Community Cleanup Day
By Leota Childress
Meeting the Needs of the Community
Molalla Sanitary usually offers a Spring Clean Up where you can put trash, junk, etc. on the curb and they pick it up for you. The event provides a trash truck to your house four days in two weeks vs. two days.
Due to COVID, the regular Clean Up was canceled. I could hear the groan in my neighborhood. We thought it would be a temporary postponement but as the pandemic dragged on, our “throw aways” continued to pile up. No one wanted to make a trip to the dump!
When it became obvious that it was not going to happen, we went into action and arranged the first Spring Clean Up with a Twist. On Friday, May 22, Molalla Sanitary brought four large bins to Bohlander Field and between 8am-4pm, about 225 loads of trash filled 10 bins.
However, that was a weekday and the word didn’t get out to all the community in time. There were requests for a Saturday event. Now, we have it.
A big shout out to the volunteers who will be on site Saturday, July 25, to assist you.
Terry Shankle, City Councilor
Jody Newland, City Councilor
Crystal Robles, City Councilor
Leota Childress, City Council President
Relay For Life
By Roxie Smith
Please join us on Facebook for our virtual relay event “HOPE from Home” on June 27th. This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life of the Mid Valley. On Facebook, search events for “HOPE from Home”.
We will kick things off with an opening at 10:00 am. Enjoy posts throughout the day learning about all things ACS: research, services, advocacy, and education. From 8:30-9:30 pm, we will celebrate our wonderful SURVIVORS. Please feel free to post pictures or videos during this hour of you or your loved ones in their favorite vintage shirts!
One way you can support our cancer fighting efforts is by purchasing a luminaria bag. You can decorate these in honor of a survivor or in memory of a loved one who has lost the fight. Bags may be dropped off on your porch by request or picked up at The Main Shop. You can leave your donations of any amount there or make them on our event page at www.relayforlife.org/midvalleyor
At 9:30 pm, we will go LIVE with our Light Up Your Lawn Luminaria Ceremony. Just drop in a glow stick or battery-operated tea light or candle. We would love for you to post pictures or videos of your own bags and home ceremony. If you would like to send in pics and videos ahead of time for us to post, please email them to email@example.com.
We are planning our in-person event for October 3rd at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Please follow us on Facebook for details at www.facebook.com/RFLMidValley/ We will update the status of that event as phases open up. Cross your fingers that we can safely be together!
This section is where we will highlight our quarterly donation recipient. the groups chosen will receive the proceeds from the coin collection cans from our paper boxes
Remember your donations this quarter are going to Meals on Wheels
MOW is a home meal delivery service and is part of the Nutrition Program aimed at ensuring that seniors who are unable to leave their homes get healthy, nutritious meals. Volunteer drivers deliver Monday through Thursday. While they deliver four days per week, they are delivering seven meals. Each meal is a full day’s worth of nutrition, so recipients receive enough food to sustain them if this is their ONLY source of food.
Pre-pandemic, the Center delivered to 80 clients, 560 meals per week. Since February they have had a 50% increase and now deliver to 120 clients, 840 meals per week. The service covers all of Molalla, Mulino, Colton, and parts of Beavercreek and Canby that fall into the Molalla River School District. Meals are prepared and packaged, using all COVID precautions, at the Adult Center.
Sixty-seven percent of the Food Nutrition Plan budget comes from fundraisers and donations with the remainder from the Older American’s Act from contracted nutrition and client services pertaining to all nutrition clients. MOW is the most expensive way to serve healthy meals and it is certain the program needs will increase by 25%, at a minimum.
“The Need is Real!”
Due to COVID, all fundraisers have been canceled but there are other ways to help meet the need. Let’s continue to ensure the delivery of healthy meals to those who could be our parents, neighbors, former schoolteachers, and more and can no longer leave their homes.
Donations of canned fruit, sandwich bags, and napkins can be dropped off at the Center, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm at 315 Kennel. Please call ahead at 503.829.4214.
Send a check to:
Molalla Adult Community Center
PO Box 797
Molalla OR 97038
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Send an email request or go to: molallaadultcenter.com to sign up.
Cecily Rose, Director of the Molalla Adult Community Center, will be finding new, innovative ways for you to continue supporting the program.
Watch The Bulletin for new announcements.