“If you can’t pay it back, pay it forward.” — Catherine Ryan Hyde
We [Common Connections] exist because of the persistence of those who embody the daily active imperative of making our community better for all. Everyone has the ability to help, everyone. Period.
Common Connections started out as a coordinated effort to connect volunteer opportunities to those people who had only upto that time been recipients of assistance- food, clothing, financial. It was a small, but sincere effort to provide a way for those constantly on the receiving-end to use their own energy to volunteer and give back or ''pay it forward.''
Ultimately, Common Connections has become the catalyst for coordinated solutions. We concentrate on developing programs that bring together specific opportunities and the people who want to put their personal energy toward improving the community.
The issue of inadequate safe housing has been an overwhelming topic for our community. The community has resources, the community has people. The solution is to put them together in a way that helps alleviate this issue. Creatively we bring together the resources, people, and projects to unravel this pervasive challenge.
Since June of 2020, along with AllCare Community Foundation, we have been working with the State of Oregon to bring back the Housing Repair Program for low to moderate-income homeowners. Receiving this multi-year CDBG award will help us assist multiple homeowners in JoCo as the acting administrators for the Housing Repair & Rehabilitation Project for Josephine County.
Be the Change.