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Fred Meyer community rewards

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YOU CAN HELP, HELP NOW! EARN DONATIONS

JUST BY SHOPPING WITH YOUR FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Help Now! Advocacy Center at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (NPO# 83562).

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Catching Those in Free-Fall

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Dear Friends of Help Now!:

This Holiday Season you can do something government cannot.  

More people are falling through our society’s safety net every day—here in southern Oregon and across the nation. Government funded social services are being cut back everywhere due to diminishing or deficit budgets at all levels of government.  Many non-profits are laying off staff and reducing services due to decreased funding in this economy and their dependence on government support.  Unfortunately, this situation is only going to worsen in the foreseeable future.  

What happens to people who lose services that have been their lifeline?  Those people are not in front of us every day so most of us just go on with our daily lives.  We might feel bad knowing those who face cuts will struggle more, but what’s happening to them doesn’t directly affect us.  Further, the poor, the uneducated, and the disabled are not a force within our political system meaning their needs can more readily be ignored or even sacrificed in government cost-cutting measures.  

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HN Now Available On GoodSearch.com

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We’ve just made it easier for you to support Help Now!

We registered Help Now! Advocacy Center with GoodSearch.com, a company that helps non-profits like ours raise funds through the everyday actions of our supporters.

Here is how you can help:

  • Register on-line at GoodSearch.com and select Help Now! as your charity of choice -- Then search the internet, shop at your favorite stores on-line, dine at participating restaurants, and earn funds to support Help Now!
  • Use GoodSearch when you search the interent – they will donate a penny to us every time you do
  • Use GoodShop.com when you shop online – they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us
  • Enroll in the GoodDining.com they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants.  Be sure to ask the owners of your favorite restaurants to participate in the Good Dining program.  
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Twist and Shout 2011

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Help Now’s annual fundraising event, Twist & Shout, was held on September 24th at Kids Unlimited Performing Arts Center facility. 

The event was a big success for our organization.  People of all ages in the community came out in support of Help Now! and danced the night away (well about a third of it) to the sounds of oldies rock & roll and big band swing music.  The silent auction portion of the event was very well received with extensive items being successfully auctioned.  They included worldwide travel, dining, art, and entertainment to list a few.

Thanks to all of our donors and participants who helped to make this event a success. 

To see some photos of the event taken by professional photographer Michael Davis, click here.

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Welcome Jim Hays

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Jim Hays, one of our newest volunteers, is a Rogue Valley native.  For many years, Jim worked as an operation research analyst with the US Forest Service retiring from that work in 2008.  During his tenure with the Forest Service, he helped create the first Rogue River National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.  Since retiring, Jim has volunteered at ACCESS, Maslow Project, and the Medford Senior Center where he also serves on the Board of Directors and manages the Bingo program.  Jim is a graduate of Southern Oregon University.  He is also a dedicated musician and singer. 

Although he has only been assisting at Help Now! a short while, Jim is enthusiastic about the work Help Now! performs and says he is excited to be able to work with so dedicated a group of volunteers on such challenging matters. “I really admire the effort these good people put in, all for the sake of others.”

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ED: Newsletter Status

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Those of you who follow this newsletter closely, and there are many, may have noticed that we have not been as regular recently in getting these out to you as in previous months.  

Frankly, running a volunteer-driven organization is not an easy thing.  Even though funding is increasing gradually permitting us to hire more paid staff, we still rely heavily on volunteers, including, in recent months, for this newsletter. 

Because our volunteers’ hours are limited and because demand for our client services is up more than 40% over last year, we have to make hard choices.  Our choice is to keep up our work in meeting the urgent needs of our clients even if it comes at the expense of newsletter regularity.