North State Giving Tuesday starts at 6 a.m. Nov. 27

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Dozens of Siskiyou County nonprofit organizations are seeking public support during North State Giving Tuesday, which is scheduled for Nov. 27. The event put on by Shasta Regional Community Foundation and Redding Bank of Commerce is designed to raise as much money as possible for nonprofit organizations within a 14 hour period, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To give, or to learn more about the organizations, go to www.northstategives.org.

An option is also being included during the checkout process to support relief efforts for those affected by the Camp and Carr wildfires.

Below are descriptions of participating area nonprofits:

• Beacon of Hope Gospel Rescue Mission provides emergency housing for homeless and marginally housed people in Siskiyou County. As noted on the Giving Tuesday website, Beacon of Hope’s ultimate goal is “a fully functioning shelter for men, women, youth and families, with services that include personal counseling, chapel, job training, medical services, rehab and recovery programs leading towards permanent employment and affordable housing.”

• Boys & Girls Club of the Siskiyous provides summer and after school programs for youth. The club’s primary goals for the participating youth are academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Programs include tutoring, fitness classes, fine arts and environmental education.

• CASA of Siskiyou County recruits, screens and trains community volunteer advocates to be the voice for children in the foster system. CASAs – court appointed special advocates – develop one-on-one relationships with foster children so that they can inform the court of the child’s progress and needs. CASAs stay with their assigned child until the child is placed in a permanent home.

• The College of the Siskiyous Foundation raises funds to develop new programs, improve COS facilities, provide equipment, offer student scholarships and enhance arts programs. The COS Foundation also provides funding for the Siskiyou Promise Scholarship, which covers a student’s tuition and enrollment fee for two consecutive years.

• Dunsmuir Community Resource Center provides exercise classes, social connection and myriad resources, with a special focus on senior citizens and veterans. It is also involved a community garden project and offers a Garden Connection program, that teaches children how to garden; leftovers feed Dunsmuir residents.

• Family & Community Resource Center of Weed is “dedicated to serving the community of Weed, while strengthening families, providing community resources and supporting families to promote healthy living. The center assists with child abuse prevention, family support activities, school readiness activities, and adult and senior support.

• Friends of the Etna Public Library states that its goal is “to promote and encourage the use of the Etna Branch Library through the promotion of literacy endeavors, increasing educational and cultural opportunities for the community and providing increased exposure to books and related materials for children and youth as well as adults, and to provide supplemental, financial support to the Etna Branch Library.” Friends of the Etna Public Library supports a number of projects including book sales, a writing contest, children’s story time and a summer reading program.

• Friends of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center helps to provide avalanche education workshops, clinics and community events. FMSAC works to sustain the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, fund remote weather stations that collect data used by forecasters, fund advisory road signage on backcountry access roads and fund the MSAC website to provide backcountry recreation safety information.

• Friends of the Mt. Shasta Branch Library, Inc., has helped pay for improving furniture, building and landscaping, library events, library materials and computers. Plans are in place for an expansion of the library and FMSL is raising funds to help pay for furniture, equipment and landscaping for the new building.

• Friends of the Rink's mission is to raise funds to create a financially sustainable year-round facility and to plan and support ongoing improvements of the Siskiyou Ice Rink in Mount Shasta. California.

• The Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County was established in 1972 by 57 passionate families to stimulate public interest in family history: to collect, preserve and publish genealogical, biographical and historical information relating to families and places: to provide family research educational services to the communities in Siskiyou County.

• Great Northern Services helps low income families through a variety of services including energy and weatherization assistance, food commodities distribution and access to resources. Great Northern supplies mini food pantries to schools. A $25 donation provides a child with a bag of food for a week of nutritious eating.

• The Great Shasta Rail Trail offers a place for year-round non-motorized recreation. Walkers, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians can use the trail in warm months, while cross country skiers and snowshoers use it in the winter. This year, the Great Shasta Rail Trail Association is working to make the trail easier to find and more comfortable to use. The association’s ultimate goal is a 120 mile trail that connects the Burney/McArthur area to the McCloud/Mount Shasta area.

• HUB Communities Family Resource Center We are committed to being a place where all are welcome, especially families, children and seniors, to be encouraged, celebrated and supported! HUB offers family strengthening, child abuse prevention, school readiness, and resources for all.

• Jefferson Economic Development Institute assists individuals in starting or growing their businesses. JEDI is committed to helping entrepreneurs in a rural economy. Funds raised on Giving Tuesday will support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program as well as JEDI’s work in four counties.

• The Jefferson State Stampede is an event put on by volunteers for the betterment of the community of Montague. JSS includes traditional rodeo events as well as wild pony races, ranch bronc riding and saddle cow. “It is our mission to put on a great rodeo and make a difference in a small town by giving back to the younger generation through community improvement,” its organizers said.

• Kidder Creek Camp states, “We exist to provide experiences in God’s creation where campers will encounter Jesus and draw closer to Him.” Kidder Creek offers a variety of traditional, adventure and horse riding camps for youth of all ages.

• The Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center works to preserve, protect and restore the environment of Mount Shasta. Its activities have included stopping a planned ski development on Mt. Shasta and helping to launch We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review, a group that has campaigned for an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Crystal Geyser bottling plant in Mount Shasta.

• The Mount Shasta Community Resource Center offers classes, resources and referrals in the areas of parenting education and support, mental health services, food assistance and nutrition outreach, literacy programs, child development programs, senior services and others. The center’s primary role is defined as “bringing together services and activities that educate, develop skills and promote growth in a supportive setting to help improve outcomes for individuals and families.”

• The Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization aims to promote enthusiasm for Nordic skiing by providing marked backcountry and groomed Nordic trails for skiers in northern California and southern Oregon. The organization also offers a rental facility and programs like the Nordic Ski School, which served over 700 participants in the 2016-17 season.

• The Mt. Shasta Race Association is the parent organization for the Mt. Shasta Ski Team, the Master's program and High School racing. The association strives to promote the benefits of a community oriented mountain lifestyle through skiing, snowboarding and ski racing. Under MSRA guidance, athletes learn to maintain high standards for personal, athletic and academic achievement. MSRA is committed to providing the highest quality coaching and training environment.

• Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum is committed to helping illuminate the past, present and future of the Mount Shasta area. The all-volunteer organization has been putting up exhibits, entertaining its community members and visitors, and hosting informative presentations for over 30 years.

• The Mt. Shasta Trail Association states that its mission is “to provide inspiring outdoor experiences, advance appreciation of the beauty of the Mt. Shasta area, and assist in educating the public in environmentally sound stewardship by designing, constructing, maintaining and using trails in the Mt. Shasta area.” The MSTA is currently working on a number of projects, including a 38 mile expansion of the Gateway Trail System, completion of the Mount Shasta City Park to downtown trail, and development of a trail connection between Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir.

• Music By The Mountain was established in 2004 with the goal of bringing world-class live classical music performances and music outreach to schools in rural Siskiyou County. The organization recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship to YHS graduate Jakob Turner and purchased and donated violins to the Mount Shasta Elementary School music program.

• The Ore-Cal Resource Conservation and Development Area Council’s mission is to increase the vitality of natural resource-based communities in Klamath, Lake, Modoc, Siskiyou and Shasta counties. The organization has been involved with the McCloud courthouse preservation and Butte Valley community center addition. Ore-Cal’s Cycle Siskiyou project created the Art of Survival Century, which in now the largest cycling event in the county.

• The Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts promotes the performing arts in Siskiyou County and each year brings six musical performances to three different venues throughout the Yreka area. The organization also provides multiple educational outreach programs to schools within the county.

• Rescue Ranch is a no-kill dog shelter that places an average of 300 dogs per year in nurturing homes. The organization provides services including a community dog food bank, warm coats for companion dogs of the homeless, and Kitu’s Fund – a special medical fund that assists community members with veterinary costs associated with special and emergency medical needs.

• The Rotary Club of Mount Shasta Foundation is a leadership organization that provides mentorship and financial support for a number of community projects, including the Mt. Shasta High School Interact Club, MSHS senior scholarships and the Rotary International Exchange Student Program.

• Save the Rain helps communities in east Africa to use rainwater as a sustainable water supply. The nonprofit does this by teaching people rain harvesting through roof top collection, surface water collection and ground water recharge. The organization states that “$15 provides a child access to clean water for the rest of their life and their future offspring.”

• Saving Shasta Cats, Inc. spays and neuters companion cats and dogs and community cats, assists impoverished residents with vet bills, provides healthy cat food daily, places winter cat shelters for community cats, operate a healthy cat and dog food bank for disabled and needy residents with companion animals and for community cat populations.

• The Scott River Watershed Council is involved in activities that assist natural resource restoration, including building beaver dam analogues which mimic natural beaver dams and create pools of water that provide rearing habitat for coho salmon. The SRWC also collaborates with other agencies to bring Youth Environmental Summer Studies to the county, allowing Siskiyou County youth to take part in a four week paid summer internship in natural resources.

• Scott Valley Christian Academy is described as “a K-12 Christian school providing a rigorous, high quality, nurturing education by combining local educators and the acclaimed Abeka curriculum.” Its administration notes, “We put on an annual Christmas program at two of our local churches each December. The students work so hard and the community seems to enjoy the performances filled with the meaningful message.”

• The Scott Valley Family Resource Center provides a variety of programs, including playgroups, after school programs, parenting classes and activities for veterans and seniors. The SVFRC states, “We plan to use the funds raised on Giving Tuesday to provide continuity and sustainability to our resource center and expand the scope of our services to include programs and activities that are not covered by standard grants.”

• Scott Valley FOCUS, Inc. operates the Scott Valley Family Resource Center, which serves residents of Scott Valley, from Fort Jones in the north to Etna, Greenview, Quartz Valley, Callahan and Forks of Salmon, covering nearly seventy miles of isolated towns, ranches and mountain communities. Its mission is to be a community-based organization dedicated to strengthening the community by enriching and empowering its individuals and families.

• Shasta Disabled Sports provides year-round outdoor adventure programs for folks of all levels of ability. Summer brings whitewater rafting, camping, picnics, fishing, swimming and kayaking. Once the snow flies, SDS offers adaptive skiing and snowboarding at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park and nordic events with skiing and snowshoeing at the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. SDS encourages families to come and play together and has a great group of outdoor professionals that donate their time and equipment to getting everyone outdoors.

• The Siskiyou Arts Museum is a center for the arts in Dunsmuir that features galleries, a maker space and a gift shop. SAM also offers classes and workshops. The mission of the museum is “to enrich the lives of artists, residents and visitors to Siskiyou County through exhibition, sale and interpretation of the visual, literary and performing arts by presenting events and programs that will educate, strengthen, serve and sustain our community.”

• The Siskiyou Child Care Council helps income eligible families throughout Siskiyou County with child care financial assistance. The SCCC has a child care center and sub-contracts with four state-funded preschools throughout the county. The council also offers a toy lending library that is free and open to the public and child care providers.

• The Siskiyou Community Services Council was formed by resolution of the Board of Supervisors in early 2002 and was designated the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) for Siskiyou County California. Since that time the CSC has been dedicated to addressing the many factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect. The CSC has continued to evolve to meet the communities changing needs with a focus on building cooperation and collaboration with community partners.

• The Siskiyou Dolly Parton Imagination Library mails a free book, monthly, to children of Siskiyou County who are ages birth to five. Its goal is to register every eligible child in Siskiyou County ages birth to five to receive free books, and to raise the funds necessary to pay for the books and their mailing. “By reading regularly to our children, we give them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get, increasing the level of their literacy, thus making a huge difference in their future and the future of our communities,” SCDPIL stated.

• The Siskiyou County Food Bank’s mission is “to provide a location for the collection and distribution of nutritious food and food products to residents in Siskiyou County that have a financial need (low income) and to enhance community efforts in the awareness and elimination of hunger in Siskiyou County.” The SCFB serves 1,000 households in an average year.

• The Siskiyou County Historical Society is a volunteer-based 501c3 society that collects, preserves, discovers and shares the history of our rich area. “Our collection includes many things such as artifacts, books, ephemera and stories of Siskiyou including Siskiyou County Veterans. We strive to digitize historical records, photos, microfilm, etc. to insure this information is available to future generations. We also offer historical publications and research services,” the SHS shared.

• The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Association exists to support and assist the mission of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, to promote awareness of and quality in the SAR team and to financially assist, plan and coordinate projects, activities, grant applications, training and fundraisers for the SAR Team.

• The Siskiyou Domestic Violence and Crisis Center’s goal is to make it possible for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to undergo a healthy recovery and to reduce the instances of domestic violence and sexual assault through community awareness and prevention projects. The SDV&CC services include a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour crisis response, legal advocacy, individual counseling, group counseling, sexual assault advocacy, accompaniment and information and referrals.

• Siskiyou Family YMCA’s mission is “to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by providing opportunities for character development and promoting the values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.” The Siskiyou Family YMCA provides a variety of programs including music classes, art and summer camps, sports camps, adult fitness classes, sports leagues and youth leadership development. The YMCA guarantees that no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

• Siskiyou Food Assistance serves south Siskiyou County through emergency food boxes, a produce only program, an emergency food assistance program, tailgate produce distributions and Thanksgiving dinner boxes. SFA also provides a community dehydrator free for anyone to use.

• Siskiyou Gardens, Parks & Greenway Association focuses on promoting the stewardship and public use of open spaces and resources. The organization’s work targets four main areas: Greenhorn Park, Siskiyou Arboretum and Native Plant Nursery, Yreka Community Gardens and the Yreka Creek Greenway. In 2017, SGPGA was involved in a number of projects, including phase one of the historic mining town restoration at Greenhorn Park, planting of Monarch butterfly waystations and completing construction of a trail connecting Oberlin Road to Main Street along Yreka Creek.

• Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity is committed to eliminating substandard housing by constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. SHH also assists with handicap ramp construction and helps elderly individuals keep their homes in good repair. The organization is currently working to rebuild several homes destroyed by local fires.

• The Siskiyou Humane Society’s purpose is to improve the lives of the animals it cares for by sheltering and rehabilitating them and finding the animals permanent homes. SHS also works to reduce pet overpopulation. After a burglary last month, SHS needs to replace many damaged and stolen items.

• Siskiyou Land Trust works with land owners and community members to preserve agricultural and forest landscapes. SLT has contributed to the development of numerous outdoor community spaces and works to connect schools with “outdoor learning landscapes.” SLT has protected almost 7,000 acres of agricultural land to ensure that working spaces remain whole, and has helped to conserve nearly 700 acres of forest and wildlife habitat on Rainbow Ridge outside Mount Shasta.

• Siskiyou Media Council serves as a source of news and community events and creates videos to give exposure to local groups and events. SMC states that it “would like to help provide equipment to the community resource centers and high schools throughout Siskiyou County and serve as a hub for community based community news and views, as well as help to bridge the digital divide that exists in Siskiyou County.”

• Siskiyou Opportunity Center provides jobs and job training for adults with developmental disabilities. Many of its clients have Down Syndrome, and many other developmental disabilities. Siskiyou Opportunity Center has been providing training and jobs for people with disabilities since 1970. SOC serves all of Siskiyou County with offices in Yreka and Mt. Shasta, and provides transportation to clients if needed.

• Siskiyou Science Festival seeks to cultivate the next generation of science professionals; nurture an appreciation of science in people’s daily lives by connecting a community of citizens of all ages, scientists, science organizations, and businesses; foster curiosity and wonder about the world around us; provide opportunities to link art, daily life, creativity, and science in festival activities; provide practical application of simple science principles; and have the Science Festival become an annual celebration of science countywide, by supporting community collaborations for science education.

• The Siskiyou Spay and Neuter Incentive Program works to reduce pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering services. SNIP provides spay and neuter coupons and facilitated spay and neuter of approximately 700 animals in 2017. SNIP has also financially assisted a number of local organizations, including Rescue Ranch, Yreka Animal Control, Siskiyou Humane Society and Purr Angels.

• Soroptimist International of Yreka is a volunteer service organization that focuses on women and children. Over the past decade, the group has granted $60,000 in scholarships to Siskiyou County youth. Each year, the club sponsors a day for eighth grade girls and a day for eighth grade boys “to inspire and motivate them while providing resources and role models to enrich their lives.” The club has also worked on numerous projects, including establishing a senior citizens’ club and restoring the children’s section of the Evergreen Cemetery.

• Stable Hands promotes physical, mental and social health through equine assisted activities and therapy. Equine Assisted Activities help clients work on many things, including improving balance and coordination, improving language skills and critical thinking and dealing with behavioral and sensory issues. Stable Hands also offers the Horses Helping Heroes program to assist wounded veterans.

• The River Exchange’s work is focused in the headwater streams of the Sacramento and McCloud Rivers, which originate high on the slopes of Mount Shasta and the surrounding mountain ranges. “The quality of life in this region depends on these outstanding water resources, which draw people to these rivers for world-class fly fishing, boating, spiritual renewal, and enjoyment of our stunning natural landscapes,” RE representatives stated, adding, “The River Exchange feels strongly about the importance community involvement plays in our mission to promote watershed stewardship, restoration and education.”

• The Veterans Assistance Program is dedicated to providing information to Veterans and association organizations in order to match Veterans to services. It provides firewood to Veterans who are low income, disabled veterans, their widows or widowers. VAP serves Veterans through informal and formal support networks. The Veterans Assistance Program is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to assist the military Veterans of Siskiyou County.

• We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review stands for the preservation of the environment and natural resources. WATER has been committed to challenging the effort of Crystal Geyser to establish an industrial operation in Mount Shasta. The group is also working to protect the water resources of Weed and McCloud.

• Yreka Community Resource Center provides parenting classes, playgroups, resources and referrals, and mental health prevention classes. YCRC also partners with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to supply children ages birth-5 with books. YCRC has also helped give out free bikes to youth through their work with the Day Reporting Center and Probation Department.

• The Yreka Enrichment Fund was established with the goal of growing an endowment to support Yreka’s nonprofits and organizations through grants, for which over 30 Yreka nonprofits are eligible. YEF’s first grant was awarded to restore the north and south interchange “Welcome” signs in Yreka.