Corvallis Business: Local Nonprofits Get Recognition, Interest Rates Dropped, Record Store Day, Local Businesses Giving Back Locally 

Corvallis Nonprofits Recognized: Two Corvallis-based companies were included on the Oregon Business 2022 list of best nonprofits to work for. Scores are based on a total of 700 with ratings based on employee satisfaction of their workplace, environment, management and communication, mission and goals, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation.  

Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care came in with a score of 549.81, and a statement from an employee that, “At Lumina we are given the time and resources to truly provide great patient care. This is very unusual in the medical field, and I treasure the opportunities I have every day to spend time with patients, connect meaningfully with them about their illness and their needs, and then have the time to try to fill as many of their needs as possible.” 

Chintimini Wildlife Center came in with a score of 548.43, and staff praising the organization’s open communication. “Leadership takes great care in supporting staff in all elements. The organization is constantly and consistently striving to improve in all facets,”  

Interest Rates Dropped: For those out there still thinking of purchasing a home, the time is getting slightly better. According to Bankrate.com, the percentage charged for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage has dropped slightly. On November 18, it was set at 7.473%; as of November 20, it sits at 6.87%.  

Granted these are higher than what many were seeing at the height of the housing free-for-all that saw double-digit numbers of offers on nearly every house on the market, but the dip in rates is a good sign for those who weren’t able to lock in the financing prior to the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.   

In case you missed it: Thanksgiving happens this Thursday. Which means, of course, that mass hysteria happens this Friday as everyone suddenly realizes that Christmas is only a month away. Here are a few things we’d like you to consider as this week comes to a close with Small Business Saturday.  

Another Record Store Day: On Friday, head over to our two local record stores for Record Store Day. This is a day when new, re-released, and special albums drop – some only available through this special promotional day. This time around, there are 172 different releases. Happy Trails Records, located at 100 SW 3rd St., and PreAtomic Records, located at 211 SW 2nd St., will have some of these records, but supplies will be limited. So, if you really want to listen to Goldfinger’s Hello Destiny or Green Jelly’s Musick To Insult Your Intelligence By, then you might want to get to the store early. You can find the full list here.  

If albums aren’t your thing, but supporting local businesses is still very important to you, then there are options to do so. We asked around a found a few local businesses that are big on sharing the wealth by giving back to local charities.  

Grass Roots Books & Music: Between their participation in Magic Barrel, an event from which 100% of net profits are donated to the Linn-Benton Food Share to the Start Making A Reader Today book drive to get books into the hands of our kids, Grass Roots does a lot for this community throughout the year. If you’re looking for a great gift… well, we all think a book is just about perfect, and Corvallis has a bookstore that does great things right over at 227 SW 2nd St.  

Teal Co-operative Art Gallery: From the end of October to the end of December, local artists are given the opportunity to sell their work at 328 SW 2nd St. thanks to Teal – which is a great place for one-of-a-kind gifts. And when all of the gifts have been given and opened, these artists donate a portion of the money that comes in to local school arts programs.   

Common Fields: Each month, Common Fields chooses a charity to donate a portion of their beer sales revenue to. They call the program Hops For Hope.  In addition to that, they lend many hands to the It’s On Us Corvallis folks – who encourage Corvallisites to buy a meal or two at various local restaurants to help feed those in need. They were also involved with the meals for wildfire victims in 2020. So, if you’re heading out for a beer and a bite, head over to 545 SW 3rd St. and help Common Fields in making a difference locally.  

Block 15: Here we have another drinks-based establishment that is doing their best to give back to the community by “supporting local non-profit groups focusing on issues such as health and wellness, education, and environmental sustainability.” Here at The Advocate we like all of those things. Block 15 has a program where they choose a charity each month and donate a portion of their profits – it’s called The People’s Pint Tap Program. So, again, if you’re going out to celebrate the season, why not include a little giving back by going to one of their three locations  

4 Spirits: Named and dedicated to combat soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq, 4 Spirits, located at 3405 SW Deschutes St., does a lot for veterans groups in Oregon. In their Corvallis Spirits Festival for 2021, they donated $12,975. With a full menu of fun pub foods and a slick line of distilled spirits – including a delicious cucumber gin, 4 Spirits is a good place to eat good and do good.   

Emerson Vineyards: If wine is more up your alley – and who doesn’t love to give a great bottle of wine in the holidays, then we’re happy to recommend Emerson Vineyards. Every summer, Emerson runs a music festival and asks guests to bring a canned food item to donate to local food banks. Fine wines with heart at 11665 Airlie Road in Monmouth.  

The Biere Library: Another veteran friendly locale where vets are offered a free cup of coffee on Wednesdays. Also, for those looking for a good place downtown for lunch on a Monday, Biere Library, located at 151 NW Monroe Ave., is open with a lovely array of tasty foods made by Chef Travis Allen.  

Kinetic Bagel: Located at 250 NW 1st St., Kinetic Bagel runs a program called “The Tab.” According to their Facebook page, “We have always had an unspoken policy of providing a meal for those who ask, but asking can be difficult. One of our bagel friends relayed a poster he saw in a shop in another state. He asked if we would be interested in doing something similar. Our version is “The Tab”. The program allows the community to participate by paying forward towards a “tab” for those in need. No charge for anyone that asks to put it on The Tab.”   

This is an ultimate way of giving back locally. If you’re able to give, please contribute to “the tab” – and if you need a bite and can’t afford it, then just ask.   

Hotel Corvallis: Out-of-town guests with a dog in tow? Send them over to Hotel Corvallis, located 350 SW 4th St. There is a two dog limit, and there is a fee to have those two dogs stay. However, a portion of that pet fee is donated to a senior dog rescue. It sort of makes that feel less painful, doesn’t it?   

If we missed a business in this list, let us know at editor@corvallisadvocate.com  

Chamber Events: Coming this week from the Chamber of Commerce…   

From 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 22, come over to Reynolds Law Firm, located at 555 NW 5th St., for Greeters. Another hour of coffee and a chance to see what’s happening in local business.  

On Friday, Nov. 25, you are invited to the Monroe Community Library, located at 380 N 5th St., Monroe, for the Monroe Holiday Bazaar. Kick off your holiday spending with this second annual event for local artisans. The Bazaar will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  

By Sally K Lehman 

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