Holiday Store December 11, 13 & 14

Our Holiday store provides young people the opportunity to practice generosity. This empowering activity can provide not only a happier holiday season for our youth and their families, but invests in supporting youth to be caring, generous and civically engaged citizens for our community—and your donation of a new, unwrapped gift make it possible. Gifts for all ages are appropriate as the youth will be giving them to their aunts, grandmothers, siblings, and babies.

Having a blast at the Oregon International Air Show

Each year HomePlate youth and volunteers look forward to helping out at the Oregon International Air Show and seeing some of the amazing aviatics, too. This year they helped out at the Kidz Zone and made sure the bounce houses were fun but safe. We’re very appreciative of all the support the Oregon International Air Show gives to charities in our community, including HomePlate. Thanks to everyone who helped out!

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Eagle Scout Builds Garden Beds & Benches for Youth

Eagle Scout, Thomas Verzani, enlisted the support of 14 of his friends and family to create 2 truly beautiful benches for our front porch and to build and fill 2 big garden planters for our youth garden project. Thomas approached us about a year ago to start planning the projects and did a wonderful job designing and building to our requests. With the help of his community, he secured donations to cover materials and installed everything on June 17, 2017.

Thank you, Thomas! You've truly earned your Eagle Scout award and should be very proud of your leadership and execution of this project!

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Welcome Merilou

Please help us welcome Merilou Hundley, our new part-time Operations Coordinator. She'll be supporting our work with many of the behind-the-scenes details of running HomePlate. Merilou has a background in business, coaching and psychology and is very organized. We're excited to have her as part of our HomePlate team!

Merilou can be reached at or 971-371-0938