By RICK DAY
We exist to assist the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and the community. We are involved in activities for the public good including; Keizer Public Arts, the Giving Baskest, and Leadership Keizer.
Keizer Public Arts includes The Art Walk sculptures on the streets of Keizer, the art in the civic center and the management of the annual Keizer Art Gala/Mayor’s Invitational.
The Giving Basket is a program that provides struggling Keizer families with food and gifts prior to Christmas. This program makes a much brighter holiday for over 100 families in our area.
Leadership Keizer is a training ground for our future leaders. Approximately 10 sessions of full days where action-packed learning takes place. A different theme for each session shows how government and non-government organizations function, and the needs they fill. How, where and why leaders lead; how agencies interact and what you can do to make a difference.
In 2010 we passed our third Leadership class through to the community. About 70 people have graduated the program so far.
In 2010 The Giving Basket assisted 120 families with huge food boxes including a ham; bicycles and gifts. The program runs extremely smoothly with all deliveries completed within less than two hours.
The second Art Gala took place in the new Civic Center attended by approximately 200 people.
Fundraising has been more challenging for all non-profits over the last several years. Filling our Leadership classes is more difficult with budget constraints, (although a bargain at $450.00).
To continue our mission into 2011 we need great community volunteers and leaders continuing to help us. We also seek grant money and donations to aid in our mission. Bulk discounts or donations of money, food or gifts for the The Giving Basket program are also needed for 2011.
Rick Day is president of the Keizer Chamber Foundation.