TRAG’s mission statement is: “We are a welcoming and inclusive organization providing mutual support, encouragement, services, and education for the enrichment of artists and their communities”. In accordance with our mission statement, each year TRAG’s budget includes a donation amount to go towards the support and education of art in our community. In years past, TRAG has given money to the Oregon City School district with the request that it be used towards the arts. This year the TRAG board chose the Children’s Center in Oregon City.
The Children’s Center’s motto is “A place where healing begins”. It strives to work with the community to end child abuse and neglect through assessment, treatment, and prevention. Art therapy is often a tool that is used by the Center, and TRAG requested that the $1000 donation be used for this program if possible.
TRAG dropped off the check to the Children’s Center on December 14th. Executive Director Karen Rush later let TRAG know that the Art Therapist was “ecstatic” to be able to spend this donation for art supplies in the coming year. Karen has promised TRAG future pictures and a report on how our donation was used. TRAG was also honored at both the Chamber of Commerce meeting and the Oregon City Rotary Club meeting on December 15th for our generous donation.
In this season of giving, I am deeply grateful that TRAG was able to support such a deserving non-profit organization that makes a profound difference in children’s lives.