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Grand Opening Ceremony for Expanded Drop-In Center - 03/14/18

On Tuesday, April 3rd from 5pm-7pm Youth Rising will hold a Grand Opening Ceremony to celebrate our move and program expansion for our new drop-in center that will be located at 729 Main Street, Klamath Falls. We invite the community to tour the new center and engage in interactive exhibits led by youth and community partners. Refreshments will be served and three new annual awards will be presented to agencies and youth leaders who helped Youth Rising to get off the ground nearly four years ago.

Youth Rising works to empower our local youth and arm them with resiliency & skill-sets that help them to rise above their circumstances to break cycles and take charge of their future. The drop-in center is the main hub for our youth-led programming & acts as the initial draw or gateway to get youth engaged with us. Our youth-led programs focus on building life, leadership, and employable skills.

The drop-in started as a pilot project with temporary in-kind space that was intended for high school students. Yet, momentum built quickly & so we leased an 800 SF space in January 2017. By September we had served over 3500 middle school and high school youth (350 individuals). We decided to discontinue promoting in the schools as we reached our max capacity in the space.

Due to an unanticipated level of growth in a short period of time, Youth Rising took a leap of faith by leasing our own building. In March will are remodeling and working to relocate to a new 7000 SF building at 729 Main Street. We conservatively estimate serving well over 6000 youth (550 individuals) in the coming year. With this expansion comes growth and needs among programs, staff, and community support. We are also excited to be adding peer support (mental health) services in a non-clinical setting to bridge the gap of growing mental health concerns in the community and across the country. We invite those interested in learning more about where we are headed and how you can get involved to join us for a time to connect, inspire, or be inspired.

To learn more visit www.youth-rising.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available at Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run - 03/05/18

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore --The Wildland Firefighter Foundation invites interested individuals, businesses and community organizations to become sponsors for the Eighth Annual Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run. The Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run will be held at the Lava Beds National Monument May 5, 2018.

The Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run starts at 10:00 a.m. and offers both 5K walk/run and 10K run races.

Sponsorships can be secured with either a $150 donation or a raffle prize valued at $150.Sponsors will have their logo, or name, advertised on the event t-shirt and on a large banner that is displayed at the race start and finish line. Lesser donations are more than welcome and greatly appreciated but will not include t-shirt and banner advertisement. Any donation will be promoted on the Wildland Firefighter Remembrance Run Facebook page.

All proceeds are tax deductible and go directly to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

These proceeds will help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assist injured firefighters and their families.

They honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.

The deadline for submitting sponsorship forms is April 1, 2018. Fillable PDF sponsorship forms can be found online at: http://wffremembrancerun.wixsite.com/2018 and other information may also be found at our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/wfremembrancerun/

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact Paul Zerr at 541-810-3112.

Nominations Accepted for 2018 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year - 02/21/18

February 21, 2018 - Nominations for the 25th annual Klamath Country Volunteer of Year Awards are now available by contacting the United Way and are due no later than March 26 at 12 noon. "Every individual and every organization that is nominated receives an award and is publicly recognized for their service to our community," says United Way President Frank Hernandez. "Entry forms can be obtained by contacting the United Way at 882-5558. They can be sent to you by email, fax, regular mail, or picked up at the United Way office located at 136 N. Third St.

The categories of volunteer service include: Seniors (55 years and older); Adult (19 to 54); Youth (18 year and younger); Education (an individual or group); Public Safety (an individual or group) and Public Service (organization, media, school, church, club). Ten finalists will be selected from which one individual is chosen the 2018 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year.

This event is presented by the United Way of the Klamath Basin in partnership with The KMSB Foundation. Members of our local media will judge the nominations and score each one up to 50 points based on the nominees' leadership, commitment, achievement and community impact.

April 15 through April 22, 2018 is national volunteer week and this year's public luncheon celebration will be held on April 17 at 12 noon at the Senior Citizens' Center.

Retired local physician Dr. Glenn Gailis is he current holder of the Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year honor for his service with the Blue Zones Project.

"It only takes 10 minutes to complete a nomination entry form, and this is a great way to say thanks to our local volunteers for all they do to help make our community a great place to live," said Hernandez.