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Build a Vital Community

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Community Building Workshop



Suzanne Adams



  • Get involved in a valuable community conversation!
  • Take the Community Vitality Inventory.
  • Join us for DINNER by OCCI, May 1st at SOCC to continue the dialog.
  • Information available via the survey link above.

Mr. Marshfield High School Pageant a Huge Success

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The Mr. MHS Pageant was a stunning success this year with a record-breaking fundraising effort and a delightful event for all. Special congratulations to Ty Bunnell who won the title of Mr. MHS 2014!

Photo by Thomas Moriarity of The World

And thank you to all the cast members of the Mr. MHS Pageant who did such an amazing job!  Thanks to ORCCA Executive Director Mike Lehman for his moving and inspiring address.  Thank you also to Head Coordinator Sierra Pedro, and Pageant Director Jennifer Bunnell.  And special thanks to all who contributed and volunteered to make this such a successful and wonderful event!

Here at ORCCA we are blessed to receive so much inspiring support from south coast communities.  This event was such a wonderful success and we are humbled by your efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged populations we serve here at ORCCA.  Congratulations on a stunning effort!  The youth of our community are setting a high bar for all of us and we are all very proud of your creativity, dedication, and hard work.  Well done!


Laura Hunter on TV TONIGHT!

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Laura Hunter, Operations Manager for South Coast Food Share will appear TONIGHT! on KCBY TV in an interview with Rachel Cooper about the upcoming Empty Bowls event on Saturday, May 3rd at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. The story is expected to be aired at approximately 5:15 pm and again at 6:15 pm.

Empty Bowls is an elegant soup tasting event with exquisite food, beautiful bowls, live music, and a silent auction. Do not miss this delightful event! Empty Bowls is organized in partnership with Southwestern Oregon Community College, Bay Area Potters, and 7 Devils Brewery. Proceeds will benefit families served by Oregon Coast Community Action's South Coast Food Share program. The event begins at 3:30 pm on May 3. Donation is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Bay Area Potters have thrown over 600 bowls and a crowd of more than 300 are expected. Join us...because no one should go hungry.


Cover Oregon Information and Enrollment Fair April 24!

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The deadline to enroll in private health insurance coverage is April 30! Oregon Coast Community Action is offering a FREE
Enrollment Fair on April 24!  Find out about your options for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act and
Cover Oregon.  Kim Rollins of ORCCA will answer any questions you may have.

Cover Oregon

The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Oregon Coast Community Action located at
1855 Thomas Ave., Coos Bay.

Cover Oregon is improving the health of Oregonians through health coverage options, increased access to information,
and fostered quality and value in the health care system. Cover Oregon offers:

· Financial help
· Clear information
· Choice
· One-stop shopping
· Quality coverage

Kim Rollins of Oregon Coast Community Action comments, “This event is a great opportunity to obtain the information
necessary to make an informed decision on selecting the best health coverage for you and your family.”

Oregon Coast Community Action is a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house, warm and educate the
communities of the South Coast. For more information, please call (541) 435-7080 or learn more at www.orcca.us.


Child Abuse Prevention Month is April

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Join CASA of Coos County in their effort to help victims of child abuse and neglect heal, and
in making sure all children feel safe and loved.

Anytime a child is abused or neglected, it’s a tragedy – one that all too often scars victims 
for a lifetime. Studies have shown that children who have suffered abuse or neglect are
more likely to struggle in school, have run-ins with law enforcement, experience homelessness
or abuse drugs or alcohol. Research also shows that abused children are more apt to grow up
to abuse their own kids.

At CASA of Coos County, we help abused and neglected children heal so they can live happier,
safer lives. Our CASA volunteers – court-appointed special advocates – make sure kids don’t
get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in unsupportive
foster homes. CASA volunteers stay with children until their court case is closed and the child
is placed in a safe, permanent home.

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we invite our community to learn more about
the work we do and consider becoming a CASA volunteer. For more information about the July
training, please contact Twila Veysey, CASA of Coos County Program Director, at 541.435.7102.

Being a CASA volunteer is not for everyone.  It requires some training and a 1-2 year
commitment to the future of a child who has no other adults to stand for them.  But everyone
can be an advocate by taking steps to make our community safer for our children:

• Be mindful of the signs of abuse and neglect in children, such as a lack of adult supervision,
extreme passivity or aggression or poor hygiene.

• Be aware of warning signs in parents, such as showing indifference or rarely touching or
looking at their child, constant verbal criticism, demands for perfection, blaming the child for
family problems or other irrational behaviors.

• If you think a child is in immediate danger, don’t hesitate. Call 911.

Working together, we can end abuse and neglect so that every child has a chance to thrive.

Oregon Coast Community Action is a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house,
warm and educate the communities of the South Coast. For more information about ORCCA,
please call (541) 435-7080
or learn more at www.orcca.us.


Empty Bowls event to help hungry families May 3!

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Empty Bowls is a wonderful and elegant fundraising event to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute. Proceeds from the event will benefit families served by Oregon Coast Community Action’s South Coast Food Share program.

Empty Bowls Poster

The program includes live music, excellent food, and the opportunity to purchase handmade bowls by local artisans with proceeds used to feed hungry families in the Oregon south coast area.

Tickets will be available May 3 at the door and will cost only $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Admission will include a soup buffet, bread as well as a handcrafted ceramic bowl to take home! This community event will also feature live music and a silent auction of artistic treasures you can bid on for charity.

“We have thrown about 600 bowls and expect a crowd of more than 300!” shares Bay Area Potter, Suzanne Adams.

“We are thankful to the Bay Area Potters, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, 7 Devils Brewery and Southwestern Oregon Community College for sharing their talent and partnership to help feed the hungry families served by South Coast Food Share.”, comments Laura Hunter, South Coast Food Share Operations Manager, “Please join your friends and neighbors in supporting the Empty Bowls community fundraiser…because no one should be hungry.”


Oregon Coast Community Action is a non-profit network of programs that help feed, house, warm and educate the communities of the South Coast. For more information, please call (541) 435-7080 or learn more at www.orcca.us.

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