Now in its 25th year, Make a Difference Day brings together volunteers from across the country within their local community for one of the largest nationwide days of service. On Saturday October 28th citizens will once again come together in our local parks, trails, and neighborhoods to work hand-in-glove on projects such as trail improvements, litter pickup, ivy and cigarette butt cleanup.
Find the opportunity that’s right for you, your club, or family:
• Raymond E. Shaffer Park Trail Building project
• Clark County Food Bank at Heritage Farm–Field Clean Up
• The Butt Stops Here
• Volunteer Wood Working Event
• Uptown Village Cleanup and Ryan Woods Grassroots Volunteer Award
• Battle Ground StreamTeam event with live music, free food, and giveaways!
• For even more events click here.
And, once you’re done with all this hard work, visit the 1st annual BOOVILLE at Luepke Community Center for some fun, indoor family activities.
“Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” — Jodi Picoult
Recently another of Clark County’s angels got his wings…Sending love and prayers to Alicia and the Campbell family for the passing of Scott Campbell, one of Vancouver’s community leaders.
Scott Campbell has done so much for our community. His belief in service and dedication to his family is a thing of beauty. Scott served on the Parks Foundation of Clark County’s Board and we are all humbled by his passion for making the world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Alicia, and his family at this time. Scott leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts of so many across Clark County.
Would your company like to be part of a NEW Halloween event that will welcome more than 500 children and their families? October 28th at Luepke and Marshall Community Centers the Parks Foundation of Clark County invites families young and old to a day of fun and safe indoor Halloween activities including indoor trick or treating, games, story time, and of course costume contests! Several sponsorship opportunities are still available. Proceeds help fund the Parks Foundation’s Community Grant Program which assists organizations and cities throughout Clark County make sure everyone has access to parks trails and recreational programs. Click the below link for details or contact Executive Director, Dianna Kretzschmar directly at 360-487-8371 office
Tour topics will include:
– Invasive species identification
– Tree planting
– Vegetable harvesting
Collect a stamp at each location to win special prizes!
Volunteers will meet at a different location each month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. This opportunity is great for families, teens, and volunteers of all ages! Gloves, snacks, tools and park passports provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed toe shoes.
Upcoming VolunTOUR events include:
September 14 – Heritage Farm
September 28 – Heritage Farm
October 12 – Old City Cemetery
October 26 – Old City Cemetery
February 8 – Burnt Bridge Creek Trail
February 22 – Burnt Bridge Creek Trail
March 8 – Whipple Creek Park
March 22 – Whipple Creek Park
April 12 – Salmon Creek Park
April 26 – Salmon Creek Park
May 10 – Esther Short Park
May 24 – Esther Short Park
When the clock hits 12 a.m. on September 21, GiveMore 24 will become your link to making a difference for the parks, trails and recreational programs throughout Clark County!
GiveMore 24 is a 24-hour, online giving challenge that urges everyone who cares about southwest Washington to take action by giving what they can, wherever they are, at the same time. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington launched the event with hopes of growing philanthropy across the region. Their goal is to inspire the entire community to come together around exciting and accessible giving.
The Community Foundation has set up an online platform with a leaderboard that will track every organization’s fundraising success for 24 hours. Anyone can donate starting at 12 a.m. on September 21, 2017 through this authorized and secure giving form on the Parks Foundation’s secure Community Foundation site.
All donations will be processed through the Community Foundation’s giving platform, which will allow everyone to cheer on their favorite causes throughout the day. GiveMore 24 is building off of the successes of crowdfunding efforts across the nation, but it is uniquely built for our community. It will encourage community giving through competition and prizes, but also by leveraging the social networks of donors just like you. That means that you have the power to amplify your support of the Parks Foundation and create a wave of donations. Donors must give at least $10, but there is no limit to the value of your gift.
GiveMore 24 launches at 12 a.m. on September 21, 2017 and last until midnight of the same day. To make your donation count for GiveMore 24, you must make your gift through give-more-24.org during that 24-hour period.
It’s all thanks to the Community Foundation’s Stretch Pool and Nonprofit Prizes. Generous individuals and businesses have provided more than $100,000 in dollar-for-dollar match gifts for specific nonprofits. The Parks Foundation has a $1500 match from our good friends at Waste Connections. This is a great way to double your donation and double the benefits for the Parks Foundation.
In addition, a generous group of local donors has provided a $56,000 Stretch Pool that will help boost every GiveMore 24 donation. These funds are allocated to each organization based on how much money it raises on September 21. For example, if the Parks Foundation receives 3% of the total raised on September 21, it will also receive 3% of the stretch pool. So, the more dollars the Parks Foundation brings in, the more stretch dollars it wins.
Making a gift to the Parks Foundation is making an investment – a RE-Investment – in our community. Whether we are helping raise funds for a major project like Vancouver’s new Waterfront Park, or helping a single mom find the $50 she needs so her son can play in Little League, we are making a difference every day here at the Parks Foundation. And it’s all because of the support of people like you. The grants we award each year are for projects and programs that will directly affect the lives of everyone in our community. We are helping improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for our community as a whole, and for individuals for whom the impact is tremendous. But the need is much greater than we can support. For every dollar we award, there are five dollars that we aren’t able to give. For every child who gets a recreation scholarship, there are ten more who also need support. By supporting the Parks Foundation, you will help us continue to change lives in a meaningful way right here in Clark County.
• Follow event details on our Facebook page. We’ll be updating our “swing shift” lists from now through the 21st.
• Donate $10. $20, $30 or more at the GiveMore24 website beginning at 12:00 a.m. on September 21st. The Community Foundation will award prizes to the organizations that have raised the most funds and those with the highest number of donors.
• Share our GiveMore24 page on Facebook or NextDoor and encourage friends and colleagues to donate in support of Clark County’s parks, trails and recreations.
• Visit one of the many parks and give your “swing-shifters” moral support.
• Contact us to schedule your own “swing shift” or present a challenge of your own to coworkers, friends and family.
September 9th will be the last day to order your engraved bricks at Propstra Square. Did you welcome a new baby in 2017? Did you celebrate a special graduation? Did you marry the love of your life? Who would you like to pay tribute to this year? Honor that special person or moment with an engraved brick at the foot of Esther Short Park’s Bell Tower. It will make memories now and into the future…and the best part…proceeds support the purchase and maintenance of the flowers and plants that enrich Esther Short Park. Click here to make your purchase today or phone our office and we’ll be happy to personally assist with your brick. 360-487-8370.
With our Annual Membership Drive now in full swing we are humbled by the generosity and actions of our members and community. We recognize the power of collaboration at work here in Clark County to make our region brighter, greener and even healthier place now and well into the future.
Recently we had the honor of meeting Mr. Robert Holczer, a man who shares our passion for Southwest Washington’s parks, and specifically Salmon Creek Park. Now 87, Mr. Holczer has faced horrific experiences throughout his early life as a Budapest Jew during the 1940s. He lost his family, his home, his country, but survived to touch many lives throughout his career as a U.S. civics teacher in Germany and the U.S. He has dedicated his life to ensuring what happened in Budapest would not be forgotten and to making a difference wherever possible. Now Mr. Holczer leads a quiet life, working in his garden. “How can anyone live without flowers,” he says.
We met Robert Holczer in a roundabout way —students wanted to honor him, his wonderful stories and contributions to their lives with a bench at his favorite Clark County park, Salmon Creek Park. With a terminal cancer diagnosis Mr. Holczer’s time is now short and the bench needed to be expedited. Students from around the globe contributed to purchase the bench and they wanted to make sure Mr. Holczer had the opportunity to enjoy it.
Robert Holczer has had many dreams. A Jewish boy of 15 he dreamt of freedom, safety and peace. He survived the Siege of Budapest and Nazi occupation. Now in the fall season of his life, Mr. Holczer shared his dream with the Parks Foundation of seeing Vancouver’s Waterfront Park completed. However with his diagnosis that seemed impossible. He simply wanted to see what would mark the city he loves for generations to come.
After meeting Mr. Holczer we realized his dream could happen. So, spearheaded by Dianna Kretzschmar, a collaborative effort began to bring Mr. Holczer’s dream to life and allow him to see Vancouver’s newest park firsthand through the project manager’s eyes.
The tour day came. Mr. Holczer and Pat Jollota spent the better part of an hour talking history as they awaited the tour. The expression on Mr. Holczer’s face was one of awe as he listened to details of Vancouver’s Waterfront Development and walked the site. As the tour concluded he was presented with a bound book illustrating the finished park.
“Thank you so much for making an old man’s dream come true. I saw the park as it will be, and it is beautiful,” said Robert Holczer. Thank you Mr. Holczer for you have left us so moved by your story, your teaching, and your love for Clark County parks.
We invite you to honor Robert Holczer by becoming a Parks Foundation member and supporting the continuing work of making our parks, trails and recreational programs a greener, brighter, and even healthier place to bloom. To upgrade your Parks Foundation membership, or perhaps join for the first time, click here to quickly complete your membership online.
Thank you to the following community partners for making dreams a reality for Robert Holczer.
– Dan Holmquist
– Jeremy Kanooth, Clark County Parks & Recreation
– Joey and Mary Fuerstenberg, Vancouver Granite Works
– Julie Hannon, Vancouver Parks & Recreation
– RSV Construction Services
– Terry Murphy Interiors, LLC
– Pat Jollota, First Citizen and Clark County historian
– Ryan Hart, Port of Vancouver
– Graymor Development
Recently featured in the Columbian, Vancouver’s Summer Playgrounds Program offers fun, structured and positive activities for children ages 6 – 11 at neighborhood sites from July 3rd to August 11th throughout Vancouver. These programs are provided at no cost thanks to the McClaskey Family Foundation and Parks Foundation members and donors. Program details can be found at the City of Vancouver.
Oregon Department of Transportation warns August 21st eclipse will cause “the biggest traffic event in Oregon history”. Register today for PAR FOR PARKS and avoid the traffic headaches!
Join us as we tee off for our parks, trails, and recreations. Proceeds go back into our community through the Parks Foundation Community Grant program. Since 2008 more than $685,000 has been awarded to municipalities and organizations throughout Clark County through the Community Grant program. Let’s grow together to make Clark County a greener, brighter, place! Time is limited so register today!
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