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September 2023
IVCanDO Newsletter

As we write this newsletter update, we can't help but think about our loved ones and neighbors who have been living in uncertainty because of the Smith River Complex Fire - our hearts go out to you all

It was not too long ago we had to navigate the Slater Fire together, and the effect that these events have on a community cannot be understated. It takes a community effort to ensure that we stay safe, with each of us doing what we can to prepare and protect the beautiful area we call home. 

We are endlessly grateful for the firefighters who are working hard to protect our community (and for the gift of rain we received)! We know we aren't out of the weeds quite yet, but seeing the progress made and the presence of firefighters in our community gives us the chance to breathe and continue to do what we can to keep our community safe.

In this newsletter, you will find some local resources to stay updated about the fire, an upcoming event from IVFROG, and information from local groups working to help residents be prepared and homeowners maintain defendable space on their property. 

Stay safe, Illinois Valley!

Illinois Valley Wildfire Resources

Fire Resiliency Resources

Illinois Valley Fire Resiliency Oversight Group

KSWild Forest and Fire Toolkit

Oregon State University Fire Program Resources

What's Going On?

IVFROG Public Meeting

Date and Time: Wed., September 20, 2023 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Location: IVFD Station 3 (10 O Brien Rd, O'Brien, OR 97534)

The Illinois Valley Fire Resiliency Oversight Group (IVFROG) will host a community event highlighting Wildfire Preparedness in the Illinois Valley. Learn about resources for creating defensible space around the home, getting financial assistance with fuels reductions work, and sign-up for free consultations from the Oregon Department of Forestry. Snacks/drinks will be provided.

The Foster Grandparents Program is coming to the Illinois Valley! 

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.

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].

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

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]

Energy Trust Focus Group for Illinois Valley Homeowners - Join us!

IV HOPE Village Fundraiser - Wine in the Vines at Bridgeview Vinyards

Cans for Kids

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 and not crushed cans and bottles to our donation station behind Caves Chevron. No trash, please!

Illinois Valley Web

For Everything Illinois Valley

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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