Tag Archives: Second Quarter Newsletter 2014

Spring 2014 Transportation Highlights

On 4-11-14, The Link transported a group of volunteers Link Transportation Busand state officials around The Dalles and visited the:

  • VA Outreach Clinic
  • Veterans’ Home
  • The New Fort Dalles Readiness Center located at CGCC
  • Veterans’ Services office located at 201 Federal in The Dalles.

Everyone enjoyed the trip and was very appreciative of our local transportation service.

StRUT Annual Spring Conference 2014

Technology donations (used computers and components) for Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) have increased greatly, and we are now running out of room to store items! StRUT recently purchased a new (used) electric forklift to replace the older one which was no longer viable.

The StRUT Annual Spring Conference is being held May 16 and attendance is open to all member schools, along with our major donors(list who they are). We have over 1,000 Windows 7 and 8 computers ready to be allocated to member schools.

StRUT, along with TriMetPublic Transit and some watershed protection groups, recently attended Leatherman’s Earth Day celebration on April 16th. Leatherman Tool Group, an Oregon-based company for over 30 years, is a proud donor to StRUT. Tables were set up in two locations to educate employees about Leatherman’s relationship with StRUT. Leatherman recently donated over 2,000 lbs. of computer recyclables. There is a follow-up employee computer donation collection planned.

Oregon Military Department’s Fort Dalles Readiness Center

The Oregon Military Department’s Fort Dalles Readiness Center was just completed, with the final inspection done April 17. The initial permit was issued in June, 2012, so the project took nearly two years to complete. It encompasses a total 35,482 sq. ft., much of which will be accessible for public use. The Fort Dalles Readiness Center replaces the Webber Street armory.

Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC)

Oregon joined the national Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) program on January 25, 2011. To date, thousands of Oregonians have earned a certificate and hundreds of businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries, are supporting the certificate by preferring the NCRC in their hiring practices.
A Certified Work Ready Community is an ACT designation based on the number of NCRC’s and business letters of support in individual counties. Specific targets are set in the areas of current workers, emerging workers, and transitioning workers. The goal is to help counties attract new businesses by demonstrating they have a skilled workforce.

To learn more about Oregon’s Certified Work Ready Communities visit http://workreadycommunities.org/OR.
Or, contact Holli Francis from Mid-Columbia Council of Governments at 541-386-6300.

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a nationally recognized, portable credential that demonstrates workplace employability skills in the areas of Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information. The State of Oregon is currently offering the $105 assessments to residents for free. The assessments are administered at Columbia Gorge Community College in both Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon.

To register to take the NCRC, contact Anita Iken at the Oregon Employment Department at 541-296-5435 x231

Learn more about the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Oregon Program Money Management Grant

With a new grant from Easter Seals in partnership with Department of Human Services our Region 9 AAA is expanding the Money Management Program.

Financial security is more than simply having money to live on. It’s also being able to understand and pay bills on time, manage credit, organize financial papers, file taxes, and other financial tasks.


Approximately 2% of adults need help managing personal finances due to mental or physical impairments.

As one might imagine, the percentage increases with age. Without support these people are vulnerable to fraud and financial abuse. They are often isolated and living in fear of losing their independence.

The Oregon Money Management Program offers support to people ages 60 and over with limited incomes and assets who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who support the program in the following ways:

  • Bill-Pay volunteers provide one-on-one assistance to individuals who remain in control of their finances but need ongoing help to keep on track. Budgeting, organizing financial papers, paying bills, banking, and help filling out forms are examples of how Bill Payer volunteers help their clients.
  • Payee volunteers provide one-on-one assistance to individuals who do not have the capacity to manage their federal benefits such as Social Security, SSA Disability, Veteran’s, and Railroad Retirement. Volunteers manage these federal benefits on behalf of the individuals, ensuring that basic needs are met and funds are protected.
  • Office Aides help Regional Program Coordinators program operations, including processing client and volunteer paperwork and performing data entry.
  • Monitor volunteers examine client bank statements looking for red flags and needed supportive documentation.
  • Team Leaders support program volunteers at program satellite offices.

Program Safeguards

  • Program volunteers are screened to ensure suitability to work with vulnerable individuals
  • Volunteers receive specialized training with ongoing support and supervision
  • Personal and financial information is kept secure and in strict confidence
  • Operating procedures are in place to protect program participants from loss and volunteers and program sponsors from liability
  • Easter Seals Oregon protects clients’ funds from loss due to mistake or misuse by program staff or volunteers