OregonCARES cares about building community! Getting involved with a local group- either formal or informal- is a great way to connect with neighbors, meet new people and make our community better. Here’s a list of community organizations that we came up with, but it’s by no means comprehensive! If you’re a part of a group that would welcome new members, please let us know and we’ll add you to the list.
Formal Community Organizations – these are organizations that have a more formal structure (a leader of some kind, perhaps a board of directors, a regular meeting schedule).
Oregon School District Oregon and Brooklyn PTOs Lions Club Rotary Club Optimists Club
Churches (and sister parishes) Knights of Columbus Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts VFW 4-H Oregon Public Library
Oregon Senior Center Oregon Youth Center 3-Gaits Riders Habitat for Humanity Brooklyn Recreation
Oregon Youth Sports groups Chamber of Commerce (and Summerfest) Oregon Area Progressives
School District booster groups – Athletics, Band, Chorus, Orchestra Knit Together OWLS Friends of Badfish Creek
Volunteer Fire/Ambulance – Brooklyn and Oregon Police Explorers Post Peer Court Oregon-Brooklyn Food Pantry
Schools of Hope Tutoring Oregon Preschool Parent Volunteers Oregon Community Police Academy
Informal Community Organizations – these groups might be a little harder to find because they don’t have a formal leader, but they are great at connecting! Network with friends with similar interests or ask neighbors to help you find- or establish- a group!
Book clubs Tai Chi group Yoga group(s) Neighborhood associations Garden clubs
Beneficiaries- not formal organizations, but these events or funds are supported by many groups and individual volunteers.
Neighbors In Need of Assistance (NINA) K-9 patrol Kids Triathlon Safety Camp
Safety Day Adopt-a-Highway