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Get Involved

Ready to help out with Active Bethel Community? ABC is most effective by assigning tasks and initiatives to individual committees. Therefore, the board has approved the following committees and their chairpersons. Reach out to the chair of any committee you’re interested in participating in, or swing by (on ZOOM for now) a monthly board meeting to learn more!

"Blue Bag" Cans & Bottles Donation to ABC for outreach help

Chair

Suzanne O'Shea

Contact

ABC will provide "blue bags" as requested for you to collect your refundable cans and bottles. Just send your name and address to Suzanne at osheaorama@gmail.com.


We can pick up filled bags from you, or you can drop them off at the BottleDrop Redemption Center at 2105 W. Broadway in Eugene. 


ABC uses these funds for expenses not reimbursed by the city for our outreach efforts.


Thank you for your help!

Beautification Committee / Herb Garden

Chair

Sarah Warren

Contact

The ABC Beautification committee works to help promote and facilitate projects within the Bethel-Danebo area to create a sense of place within our community.  We work on a variety of projects each year from art installation to enhancing green space.  Additionally the Beautification committee partners with locale groups to help support beautifying Bethel neighborhoods.

We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6pm via Zoom.

Business Relations Committee / Bethel Business Alliance

Chair

Lin Woodrich

Contact

Purpose

To engage with the businesses in Bethel to help them grow and succeed. To this end, the Bethel Business Alliance (BBA) was formed. As soon as the Bethel Area Plan is put into motion, this alliance will meet either via ZOOM or in person to gather information from one another and help to build A Better Bethel.


Activities

As businesses enter the Bethel area, we welcome them and invite them to join our Bethel Business Alliance and take action to further its core goals, which include:

  • Identifying      areas in the neighborhood that might be a possibility for a new business      location.

  • Identifying      strengths and weaknesses of our area for business development.

  • Helping BBA      businesses with a free Shop Local coupon in a sheet distributed at the Petersen      Barn Boo Barn event each October

  • Other goals      that may be identified by the committee.

Membership

Any member of the Active Bethel Community (as defined by our charter) may become a member of the committee either by attending a meeting or by notifying the committee chair of their interest and providing contact information. Members shall retain that status unless a year elapses without their attendance at any meeting, or they explicitly resign their membership. All members of the committee shall be notified of meetings, and included in committee-related email correspondence, unless they specifically opt out.


Authority

The committee shall have a Chair appointed by the ABC Board who is responsible for scheduling meetings, communicating with members, and reporting to the Board. The Chair may appoint other officers (e.g. vice-chair or secretary) at their discretion.


Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held online as soon as the Bethel Area Plan is in motion. In person meetings as soon as it is convenient for business owners. Reports will be submitted to the ABC Board.


Reporting

The Chair will be responsible for submitting a report to the ABC Board at each monthly meeting. In order of preference, the report should be submitted in person by the Chair, in person by an alternate delegate from the committee, or in writing.


Partisanship

The committee shall be strictly nonpartisan, and as an entity of ABC may take no action that might jeopardize ABC’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. Individual members will not be restricted regarding political activity (partisan or otherwise) outside of their work with the committee, taken independently and on their own behalf. However, all work done by any individual or group under the purview of the committee must meet nonpartisan standards.

Bylaws Committee

Chair

Tai Pruce-Zimmerman

Contact

Civic Engagement Committee / Civic Engagement – Planning

Chair

Lin Woodrich

Contact

Purpose

Strengthen the collective voice of the Bethel neighborhood in public policy discussions, by empowering Bethel residents to become more involved with governmental bodies (School Board, City, County, etc…) and other influential organizations (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, major nonprofits, etc…)


Activities

The committee shall hold meetings, organize events, and otherwise take action to further its core goals, which may include:

  • Recruiting Bethel residents to apply for governmental citizen advisory committees.

  • Encouraging Bethel residents to submit public testimony at appropriate venues (e.g. governmental meetings) regarding issues of import to the Bethel neighborhood.

  • Facilitate candidate or issues forums during election seasons to help voters within Bethel make the most informed voting choices. And facilitate Town Hall forums with elected representatives outside of election seasons.

  • Assist outside organizations in outreach or survey efforts within the Bethel neighborhood.

  • Other goals that may be identified by the committee.

Membership

Any member of the Active Bethel Community (as defined by our charter) may join a meeting and/or become a member of the committee either by attending a meeting or by notifying the committee chair of their interest and providing contact information. Members shall retain that status unless a year elapses without their attendance at any meeting, or they explicitly resign their membership. All members of the committee shall be notified of meetings, and included in committee-related email correspondence, unless they specifically opt out.


Authority

The committee shall have a Chair appointed by the ABC Board who is responsible for scheduling meetings, communicating with members, and reporting to the Board. The Chair may appoint other officers (e.g. vice-chair or secretary) at their discretion.


Meeting Schedule

Monthly meetings of the Civic Engagement Committee will be held on the first Wednesday each month at Abby's Legendary Pizza at 1976 Echo Hollow Road from 6:30-8pm in combination with the Social Equity Committee. A monthly report will be submitted to the ABC Board. As specific initiatives or events are planned, additional meetings will be held as necessary with a goal of keeping as much of the planning as possible online.


Reporting

The Chair will be responsible for submitting a report to the ABC Board at each monthly meeting. In order of preference, the report should be submitted in person by the Chair, in person by an alternate delegate from the committee, or in writing.


Partisanship

The committee shall be strictly nonpartisan, and as an entity of ABC may take no action that might jeopardize ABC’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. Individual members will not be restricted regarding political activity (partisan or otherwise) outside of their work with the committee, taken independently and on their own behalf. However all work done by any individual or group under the purview of the committee must meet nonpartisan standards.

Communication Committee

Chair

Lin Woodrich

Contact

Purpose

To communicate via email, printed publications, and social media with Bethel residents. This includes ABC Facebook; ABC Discussion Group; and ABC website and related social media sites (Nextdoor, We Are Bethel Facebook and Bethel Neighborhood Watch Facebook pages); monthly email newsletters; and quarterly printed publications. We strive to include all the diverse backgrounds of our community and promote our partners (i.e.: Bethel Library, Petersen Barn, Beyond Toxics, Friends of Trees, etc.)


Activities

The committee asks for article submissions from Bethel residents and partners that can be shared in monthly meetings during the Beautification/Events Committee and take action to further its core goals, which include:

  • Monthly email      newsletters

  • Postings of      relevant information on social media sites

  • Quarterly      printed newsletters to announce the ABC General Meetings

  • Prepare signs      to add to the MEETING SOON/MEETING TODAY signs announcing the ABC General Meetings

  • Distribute      MEETING SOON/MEETING TODAY signs at pre-approved sites the week before and      day of ABC General Meetings

  • Other goals      that may be identified by the committee.

Membership

Any member of the Active Bethel Community (as defined by our charter) may become a member of the committee either by attending a meeting or by notifying the committee chair of their interest and providing contact information. Members shall retain that status unless a year elapses without their attendance at any meeting, or they explicitly resign their membership. All members of the committee shall be notified of meetings, and included in committee-related email correspondence, unless they specifically opt out.


Authority

The committee shall have a Chair appointed by the ABC Board who is responsible for scheduling meetings, communicating with members, and reporting to the Board. The Chair may appoint other officers (e.g. vice-chair or secretary) at their discretion.


Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held online monthly in combination with the Beautification/Events Committee. The link is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85273783472. In-person strategy meetings to focus on long-term goals and planning may be held quarterly and will be open to the general public. Reports will be submitted to the ABC Board.


Reporting

The Chair will be responsible for submitting a report to the ABC Board at each monthly meeting. In order of preference, the report should be submitted in person by the Chair, in person by an alternate delegate from the committee, or in writing.


Partisanship

The committee shall be strictly nonpartisan, and as an entity of ABC may take no action that might jeopardize ABC’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. Individual members will not be restricted regarding political activity (partisan or otherwise) outside of their work with the committee, taken independently and on their own behalf. However, all work done by any individual or group under the purview of the committee must meet nonpartisan standards.

Events Committee

Chair

Lin Woodrich

Contact

Purpose

To organize events that inform and entertain Bethel residents. We strive to include all the diverse backgrounds of our community in the events planned. The events committee also tries to participate in other partner events (ie: Beyond Toxics, Friends of Trees).


Activities

The committee shall hold monthly meetings with the Beautification Committee, organize events, and otherwise take action to further its core goals, which may include:

  • Recruiting      Bethel residents to attend and/or volunteer to help with events and staffing

  • Expanding     We Are Bethel Celebration is our largest annual event held the second Saturday each year.  Our goal is to keep expanding and adding attendance.

  • Encouraging      Bethel residents to submit ideas for ABC events or partner events regarding      issues of import to the Bethel neighborhood.

  • Assist outside      organizations in outreach during events within the Bethel neighborhood.

  • Other goals      that may be identified by the committee.

Membership

Any member of the Active Bethel Community (as defined by our charter) may become a member of the committee either by attending a meeting or by notifying the committee chair of their interest and providing contact information. Members shall retain that status unless a year elapses without their attendance at any meeting, or they explicitly resign their membership. All members of the committee shall be notified of meetings, and included in committee-related email correspondence, unless they specifically opt out.


Authority

The committee shall have a Chair appointed by the ABC Board who is responsible for scheduling meetings, communicating with members, and reporting to the Board. The Chair may appoint other officers (e.g. vice-chair or secretary) at their discretion.


Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held online monthly in combination with the Beautification Committee. The link is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85273783472. In-person strategy meetings to focus on long-term goals and planning may be held quarterly, and will be open to the general public. Reports will be submitted to the ABC Board. As specific initiatives or events are planned, additional meetings will be held as necessary with a goal of keeping as much of the planning as possible online.


Reporting

The Chair will be responsible for submitting a report to the ABC Board at each monthly meeting. In order of preference, the report should be submitted in person by the Chair, in person by an alternate delegate from the committee, or in writing.


Partisanship

The committee shall be strictly nonpartisan, and as an entity of ABC may take no action that might jeopardize ABC’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit status. Individual members will not be restricted regarding political activity (partisan or otherwise) outside of their work with the committee,

Finance Committee

Chair

Suzanne O’Shea

Contact

Food Pantry Committee / Barrels

Chair

Maya Lazaro

Contact

ABC's Food Pantry Committee organizes food drives for local pantries and non-profit organizations that work to reduce food insecurity. Pantries and organizations ABC has worked with include Bethesda Lutheran Church, the Cascade MS Pantry, the Willamette HS Pantry, and Food For Lane County. ABC is currently running a holiday food drive for Bethesda Lutheran Church.


Committee members engage in volunteer activities such as: 

-Arranging donation sites where ABC can place its donation barrels

-Dropping off barrels at donation sites and picking them up when a food drive is complete

-Collecting donations from barrels every 1-2 weeks during an active food drive

-Weighing and tracking donations made at each site

-Delivering food donations to participating food pantries every 1-2 weeks

-Planning future food drives

-Producing communications materials to promote food drives


Committee members who want to drop off or pick up donation barrels must have access to a truck or other large vehicle. 

Public Safety Committee / Emergency Preparedness

Chair

Ed Farren

Contact

Recycling Committee

Chair

Emily Pyle & Pennie Moblo

Contact

Social Equity Work Group

Chair

Drea Charles

Contact
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