This is your forum for news of nonprofits |

This is your forum for news of nonprofits

Nevada County’s nonprofit community now has its own forum every week in The Union, debuting today.

This column will feature nonprofit organizations and service agencies in Nevada County. Organizations and service clubs may include groups involved in agricultural, arts/entertainment/culture, business, crafts and hobbies, historical and public service. Coverage does not include churches, schools or government because these important nonprofits are covered elsewhere in the paper.

Here’s what we need from you:

— Advance information on upcoming fund-raisers or events;

— Follow-up information on results of fund-raisers or events;

— Personnel changes in staff or on the board;

— Personnel profiles of staff and volunteers.

I’ve been instructed to tell you a little about myself in this introductory column. I have voluntarily been married for 32 L-O-N-G years to the same man; voluntarily given birth to one son, who has given me – along with a little volunteer help from his wife – two of the most beautifully intelligent granddaughters in the world. One of these days I am sure they, too, will be great volunteers.

During our sojourn on the backside of the desert (we lived in Reno for 24 years), we were involved with the PTA, women’s groups, men’s groups, booster clubs, youth groups, road cleanups, historical preservation and several political campaigns.

Sprinkle that with a few hundred hours a year working with my husband’s boys’ organization and church-related activities, and you’ve got two busy people. Believe me, we know what it’s like to spend a rainy night on a hard teepee floor with homesick boys – well, my husband does, anyway. I felt his pain.

You’ve heard the overused expression, “Been there, done that and bought the shirt”? Well, we have at least 30 shirts.

I count it a special privilege to be living in Nevada County. So many good things happen here. The nonprofit sector fulfills a vital part in the life of our community. Whether you are preserving an old church building, donating eyeglasses for children or cleaning a roadway, we would like to highlight and acknowledge your efforts.

This will be your place to read about exciting things happening in the world of nonprofits. But I need your help. If you are the “get-this-to-the-newspaper person,” please contact me.

Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. The column will appear in the following Saturday edition of The Union. Send your information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945.

Always remember to give me the four “W’s”: who, what, when and where, and a contact name with a phone number.

I look forward to hearing from you this week. Together we can affect our community for good and make Nevada County an even better place to live.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday.

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