October Greetings!
Hello All --

Wow. It was another wild month with the serious fires in our state. I hope you and your families are safe and breathing decent air again. Our youth struggled with not being able to go outside, and we had many staff supporting family, friends, and colleagues in various levels of evacuation, but everyone remained safe. We're very grateful.

It was so fun seeing some of you a few weeks ago at our Virtual Meet & Munch gathering! I especially loved that several of our Program Managers were able to join, and share in more detail about what youths lives and program details look like right now. We'll be meeting again in December with more special Program staff guests!

Thanks again for all you do to support youth! With Gratitude, from many --Hannah

P.S. Here are links to past e-news from August and September.
Pumpkin Patch Community Fundraiser!
Happy Pumpkin Season!! :)
Get your pumpkins at Kenagy Family Farm!
Half of all proceeds from this year's pumpkin patch will support youth at Jackson Street. Thank you!!

Address: 650 NE North Nebergall Loop, Albany 
Also, our Mentor-Mentee matches are getting to go pick pumpkins later this month, which we think is really really cool :) Thank you so much, Ambassador Tina Springer!
November NRPM Details Coming Soon!
November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), and every year we plan community awareness and engagement events around to help highlight the important issues of youth homelessness.

We are one of 59 nonprofits serving runaway and homeless youth who are participating in the 2020 NRPM!
Please plan to join us VIRTUALLY this year! Dates and more info coming soon!
We hope you'll "attend" and engage virtually with:
  • Open House "tours" of Albany House & Corvallis House
  • Vigil honoring runaway and homeless youth
  • Social Media (ongoing throughout the month)

We're also working out logistics for a safe resource fair for youth, as well as our usual "Go Green" internal site challenge, which of course you'll be privy to seeing! :)
The History of National Runaway Prevention Month:
In October 2002, President Bush hosted the landmark White House Conference on Exploited and Runaway Children, where leaders from across the country convened to discuss issues and challenges related to the runaway and homeless youth crisis. What once was known as National Runaway Prevention Week was expanded into a month-long prevention and awareness campaign.

At Jackson Street we've hosted "Illuminate Youth" and "Skatepark After Dark" events for the past several years in both Albany and Corvallis; 2019 is pictured above.
Program Highlight: Education Assist
School is always a priority, and this year is no exception despite the new formats of online and hybrid learning. Our Education Assist program as grown and is now dual-focused:

1) Ongoing study-hall-style help from Volunteer Academic Coaches is available to residents staying at both of our 24/7 Shelters. Our "Academic Coach" volunteer position this year will be on-call based on your schedule. Reach out to Bruce if you'd like to get involved!

2) In addition, our Outreach Education Worker does things like help homeless youth register for school and have needed supplies, be an advocate at 504, IEP, or disciplinary meetings, help youth find and apply for scholarships, complete FASFA forms, and connect them with school resources like MiKinney-Vento liaisons.

98% of youth who spend 2+ weeks in 
Jackson Street's overnight shelters increase their grades by at least 1 letter.

THANK YOU, STAPLES and those who gave needed items!

This is the second year Staples is hosted us for a school supply drive! We received many needed items and have kicked off this year's virtual/hybrid school thing in style.
Volunteer Needs to Share with Others!
We're tickled to be able to still include Volunteers as a key part of our work, albeit with new Covid parameters and processes. If you or someone you know is ready to jump in more deeply to work that helps prevent and end youth homelessness, here are some amazing ways to do so...

1) Volunteer Mentors: Responsible and caring adults commit to spending at least four hours per month with their "mentee" Mentors and mentees are matched based on mutual interests and location; one year commitment.

2) Volunteer Academic Coaches: Ongoing education-based coaching provided to youth staying in the shelters. This year's volunteers will be on-call based on the volunteer's schedule for virtual consulting; volunteers with education experience preferred; 1+ school term commitment

3) Street Outreach Volunteers: Assist staff providing resources and supplies to youth on the street following stringent Covid procedures; 3+ month commitment

Jump in with Bruce, whose contact info is at the bottom of this email!
Community Fundraisers & Drives
Thanks to Jenny and Kela for spearheading this fundraiser, and to the many of you who pre-ordered a t-shirt and bought an extra (or few) so that staff could also have one!

We do still have shirts available for sale -- $25 per shirt and proceeds benefit our programs. Contact Elijah for available sizes, payment, and delivery plans.
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 :)


Ambassador Jacob Oliver has opened Common Fields in downtown Corvallis! www.commonfieldscorvallis.com

His food cart, Kalamata Bistro, as well as inside alcohol service is now open Wed - Sun,11am - 8pm.

$1 from every delicious Schwarma still goes to Jackson Street *all the time!*
Don't forget the famous pumpkin patch fundraiser, highlighted above! :)
If you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14 make sure you are using AmazonSmile and that you've selected us as your nonprofit charity! We're listed by our legal name: Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Inc.

AmazonSmile is all the same products, but it kicks a percentage of sales to your designated nonprofit. You can now turn ON AmazonSmile within the mobile app or shop at smile.amazon.com 
Business Partners for Youth Initiative
2021 Sponsorship packets are now available on our website. Reach out to Hannah with questions or to connect us with a business who might be interested in getting more involved. There is room for everyone!
[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
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, Board Member
Joy Massey
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, Board Member

+ = joined within the past 60 days
working directly with youth
[listed in alphabetical order by last name]
Thane Ashcraft
Brianna Beene +
Jonathan Boro +
Lisa Cardamone +
Paul Catino
Whitman Craig
Sherrie Day
Josiah Deibele
Geoff Dunn
Mikayla Farr
Emrys Golden
Rebecca Golden
Amy Goodwin
Matthew Gordon +
Claire Halaka
Angel Harris +
John Havercroft
Jeanelle Hernandez +
Seymour House
David Hubert
Kelly Kraemer
Collin Korthauer
Graham Kislingbury
Rory Loveland
Jim Luebke
Emma Mandel
John Marchel
Joy Massey
Amy Mastraccio
Jennifer Mattson
Scott Newsham
Mark Nord
Deanna Perez
Will Putnam
James Punnunzio +
Adrian Ramirez
Lynn Scott
Elias Rademacher
Melissa Sales
Rebecca Simmons +
Madeleine Smith
Dan Spindler
Rachelle Spindler
Marsha Swanson
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)