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Volunteer Opportunities at Tillamook Food Pantries

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Volunteer Opportunities at Tillamook Food Pantries

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Tillamook County Area Food Pantry Volunteer Positions

There are variety of volunteer opportunities with local area food pantries, various days and times and locations throughout the county.  For more information, please contact Melissa Carlson-Swanson, Branch Services Manager, Oregon Food Bank Tillamook County Services at with subject line of INTERESTED VOLUNTEER, or call 503.842.3154 ext. 1.

Volunteer Positions:

Intake: Greet clients/guests, interview using the Link2Feed Software, Record any changes for existing guests/clients, answer questions, and prepare for shopping.

Shopper: Greet guest/shopper, invite them into the pantry, provide assistance choosing items and providing good customer service from beginning to end

Delivery/Inventory: Help unload truck from Oregon Food Bank and put product away in its proper place.  Must be able to lift up to 20-50 lbs.

Board Members: Meet monthly.

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CARE’s Warming Center Volunteer Training Meetings – Oct. 23 & Nov. 1

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on CARE’s Warming Center Volunteer Training Meetings – Oct. 23 & Nov. 1

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Would you like to help at CARE’s Tillamook Warming Center?

On the coldest and most miserable nights in Tillamook would you like to help those experiencing homelessness?

CARE is once again partnering with volunteers in the community to create a warming center to be opened when the weather creates conditions that are life threatening.

We need volunteers to set up, clean up and staff the night time hours. The center will open at 8pm and close at 9am. All volunteers will receive training and can choose which of the volunteer activities they would like to do.

We are planning to be ready to open any time after November 15th. Please join us at one of the scheduled meeting times below if you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help provide a warm safe place for those experiencing homelessness in Tillamook.

Informational Meetings will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on:

Monday, October 23th at 5:30pm
Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30pm

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please call CARE at 503-842-5261.

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October 21-22, 2017 – Flooding in Tillamook

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on October 21-22, 2017 – Flooding in Tillamook

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Thank you Jenny Bocko for the photos.
Sunday morning in and around Tillamook — overflowing rivers and flooding throughout the area.

The US National Weather service 24 hour rainfall totals from different reporting stations recorded anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 inches in Tillamook; 6.5 to 7.5 inches in the Coast Range. Wow!

Here are a couple view of the Fred Meyer intersection with Wilson River Loop from Adam Brecht.

A few more photos from around Tillamook County:

McCormick Loop as water is receding, by Ashley Irwin
Wilson River above Sollie Smith, Photo by Lois Eckley
Rockaway Beach, 2nd and Coral Streets – Photo by Jolene Mac
Nestucca River at Nestucca Bend – Photo by Esther McDonald

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Memorial Walk October 25th

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Memorial Walk October 25th

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Will you join us this month in Respecting Survivors? Display your purple awareness ribbons; invite TCWRC to speak to your community or faith group; make a donation to TCWRC’s Heart Guild.

Join us in person on Wednesday, October 25 at noon at TCWRC, 1902 2nd Street, for our annual Memorial Walk to Carnahan Park to remember and honor victims of intimate partner violence. Respect Survivors. Let us be a community of respect, support, and healing.

By Emily Fanjoy, Health Programs Coordinator, Tillamook Co. Women’s Resource Center

The Oregon Women’s Foundation 2016 “Count Her In” Report, on the state of women and girls in Oregon, found that over half of the state’s female population has experienced some form of sexual or intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Women are not the only victims as same sex couples experience violence at approximately the same rates as heterosexual couples, and 5 million children witness domestic violence each year. Personal and community health and wellness is negatively impacted by intimate violence. So what can we do?

Knowledge is power, so understanding the scope of the issue is imperative. Most people, including many survivors, identify domestic violence as physical assault, but it is so much more. Intimate partner, domestic, or teen dating violence (IPV) occur when one person in a relationship uses a pattern of methods and tactics to gain and maintain power and control over the other person. It’s a cycle that generally gets worse over time–not a one time incident. People who choose abusive behavior use jealously, isolation, emotional and psychological abuse, coercion, intimidation, and threats often long before physical violence occurs. Leaving an abusive relationship is not always the best, safest or most realistic option for survivors. To address IPV as a community it’s critical that we work from this comprehensive definition of IPV, to shift our focus from “Why don’t they just leave?” to “How can we support them?”
As many social service systems–education, health care to name a few– move to become trauma informed, they are working in a way that acknowledges people from every walk of life have been impacted by many types of trauma. The idea springs from the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs), that showed 1) how incredibly common traumatic experiences of childhood trauma are–including food insecurity; parents with mental illness; incarcerated parents; emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and 2) how these experiences can have a profoundly negative impact on health and wellbeing. This is true for traumatic experiences in childhood as well as traumatic experiences, including and especially IPV, in adulthood. Dr. Vince Felitti, lead co-researcher for the ACEs study, emphasized that the study showed the most detrimental form of trauma is constant and repeated forms of shaming. Intimate partner violence and all of the tactics of gaining and maintaining power and control revolve around one partner shaming and degrading the other. This is why talking openly about IPV is so challenging for survivors. Even though everyone knows survivors of IPV, they may not be aware of that part of their friend or family members’ history. This is why trauma informed care is so important. It doesn’t require that individuals disclose their histories, but makes spaces where they are accepted and supported without judgment.
This year the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence awareness month theme is “Respect Survivors: Community is the foundation of healing”. We all know survivors, whether we know it or not. We love them for their humor, their caring, and the gifts they bring to our lives. We need them in our families, and in our community. And they need us to support them, respect them, and acknowledge them.
Shame means people– people we know and love–suffer in private with their therapists at best, or in silence alone. Community support offers understanding, love, and compassion. Community support is the key to resilience and thriving. In honor of healing in community TCWRC will begin offering A Window Between Worlds therapeutic art group for trauma recovery and resiliency starting this October. Call TCWRC for more information, 503-842-9486.

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Tillamook County Animal Aid: Calling all Joggers, Runners, Hikers, and easy strollers!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2017 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook County Animal Aid: Calling all Joggers, Runners, Hikers, and easy strollers!

We need you! Tillamook Animal Aid is seeking folks to come out and Jog with our Dogs! We have some high energy dogs who are very eager to get some wiggles out. Can you help them? Our theory is that a tired dog is a GOOD dog! Yet we need help. If you’re looking to add a little exercise in your life, some flat land jogging, or a nice wooded hike, come out to our place! Grab yourself one of our awesome dogs and take off. The dogs would LOVE it! We have a feeling you’ll really enjoy it too, jogging for a cause!

We also have a lovely wooded trail to choose from for those who prefer a slower pace.

Just hop over to our super easy electronic application and come on out! CLICK HERE →

The mission of TCAA is to provide a safe haven for the community’s animals by protecting animal welfare and public safety through rescuing, reuniting, and finding forever homes for local animals in need.


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