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Name: Friends of Oregon School for the Deaf

Year established: 2006

Mission: Friends of OSD was formed to assist the Oregon School for the Deaf by soliciting and distributing funds to enhance the school’s programs and projects. Friends of OSD was not created to replace or supplant the responsibilities of the State of Oregon, which has administrative oversight for the school. Rather, we operate as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit to enhance the education experience for students who come to the school from throughout Oregon.

Annual budget: $41,000

Board of directors: Roshani Shay, president; Charlotte Iliff, vice president; Joe Sendelbaugh, secretary; Bill Moncsko, treasurer; Linda Couoh; John Freeburg; Jamie Lafady; Judy Lorenzen

Number of paid staffers: 0

Number of volunteers: 22

Types of volunteers needed: Clerical assistance with mailings, taking minutes at meetings, publicity, etc. Help with fundraising activities and events.

Key community partners: Oregon School for the Deaf; The Salem Foundation; Boon’s Treasury (McMenamins); Juan Young Trust; Joseph E Weston Public Foundation; FLIR; Sprint

Annual fundraisers events: Spring, online “Flower Power” bulb sales; fall, “Family Friends Night” at Boon’s; ongoing, Goodsearch.com, Goodshop.com, Smile.Amazon.com, Green Hippo recycling of ink cartridges and small electronics

Statement from chief executive: Oregon School for the Deaf has changed the lives of many deaf and hearing-impaired children from all over Oregon. It takes more than the basics to help OSD’s students become successful and contributing members of the community. Friends of OSD was established to raise awareness of OSD’s special needs and to help fund innovative projects such as: a Family Learning Program; a CTE-certified TV studio; participation in Academic Bowl; a Life Skills curriculum; a Middle School Leadership conference.

It is our hope that the Salem community in particular will step up to support this amazing school, its staff and students.

Wish list: Sign language classes for parents; a Parent Resource Group; a Shared Reading Project to create DVDs of books in sign language to loan to families; creation of a Summer Jobs Program and a CTE-certified Construction Skills Program as well as a Boys and Girls Club.

Address: Friends of OSD, PO Box 15053, Salem, OR 97309

Phone:[email protected]

Website: www.friendsofosd.org

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