|Posted on March 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
I am pleased to be back in the saddle again, talking about Tualatin Valley Gleaners and sharing all that has been happening and changing.
In the past year and a half, almost 2 years the TVG has gone through so much. We are a community that is built by its members, and when they struggle the TVG struggles. Many of our families faced challenges while the housing market has been going through major changes locally and abroad. Quite a few faced homelessness and extreme poverty for the first times in their lives. Jobs were lost and the new ones gained were insufficient in their living wages. I personally have never seen so many working families facing struggles with health care, shut off and eviction notices. TheTVG worked as hard as we could to prop each other up, share resources, and even house each other. In doing this however, TVG had to take a large step back when it came to applying for grants, attending outreach and recruitment of donors. WE survived however, and then when we found out we had to leave the Beaverton Resouce Center because they were tearing it down to build a new Beaverton Police Department it hit home. Not knowing where to turn, the Board of Directors discussed all options, but soon realized the one option that stood out was to shut down.
It wasn't until a gleaning harvest event where one of our families reached out and told us that they had been discussing the relocation and possible close down with their church, and the church was possibly interested in partnership.
WOW - a door opened!
We were very concerned with moving to a Christian church, because we did not want to lose our diverse population of wonderful members. We were afraid that many would not follow to our new location and be forced to find new food options.
Again, the community of the TVG surprised and delighted me. We relocated to Crossroads Church and as many as were able to come - did! We are expanding again, and getting ready to start a new journey with our great community of individuals and families that all have a common goal of helping others while helping their families too.
Thanks for reading,
|Posted on May 23, 2016 at 1:45 AM||comments (2)|
We will be closed on June 4th 2016 - This closure is scheduled to let the families enjoy the free fishing and camping weekend in Oregon. So go ahead, grab a pole, or even a stick and some string ( tie a worm on the string) and GO FISHING!!!!! At this present time we do not have any other scheduled closures, but this is subject to change.
|Posted on February 15, 2016 at 11:35 AM||comments (1)|
My mother Donna R. Johnson worked with the Tualatin Valley Gleaners to create a forgaing guide to help individuals obtain healthy nutrition from nature. In honor of her hard work and dedication to the Farm2Forest program, I wanted to share a couple of pages from her book with you. I hope you enjoy. If you are interested in purchasing the book or e-book, this is the link.
|Posted on November 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM||comments (1)|
Did you know that:
Goodshop works to raise money directly for the Tualatin Valley Gleaners when you sign up for supporting our cause!
Goodshop works with more than 5,000+ stores to provide the best deals and coupons and the top stores also donate up to 20% of their purchase back to your cause.
Good shop sends us a check every year for the money our supports raise, just by shopping online and getting great deals, as well as using the search engine (powered by Yahoo)
The money raised by this program goes directly into the program costs for food and assistance.
We suggest you link to www.goodshop.com for 1-click shopping access.
Goodsearch has personally saved me 100's of dollars in my online shopping. They have coupons and deals for all sorts of things, and may stores donate cash to the Tualatin Valley Gleaners just for using goodshop app and coupons.
I was worried at first about downloading another search engine, and app but I can testify personally I have never experienced any problems with the download or app. (Heather Thompson)
Get the best deals at each, and give back to your cause ON THE GO, with the Goodshop app for iPhone and iPad.
Here are some examples
1800 Flowers – 15% off of flowers and 7% donated to us
Sears – Save $5 on purchases of $50 or more + 4% donated to our cause
Vistaprint – 20% off and Free Shipping on orders of $25 or more + 4% donated to us
PETCO – 20% off purchases + 4% donated to our cause
Just check it out, and if you have any questions about it, please feel free to email me @ [email protected]
|Posted on October 27, 2015 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
1. We are having a HARVEST POTLUCK OCTOBER 30TH – AT 6:30PM- AT THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER: This is for all the Tualatin Valley Gleaners Members and families
PLEASE BRING YOUR FAVORITE FOODS – ALL GLEANER FAMILY’S ARE WELCOME TO COME
DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED – WE WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZING OUR VOLUNTEERS AND LEARNING ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE TUALATIN VALLEY GLEANERS =please make sure to label your dish – let us know if it has Pork, seafood, shellfish, or if it is gluten fee.
2. We are open on Halloween Day – and we need lots of volunteers that day – don’t forget to sign up. We also will be having a costume party for everyone, so go ahead put on that costume. Please make sure all costumes are child friendly – If you are volunteering that day we ask that you do not wear a mask. We thank you in advance for this and look forward to seeing all the kids and adults in costume.
3. We are open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Nov. 28th please come for food distribution.
4. Our Santa Clause Day and Holiday Party will be on Dec. 12th, after food distribution. The party will start at 6:30- Santa will arrive to see the children and take pictures at 7:00-8:00 pm. Each child will receive a gift and online picture with Santa for free.
5. Christmas Toy and Food Distribution will be “by appointment only” on December 19th.
6. WE WILL BE CLOSED ON DECEMBER 26TH, 2015
7. We will be open on January 2nd, 2016
|Posted on June 24, 2015 at 11:20 PM||comments (1)|
We are gearing up for the Summer Fresh Food Drive.
Our Largest Food Drive of the Year! The Fresh Food Drive is a great way to donate fresh,
healthy, local foods to those in need. You can donate fresh foods purchased at the markets,
or bring items from home. We are always in need of personal hygiene items as well as pet supplies.
As you shop the local markets, come look for us -
please feel free to stop by and say hello, and learn more about your local gleaning program.
This is this summer’s schedule of events.
Can't make it to one of our events but still want to help.
You can make an online donation @ http://www.tualatinvalleygleaners.org/
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
June 28th – Orenco - Hillsboro Farmers Market
July 18th - Beaverton Farmers Market
July 22nd – Forest Grove Farmers Market
July 25th – Downtown Hillsboro Farmers Market
July 26th – Tigard Farmers Market
July 30th – North Plains Farmers Market
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
|Posted on June 3, 2015 at 6:20 PM||comments (1)|
Jessie is attending OSU Extension Master Preserver classes, where she will be able to help the TVG members learn (safely and properly) to preserve foods, that they have harvested. Making healthy nutritious foods available year round. Thank you OSU, and thank you Jessie for doing this.
Here in this picture you can see Jessie is learning how to prepare a fresh tuna for canning. We are so excited to learn how to can fish that we catch. Way To Go!!!!
|Posted on May 28, 2015 at 11:50 AM||comments (1)|
Okay everyone - announcements:
Saturday is our fishing education day ! We are open for regular distribution as well as some great volunteers coming forward to share their expertise with you on Fishing here in our local area. We are closed on June 6th, so all can go out and try their hand at fishing.
OTHER CLOSURE DATES FOR SUMMER!
Our summer weather policy is changing. For any day that will reach over 90 degrees, we will be open, but it will be a no number day. This means first come first served, and we will stop accepting people PROMPTLY at 4pm, with clean up and closed by 5pm.
Any days we have scheduled for picking/gleaning events that are forecast-ed to reach over 90 degrees, we will either have a morning glean or evening glean, we will not do mid day gleans in the heat. The health of our members is too important to risk heat stroke.
Days of closure are subject to change, but we will do our best to keep you as informed as possible.
|Posted on March 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
Tualatin Valley Gleaners has been a lifesaver for me. I'm a weekly volunteer and having somewhere to go each week is a great feeling. I like setting things up and being there to help people each week. It has helped with finances so I can more easily pay my other bills each month. Good healthy food is offered at Gleaners, which I probably wouldn't otherwise buy at the store, as it is more expensive than other foods. Gleaners has been a Godsend, as it gives me a feeling of satisfaction each week, like I'm really contributing something of myself. Many people, like myself, are in need of food each week to help feed their families. Gleaners provides that. I feel so lucky that I've found Gleaners. Everyone is accepted, no matter what your race or abilities. --- Susan
TV Gleaners has allowed my family to be able to make our food budget go so much further and allowed us to become part of our bigger community by working together with others to be more aware of our food and extend resource that might otherwise not be available. I have made awesome lifelong friends, and I am able to teach my daughter and sons what it is to help others and yourself. As a society we have become more insular, with a group like TV Gleaners we all work together side by side to achieve for our family and community, that crosses barriers of all kinds. Thank you for letting me be a part of our wonderful group. --- Lori
My favorite thing about gleaners is being able to volunteer and help others. At the same time I am also helping myself and my family. I have really enjoyed the times I have come to volunteer. It has been good for my children to come with me and help. I want to instill in them a heart to serve others. I also want them to learn to help themselves too. This is a good program to hand down through the generations. I didn't live in this area when I was growing up, but my Mom was a member of the gleaners too. It was just in a different part of Oregon. I remember going with her to gleaners and helping. I really enjoyed it when I could go with her to the farms and glean the produce. Then we would go home and can or freeze it. I have been really thankful for the gleans I have been able to go on with the Tualatin Valley Gleaners. My children have enjoyed going with me. We have enjoyed making things like homemade jams/jellies, apple juice, apple pie filling, salsa, canned tomatoes, etc. All from items we got from gleaners.---- Tisha
Community service has always been a passion of mine and being able to volunteer with the Tualatin Valley Gleaners was a great contributor to this passion. Tualatin Valley Gleaners has not only helped me with getting more involved with the community but also learning new communication skills and working with diverse populations. These communication skills that I learned helped me become a better public speaker and more open to giving my opinions during the rest of my high school career and especially now in college with studying to become a nurse. Besides learning skills, TVG has helped my family as well. Before my dad found employment with pay to sustain bills and food, TVG took us in with open arms. Even though the food we received helped us tremendously, it wasn't the only thing that made the Gleaners a great organization. We made great friends as well as making a difference as a whole in the community. It’s nice to know that working for food, can make a big difference in your life. ----Michelle
The McFadden families are and will be forever grateful for having the Tualatin Valley Gleaners come into their lives.
One 'cold call' to a number found for TVG's membership/volunteer organization still seems too good to be true. A devastating on the job injury to one family member followed by a horrific motor vehicle accident turned lives upside down to a new normal. Insurance monies did not begin to cover the financial/medical losses. Trickle down effects from these events led to the inability to pay ordinary expenses and food budgets went out the window.
TVG offers not only fresh foods weekly, but also an 'old fashioned' sensibility to participate and help your neighbor as you help yourself. While the monthly dues are nominal, the volunteer piece is essential to the success of the Gleaners' weekly food distribution.
Behind the scenes a dedicated all volunteer board works tirelessly weekly to obtain all the fresh food stuffs from their gardens, Farmers Markets, grocery donation pick-ups and organized food harvests to make the weekly food distribution, literally a grocery store from which members may select food stuffs possible. The board members, each a true model of 'your good neighbor' have created an inviting, supportive experience for its members. "Please sign up for a food pick," or " can you or your family member come help with weekly food set up, or clean-up," all add up to developing a sense of pride in its members for this organization. And the end product is more people are able to subsidize their food budgets and less food is going to waste; a 'win, win' you might say.
TVG is a wonderful support in several ways as they continue to broaden their mission to include many more resources. TVG provides foods to home-bounds and the disabled, gardening and food prep education, sponsors a family fishing day and offers community service opportunities to local high school students. TVG is truly a remarkable solution for a community as a whole. --- Dolly
|Posted on February 24, 2015 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
I wanted to say a very heartfelt thank you and goodbye to our dear friend Paul Cahn. He passed away this past week. Paul always helped in the community where he felt he was needed. He was our Beaverton Farmers Market liaison and driver and one of our devoted core gardeners in the Giving Gardens. Paul's life will always be remembered by the Tualatin Valley Gleaners as an inspiration of joy, love and community spirit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
UPDATE TO THIS POST WHICH CAN BE FOUND AT THE TUALTIN VALLEY GLEANERS FACEBOOK PAGE - Moncia our Garden Leader has secured Paul Cahns community garden plot for the follow year, and will be growing Paul's favorite flowers, and naming it after Paul in a memorial to his time and love for the Giving Gardens.