ROP, SLSD launch donation drive for local youth


​Rural Organizing Project (ROP), in partnership with the South Lane School District’s (SLSD) McKinney-Vento Program and United Way, has launched a donation drive for food and basic needs items to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Cottage Grove youth.

Donations will be accepted on an ongoing basis each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Rural Organizing Project, 623 E Main Street in Cottage Grove.

Social distancing guidelines will be in effect; call 541-649-1169 for trunk pick-up or to drop off items outside the door.  

Jessica Campbell is Executive Director of the Rural Organizing Project.

“Cottage Grove is a community that shows up for each other and helps our neighbors,” said Campbell. “We are proud to be partnering with SLSD to help however we can.”

According to Jade Chamness, SLSD McKinney-Vento Liaison, the community has shown incredible generosity towards students. 

“This school year, the Cottage Grove community has helped us meet the needs of the nearly 280 SLSD students who have experienced housing instability.” said Chamness. “Today, we need your support more than ever. Help us help students so they can focus on their dreams.”  

Community members are invited to donate the following new items: 

• Food: Perishable and non-perishable

• Basic needs items: Hand sanitizer, masks, liquid soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner, liquid body soap

• Cleaning supplies: Disinfectant wipes, cleaning spray, paper towels

• Gift cards: To local grocery stores and Walmart

Donations may also be made online at ​https://bit.ly/emergencygrocerygift cards​ or by check: 

ROP, PO Box 664, Cottage Grove OR  97424 (put “for food and supplies” in the memo); or online at: ROP.org/donate (put “for food and supplies” in the comment section).

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