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For those of you that are always on the lookout for great organizations I would like to suggest you consider

It is a great organization that allows your donations to directly impact the lives of children.  If you currently looking for a way your company can support your local community, I highly recommend you look at  Here is another letter I just recieved from a classroom my companies recently supported:

Mr. Graham

I would like to express to you how grateful we are for your contributions to our flag football project. My students were, and are still, so excited about getting the new equipment. You have helped my students develop skills in kicking, throwing, catching, strategizing, and teamwork. The equipment has benefited all grade levels, from Kindergarten through 6th grade. We have played flag football with the equipment, and we have also played lead-up games, flag tag, and sharks and minnows. The cones have been very helpful on an almost daily basis with establishing boundaries for the students in their games.

Our school, as with many schools these days, has limited resources, and we have a very limited budget for Physical Education equipment. Without your donation our project would not have been possible and would have had to remain in the dreams of my students. You have helped to make their dreams a reality, and we are so very thankful. Know that you have made a difference to so many.

With gratitude,
Mrs. B.

The ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death and that when their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions inevitably determining whether they were able to enter or not by their answer. Those two question were: ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ and ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’”

I think by seeking the later you will undoubtedly find the former.

Portland, Oregon 2011 Building Permit Forecast: 7,513

The following is taken from  I thought it was a good article you might like.

The new home construction market in Portland never went crazy during the housing boom, partly due to the difficulty of permitting projects. Permits only got as high as 17,000 in this metro region of 2.3 million, even as population grew by nearly 2% annually from 2005 to 2008.

Portland continues to operate as a demographic magnet, adding roughly 40,000 people a year, many of them Californians seeking a more affordable lifestyle. Household formations are expected to rise another 2% this year, the same rate as in the last six years. The city keeps showing up on important lists–one of the best places to have a baby, the cleanest city, the smartest city, and the fifth greenest city.

Strong population growth, coupled with a lid on construction, has helped prop up median home prices, which have fallen only 19% since the housing boom. They got as high as $295,000 and had fallen only to $238,000 last year. Moody’s expects a modest, 3.5% decline this year.

Portland’s employment growth, like its household growth, is above average at 2%.Median income, $56,000 in 2010, will also rise by 2.3% this year, making up for last year’s losses. Portland was the 26th largest housing market last year.