We are a bit behind, so fasten your seatbelts!
Mark and Susan
Eugene Mission because they do a great job here locally of feeding, clothing, and housing hundreds of homeless people every day, including women and children. They don't push "God" but do insist that their visitors embrace sobriety while staying at the Mission and encourage participation in their Life Change program. It always breaks my heart to see a person living on the streets and suffering in the cold. - $125
Beyond Toxics is another local non-profit but with wider reaching work. They bring some great environmental speakers to Eugene and have done impressive public outreach for years. I give them credit for finally banning the Willamette Valley's onerous habit of "field burning" every summer that had all of us gagging polluted air for decades. They are always present to protest massive bee kills or any misuse of pesticides on farms, forests, or government land while promoting alternatives. Lisa Arkin is the director and an outspoken lobbyist in protecting our air, water, and soil from the ravages of toxins. - $125
Greenhill Humane Society because there are so many animals that need health care, spay and neutering, feeding, shelter, and a forever home. Greenhill does an outstanding job and we have adopted two wonderful cats from them. - $125
Oregon Public Broadcasting I can't tell you how much Public Broadcasting means to us and how guilty I've felt for not being able to give them money each year. - $125
With your permission, I would like to direct the full sum towards the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED. Austin always sought to make his passion for science accessible to others, and in this way, I like to think that he continues. - $1000
This year, I would like to direct your $1,000 donation to the Midtown Education Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing educational opportunities of the Chicago urban youth through after school programs. While attending UChicago, I participated in several after school programs geared towards middle and high school students from the surrounding neighborhoods. These experiences showed me the importance of after school activities in shaping academic interests and the necessity of a supportive learning environment.
I always keep you and Austin in my thoughts, and I know that your generosity will positively impact many students' lives and offers them otherwise unattainable learning opportunities.