NEW YEAR Greetings!
Hello All --

As we welcome the New Year, I am so grateful for each of you and the ways you have supported young people during the past year, despite many challenges!

The holiday greeting cards that you received were donated to us by Staples, and so fun to send. We wanted you to know how important your involvement is for individual youth, our organization, and our whole community. We also wanted to get a head start on January as National Mentoring Month. We know our recruitment efforts can only go so far -- but with YOUR help, we'll continue finding positive adult role models who are ready and able to commit time and effort to supporting young people. There's more details about the commitment to Mentor below. Consider sharing the postcards we gave you with those you know who would make awesome Mentors for youth!

As we begin another year full of unknowns, let's continue staying safe, grateful, and connected. You are so important to our work -- thank you!!

With Gratitude, from many --Hannah

P.S. Here are links to past e-news from November and December.

Amazingly, we broke records with the number of Youth Holiday Wishlists and Food Boxes requested and filled this year. We're sharing a little more detail with you, our closest friends! The graphs show program areas and age ranges of youth who requested Wishlists (click on image to enlarge).

Here's the quick look:

  • 80 Youth received wrapped, personalized items through our Youth Holiday Wishlist program
  • 52 donors helped make this possible!
  • 18 food boxes fed 50 individuals
  • 30 additional families received a holiday meal from us through a partnership with Albany Options School
Thank you, Holiday Meal Sponsors!!!
Program Highlight: Mentoring!
Jackson Street's Mentoring program has been growing steadily during 2020 (think about how impressive that is, considering the pandemic!) Many activities are now virtual, though adult Volunteer Mentors and their youth "Mentees" are still meeting in-person twice per month with many precautions.

Mentoring ensures that a youth has at least one supportive person in their life that can encourage growth and development and serve as a connection to their community. Youth involved in the same mentoring relationship for a year or more reported improvements in school work and social relationships. Mentors can be instrumental in helping youth develop and can be both a challenging and comforting agent on a youth’s journey toward independence.

Who do you know who would make a great Mentor to a young person lacking positive adult role-models? Please share the recruitment postcards we gave you!
Did you miss Sav's story?
It's such an honor when young people want to tell their story. And Sav has a great one! We sent out a three-piece email series which pulled out his story in his own words of how Jackson Street helped during crisis. Here are parts one, two, and three.

Ongoing Community Fundraisers & Drives
Purchase and donate meals to one of F&C's featured non-profits (including Jackson Street!) and they'll deliver it to them on your behalf.

NEW ongoing community fundraiser by ROOTED KIN

A portion of **all sales, all the time** comes to Jackson Street Youth Services! Support this new business :)

$1 from every Chicken Schwarma sold goes to Jackson Street! This amazing food is now permanently at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis.
[listed in alphabetical order by last name]
Becky Asebedo
Eric Aguinaga, Board Member
Jennifer Beaumont
Hannah Blicher
Tasha Brandon
Marlene Brown
Glen Burnett
Ellen Carlson
Kate Conolly, Board Member
Brandy Cordeiro
Robbie Cox
Jeannine Cropley +
Allyson Dean
Sarah Devine
Linda Douglas
Larry Eby
Lynn Egli, Board Member
Roberta Egli
Peter Epp
Sandee Ferguson
Jan Filley
Catherine Fisher, Board Member
Kate Fountain
Ken Galardi
Shanna Grimes
Gabe Gurule
Mica Habarad
Greg Hamann
Rita Hamann, Board Member
Heather Hayes
Faith Heidtman
Alan Helfen
Andrea Holmquist
Amy Johnson
Laura Kadelbach
Parnell Kelley
Graham Kislingbury
Darlene Kolb
Kevin Kryger
Dave Kullowatz
Gary Lasater, Board Member
Connie Lenderman
Ed Lenderman
Dina Lindquist
Kela Lynn, Board Member
Torri Lynn
Royce Markley
Joy Massey
Melissa McNulty
Dena Minato
Alicia Moselle
Karen Nibler
Jacob Oliver
Laura Palma
Sami Pulver
Don Rea, late honorary member
Joel Rea
Cliff Roberson
Larry Roper
Bobby Samai
Jenny Scheele
Matt Shumski
Elizabeth Sonstegaard
Amy Spangler, Board Member
Tina Springer
Sarah Steen
Ed Sweet
Felicia Sweet
Carrie Thompson
Christine Webb
Bill Whitley
Jo Zimmer

+ = joined within the past 60 days
working directly with youth
[listed in alphabetical order by last name]
Danielle Archer +
Brianna Beene
Jonathan Boro
Lisa Cardamone
Jonathan Champney
Sherrie Day
Allen Dean
Stacey Doerner
Geoffery Dunn
Kaleigh Forrest +
Amanda Garofallou +
Bailey Garvin +
Emrys Golden
Amy Goodwin
Matthew Gordon
Angel Harris
Alfredo Haro +
John Havercroft
Emily Herb
Steve Herb +
Jen Hernandez
Seymour House
Rebecca Johnson
Graham Kislingbury
Russa Kittredge
Kelly Kraemer
Collin Korthauer
Jim Luebke
Kjel' Mann
John Marchel
Joy Massey
Jennifer Mattson
Scott Newsham
James Pannunzio
Finn Peck +
Deanna Perez
Janele Piercy
Will Putnam
BreAnna Rae +
Adrian Ramirez
Steven Ramsing
Paul Regan
Lynn Scott
Rebecca Simmons
Alden Sosnovske +
Katy Trautman
John Tietjen
David Wills
Jacquelyn Ziegler

+ = joined in the last 60 days
You help make it possible - thanks!
Our Team is here for you! Reach out with questions or to get involved!

Hannah Miller, Development Director
541-360-0867 (office)

Bruce Piercy, Volunteer Coordinator
541-360-0868 (office)

Elijah Stucki, Communications Coordinator
541-360-0862 (office)