Wrapping Up Our 2021 Community Celebration

Back in April, United Way of Southwestern Oregon reached out to the Coos and Curry community asking for nominations of nonprofits and community organizations who had really gone above and beyond over the past year. We received 40 individual entries nominating 21 organizations! Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.

We were able to recognize 15 of these organizations through Facebook livestream events over the past few months. The events were light, casual, and fun – and the nominations were heartfelt – just what our community needed. Click on any of the images below to view the full video livestream!

Our first livestream event was held on April 29, and featured Coos County Friends of Public Health, Coos County CERT Teams, and Coos County Medical Reserve Corps for their efforts on vaccine clinic coordination, and also Coastline Neighbors for pivoting services to support Curry County residents in need throughout the pandemic.

Next up, on May 13 we recognized Coos County Youth Sports for giving local youth an outlet during the pandemic, and the entire Coastline Libraries Network for their amazing efforts to respond to COVID in dynamic, exciting ways and find new ways to educate and promote literacy.

On May 27, we recognized The Nancy Devereux Center for their work supporting Coos’ unhoused community and local residents struggling with mental health issues. Special guest Kyle Stephens from Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board also joined us to recognize CCD Business for “never saying no” to a project that will help the south coast.

Kicking off the summer, on June 10 we recognized CASA of Coos and Curry Counties for finding new ways to support youth in care, and Curry County Homeless Coalition for their numerous efforts to provide services to unhoused residents in Curry County.

On June 24, we were able to recognize Scott Cooper for two of the many hats he wears in the community – serving on NeighborWorks Umpqua‘s Board, and as Executive Director of Alternative Youth Activities. This was a particularly fun livestream event since Scott was on location with his AYA team, helping to construct pallet homes for the new Coalbank Village campground in Coos Bay.

July 8 brought well-deserved recognition to Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers, for their nonstop response to the pandemic and also for the incredibly supportive and collaborative role they play in the community.

Later in July, we were able to recognize both Oregon Coast Community Action and South Coast Head Start for helping an unprecedented number of people in our community with food, rent, utility assistance, and more.

Finally, today we recognized Kairos Coastline Services and The SAFE Project for providing youth, family, and survivor services during this challenging time.

Not everyone could make our bi-weekly Thursday schedule – organizations nominated but unable to join a livestream events included Curry County Suicide Awareness & Prevention Council’s Veteran Task GroupCurry Public LibraryEpuerto SportsK-light Radio Station, and Operation Rebuild Hope.

Thank you, Coos and Curry community, for your nominations – and HUGE thanks to all the nonprofits and community organizations nominated through this process, and to everyone working so hard every day to keep our south coast community safe, fed, sheltered, socially engaged, and supported over the last year and a half. We appreciate you all!

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