At Sisters Fruit Company, we believe in the importance of community, and we are always on the lookout for great volunteer opportunities. As we continue to grow, we strive to find new ways to give back to our community, and to love people in any way that we can. Over the past few years we have formed relationships with many great organizations and individuals, and we have learned a lot along the way about how to help and support people. Here are just a few of the organizations that we have partnered with at Sisters Fruit Company. Click on a logo to learn more!
Beaverton Education Foundation
Sisters Fruit Company was honored to donate to The Beaverton Education Foundation's Camp Achieve. This program helps prevent "summer slide," or the tendency of children to lose skills and knowledge over their summer break. It was an amazing experience to hand deliver these chips to the campers and see their faces light up when they received a bag. It is very important for kids to retain information learned through the school year so that they can keep learning and growing in their next grade. A full tummy helps children concentrate on learning, and we are proud to provide the perfect, healthy snack for studying!
This organization brings young minds to the outdoors to explore, learn and make nature a part of their lives. We loved joining them on a few trips and even learned some new things ourselves! Did you know:
How do salmon know where their home is when they return from the ocean? And how far do they travel?
We think they can tell directions in the ocean by the earth's magnetic field acting like a compass. When they find the river they came from they start using smell to find their way back to their home stream. They build their "smell memory-bank" when they start migrating to the ocean as young fish.
Salmon travel the distance from their home stream to the ocean which can be hundreds of miles and they may travel in the ocean up to Alaska and far out to sea, some up to 1,000 miles. Isn't that amazing?!
Store to Door
Store to Door is an organization that helps the elderly and those with disabilities receive food and other items that they need from the grocery store. A trip to the store seems pretty simple, but is nearly an impossibility for some. This service helps people retain their independence, and to continue living in their homes. And for the volunteers, it is also a lot of fun!
Here's how it works: A volunteer calls the customer for their order, they give us the list, and we shop for their items. Later, another volunteer delivers the items to their home and collects their payment. This is an amazing way to help people in need, and it sure feels good to be a part of it!
Love rocks run
Sisters Fruit Company is proud to support the Love Rocks Run which takes place every year in Forest Grove, Oregon. This event is held in memory of two sisters who tragically passed away several years ago, and strives to spread the love and joy that characterized their lives across the world. The event consists of a run/walk and a community fair, and every participant leaves with a few "love rocks" to place around their community where others can find them. This is a truly remarkable event, and we encourage anyone in the area to participate!
SOLVE: Clean Up the Beach
SOLVE is a local organization that recruits volunteers to help clean up their environment. They organize TONS of events where volunteers work together to keep Oregon beautiful and the environment healthy. Last summer, we had the opportunity to volunteer with SOLVE in Seaside, OR, where we spent the morning picking up trash along the beach. It was a lot of work, but it was very rewarding...and we stopped to have some fun on this swing-set along the way! If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that really makes a difference, check out one of SOLVE's upcoming events!