Ford Institute Leadership Program
The Ford Institute for Community Building runs a leadership program trains community leaders in rural areas in leadership and communication. The class began in the fall of 2007. It will be offered again for the next four years. Participants in this year’s class came from Veneta and the surrounding communities. At the end of the formal training, the class works on a community project and putting their skills into practice. This year’s class hopes to collaborate with the City of Veneta on a new welcome sign with a reader board. Each class is given a $5,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation and must raise $5,000 in matching funds.
The Rotary Club is new in Veneta and its surrounding communities. The Rotary club works on a range of projects and is currently working to keep the senior center open. Volunteers work on everything from carpentry to fundraising. The group meets at 7:00 AM Tuesday mornings at Our Daily Bread.
Fern Ridge Public Library
Colin Rea is the new director at the Fern Ridge Public Library. The library has a new book club. The library is working hard to extend their stacks to make more usable space and increase public access to computers. They currently have 9 public-access internet stations and hope to increase that to 15-20.
Many people don’t realize that the library has been funded through a combination of public and private funds. The construction of the library was initially funded through a capital campaign, while the operations budget is paid for with public funds. There will be a five-year option levy on the public ballot fall which will cover operating expenses including staff hours, materials and computer maintenance and upgrade. They are also running the Renovate ’08 Capital campaign to raise private money to pay for changes to the building including extended stack space and changes to the public access computer location.
S.A.N.T.A. stands for Sharing Among Neighbors Toy Appeal. The program was begun by Spalding and Brooker to ensure that people in need at the holiday season are able to have presents for their children. They help families in emergency situations as well other families in need. In 2006, S.A.N.T.A. served 268 children and approximately 175-200 families. As of December 7, 2007, S.A.N.T.A. had served 496 children.
City of Veneta
Ric Ingham, 935-2191
The City of Veneta depends on volunteers. City Council, the Budget committee, the Parks Board and the Planning Commission are entirely run by volunteers. City Council has a five-year term. The newest committee is the Pool Construction Committee. For further information on volunteering for the City of the Veneta, please contact city hall at 935-2191. The application to volunteer for the City of Veneta commissions may also be downloaded from the volunteer section of the jobs page on the city website: http://www.ci.veneta.or.us/jobs.html.