Fulcrum Mission Statement: Fostering the transition of the Nehalem Bay community to a sustainable future.
April 30, 2021 North County Business Relief Campaign ends
After a year of accepting and distributing donations to small businesses and individuals in Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler, Fulcrum Community Resources is wrapping up its business relief campaign. Launched in April 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign was a joint effort between Fulcrum and the Manzanita Visitors Center. It was designed to offer financial aid to area small businesses at a time of extreme uncertainty.
The small business relief committee consisted of Fulcrum president Barb McLaughlin, Fulcrum board members Tom Campbell and Lucy Brook, Breanna Stephens of Manzanita Lumber Co., and Dan Haag of the Manzanita Visitors Center. The committee met regularly to review a steady stream of applications and distribute the received donations.
While a similar effort met with success in the wake of the 2016 Manzanita tornado, there was some concern that this campaign would not be able to attract the needed donations. The tornado was an isolated local incident, while the pandemic’s effects were being felt on a global scale.
Happily, that concern was unwarranted: over the course of the last year, the campaign received over $106,000 in generous donations and grants and distributed those funds to 67 local businesses and independent contractors. The outpouring of kindness was heartening and it came from full and part-time residents alike. It was a testament to the depth of love people have for our small businesses and just how important they are within the fabric of our communities.
It was not lost on the many recipients just how vital these funds were to them, especially as they waited for the federal government to design and launch various aid packages.
The committee received many heartfelt thank you’s like this one: “The money did so much more than buy supplies. It gave me hope that I could feed my family and have a roof over my head. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for having a program for us little guys who are living simply here in our beautiful community and trying to stay afloat.”
The campaign’s efforts caught the notice of Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who thanked the committee at a Tillamook County town hall and awarded them with a flag that once flew over the state capital in Salem. Also, Visit Tillamook Coast singled out the campaign in their annual Tourism Heroes press release.
Even though this campaign has wrapped up, the effort to support small businesses continues. Everyone is encouraged to make the daily effort to shop small. Spending dollars locally is the best way to ensure small businesses come out of this pandemic and flourish.
April 19, 2021 Directory of Tillamook County Organizations added
Check out local nonprofits in Alphabetized and Categorized Directories of Tillamook County organizations.
February 15, 2021
LIMITED EDITION POSTER of 2020-21 Tillamook County Giving Guide Cover “Community Quilts” Available
Available at WILD COAST GOODS, 35870 7th St. (Hwy. 101) Downtown Nehalem,
open Thurs – Sun. 11 am to 4 pm
$35.00 – shipped
Email orders to Laura Swansoneditor@tillamookcountypioneer.net
This image was created using over 300 images from the dozens of community quilts that have been made and gifted throughout our community.
Laura Swanson, Editor/Partner, Tillamook County Pioneer, 503-939-5416 www.tillamookcountypioneer.net
Incubating Community Sustainability
Our volunteer group initiates and coordinates local programs in north Tillamook County on the north Oregon Coast.
We also sponsor others’ projects that fit with our mission and goals.
We see Fulcrum, not as a hub, but as an enabling node – one of many groups locally who are organizing and creating projects.
Our guiding philosophy is that the most effective and innovative projects are initiated at the grassroots community level.
“We are friends and neighbors who have committed ourselves to the creation of a new paradigm of community. As we honor the best and truest of the past and present, we focus on supporting the birth of the new, midwifing the efforts of community members as we generate something that needs to exist to fulfill a vision that is articulated as we create it.
The tools we use include both the traditional legal and fiscal accountability systems and something that we are co-creating with our visionary partners in the community. Those new tools are also being articulated as we create them.
We do all of this in the name of a sustainable community, including elements of the past, the now, and the future.
We invite your joyful collaboration with us as, together, we create a world worth living in.”
Lianne Thompson, Board Member 2007-2021
Purpose & Goals:
- Manifest the deep interconnectedness and community that is the heart of sustainability… for our grandchildren.
- Initiate and sponsor projects that assist the transition of the Nehalem Bay community of coastal Oregon to a sustainable future.
- Provide fiscal sponsorship (i.e. 501c3 tax exempt status) for funding for compatible groups and projects.
- Organize and network among local organizations, as well as connect us all to the outside world.
- Develop support services to simpatico local groups, projects, and events as an umbrella. For instance, thanks to Barbara McLaughlin, we regularly update a fundraising planning calendar for non profits to aid them in choosing effective dates for their events. Also thanks to Barbara, since 2017 we have published a December Giving Guide for donations to local non-profits.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
“In my dream, the angel shrugged and said, ‘If we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination,’ and then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand…” Brian Andreas