These active teams of local stakeholders and residents come together to solve problems and meet goals outlined in the IV 20/20 Community Vision & Strategic Plan.
Some Action Collaborative participants are high-level professionals, including the Josephine County Sheriff, the Superintendent of Three Rivers School District, and the Chief Operating Officer of Options for Southern Oregon. Others are people who work at agencies and local nonprofits that can help make changes, such as Healthy U, Illinois Valley Wellness Resources, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Also on the teams are community volunteers who have an interest in the team’s focus area and just want to help. There are Action Collaboratives addressing Public Safety, Housing, Food Access, Children and Families, Seniors, Health, Tourism, Outdoor Recreation, School Success, and more.
GET ON THE TEAM
Contact Joyce Abrams, 541-592-5019
The Southern Oregon Guild of Artists and Artisans, Illinois River Valley Arts Council, and other arts groups are working to implement the Arts Value Chain discussed in the IV 20/20 Strategic Plan and to promote opportunities for artists and arts events throughout the valley. Meets quarterly.
Contact Kenny Houck, 541-956-7275
Individuals who provide business supports are currently engaged in a business canvas to reach busy entrepreneurs and develop a profile of their needs. This group includes business counselors and access to the IV Revolving Loan Program. Current project is Small Business Cohorts, including one in progress to address the need for child care in the valley, and one under development to promote micro-lodging businesses.
Contact Nicole Rensenbrink (541) 592-4888
With a focus on services to children and families, this group is largely made up of paid staff of agencies and nonprofits, and also also welcomes volunteers. Participants stay aware of each other’s work, offer support, cross-marketing, and partnership opportunities, and produce a monthly positive reinforcement flyer. Representatives attend regularly from Healthy U, Head Start, Project Baby Check, The Family Connection, the Family Coalition, IVCanDO, CASA, the Safe House Alliance, and Evergreen Elementary School. Meets the first Wednesday of the month, 8:30-10 am, Illinois Valley Family Coalition, Cedar Room OR at Evergreen. Please contact group coordinator to confirm meetings.
Contact Christine Gardiner, 541-415-2614
Increasing curb appeal, offering financial help with storefront upgrades, and installing pocket pollinator gardens around Cave Junction, this group brings together the Garden Club, the student group Josephine County Foundation, and several volunteers to vision and complete downtown beautification projects, including community-wide clean up days.
FARM SYSTEMS NETWORK
Contact Chris Hall (541) 415-8010
Representatives from the Illinois Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, Cave Junction Farmers’ Market, local farmers and food businesses, are connecting with each other and with the regional Rogue Valley Food Systems Network to promote the interests of both food and cannabis farmers. Meets irregularly, call for information.
HEALTH SYSTEMS NETWORK
Contact Kate Dwyer, 541-787-5283
This group seeks to align health care stakeholders towards improved wellness metrics across the valley. This team presents harm reduction assistance such as naloxone training and distribution events, helped institute anti-tobacco policies in the City of Cave Junction, and supports health awareness efforts valley-wide. New members encouraged.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS SUPPORT
Contact Gene Merrill, 541-592-2116 ext. 240
Student internships, job shadows, career awareness, and job readiness are all part of this major initiative at Illinois Valley High School, which is supported by a grant from the Ford Family Foundation. School graduation coaches, counseling staff, and partners like College Dreams and Aspire, all welcome you to complete a background check and roll up your sleeves to help our students develop solid plans for their bright futures.
ILLINOIS VALLEY SENIOR CONNECTIONS
Contact Laura Mancuso (541) 592-9781
Coordinating local service providers, aligning programs, and connecting local efforts to regional resources is the focus of this group, which works on behalf of Illinois Valley senior citizens. Goals include filling gaps in the service matrix, and helping local seniors remain in the homes they love. Meets last Tuesday of the month, 2:30-4 pm, Illinois Valley Family Coalition, Cedar Room.
PARKS MASTER PLANNING GROUP
Contact Roger Brandt (541) 592-4316
Stakeholders from the City of Cave Junction, local sports and recreation groups, and a diverse group of Illinois Valley residents worked with Oregon State University graduate students to develop a first draft Master Plan for parks and recreation in the city of Cave Junction. Contact Roger for meeting information.
PUBLIC SAFETY TASK FORCE
Contact Kate Dwyer (541) 787-5283
This group is high level IV stakeholders, volunteers, and some County attendees focusing on the functions of and funding for the many aspects of the public safety network, from law enforcement patrols to emergency preparedness to the integration of mental health with street security. Meets monthly.
SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Contact Nicole Rensenbrink, 541-592-4888
This is a high-level stakeholder group with formal agreements in place. All agencies with an established presence in Illinois Valley schools meet with all three area principals and the Superintendent of Three Rivers School District to align their work, avoid duplication, and leverage efforts. In addition to this networking, the group is focused on developing best practices for wrap-around services and to bring trauma-informed training to all school school staff, partner agencies, students and families. Meets quarterly.
Contact Kenny Houck, 541-956-7275
Addressing forest health practices and resource extraction concerns, this group is seeking to bring awareness of holistic forestry practices to larger forestry agency attention. Current major project is the Page Creek Community Fuels Reduction Project.