Youth blood drive coordinators needed Dec. 15 through Jan. 15
This winter high school and college students can help save lives and be eligible to win a scholarship of up to $2,500 by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. Registration is now open through Nov. 15 to host drives between Dec. 15, 2015, and Jan. 15, 2016.
“Winter is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs with inclement weather and seasonal illnesses reducing the number of volunteer donors that come out to give,” said Red Cross Communications Manager Jared Schultzman. “Our Leaders Save Lives program gives students an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills and help ensure blood is available for patients in need of lifesaving transfusions by recruiting their friends and family to give blood.”
The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded high school and college students to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply around the winter holidays. Blood donations made at high school, university and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations through the Red Cross. Around the winter holidays, when school is not in session, blood donations often decline.
Students who host a drive can be eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and earn a gift card. A total of six scholarships will be awarded to students who host a blood drive collecting 25 blood donations or more. All students who collect at least 25 pints at their blood drive will receive a gift card to giftcertificates.com.
For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives. Continue reading
By Kiera Morgan
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded nearly $20 million through 385 grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. Vilsack said “these grants will strengthen the economic fabric of rural small towns and communities by providing capital to small and emerging businesses.” USDA is awarding the grants through the Rural Business Development Grant program. Oregon is receiving a total of $285,000. Recipients may use the funds to provide technical assistance, training and job-creation activities.
Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation will receive $20,000. They will be working with the OCCC Small Business Development Center in offering business advising to Lincoln County marine related businesses for growth. According to Carolyn Bauman economic development director they are seeking up to 20 marine related businesses to provide expert technical assistance to help grow their businesses at no cost to them.
Bauman said some of the grant funds will also be used to help expand the Port of Alsea. This will be to explore opportunities to expand the commercial seafood business in Waldport. Bauman said they have signed an agreement with the Small Business Development Center as a sub-contractor. They will be assisting in the advising work and doing the intake interviews with the selected businesses.
She said they are very happy to be able to get this grant that will allow working more closely with the marine related businesses in Lincoln County and helping them to grow and expand. The idea Bauman said is to help grow jobs in the marine industry to provide family wage jobs in the area.
By Kiera Morgan
Recovery housing is coming to Newport with Oxford House of Yaquina Bay opening soon. Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. The number of residents in a house may range from six to fifteen. Oxford Houses flourish in communities around the world but they all abide by the basic criteria. Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse.
This was the purpose of the first Oxford House established in 1975, and this purpose is served, day by day and house after house. According to Sean Bossen with Oxford House they provide a safe, affordable, clean and sober housing for men and women in recovery. “Members of each house pay an equal expense share or EES, and that income goes to pay for the utility bills, rent and the household amenities. Each house is self supporting.”
There is no limit of time that someone can stay at an Oxford house as long as they are living according to the house rules. Client referrals will be coming from the recovery community and through parole and probation and treatment programs, but Bosson emphasized they do not take sex offenders. Right now they are seeking donations to get the home set up.
They are looking for twin beds, full beds, dressers and nightstands along with yard tools, pots and pans and cleaning supplies. Items need to be in good condition. For more information or to arrange for a donation call Sean at 503-313-8365 or email email@example.com.
Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has provided funding for the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter facility in Newport to stay open through September 2016. The funding was included in the Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, which passed the committee this morning. The bill must still pass the full Senate and the House of Representatives and be signed by the President for the funding to be assured.
“The Newport helicopter facility has helped save countless lives over the years and now we are one step closer to keeping it open for an additional year,” said Merkley. “It’s crucial that we keep this lifesaving facility operating on Oregon’s central coast.”
“I’m gratified that the Senate Appropriations Committee heard my request loud and clear and provided the critical funding to keep Newport’s air facility open through September 2016,” Wyden said. “Today’s good news about this extension for the Coast Guard station provides us more time to seek a long-term permanent solution that recognizes the facility must remain in Newport. Given the Coast Guard’s record of saving lives in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, keeping that facility open in Newport is literally a life-or-death question.” Continue reading