Multicultural Center Robbery and Recovery

African artThe Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center held a holiday bazaar as a fundraiser. The money was stolen before they had even tallied it all, but Center Director Dee Curwen estimated that more than $2,000 in cash and checks was lost.

The community quickly rallied around the Center. “Sometimes you wonder who knows you’re out there,” Curwen said, but when the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce sent out an email asking members to contribute a collective $1,000 and within days more than 14 businesses responded with donations of $100 each, followed by a Second Saturday benefit concert in their honor and a Dine Out sponsored by Block 15, Curwen described the Center’s staff as being “very, very touched.”

The Multicultural Literacy Center exists to help Corvallis residents learn about other cultures (their music, their clothing, their cooking, their stories) and share their own.

You can visit them at 128 SW 9th Street or

By John M. Burt