City of Ridgefield community

Community Organizations

The City of Ridgefield is fortunate to have a strong base of citizens that take pride in their community and exhibit this pride through participating in the many public groups and events held in Ridgefield throughout the year.

American Legion, Post 44

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community. The organization advocates patriotism and honor, promotes strong national security and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans. The Ridgefield post was chartered in November 2007 and is best known for installing the flags at the roundabouts and along the streets in downtown Ridgefield.

Backyard Habitat Certification Program

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program provides technical assistance, incentives, resources, and recognition to private property owners to restore native wildlife habitat, control invasive weeds, reduce pesticides, and manage stormwater at home. The program is designed to increase effective management of privately-held lands by partnering with communities.

Clark County Arts Commission

The Clark County Arts Commission supports the growing arts and cultural community and its many artists and performers.  The Arts Commission strives to stimulate participation and growth in the arts throughout Clark County by increasing access to the arts and encouraging the community to cultivate a thriving environment of creative expression and appreciation for the Arts.

Council for the Homeless

The Council for the Homeless is dedicated to helping everyone in Clark County have the opportunity for safe and affordable housing. Their mission is to lead the community’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness. For more information, visit their website.

Garden Club

The Garden Club is a group of community members dedicated to making Ridgefield beautiful with various flowers and plants. They are responsible for assisting with the purchase of the hanging flower baskets in downtown Ridgefield and their volunteers plant and maintain the flower pots along the sidewalks in downtown Ridgefield. The club is 75+ years old, with a monument dedicated to the founders at Davis Park.

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield

We show a documentary film at the historic Old Liberty Theater in downtown Ridgefield on the 4th Wednesday of the month followed by a community discussion. We often have a panel of experts on the film subject. Our programming is on hold due to the COVID pandemic but we look forward to seeing you in person as soon as it is safe to do so.

Website | Facebook |Instagram
Megan Dudley – mdonavan@gmail.com

Purpose: Our purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build meaningful community, defend justice and work for peace through showing documentaries and discussing.

Volunteer Opportunities: Our team is always looking for volunteers to help at the screenings, promote on social media, and research films. Email mdonavan@gmail.com to get involved.

Donate: You can donate to our parent organization, the Meaningful Movies Project here: https://meaningfulmovies.org/donate/. At our screenings, you can donate at the door.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides a food and clothing bank in Ridgefield. For more information, visit them at 21814 NW 11th Avenue or call 360-887-3354.

Ridgefield Art Association

An Art Association that includes all the arts.

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Jack Androvich, President – ridgefieldartassociation@gmail.com

Purpose: Supporting the Arts in our Community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help with events and classes. Email ridgefieldartassociation@gmail.com to get involved.

Donate: Monetary and services. Checks can be sent to: Ridgefield Art Association PO Box 746 Ridgefield, WA 98642. Email: ridgefieldartassociation@gmail.com

Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

The Ridgefield Chamber was incorporated in 2018 with a mission “to promote and connect the business community with the development of goals, programs and education that cultivate growth and prosperity.” The Chamber holds monthly general meetings and R-Biz networking events, quarterly workshops and additional benefits for members.

Ridgefield Community Gleaners Association

Our volunteers harvest or pick up donated fruits and vegetables from local gardens and fruit trees. We also purchase fresh produce throughout the year from donated funds.

Facebook | rcgleaners@gmail.com

Purpose: We work with local donors to gather fresh produce which might otherwise go unused and supply nutritious food to needy families through the Ridgefield Family Resource Center and other local organizations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers pick or pick up produce from local gardens, fruit trees, farms and stores and deliver to the one of our partners for distribution. Contact us by email at rcgleaners@gmail.com for an application and to learn more.

Donate: Fresh produce and cash donations are always welcome.

Ridgefield Food Project (aka Green Bag Project)

We help provide a sustainable supply of high quality, non-perishable food to Neighbors Helping Neighbors food pantry (NHN) and the Ridgefield Schools Family Resource Center (RFRC). In 2020, they gathered 14,892 lbs of food AND $15,972.

Bill Baumann, Coordinator – ridgefieldfoodproject@gmail.com 

Purpose: We collect food for neighbors who are in need. On the 2nd Saturday of every even (02 Feb, 04 April, etc) month, our Neighborhood Coordinators pick up food left in Green Bags on front porches of food donors. They leave an empty Green Bag in place for the next collection.

Volunteer Opportunities: We are seeking Neighborhood Coordinators who will explain our program to neighbors, friends, fellow club members, etc, and who will then pick up full Green Bags from those willing individuals every other month and take it to a central collection point. Please make contact with Bill Baumann at ridgefieldfoodproject@gmail.com.

Donate: As our name suggests, we collect food. We also often receive non-edible items like toothpaste, toilet paper, cat litter, dog food, etc…. all things a family in need could use. We also accept cash donations. The easiest way is to send a check made out to Ridgefield Food Project, Box 416, Ridgefield WA 98642.

Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library LogoFriends of Ridgefield Community Library

The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library is a recognized, nonprofit, volunteer-lead organization that, along with twelve other friends groups in Southwest Washington, operates under the umbrella of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The Foundation works to guide, promote, enhance, and expand the FRCL and our activities.

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Jeanne Androvich, President – ridgefieldfriendsoflibrary@gmail.com  

Purpose: The Friends of Ridgefield Community Library (FRCL) is a dedicated group of citizens who actively support the library through advocacy, volunteer services and fundraising. We help to connect the library with our community and the community to our library through education, outreach, sponsoring library related activities (when appropriate), and funding certain library acquisitions. Because we’re citizens like you, we share ideas for new library resources, programs, and directions. In other words, we help to make “the” library “your” library!

Volunteer Opportunities:

As a volunteer and membership based organization, there are
many opportunities for citizens to get involved either as a member of the Friends, or as a volunteer, or both. Volunteer/member activities include serving on the board of directors, serving on a committee, helping with fundraising events (used book sales, etc.), helping with library programs, and helping at outreach events. The list goes on! Offering to share your special skills or knowledge is always appreciated!

Contact the Friends to volunteer or to become a member at ridgefieldfriendsoflibrary@gmail.com. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Friends are waiving membership fees thru June 30, 2021 for individual and family memberships. Sign up for a trial membership and show
your support for libraries, literacy, lifelong learning, reading and advocacy.

Donate: The Friends depend on membership dues and monetary donations to support our mission and purpose. Contact the Friends for more information. Donations may be mailed to: Friends of Ridgefield Community Library, PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642. 

Friends of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

The Friend’s mission is to support, protect, and enhance the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and its wildlife habitat, as well as broaden public awareness and participation through its environmental, cultural, and educational opportunities. The Wildlife Refuge offers a beautiful natural environment for exploring and bird watching, a Chinookan style Plankhouse for connecting with our regions First Peoples, community events, and opportunities to get involved in habitat restoration programs.

For more information or to become a member, contact the Friends by calling 360-887-9495, email contact@ridgefieldfriends.org.

Board Meetings: Every 2nd Monday of the month, 5PM Port of Ridgefield Meeting Room. 

Ridgefield Lions Club

Founded in 1948, Ridgefield Lions are the leading service organization, involved in dozens of community events / projects annually.

Website
Sean Guard, President – seanguard@comcast.net

Purpose: Helping individuals with eyesight issues and working to eradicate diabetes.

Volunteer Opportunities: No Requirements! Right now we are selling/installing American flag kits in Ridgefield, pre-selling fresh Christmas wreaths and getting ready for our HUGE Christmas tree lot. Email club President Sean Guard at seanguard@comcast.net. Information about Volunteer Opportunities can be found online here.

Information about Services and Fundraising can be found online here.

Donate: Cash donations always welcomed! Donations and funds raised go to scholarships and projects in the Ridgefield area.

Ridgefield Main Street LogoRidgefield Main Street

RMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to Downtown. We work
on beautification, economic vitality and historic preservation. 5-
years in operation with one staff person and volunteer board of
directors.

Website | Facebook | ridgefieldmainstreet@gmail.com

Purpose: Our mission is to create a sustainable, vibrant downtown that is the
heart and soul of our city by showcasing our unique destination and
history, and by nurturing our sense of community.

Volunteer Opportunities: We have four operating committees and will need help with special projects and future special events. Email ridgefieldmainstreet@gmail.com to get involved.

Donate: Donations gratefully accepted via check or credit card. P.O. Box
1656, Ridgefield, WA or on our website using the “Invest” button.

Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington

Soroptimist believes the most effective way to empower women and girls is by providing them with access to education. Educated women and girls are far more likely to realize their potential.

Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, such as this one, which determine the focus of their work in their communities.

As part of a global effort, Soroptimist members reach beyond their local borders. Soroptimist work together to help women and girls near and far by giving them resources to improve their economic and social standing–for themselves, their families, their communities and the world.

Soroptimist is a dynamic group of volunteers who care about making the world a better place for women and girls.

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Jeanne Androvich, Co-President – sisouthwestwashington@soroptimist.net

Purpose:

Mission: Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

Vision: Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The two signature projects of Soroptimist International of the Americas are the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, and Dream It, Be it: Career Support for Girls. Additional local club programs and projects may focus on issues such as domestic violence, women’s health, human trafficking, and teen dating violence. SISW members meet monthly locally, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, some fundraising events, projects, and programs are on “pause.”

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Jeanne Androvich at sisouthwestwashington@soroptimist.net.

Donate: SISW is a 503(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable contributions and membership dues to support its programs. Monetary donations are always needed and appreciated. Send checks made payable to Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington to SISW, PO Box 794, Ridgefield, WA 98642

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