reid, Director of Policy and Advocacy

Pride is an important human emotion.  It is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.  For pride to provide us with positive self-regard, that sense of deep pleasure and satisfaction, it needs to be accompanied by a state or quality of being dedicated to the thing that is the source of our pride.  On the surface, the Collective of Southwestern Oregon (CSO) is an affiliation of organizations and people working at the intersection of health, community building, education, and housing.  In reality, the Collective of Southwestern Oregon is a group of people who believe in mobilizing community pride and dedication to making Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine healthier, more resilient and better places to live.

How do we plan on fulfilling this mission?  We have chosen to use the collective impact model.  Collective impact works from the premise that there are too many organizations working in isolation.  Collective impact brings them together in a structured way to achieve social change.  The structure requires participants to build a common agenda, establish shared measurements, engage in mutually reinforcing activities, constant communication and pick a backbone leader to coordinate these efforts.

In October, the CSO participated in the Collective Impact Forum in Pittsburgh, PA.  The conference is the Individuals from all over the United States and internationally gathered together for 3 days of workshops, problem-solving and targeted learning around the collective impact model to deliver lasting community engagement and change. The topics covered conference provides professional development to backbone leaders; encourages peer learning among backbone teams; and shares new insights on the work of backbones from the field.

Topics explored include:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone leader
  • Incorporating equity in collective impact work
  • Fostering community collaboration and co-ownership in the initiative
  • Building collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
  • Developing and learning from shared measurement
  • Evaluating collective impact
  • Sustaining momentum for collective impact initiatives over the long-term

One of the biggest pieces that CSO members took with them was how collective impact changes their organizations’ relationships to communities.  Collective impact projects work best when the organizations participating recognize when their activities should walk in front, walk alongside and walk behind community efforts.  Walking in front of community efforts means taking the lead, framing the message and educating people as to why an issue is important.  An example of this would be the work that NeighborWorks Umpqua did on Ballot Measure 102 in November 2018 to promote local governments having more tools to build affordable housing.  Walking alongside community efforts means making sure that activities of the organization complement and support the work the community is already doing.  Walking behind community efforts means allowing community needs and perspectives to direct and dictate the CSO’s response and marshal the CSO’s resources in service to that response.

It is by walking behind, alongside and in front of the communities we serve that we, as organizations, can contribute to community pride and participate in demonstrating our dedication to the places we live and work.

Oregon Impact Fund Investment

Oregon Impact Fund Investment

The following information is directly from the Oregon Community Foundation Oregon Impact Fund Loan Document on their website. To look at the full document, click here.

The demand for affordable housing continues to grow around the
state. NeighborWorks Umpqua builds and manages affordable housing
to increase and preserve the supply of multiple types of affordable
housing for low-income individuals and families in rural Southern

NeighborWorks Umpqua is a rural-focused nonprofit housing and
community development organization that serves individuals, families,
and communities in Southern Oregon through housing development,
property management, homeownership assistance, financial education,
and community convening. Founded in 1991, NeighborWorks Umpqua
serves Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine counties. Eagle
Landing (pictured above) is a collaborative project between NeighborWorks
Umpqua and the US Department of Veterans Affairs that provides 53
units of housing for homeless veterans and their families.

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) provided loan capital to
NeighborWorks Umpqua to increase their working capital that is
needed to build and preserve housing quickly and effectively in the
broad area they serve. OCF’s loan supports NeighborWorks Umpqua’s
strategic efforts to actively increase their housing development work to
meet the ever-growing demand they see in the communities they serve.

OCF provided a $1.5 million loan to NeighborWorks Umpqua with a
three and a half percent interest rate and a seven-year term. OCF’s
investment is expected to support NeighborWorks Umpqua’s creation
or preservation of 500 units of affordable housing over five years.

Freeman, Melissa (2019). Impact Investing:  Providing capital to address pressing issues. Retrieved from https://oregoncf.org/assets/PDFs-and-Docs/PDFs/ocf_impact_investing_2019.pdf 

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