The Messenger’s Annual Give Guide
Success! The Messenger’s inaugural Giving Tuesday event was a big success.
No, we’re not completely surprised. Charity is up. In Josephine County, it has increased nearly 100 percent in the past two years, and an impressive 39 perecent in Jackson County.
We are hoping to pushing those trends even more. For the past three years, we have hosted a Give Guide, in which we present regional nonprofits—and encourage our readers to support each with donations or volunteering time. This year, as part of a growing national trend, we pre-complimented this issue with a live event on Giving Tuesday—an evening when residents could interact not just with information about the nonprofits, but with the people who actually make the missions of these nonprofits come to life.
The event was held at The Holly Theatre, a nonprofit organization itself. The 1929 auditorium is currently raising money to remodel back to its full glory, and served as a keen setting: They site is still under construction, and like many nonprofits, is working hard to return each dollar donated into something valuable for the community. Their hard work—and their successes—were on full display that evening.
Although the Holly Theatre is not completely finished (read: the heat isn’t turned on yet), a steady stream of foot traffic and excited patrons kept the place warm. A dozen nonprofits presented their information—and all are included in the next few pages, along with a few additional of our favorite nonprofits.
We hope you will each take a few minutes to meet some of the nonprofits from the region—and even donating $5 is an important gesture, a vote of confidence and support for the important work each does.