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.

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Mt Hood Vacation Rentals is proud to have donated $16,446 in partnership with our vacation rental guests to these fine causes and charities as of December 2018. 

Ant Farm

Autism Speaks

Central City Concern

Children's Cancer Association

Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital

Go Red for Women

Hoodland Community Christmas Basket

Hoodland Neighborhood Missions

Mt Hood Learning Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness

No Kid Hungry

OHSU Family and Patient Support Services

Oregon Humane Society

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Travel Oregon Forever Fund

Veteran's of Foreign Wars

The charities listed below were chosen by the Mt Hood Vacation Rentals' team members as their most important causes for giving in 2018.

Ant Farm

AntFarm in Sandy 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 cafe, 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. AntFarm lives 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 appreciate that you seperate the deposit containers from the other recyclables. AntFarm uses the proceeds to help pay the rent on the building that houses the support team, community center, classrooms and the cafe. 

Our entire team likes to help local charities and especially the AntFarm for all of the positive work they do with local youth.

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. Debi retired, however everyone on the current team cares about finding ways to end addictions and we want to continue to help this great organization.

Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program

The Hoodland Community Christmas Basket Program is preparing for the 2019 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 including fresh hams and turkeys.

Hoodland Neighborhood Missions

Neighborhood Missions is a community outreach program sponsored by Hoodland Lutheran Church responding to family needs by providing emergency food and financial assistance for heating supplies, medicine, utility payments, gasoline vouchers, transportation, and bus passes to people in temporary need. The food pantry is stocked with donated food that is available to anyone in need in the service area from Alder Creek to Government Camp. There is also an active firewood ministry for families who need assistance in heating their homes with woodstoves. Neighborhood Missions has been in existence for over 20 years evolving into a very dynamic group of people on the mountain serving their community.

Everyone on the team at Mt Hood Vacation Rentals feels fortunate to be healthy, happy and living well. We enjoy giving to those in our community who need it most. We also donate non-perishable foods and item left behind by guests who do not choose to take them home.

Hoodland Senior Center

Hoodland Senior Center is a non-profit organization designed to develop programs and provide opportunites that promote independent living for senior adults so they can age in place in the local Mt Hood community. Planned Monthly Trips for seniors include weekly activities and lunch, access to information about medical and legal assistance, transportation, equipment loan programs, home meal delivery and volunteer opportunities. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals donates funds to the Senior Center every year as well as purchasing items during fund-raising events. The past two years, we have purchased apple pies for our guests during the holidays.

Many of our team members have family members who have benefited from the services of the Hoodland Senior Center and enjoy helping to keep this organization working for the seniors in our villages.

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.

Mt Hood Lion's Club

The Mt Hood Lions Club, a chapter of the Lion's Club International, was founded May 11, 1951, and has been helping people thorugh today under the motto, "We Serve". The Mt Hood Lion's Club encourages people who want to serve their community to join and continue the long-time tradittion of helping people locally, regionally and worldwide. Locally, the Mt Hood Lion's club supports Boy Scout Troop 173, Hoodland Fire District Volunteers, Hoodland Seniors, and Welches School and Sandy High School, sponsoring Reading is Fundamental at Welches Grade School, starting a reading club, equipping the Welches Middle School and providing two to four $1,000 Scholarships to Sandy High School Graduates. The Lion's Club also assists those in need to obtain sight & hearing services. The Lion's Club also participates in other worthy community service projects and helps raise funds for other charitable efforts in our local community.

Andy and Jean found great joy in wrapping Christmas presents for children of local families in need and want to spread the good cheer every holiday season.

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. On behalf of one of our homeowners with a family member with a lifelong mental illness, we are donating to the Clackamas County chapter of NAMI.

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.

All of our team members are animal lovers and pet owners and most have adopted dogs and cats that needed homes. We want to be sure that any stray or lost animal will be well-cared for and find its forever home.

Sandy River Watershed Council

The Sandy River Watershed Council is composed of people who live, work or recreate in the Sandy River Basin as well as organizations that have an interest in the area. The watershed council is a partnership: individuals and organizations work cooperatively to improve the health of the watershed for fish, wildlife and people. Coordinated.efforts with many private and public sector partners produce the greatest benefits for the watershed. Habitat restoration projects and basic operations are funded by grants, matching funds from partners and contributions from community members. Founded by local residents in 1997, the watershed council is an independent, non-profit corporation.

The Sandy River Watershed Council and the Weedwise Program at the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) are working to protect these investments by ensuring noxious weeds don’t take over the habitat that has been restored. Watershed Council staff survey for a “dirty dozen” list of noxious weed invaders, species qualifying for “Early Detection and Rapid Response” (EDRR) status.  EDRR programs are based on the premise that more recent invasions can be controlled whereas more established invasive plants like English ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and Scotch broom are too widespread for regional control.

Phil has chosen the Sandy River Watershed Council to received funds to remove invasive non-native plant species from the riverbanks and lands nearby to make a healthier habitat for fish and other living things.

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.

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