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October 2023
IVCanDO Newsletter

Dear Neighbors -

How do we tell the IVCanDO story? So, what exactly does IVCanDO, do?!  These are questions we both ask ourselves and get asked often. We have our hands in so many different areas here at IVCanDO, that sometimes it's hard for us to succinctly describe the broad range of work we do within our community, but our mission statement does a good job:

The Illinois Valley Community Development Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to collaborative programs and inclusive partnerships that improve and change lives across communities of rural southwest Oregon. With a community based strategic plan focused on People, Place, and Prosperity, we champion sustainable development for vibrant economic, social, and cultural conditions.

So what does that mean? It means we care about the places and people we live with. We seek out, support, and work with community partners that help make the Illinois Valley and greater rural southwest Oregon a great place to live. We bring in and create programs that improve our way of living and support our lifestyles. And we advocate for the people that love to call the Illinois Valley home. 

This year, we have been laser-focused on supporting the residents, small businesses, and natural areas in our community with the programs we provide. Here are some examples:

  • Our partnership with Oregon State Parks, as the Adopt-A-Park agreement holders for our local state parks allows us to maintain these areas with the help of our dedicated volunteers. Did you know that the improvements that have happened in recent years at Illinois Valley Forks State Park and Rough and Ready Botanical Area have been contributed to because of the hard work and dedication of IVCanDO staff and volunteers?
  • Cans for Kids continues to provide a lucrative way for local youth programs and organizations to fundraise to make sure that a wide variety of safe and supportive educational and extracurricular activities are available for our younger residents. This program has funneled over $150,000 back into our community!
  • Our partnerships with Josephine County Food Bank, Energy Trust of Oregon, and local health districts have amplified the voices of Illinois Valley residents to ensure that these organizations are offering services that our community really needs through surveys, focus groups, and outreach support. We've been told by community partners that they simply wouldn't have been able to gather feedback from IV residents without our support and expertise. Wow!
  • Many small businesses in our community use our Revolving Loan Fund program to help jump start their business idea or fund expansion projects to provide a wide array of services that may not otherwise be found in the IV. We are proud of the support that we offer for small businesses and entrepreneurs!
  • Local organizations rely on our connections and expertise to become powerhouses of change and support. We help convene groups, provide consulting services, participate on local steering committees and boards, and increase visibility of their programs to help them succeed. The power of partnerships!

Although we do like to "toot our own horn" because we like and are proud of work we do, we really couldn't succeed without the support of community members like you. Every volunteer, donor, or program participant involved with IVCanDO contributes to the success of our programs and the vitality of our community.

So, what can you do to help? There are lots of ways! 

  • Join us in volunteering for a couple hours here and there (check out current opportunities below!)
  • Show your support for our work with a monthly donation (every dollar counts... it really does!)
  • Inquire about how we can help YOUR small business and participate in upcoming business workshops (we have 3 exciting workshops with Reinventing Rural coming up!)
  • Serve on local boards or steering committees (because your voice and expertise is needed!)
  • Let us know how we've helped you! Are you a RLF loan recipient? Participated in a focus group? We want to hear from you! Reply to this email and let us know how we are doing!
  • Forward our newsletters to friends and family, share our Facebook posts, and spread the word about our programs!

Without you, we couldn't do all that we do. Thank you to each and every one of you for being ardent supporters of our organization and for loving where we live, just like we do!

Thank you for all that YOU do, Illinois Valley!

(Photo above courtesy of Dale Sandberg, IV resident)

Help us meet our goal!

We are nearly halfway to meeting our fundraising goal of $7000.

Can you pledge a $10 monthly donation to support our work in the Illinois Valley?

 Donations towards this goal:

  • Stay local - always! Donations are used to directly support our programs and staff here in the Illinois Valley.
  • Ensure that we have adequate resources available to support our programs and in turn - our community.
  • Be used responsibly. Every dollar we receive ensures that our organization is able to provide valuable services to small businesses, residents, and the natural areas that we all love!

What's Going On?

Events and opportunities in the Illinois Valley

Illinois River Forks State Park Volunteer Day! 

October 7th from 10am-1 pm

We are cleaning up Forks State Park! Join us for a fun day of clearing invasive species, installing bird nesting boxes, picnic table and bench maintenance, and showing some love to our beloved State Park!

Building Your Business - Search Engine Optimization 101

October 10th from 9-11 am

Join Reinventing Rural and IVCanDO for an exciting workshop series for small owners. 

We will be covering Search Engine Optimization (or... how to help people find your business on Google!) on October 10th. 

RSVP required.

Wine in the Vines at Bridgeview Vineyards Winery

October 13th from 5 - 8 pm

I.V. Living Solutions, a local nonprofit, is hosting Wine in the Vines - a fundraiser to help support I.V. HOPE Village. Your ticket will include wine tasting, incredible food from Twisted Cork and Chef Kat, Pappy T's and Trillium Bakery, live music from Alan Eisner the Piano Man and Adam West on Acoustic Guitar, and the opportunity to win auction items!

Valley Girls Quilt Show

October 20th from 10 am - 4 pm
October 21st from 10am - 3 pm

Valley Girls Quilt Show is back! Stop by and see never-before-seen quilts from the Illinois Valley, peruse the country store, play bingo, buy raffle tickets, and purchase lunch from IV Senior Center. 

Admission is $5 with children 12 and younger FREE!

Josephine County Food Pantries

Click here to view an up-to-date list of Illinois Valley food pantry times and locations.

Program Updates and Volunteer Opportunities

Check out what IVCanDO is up to!

Come work with us...

IVCanDO is hiring!

We are looking for a community-minded person who has Quickbooks experience and a love for problem solving and numbers. Is this you? We'd love to meet you! 
Not you? Please share this opportunity with anyone who might be a good fit!

Have you visited a food pantry in Josephine County in the last 6 months?

Complete this survey to receive a $10 Winco gift card!

Paid volunteer opportunity for residents 55+!

Become a Foster Grandparent and make a difference in the lives of Illinois Valley Youth!

IVCanDO is partnering with the Community Volunteer Network to bring this popular program to our area. Foster Grandparent volunteers are low-income older adults (age 55+) that tutor and mentor children in local schools and community non-profit settings.

There are perks! Volunteers have the opportunity to make lifelong, positive impacts in the lives of children. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement, meals during volunteer shifts, a non-taxable hourly stipend, and educational opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a foster grandparent, please contact Anna at (541) 625-9351 or [email protected].

Attention Local Small Businesses!

IVCanDO can help you...

The IVCanDO Small Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is currently accepting applications from local small businesses and entrepreneurs. The RLF offers attractive loan terms and allows small business owners to access funds without having to navigate the headaches of borrowing money through a traditional bank. Loans up to $25,000 are available.

Did you know? Revolving Loan Fund payments are reported to credit agencies to improve and bolster RLF client credit scores! Awesome!

Visit or contact RLF Manager Malcolm at [email protected] or (404) 314-5059 for more information.

Energy Trust of Oregon Partnership

FREE Residential Energy Assessments!

Illinois Valley Community Development Center (IVCanDO) and Energy Trust of Oregon are partnering together to help residents of the Illinois Valley save on their energy bill. Through this partnership, IVCanDO now offers free home energy assessments for qualifying customers of Pacific Power and Avista, with the potential to receive incentives for energy efficient upgrades.

For more information or to see if you qualify, call 541-415-1519 or email [email protected]

Cans for Kids Schedule

Cans for Kids is a bottle and can donation station that happens each Saturday from 10am to 1:45pm behind Caves Chevron, with proceeds benefiting local youth programs. 

To donate, bring by your clean - not crushed! - cans and bottles to our donation station behind Caves Chevron. No trash, please!

Illinois Valley Web

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Illinois Valley Directory

Community Event Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Resources

What is Illinois Valley Web?

Illinois Valley Web, or IV Web, is a central hub of information for the Illinois Valley brought to you by IVCanDO and Community Website Partnership with a goal of bringing our neighbors together through technology. It is run by volunteers local to the Illinois Valley and FREE to use for anyone who wants to post. Cool!

Illinois Valley Community Development Organization

341 E Cottage Park Dr #4
Cave Junction, OR 97523


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