Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Philanthropy

The business philosophy at Mt Hood Vacation Rentals revolves around community, relationships and social responsibility. We work to integrate philanthropy, sustainability, diversity, human rights and responsible business practices into our daily culture. To echo this commitment to social responsibility in a broader, more universal scale, Mt Hood Vacation Rentals will be donating funds to several charities each year.

As a locally owned and operated small business working within the quaint and very special communities of the Villages of Mt Hood, we recognize our responsibility to give back locally and globally. We have selected these charities not only for their specific causes, but also because they do good work and are well-managed.

Enjoy a fabulous Mt Hood vacation and help us raise money for worth-while and important charities. When you book your reservation in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental, we will automatically add an optional $5.00 donation for the charities listed below. If you choose to keep this $5.00 donation with your reservation, Mt Hood Vacation Rentals will match the donation. Each quarter, we will donate all charitable funds received plus our matching dollars in equal amounts to these charities.

It is our mission that the essence of community, relationships and social responsibility permeates not only our own company, but our community, society and humanity as a whole.


*Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Charitable Donations

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals is proud to have donated $6,700.00 in conjunction with our guests to these fine causes. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals guests donated $3,250.00 during the past 15 months and Mt Hood Vacation Rentals matched and exceeded these donations.

Ant Farm

Autism Speaks

Central City Concern

Doernbecher's Childrens' Hospital

Go Red for Women

Hoodland Community Christmas Basket

Mt Hood Learning Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness

No Kid Hungry

OHSU Patient and Family Support Services

Oregon Humane Society

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Travel Oregon Forever

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The charities listed below were chosen by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals' Team Members as their most important causes to donate to during the first quarter of 2017.


Ant Farm

Ant Farm in Sandy, Oregon is a place for youth to achieve their dreams, find their passion and work as a community. Volunteers tutor, mentor, guide and inspire. The AntFarm works with youth via indoor classrooms and outdoor experiential learning, community gardens, the operation of a café and Farmers’ Market, trail-building, CommunityConnect assisting local seniors as well as many other programs. AntFarm is a community that is growing by leaps and bounds every day. We live by the empowering words "The Might of One, The Power of Many".
 
Mt Hood Vacation Rentals donates all deposit cans and bottles (beer, soft drinks and water) left by guests in the vacation rentals to the AntFarm.  As our guest, when you recycle, we would appreciate it if you separate the deposit containers from the other recycling. AntFarm uses the proceeds to help them pay the rent for the building that houses their support team, community center and café.
 
Andy likes to help local charities and he especially likes the Ant Farm for all of the positive work they do with local youth.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Building upon the legacy of three leading autism organizations, which merged with the organization, Autism Speaks has made extraordinary advancements in the autism community.  Chief among these are increased global awareness of autism, better understanding of the breadth of the autism spectrum, and advocacy to increase research and access to care and support. Today, Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders; and working toward solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families across the spectrum and lifespan through advocacy and support.
 
Kayla has an adult family member who has been challenged with autism for decades. She hopes that with more research, other families will not have the same difficulties that her family has endured.

Central City Concern

Central City Concern, based in Portland, Oregon, meets its mission through innovative outcome based strategies which support personal and community transformation utilizing direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change, integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems, the development of peer relationships that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery, attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits. The success of these four elements results in an transformation of world view and self image from a negative to a positive outlook, enabling people to become productive citizens who want to “give something back” to the community.
 
Debi cares about helping people with addictions so they can become healthy and sober to live happier lives. She recognizes that many homeless people also deal with addiction issues.

Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program

The Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program is preparing for the 2016 Christmas Basket program which began in 1987. The Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program benefits 100+ families in the Welches school boundaries, which includes Wemme, Welches, Rhododendron, Brightwood, Zigzag and Government Camp.
 
The baskets contain items such as gifts for children ages 0 - 18, hygiene products, fresh food and non-perishable food. The Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program is looking for donation of items to be placed in the baskets for individual family use. The best food items are dry cereal, canned vegetables and fruits, soups, pastas, canned meat, beans and peanut butter. They can use hygiene items including shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, hairbrushes, hair accessories, etc. Other items needed include toys, socks, art products and dry or canned dog and cat food.
 
The Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program also donates fresh meats and produce which they purchase with cash donations the same day the baskets are delivered. They will also purchase the non-perishable food items, hygiene items and toys that are not donated.
 
Mt Hood Vacation Rentals donates cash funds to the Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program to assist with the items that need to be purchased.

Mt Hood Learning Center

Mt Hood Learning Center in Welches is the only preschool with a childcare center in Welches, serving the Hoodland Villages of Government Camp, Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches and Brightwood. This non-profit organization runs on a shoestring budget and appreciates donations. The Mt Hood Learning Center provides every child with a quality enriched childhood experience, striving to create a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment in which children will develop school readiness skills but will also foster a passion for learning through a hands-on program here in the Welches Community. Their program furthers natural learning through creative play, singing, movement, story time, outside play and nature walks, preserving the gifts of childhood while preparing children to meet life with joy, enthusiasm and confidence. The Mt Hood Learning Center encourages children to satisfy their natural curiosity developing their lifelong passion for learning and discovery. 

Everyone on the MHVR team supports early childhood education especially with very limited resources in our small, rural community, we want to do our share to encourage and nurture the youngest residents in the Mt Hood area.


National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
 
Education: Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.
 
Advocacy. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.
 
Support: NAMI's HelpLine allows personal responses to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.
 
Leadership: Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands the importance of mental health.
 
Cari wants to shine more light on mental health awareness to help educate and to take the shame away from being able to talk about mental illness.

Oregon Humane Society

The Oregon Humane Society rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets each year. OHS never places a time limit on how long cats, dogs or other pets stay at their shelter. OHS relies upon donations to support adoption, education and animal cruelty investigation programs. "End Petlessness. There's a furry soulmate for everyone."
 
Founded in 1868 by noted humanitarian Thomas Lamb Eliot, OHS is the third-oldest humane society in the nation and the oldest in the West. Eliot initially established OHS to stop the neglect and abuse of draft animals. The mission expanded to include companion animals and, until 1933, orphaned children. OHS  adopts more animals from the Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast. OHS puts no time limits on how long animals remain at the shelter—a pet stays available for adoption for as long as needed to find a loving home. If a pet in the care of OHS needs medical attention, our veterinary hospital provides the pet with same level of care you would want your own pet to receive.
 
Amber is a huge animal lover, having adopted and fostered several pets herself. She wants to be sure that any stray or lost animal will be well-cared for and find its forever home.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of St. Jude's founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of St. Jude's funding comes from individual contributions. And thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
 
Cailin loves kids and she never wants to see anyone in pain or suffering. She knows how difficult it can be to meet the financial challenges created by a sick child and wants to insure all kids have the best opportunity to be well.

Travel Oregon Forever Fund

If you travel in Oregon, you’ve probably noticed that we’re pretty green-minded. From pioneering recycling programs to thoughtful land use laws to bike friendly cities, our commitment to sustainability is everywhere. The way we see it, if we treat the places we love to see and explore gently, they’ll remain available for many years to come. The Travel Oregon Forever Fund supports projects that preserve Oregon’s natural landscapes and cultural heritage for visitors and locals to enjoy.
 
The TravelOregon Forever Fund features seven project beneficiaries selected for maximum destination impact, one from each region of Oregon.
 
As a tourism business in Oregon, it is important to Mt Hood Vacation Rentals to sustain Oregon's natural environment for our current travelers and for visitors for generations to come.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. These veterans banded together and formed organizations that would eventually become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The movement quickly gained momentum. Today, membership stands at nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
 
VFW was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. VFW was the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fights for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.
 
Rachael and her husband have volunteered with the VFW for many years as their way to show respect and care for our veterans.
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