Participate in our first ever Make A Difference Month! Each week, beginning with Ridgefield First Saturday on Saturday, November 7th, will have its own theme, activities, and challenges. Complete all the challenges to receive a “I Made A Difference” certificate and thank you card from Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose. All activities and content can be found on this webpage.
The Make A Difference Month Challenge
There are 4 weeks of Make A Difference Month, and each week has its own theme and two challenges. Each Challenge you complete will earn you 1 Raffle ticket for a one-of-a-kind Ridgefield swag basket. Complete at least one weekly challenge for each of the 4 weeks to receive an “I Made A Difference” certificate, a thank you card from Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose, and 1 additional Raffle ticket (Max. 9).
Download the Challenge Tracker for details and submission instructions.
Submit your Challenge Tracker by Thursday, December 10th to be entered in the Raffle. The Raffle winner will be drawn and contacted on Friday, December 11th.
Join us in kicking off a month of making a difference on Saturday, November 7th with a Community Service Day! We will have a list of suggested tasks that you could complete with your household members to give back to our community. Challenge your friends and neighbors to participate and complete a task as well.
Share your Community Service Day photos with us on Facebook and Instagram with #RidgefieldCares
We are running a Make A Difference Month Food Drive for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center beginning Tuesday, November 2nd, and running through Friday, November 20th.
Find collection bins around town with a Make a Difference Month Food Drive sign and donate un-expired, non-perishable food goods.
Donation bins can be found at the following locations:
- Rosauers Supermarket
- Pioneer Marketplace (Corner Store)
- Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center lobby
- Ridgefield Craft Brewing
Make A Difference Month Events
While we are not hosting any in person events for Make A Difference Month, we have gathered information on community events taking place during Make A Difference month that support its purpose.
Kindness 911 Blanket Drive
Kindness 911 and Ridgefield Police are collecting NEW blankets for children at Doernbechers now through November 27th at Lava Java Coffee.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Make an appointment at redcrossblood.org
- ilani – Tuesday, November 10th
- Fred Meyer Salmon Creek – Thursday, November 12th
- Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene – Tuesday, December 10th
4th Annual Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation Turkey Trot
When: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Where: Wherever you want!
We know what you are thinking, the idea of doing anything else “virtual” makes one want to do a major eye roll. So, let’s look at this year’s Turkey Trot as an “amped up” version of FAMILY FUN! Continue the tradition on Thanksgiving morning, or start a new one, and enjoy a nice run or walk with the people that mean the most to you. And this year only, YOU get to choose WHERE that run or walk will be!
One thing remains the same…you will get to run or walk in style with a race t-shirt specially designed to commemorate a year WE ALL CAN’T WAIT TO FORGET!
ONLINE REGISTRATION will be open from Friday, October 16th to Monday, November 16th. Learn more and register here.
Ridgefield Lions Tree Lot
When: November 27th-December 6th
The tree lot is located at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex on the corner of Hillhurst Road & Royle Road.
Hours of Operation:
- Friday, November 27th-Sunday, November, 29th: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
- Monday, November 30th-Thursday, December 3rd: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
- Friday, December 4th-Sunday, December 6th: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
All funds stay local. Thank you for your support of the Ridgefield Lions. Learn more and pre-order a wreath on the Ridgefield Lions website.
Small Business Saturday
When: Saturday, November 28th
Support local by shopping at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Many small businesses have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Show them some love this holiday season by choosing to shop local whenever possible.
- Shop Local Pop-Up Shops at The Olde Library Inn, 10AM-3PM.
Additional Event Details here.
Ridgefield Restaurant Challenge
“We are a group of Ridgefield residents. Winter is coming, and with that our local Mom & Pop-owned restaurants face a challenge that we can help meet. Our restaurants have done a masterful job responding to the difficulties posed by Covid-19. With the cold and rain of winter, however, they will likely lose many of their outdoor customers. To help them thrive this winter so that they will still be here to serve us when the virus abates, we propose this Ridgefield Restaurant Challenge.
In making this challenge, we understand that not everyone can afford to eat out. For those of us who can, however, we would like to solicit a pledge to regularly dine at or order take-out this winter from our Mom and Pop-owned restaurants in Ridgefield. The pledge can be to order weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly, depending on your circumstances and desires.
My household is pledging to order take-out for dinner one night a week throughout the winter and early Spring. We will make our initial order this week. We will enter the weekly reminder to order-out in our electronic calendars, to remind us of our pledge. We hope you can join us.”
SHOP AND EAT LOCAL – Ridgefield Main Street Moola Program
To help encourage the community to shop and eat Downtown, Ridgefield Main Street is implementing an expansion of their current Moola promotion. Starting immediately, spend at least $40 at Downtown businesses (you can combine receipts), and RMS will reward you with $10 Main Street Moola. Simply send copies of your qualifying receipts to email@example.com, with your name and address. Eligible receipts must be dated Nov. 16 and after. Maximum award is $30 per week per household.
Stewardship is the act of taking responsibility for the well-being of the environment and your community and taking action to restore or protect that well-being. When we actively engage in Stewardship activities that benefit our trails & parks, community, and environment, we connect with neighbors, spread community ownership and pride, preserve natural resources, and help our town and businesses thrive.
Stewardship Week Challenges:
- Stewardship BINGO – Complete 5 in a row to score a BINGO
- Complete 1 hour of Volunteer Work
Stewardship BINGO includes several actions you can take that benefit our trails & parks, community, and environment. For a bonus challenge, commit to get a BLACKOUT on the BINGO by the end of November.
Our daily lives can get busy and fly by, but at the end of the day what we tend to remember most are the little things: someone paid it forward in the coffee line, receiving an unexpected text from a friend, the person who let us skip ahead in line at the grocery store.
These small acts of kindness add up quickly. Kindness promotes gratitude, empathy, and compassion toward others and can have a positive impact on our own health and well-being.
Small Acts of Kindness Week Challenges:
- Kindness Challenge – Complete 10 actions in 1 week
- Distribute 5 Kindness Coins*
You can find blue Kindness Coins (pictured) at City Hall, Ridgefield Craft Brewing, and Fin & Feather.
Take a coin and if you see someone perform an act of kindness, thank them for their generosity – give them the coin – and ask them to pass it on to someone they see perform an act of kindness. Keep those coins going!
Showing small acts of kindness can bring a smile to someone and totally change how they are feeling.
KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS, PASS IT ON!
Creating Connections Campaign: Becoming Holiday Friends
The year has created unprecedented health, economic, environmental and social challenges for all of us. As the months of a pandemic and social unrest continue, the weather changes and the holiday season begins – the need for social connection, support and encouragement is greater than ever. This “creating connections campaign” will help provide that connection between Ridgefield residents. Give a little, get a lot!
If you provide a little information, we will connect you to one other person to be your ‘Holiday Friend.’ We do ask that you make a commitment to be an active friend at least through the end of the year, and beyond if that is what you choose.
The information you provide will remain private and confidential. The only information that will be released is your name and contact information to your ‘Holiday Friend.’ Simply fill out this quick form by November 30th, and we will connect you with a friend by Saturday, December 5th.
Ridgefield School District National Bullying Prevention Poster Contest Winners
Ridgefield School District ran a Bullying Prevention poster contest in commemoration of National Bullying Prevention Month (October). The nationwide movement raises awareness against bullying and encourages kindness, acceptance and inclusion throughout the month of October. The winning artwork is shared below as a reminder to exercise kindness every day.
A First Place and a Runner Up are shown for each grade level category: Grade K-4, Grade 5-8, and Grade 9-12.
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives. In the process, we recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside ourselves. As a result, gratitude connects us to something larger than ourselves – to our families, friends, and community.
Think about how to take that inward reflection of gratitude and extend it to your community. How can Gratitude make a difference?
Gratitude Week Challenges:
- Create a Thankful Wheel (directions here!)
- Add to a Gratitude Tree: Starting on Monday, November 23rd find colorful tree leaves and a tree trunk at Seasons, RACC, Sage Organics, and James McPhee State Farm. Write down what you are thankful for on the leaf and attach it to the tree!
Want to see an example? Swing by the front of City Hall and see our Gratitude Tree!
You have made a great start following along with us through Make A Difference Month. For our final week, we want to highlight how you can keep the ball rolling by staying connected to our Ridgefield community. Community involvement is important because the health of your community directly affects you. When you support and connect to your community you can take pride and ownership of its successes. We like to think of Ridgefield as one big community, but it also helps to think small.
Connect with and support your neighbors, colleagues, and classmates to Make A Difference you can see.
Community Week Challenges:
- Create and submit a letter for the Community Letter Project (details below)
- Check out the community organizations featured below and take the first step to get involved with one!
Did you know that Ridgefield has a Welcome Bag program? Each month, we deliver Welcome Bags with community information to new residents in the community. While we temporarily paused the program in April due to COVID-19, we are excited to have started it back up and will be delivering this week!
Have you noticed a new neighbor in your area? Welcome them to our community with a simple card on their doorstep. Share your favorite park, restaurant, or trail. Invite them to check out a community organization you are involved in or share a piece of community tradition or history.
Community Letter Project
Community is about the relationships between people and the sense of trust, belonging, safety, and care for one another. The Ridgefield community shares many values, memories, and experiences, but it is ultimately made up of many unique individuals. With the Community Letter Project we are seeking to recognize that individualism as a part of the larger community.
Decorate a letter of the word “RIDGEFIELD” in a way that you feel represents you. You may choose to decorate your letter with an abstract design, a collage of pictures or magazine clippings, drawings, painting, or anything else you can think of! See our examples for ideas.
When you are finished, snap a picture and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include it in a large community mural.
Which letter should you design? In an attempt to have a wide variety of letters, we suggest you complete a letter according to the first letter of your first name:
- First Letter A-C = Design Letter R
- First Letter D-F = Design Letter I
- First Letter G-J = Design Letter D
- First Letter K-M = Design Letter G
- First Letter N-Q = Design Letter E
- First Letter R-U = Design Letter F
- First Letter V-Z = Design Letter L
Download and print a letter outline to get started:
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
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and to learn more.
Donate: Fresh produce and cash donations are always welcome.
Pink Lemonade Project offers a wide range of programs and events are that are designed to offer support to those affected by breast cancer and who desire support throughout their cancer journey.
Purpose: OUR MISSION IS TO EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND SUPPORT THOSE AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER.
Volunteer Opportunities: Help with mailings, serve on committees, or assist with events (when we get past Covid restrictions.) Other breast cancer survivors can be trained to be a peer mentor and support others who are still in treatment. Email us at email@example.com to get involved.
Donate: We accept checks and credit cards. Please go to our website and click on on the donate button in top right–there you can make a general donation and/or donate to request a pink cart.
An Art Association that includes all the arts.
Purpose: Supporting the Arts in our Community.
Volunteer Opportunities: Help with events and classes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Donate: Monetary and services. Checks can be sent to: Ridgefield Art Association PO Box 746 Ridgefield, WA 98642. Email: email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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).
Bill Baumann, Coordinator – email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Founded in 1948, Ridgefield Lions are the leading service organization, involved in dozens of community events / projects annually.
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 email@example.com. 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 Thanksgiving Meal Program
We are a group of local Ridgefield residents who want to ensure the children of our community have a great Thanksgiving Dinner. Since 1995 this project has been a success in our community. Last year was our first year and we are excited for the opportunity to be a part of such a meaningful event again. We were able to serve 57 families last year, and this year the need has increased greatly therefore our goal is to provide for 75 families in our community. Counselors at all 5 schools in the district work together to communicate with us which families could benefit from this gift.
Purpose: Our mission began as an opportunity to teach our children the value of volunteerism and to work together as a community to be there for one another.
Donate: This year we are seeking two types of donations:
Option #1- Monetary Any amount is appreciated
Option #2- Adopt A Box “Adopt A Box,” is a first for us!
Adopt a box consists of individuals or families or businesses putting together a Thanksgiving meal in a box which we would distribute to families.
If you would like to make a monetary donation we have an account at IQCU – Venmo: @brad_fisher or a check can be mailed to: Brad Fisher 1607 N Falcon Dr. Ridgefield, WA 98642
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is a non-profit, a National Estuary Program, and a collection of dedicated scientists, educators, and community members who are passionate about the Columbia River.
We focus on the lower 146 miles of the Columbia River, from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean, including the tidally influenced portions of tributaries in that area. The watershed includes 28 cities, nine counties, and 45 school districts within the states of Oregon and Washington.
Purpose: The mission of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is to improve the lower Columbia River by protecting and restoring ecosystems and enhancing clean water for current and future generations of fish, wildlife, and people.
At our community powered volunteer events, we welcome ALL ages, races and ethnicities, religions, gender identities, countries of origin, sexual orientation, immigrants and refugees, abilities and disabilities, spoken and signed languages. Together, we are a stronger community working toward a common goal.
Special events for your work party or “pod” can be scheduled as needed. Interested in a solo project? We have volunteer options for those who prefer to work alone. Email questions and inquiries to Samantha Dumont.
Donate: Donate online by visiting our website and clicking “Donate”
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The Friends are continuing to help raise funds for the Ridgefield Community Library Building Project. Contact the Friends for information on how to donate to the Building Project.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
Since its inception, the Vancouver Branch has continued its efforts to improve equality and justice in our community. Wherever there is a need, we are there to advocate for equal treatment and justice for all people. Our successes are in-part due to collaboration with and the support of like-minded individuals and organizations in our community who share our dream and goal; a world where the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the accepted rather then exceptional.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) exists to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Volunteer Your Time with one of our committees. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.
Donate: Donations go to support the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Donate online.
LULAC SW WA
LULAC is growing in the Pacific Northwest where the changing demographics call for grassroots organization in order to effectively address local, state, and regional issues. Through the power of organizing and collaborating, community leaders come together to continue the legacy of those before us who defined Latino history of this country.
Southwest WA LULAC Council 47013 works hard to deliver the mission of advancing the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Latino population in the Region. Join LULAC! Be the change!
Donate: Donate on their website.
YWCA Clark County
YWCA Clark County has a long history of supporting women, and all oppressed populations in the region. Today we serve more than 12,000 people each year who are escaping domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, as well as youth in foster care. We are sustained by the dedication of more than 700 volunteers annually, 850 donors, hundreds of in-kind donors, 70+ powerful staff, as well as grantors and federal funds.
Our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all is cultivated through the strategic application of services and support. We facilitate this mission through direct service, support groups, community outreach and public policy centered around five foundational programs. They are the SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program, Sexual Assault Program, Y’s Care Children’s Program, Independent Living Skills Program, and Clark County CASA Program.
Volunteer: Volunteering at YWCA is a wonderful way to contribute to the community in which you live and make a lasting impact on the lives of the people we serve. Visit the website for opportunities.
Donate: No matter the amount, your contribution plays an invaluable role in providing life-changing services to our participants. With your help we can continue to offer support to individuals and families during their most vulnerable moments. Your donation works to end domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and oppression, as well as provide high quality preschool education. Donate on their website today.