When 2020 started, I believe none of us could have predicted a pandemic that would turn our world upside down. The SRWC “stepped up” immediately with several members sewing face masks and the SRWC Board creating the COVID-19 Nonprofit Fund. To date, this Fund has awarded over $36,000 in grants to nonprofits in South Deschutes County to meet the demand for essential services. This is in addition to the $50,000 in annual grants that were granted in May.
We asked members to reach out to their neighbors and fellow members to keep in touch and ask if they needed assistance by picking up groceries, etc., especially those that live alone. We have generous members who donate their time to volunteer and/or donate financially including an anonymous donor who graciously made a $15,000 donation to the SRWC for the “where it is most needed” philanthropy fund. Summer was quiet without the Sunriver Art Fair; however, you can support the artists by going to the Sunriver Art Fair website and shopping directly on their websites.
On the social side of the SRWC, we went virtual with our Welcome Event, monthly luncheons, monthly birthday luncheons and new member event. Hearty and Mid-Soles continued hiking, book clubs met in the park or on Zoom, our knitting group met in the park and Winter Fun starts this month. December will be quiet without the Winter Gala.
Our website has been updated and is a valuable tool to keep up with SRWC events and fundraisers. Are you looking to connect with a fellow SRWC member? The website is where you can look up their contact information. Or you can upload the app (Wild Apricot Member) to your smart phone and be able to keep in touch while on the go. This means no more printed directories in the glove box of your car! Are you on social media? Follow, share and like the SRWC and Sunriver Art Fair on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
I, personally, want to thank all our members, community members, businesses and organizations who so graciously donate their time and/or resources to make the SRWC what it is. We could not do it without you! Thank you!!