Impact Areas

EDUCATION

We all win when students are successful and prepared for life.

Big Idea Next came out of the successful Big Idea 100% High School Completion for the Class of 2020. We learned many things – students who were on track to graduate did; students who were borderline graduated too! And students who were not on track, didn’t complete high school on time despite a great deal of effort from schools, community partners and more.

Big Idea Next is focused on students enrolled in alternative programs or schools to promote high school completion. We know we all win when students are successful and prepared for life. Every district in Jackson County is partnering with us on Big Idea Next!

We’ve got some cool things lined up. We’re doing an urban reforestation project with 25 students with curriculum and a tree planting. We’re launching Alternative Times, a student led electronic and print magazine to inspire, cajole, share learnings with all the students. We’re launching a shadow mentoring program where students will have the opportunity to spend time with an adult in a job the student finds appealing.

If you’re interested in being shadowed, contact Will Young, Community Impact Director.

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Partners in Education Impact

FUNDED PARTNERS

  • Family Nurturing Center
  • Hearts with a Mission
  • Kids Unlimited
  • Resolve

IMPACT PARTNERS

  • Jackson County School Districts – Ashland, Butte Falls, Central Point, Medford, Phoenix-Talent, Prospect, Rogue River
  • Jackson County Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

  • Jackson County Threat Assessment Committee
  • OHSU @ SOU student nurses
  • Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub
  • Southern Oregon Success

INCOME

Our HOPE Chest initiative means people can receive the emergency help they need to keep moving forward.

Our income goal is to stabilize families and we do this through our Hope Chest emergency relief fund. All assistance is handled with referrals from case managers & social workers plus vendors are paid directly.

We also partner on VITA (Volunteer Tax Assistance) preparing tax returns for free for those earning less than $55,000. These folks then receive the income tax credits they earned! Our VITA site brings back hundreds of thousands of dollars helping to build our economy.

Income tax Assistance

For more info, contact Talia Matthias, Lead Community Impact Director.

Partners in Income Impact

FUNDED PARTNERS

  • Center for Nonprofit Legal Services
  • Community Volunteer Network
  • Compass House
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service
  • Living Opportunities
  • Rogue Retreat

IMPACT PARTNERS

  • Single Care Prescription Assistance
  • HOPE Chest
  • Jackson County Continuum of Care

  • Rogue Valley COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)
  • VITA

HEALTH

Our efforts to increase compassion and connect people to services is working!

Our health goal is to maximize wellness, knowing that can be different for many people. We invest in suicide prevention and mental wellness, child abuse prevention, healthy living and more.

For more info, contact Talia Matthias, Lead Community Impact Director.

Partners in Health Impact

FUNDED PARTNERS

  • Arc of Jackson County
  • Asante Foundation, Transforming Healthcare for People with Mental Illness
  • ASH, Inc.
  • Ashland Family YMCA
  • CASA
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Community Works
  • Food & Friends
  • Hope Equestrian Center

  • Jackson County SART
  • La Clinica
  • Living Opportunities
  • Max’s Mission
  • OnTrack
  • Phoenix Counseling Center
  • Reclaiming Lives
  • Rogue Valley Family YMCA
  • Rogue Valley Mentoring
  • Southern Oregon Child & Family Council

IMPACT PARTNERS

  • In this Together, suicide prevention and mental wellness public service campaign

  • Great Start, Eat Smart, nutrition collaborative

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Rogue Valley CAP, Child Abuse Prevention

  • Suicide Prevention Coalition

TRANSPORTATION

Our transportation goal is to remove barriers to transportation for people with disabilities, aging people, and those with low income.

Getting around is expensive. We work to make bus stops accessible to those with mobility devices. We work hard to resolve transportation issues that keep people from easy access to groceries. We’re exploring more on community gardens, mobile food pantries and ways to get folks to the grocery store. We also work on multi-modal transportation – walking and biking. Thanks to All Ages, All Abilities for that work! We do all this barrier reduction work thanks in large measure to RVTD! Special thanks to the transit district for knowing this work matters.

For more info, contact Will Young, Community Impact Director.

Partners in Transportation Impact

FUNDED PARTNERS

  • Addictions Recovery Center
  • Community Volunteer Network

IMPACT PARTNERS

  • RVTD
  • Translink
  • All Ages, All Abilities

Ready to find out more about how you can help your community?