Each year, SSJH owners and employees break into small groups and volunteer a minimum of eight hours in the local community as part of SSJH’s Impact! project. On October 18, 2013, SSJH volunteers made an impact at Englewood Elementary School’s first annual Jog-A-Thon. The students at Englewood Elementary School ran over 900 miles that morning, raising a total of $12,214.08. SSJH was there leading warm-ups, running with the students and cheering from the sidelines.
The Artisan’s Village at the Oregon State Fair is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Located on the northwest corner of the Fairgrounds at the intersection of 17th and Silverton Road, it is a unique experience within the State Fair. For the past six years the Friends of the Visual Arts, have produced this excellent family attraction featuring over 20 demonstrating artists, live music, tasty treats and local non-profits. Crowd favorites such as the Local 503 glass blowers, Dan Whited’s mastery of chainsaw carving or firing a piece of “Raku” pottery are just some of the demonstrations that you will see. Visit www.WillametteArtCenter.com//news/artvillage.html for more information and the music stage schedule.
The Friends of the Visual Arts are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who manage the Willamette Art Center, Salem’s Community Arts Center offering hands on art activities and classes for children and adults year round. Fall classes start in September and other popular events to check out are the Family Clay Sunday program, and their “Empty Bowls” benefit sale for Marion Polk Food Share coming in November. Visit www.willametteartcenter.com for more info.
In October, Mindy Stubenrauch, Paralegal with the Banking and Lending Department of Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie and Hoyt, will be joining hundreds of volunteers from all over the world for Habitat for Humanity’s Everest Build in Nepal.
As part of its affiliation with Habitat for Humanity, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity tithes each year to build homes overseas. This year Habitat International offered affiliates the option to designate their tithe to Nepal and in exchange, the affiliate can send a small number of volunteers to help build homes in that country.
In appreciation of the legal services provided by Gina Johnnie and Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate chose to send a member of the firm on the build, along with a handful of other volunteers from the Willamette Valley area.
Volunteers at Everest Build 2012 will work alongside local families to build houses in Kavre, one hour east of Kathmandu, at the foot of the Himalyans. The project involves building 40-45 houses in one week, using environmentally friendly, locally grown bamboo and sun-dried bricks. In addition to providing sweat equity, each home partner family provides some of the raw materials such as timber, bamboo or mud from their own land.
Everest Build 2012 is a celebration of the 15,000 families in Nepal who have been helped by Habitat for Humanity in the past decade and a milestone on the path to providing safe, decent, affordable housing to 100,000 families in Nepal by 2016.
During this exciting week, Mindy will have the opportunity see what can be accomplished when families, organizations, communities and nations come together to build a future where everyone has a decent place to live.
You can also follow Mindy’s posts during the build at our Facebook page.
SSJH, LLP, Attorney Michelle M. Morrow has joined the board of the Salem Police Foundation. The mission of the Salem Police Foundation is to promote community support for the Salem Police Department, and its vision is to enhance public safety by supporting the Salem Police Department, its members, and the community.
Michelle joins current board members Diane McLaran, David Withnell, Ruth Ann Stellmacher, John D. Hawkins, Gerry Blankenheim, John R. Hawkins, Nathan Knottingham, Dennis Miller, Dayra Quintero, Jerry Thompson, Clancy Tieszen, G. Wally Ybarra.
SSJH LLP, partnered with Mary Lou Zeek Gallery for a fun evening of jewelry buying, cocktails, and socializing. The event featured a specially selected display of jewelry made by local artists. The selection ranged from simple and elegant to colorful and fun. Mary Lou Zeek Gallery provided the perfect welcoming atmosphere for the gathering. Mary Lou Zeek Gallery and SSJH share a dedication to the community, and this event was a showcase of merging art and community. A fun night was had by all.
Thank you, Mary Lou.