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Quick & Easy Ways to Support CCC during the Holidays

Nov 25, 2014

For many of us, the holiday season kicks off an especially busy time filled with planning, traveling, and shopping. In anticipation, some of us may even scour websites and magazines and blogs for tips on how to complete all our to-dos more efficiently and less painfully.

On top of all that, lots of us want to continue to support our favorite nonprofits in spite of the chaos. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to support Central City Concern that won’t add much, if anything, to your to-do list. In fact, you can raise funds for CCC by doing things you were going to do anyway! Here are some ideas that you, your family, and your friends can take part in to make holiday giving super easy.

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What you plan to do: Go to a tree farm for your Christmas tree; purchase neat, locally made holiday gifts 
How you can support CCC: Take your family to Frog Pond Farms!

Frog Pond Farms is a tree farm in Wilsonville that offers great family friendly activities like a petting zoo (camels, llamas, alpacas, goats, rabbits, and more!), free coffee/cocoa/cider, a bonfire, and a Santa room. They also offer many items for sale, including llama and alpaca wool items, candles, holiday décor, and Christmas trees. 

Starting this Friday, November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving), the farm is generously donating 10% of all sales made to Central City Concern when a special flyer is presented at the time of purchase. That flyer can be downloaded here: bit.ly/FrogPondCCC. If you forget the flyer, simply tell the person at checkout that you are there to support Central City Concern.

The farm is located at 2995 SW Advance Rd., Wilsonville, OR 97070. They are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information can be found at their website: https://www.facebook.com/thefrogpondfarm

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What you plan to do: Make frequent visits for Fred Meyer for groceries and gifts
How you can support CCC: Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards!

If you do your shopping at Fred Meyer, it's incredibly easy to raise funds for CCC. Every time a shopper with a linked Fred Meyer Rewards Card makes a purchase, Fred Meyer donates a portion of their spending to our programs. 

It's as easy as 1-2-3 to sign up, and you only have to do it once!
1) Go to http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards 
2) Click the purple "Link Your Rewards Card Now" button and sign in
3) Find Central City Concern by name or enter #89564

And you’re done! Now, every time you check out at Freddies, a portion of your purchase will be donated to CCC.

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What you plan to do: Skip the lines and do your holiday shopping online 
How you can support CCC: Sign up for Amazon SMILE

If you’ve ever done any online shopping, there’s a good chance you’ve bought something through Amazon.com. Central City Concern is a participant in the Amazon SMILE program, which donates a portion of participating customers’ purchases to a designated nonprofit. Choosing CCC is easy, too!

1) Go to smile.amazon.com (if you aren’t already logged in to your Amazon account, you will be prompted to do so)
2) Select Central City Concern, Inc. as your charity of choice
3) Every time you shop on Amazon, start your shopping at smile.amazon.com

Remember, only purchases made when you start at smile.amazon.com will result in donations!

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And there you have it: three easy ways to support Central City Concern while you go about holiday tasks you were planning on doing anyway! Feel free to pass this along to your friends, family, and neighbors!

It's Give!Guide Season!

Nov 07, 2014

As of Wednesday, November 5, the 2014 Willamette Week Give!Guide season is live! This is Central City Concern's second year in a row participating in Give!Guide, and we are more grateful and excited than ever before!

What’s Give!Guide?
Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is an annual print and online publication intended to encourage year-end charitable giving by showcasing local nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes. The printed Give!Guide functions like a catalog of nonprofits, and is inserted into all 80,000+ copies of Willamette Week. In 2013, nearly 7,500 donors gave a total of $2.4 million to 129 organizations. This year, 136 organizations are participating. The website is www.giveguide.org.

What Makes Give!Guide Special?
Give!Guide makes giving giving fun and extra rewarding by offering many incentives for contributions. All donors who give at least $10 at any time during Give!Guide season earn an incentive, typically free or discounted items from local businesses.

But what Give!Guide is especially known for is their “Big Give” days: predetermined days during which any donor who makes a gift of at least $10 that day has an opportunity to be chosen at random to win a special incentive prize. Big Give prizes this year include a Trail Blazers ticket package, a Powell's Books shopping spree, a Thorn and Timbers ticket package, a new bike from Bike Gallery, and a Salt & Straw Ice Cream party for you and 200 friends!

Great - Now What?
CCC cherishes the privilege of being selected for Give!Guide again this year. If you have been thinking about making a year-end gift to Central City Concern, doing so through Central City Concern's Give!Guide page is a great, fun way to do so. Plus, CCC is offering our own incentives to thank and encourage giving:

  • If you are a first-time donor to Central City Concern, an anonymous donor will match your donation (up to a total of $2,500)
  • The first 20 Give!Guide donors of $100 or more will receive one bag of freshly roasted Central City Coffee delivered to their door
  • The single largest Give!Guide donor will receive a certificate for two tickets to a 2014-2105 regular-season Trail Blazers game.

Additionally, we hope that you will share this wonderful opportunity with all your friends and family. Encourage them to check out all the amazing nonprofits participating in Give!Guide, and tell them about why you believe in Central City Concern! Thank you!

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Moving On - Happy & Healthy

Oct 23, 2014

Evann, age two, is busy with his mother’s keys -- swinging them, banging them on the ground as a noise maker and toddling to the mailbox to insert a key into their mailbox to get the day’s mail.  “He gets it open sometimes,” says his mother Alycia, whose eyes never stray far from Evann. We are in the courtyard play area at a Central City Concern’s family housing apartment building on a gorgeous fall day.

Alycia and her boys have had this mailbox, and this apartment, for the past year. Here, they’ve had the ongoing support of staff, as well as the reliable help of their neighbors - women in similar circumstances who are embracing a clean and sober lifestyle, going to school and/or working, and doing everything in their power to be good parents. Soon, this young family will move to a more permanent apartment situation. Alycia is ready. (Family selfie at right: Aaden, Gavin and Evann with their mom.)

The 34-year-old mother is clear-eyed about her goals:  taking the Oregon test to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) again, a career she had in the state of Washington for eight years, before addiction and chaos took hold of her life. 

At age 13, Alycia was already a casual marijuana user; drug use was common within her family. As a senior in high school, her usage shifted to crack cocaine. “I scared my mom so bad for so many years back then. Every time the phone rang, she thought it was the morgue,” she reflects. Her parents intervened and got her into a 28-day rehabilitation center. But it didn’t stick and by age 30, heroin and methamphetamines were her preferred drugs.

As a young adult, Alycia worked and partied. At age 21, she had her son Gavin, but soon her addictions generated so much chaos that she placed him in the care of her mother. Gavin, now age 13, lives with his grandmother permanently; he visits Alycia on weekends. 

In 2008, Alycia gave birth to Aaden, now age six. “He was my road dog.  He’d ride along with me, my friends and their kids. We used to take him everywhere. I had eight or nine homes over a few years and four evictions. We moved from house to house, couch to couch.” In 2010, she voluntarily placed Aaden with a friend and tried to get clean “on my own.” But without regular support, that effort crumbled. 

Then pregnant in 2012, a determined and desperate Alycia walked through the doors of Central City Concern’s Letty Owings Center (LOC), residential treatment for pregnant/parenting women. “LOC gave me a home - that was one of the biggest things. That’s why I couldn’t stay clean before - I didn’t have a place to call home,” she says. “I got to grow and know myself at LOC,” she reflects. “It was my first true recovery work.” Evann was born at LOC and Alycia started taking control of her life. After seven months at LOC with regular counseling, development of parenting and life skills, and ongoing recovery support, the young family moved to nearby transitional housing and then to the apartment they have called home for the past year.

Last holiday season, Alycia and her sons celebrated with other families at the apartment complex. Her two younger children received holiday gifts thanks to donor support, and Gavin got to shop on his own with a donated gift card.

This holiday season, Alycia looks forward to having more family members around as her father will be visiting and she plans on making hand-crafted items with the kids. The future is bright for Alycia and her family. “I have a dozen companies waiting to hire me. Long-term, I want to earn my Registered Nurse certificate in a few years once Evann is in school.” But for now there is Halloween to get ready for (the kids may all go as zombies) and packing to do for her next new home. 

Alycia, on what she wants for her children: 

“I want them to learn from my mistakes. I want them to have every opportunity that I didn’t have. I want them to go farther than I ever did. I want them to have confidence and security.”

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