Recognized Corvallis non-profit organisations: Two companies based in Corvallis were included in the Oregon company 2022 list of the best nonprofits to work for. Scores are based on a total of 700 with ratings based on employee satisfaction with their workplace, environment, management and communication, mission and goals, development career and learning, as well as benefits and compensation.
Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care received a score of 549.81 and an employee statement that “At Lumina, we have the time and resources to truly provide excellent patient care. JThis is very unusual in the medical field, and I cherish the opportunities I have every day to spend time with patients, to communicate meaningfully with them about their illness and their needs, and then to have time to try to meet as many of their needs as possible. possible.”
Chintimini Wildlife Center scored 548.43 and staff praised the organization’s open communication. “Management takes great care to support staff in all elements. The organization constantly and systematically strives to improve in all areas,”
Lower interest rates: For those still considering buying a home, the weather is improving slightly. According Bankrate.com, the percentage charged for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreased slightly. On November 18, it was set at 7.473%; on November 20, it was 6.87%.
Admittedly, these are higher than many saw at the height of free housing which saw double-digit numbers of offers on nearly every house on the market, but the drop in rates is a good sign for those who weren’t able to lock in funding before the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.
In case you missed it: Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Which, of course, means mass hysteria is happening this Friday as everyone suddenly realizes that Christmas is only a month away. Here are a few things we’d like you to consider as this week comes to a close with Small Business Saturday.
Another Record Store Day: On Friday, visit our two local record stores for Record Store Day. It’s a day when new, reissued and special albums are released – some are only available on this special promotional day. This time there are 172 different versions. Happy Trails Records, located at 100 SW 3rd St., and PreAtomic Records, located at 211 SW 2nd St., will have some of these records, but supplies will be limited. So if you really want to listen to Goldfinger Hello Destiny or Green Jelly’s Musick to insult your intelligence bythen you might want to get to the store earlier. You can find the full list here.
If albums aren’t your thing, but supporting local businesses is still very important to you, then there are options to do so. We asked around and found a few local businesses that share the wealth by giving back to local charities.
Grass Roots Books and Music: Between their participation in Magic Barrel, an event with 100% of net proceeds going to Linn-Benton Food Share, and the Start Making A Reader Today book drive to put books in the hands of our children, Grass Roots is doing a lot for this community throughout the year. If you’re looking for a great gift…well, we all think a book is just about perfect, and Corvallis has a bookstore that does great things right at 227 SW 2nd St.
Teal Cooperative Art Gallery: From late October to late December, local artists have the opportunity to sell their work at 328 SW 2nd St. thanks to Teal – which is a great place for unique gifts. And when all the gifts have been donated and opened, these artists donate a portion of the money that goes into local school art programs.
Common fields: Each month, Common Fields selects a charity to donate a portion of its beer sales revenue to. They call the programHops of hope. In addition to that, they lend a hand to the It’s upon us Corvallis people – who encourage Corvallisites to buy a meal or two from various local restaurants to help feed those in need. They also participated in Wildfire Victim Meals in 2020. So if you’re heading out for a beer and a bite to eat, head over to 545 SW 3rd St. and help Common Fields make a difference locally.
Block 15:Here we have another beverage-based establishment that does its best to give back to the community by “support local nonprofit groups focused on issues such as health and wellness, education, and environmental sustainability.” Here has the lawyer we love all these things. Block 15 has a program where they choose a charity every month and donate a portion of their profits – it’s called The People’s Pint Tap Program. So again, if you’re going out to celebrate the season, why not include a little generosity by heading to one of their three slots.
4 Spirits: Named and dedicated to the combat soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq, 4 Spirits, located at 3405 SW Deschutes St., does a lot for veterans groups in Oregon. In their Corvallis Spirits Festival for 2021, they donated $12,975. With an extensive menu of fun pub fare and a stylish range of distilled spirits, including a delicious cucumber gin, 4 Spirits is a great place to eat well and do good.
Emerson Vineyards: If wine is more to your taste – and who doesn’t like to gift a nice bottle of wine on vacation, we’re happy to recommend Emerson Vineyards. Every summer, Emerson leads a music Festival and asks guests to bring a canned food to donate to local food banks. Fine wines with heart at 11665 Airlie Road in Monmouth.
The Beer Library: Another veteran-friendly place where vets are offered a free cup of coffee Wednesday. Plus, for those looking for a great downtown lunch spot on a Monday, Library Biere, located at 151 NW Monroe Ave., is open with a nice array of tasty dishes prepared by Chef Travis Allen.
Kinetic Bagel: Located at 250 NW 1st St., Kinetic Bagel runs a program called “The Tab.” According to their Facebook page, “We have always had an unspoken policy of providing a meal to those who request it, but asking can be difficult. A bagel friend of ours relayed a poster he saw at a store in another state. He asked if we would be interested in doing something similar. Our version is “The Tab”. The program allows the community to participate by donating a “tab” for those who need it. No charge for anyone asking to put it on The Tab.
It’s an ultimate way to give back locally. If you are able to donate, please contribute to the ‘tab’ – and if you need a bite to eat and can’t afford it, then just ask.
Hotel Corvallis: Out of town guests with a dog in tow? Send them to the Corvallis Hotel, located at 350 SW 4th St. There is a two dog limit, and there is a fee for those two dogs to stay. However, a portion of this pet fee is donated to a senior dog shelter. It makes the feeling less painful, doesn’t it?
If we missed a business in this list, let us know at [email protected].
Chamber Events:Coming this week from the Chamber of Commerce…
From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on November 22, meet at Reynolds Law Office, located at 555 NW 5th St., for Greeters. Another hour of coffee and a chance to see what’s happening in local affairs.
On Friday, November 25, you are invited to the Monroe Community Library, located at 380 N 5th St., Monroe, for the Monroe Holiday Bazaar. Start your holiday spending with this second annual event for local artisans. The bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
By Sally K Lehman