In 2014, we started out as a small group of friends who got together randomly for lunch for the simple purpose of catching up and sharing some good food. That's when we first heard the story of the "9 Nanas" (click here to read their story). These ladies did good things in their community with what they had on hand--MaMaw Ruth's amazing southern pound cake recipe. A light went on, so to speak, in one of our friend's head and heart. She knew we could make a difference in our community, too. We started out quietly by leaving groceries on the door steps of grieving families that we read about in the news. From there, we developed the "Wee Care" Grocery program, the Angel Gown program, the Remembrance Ornament, and the ideas continue to come. So here we are now years later--a new set of friends who are also mothers with tender hearts and willing hands who are pooling together our resources to do good things and share a little bit of light to grieving families. In 2014, we decided to formally create a public charity. We are 100% volunteer based. We have no paid staff. We have no real assets except our passion and energy. Our programs are 100% supported by donations and fundraising. Our activities are carried out 100% by volunteers. Every penny we receive through donations is spent supporting grieving families.
Willamette Valley Children’s Charity, Inc. serves local families who unexpectedly and suddenly lose a minor child, or a child who loses a custodial parent.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Roberta Gruber, Co-Founder/Chair, mom of two
Angie Eller, Vice-Chair, mom of five (one angel baby)
Rachelle Ross, Secretary/Treasurer, mom of two
Christina Abbott, Fundraising and Marketing, mom of three
Ann Papworth, Marketing, Fundraising. Retired. mom of seven
Kari Wallace, Birdsong Memorial Garden, mom of two (one angel son)