Klamath Falls Non Profit Organizations to Help

Klamath County has many great non-profit organizations that exist to meet a wide-range of needs. While this list does not cover even a tenth of the charities available, here are our picks for 5 great charities in Klamath Falls. All of these regularly need people willing to volunteer.

1. Badger Run Wildlife Rehab

Mission: Wildlife rehabilitation and community education

Programs: Badger Run Wildlife Rehab provides several educational programs to instill good stewardship of the environment in the local community. The center itself is dedicated to the care and treatment of injured and orphaned wildlife, some of which also participate in classroom visits as animal ambassadors. Animals that can be successfully rehabbed are returned to the wild. Those who are too injured and cannot live free are cared for at the center for the remainder of their lives.

How You Can Help:

Badger Run Wildlife Rehab is independently run and does not receive any government grants. For that reason, they regularly require cash donations to continue their operations. Volunteer positions are also available from time to time in a variety of areas.

Non-Monetary Items are also regularly needed. Some of these items include dog or cat food (both wet and dry), rodent food, freshly killed and frozen animals for the raptors, pet bowls, litter pans and more.

For more information on how you can get involved, give them a call at (541) 891-2052.

2. Citizens for Safe Schools

Mission: Mentoring and related activities: one-on-one mentoring on violence and substance abuse prevention for at-risk youth provided to 29 city and county schools.

Programs: Mentoring at risk students/youth.

How You Can Help:

Beyond monetary donations, Citizens for Safe Schools regularly needs responsible adults willing to mentor the youth in their program. Mentors are not expected to be perfect, and they are not a replacement parent; more like a wiser, older friend and confidant. Your job as a mentor is to help them navigate the challenges of daily life through goal setting and critical thinking. It’s a great way to invest not only in a young person, but in the community as well!

For more information, contact them at info@citizensforsafeschools.org or (541) 882-3198.

3. Friends of the Children for the Klamath Basin

Mission: To identify and intervene in the lives of high risk children.

Programs: Friends matches adults with approximately 40 at-risk children for mentoring throughout the year.  There are also programs in place to provide tutoring and specialized academic support for students in grades k-12, as well as job-shadowing settings for young adults.

How You Can Help:

While there are many ways to volunteer with Friends of the Children, the greatest way is to volunteer! Beyond tutoring or working with children one on one, the organization regularly needs help on their Ambassador Board. The Board provides fundraising, advocacy and volunteer support – all of which are critical in helping those in the community.

Additionally, if you have professional services you can donate be sure to get in touch with them.

For more information on how you can get involved, give them a call at (541) 273-2022 or email amanda@friendsklamath.org.

4. Klamath Falls Gospel Mission

Mission: To provide emergency transitional housing and recovery programs for homeless men, women and children. People who come through our doors will meet and embrace the life in Jesus Christ through having spiritual and physical needs met becoming vital contributing members of our community.

Programs: During 2014, provided 11,433 nights of shelter and 134,125 meals to individuals in need and provided additional transitional support, training and parenting education.

How You Can Help:

The Mission regularly needs volunteers in a variety of areas:

  • Kitchen/Dining Hall – cooks, servers, dishes and busing.
  • Ministry – Discipleship classes, evening chapel speakers, morning devotional speakers, Women’s Bible Study leaders, mentors for men and women.
  • General Office Help – data entry, filing, etc.
  • Information Technology – web design, social media expertise, graphic design, computers, etc.
  • Construction/Maintenance
  • Gospel Mission Thrift Store – warehouse/sorting, in-store help, donation pickup drivers.

You can also be involved by making both monetary donations as well as goods that can be re-sold in the Thrift Store located at 840 Klamath Avenue.

For more information call or email the Volunteer Coordinator at (541) 882-4895 x 13 or email volunteer@kfallsgospelmission.org. Have questions on how to donate to the Thrift Store? Call (541) 850-5217.

5. Klamath Lake County Food Bank

Mission: To bridge the food gap for eligible seniors, individuals, and families from all walks of life who find themselves unable to provide food for themselves or their families.  

Programs: The food bank issues food boxes for those in need for a variety of reasons, from disabilities to layoffs, retirement shortfalls to job layoffs.

How You Can Help:

While donating non-perishable food items is always helpful, the Food Bank needs volunteers to hold food drives throughout the year. Banks, business, schools and clubs are all great places to set up a food drive barrel or take up a collection.

Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank in sorting, box packing and more. Contact Niki Sampson at (541) 882-1223 for more information.

There are so many great opportunities to get out there and volunteer in our wonderful community. If you don’t see the organization that is just right for you, you can find more opportunities at https://greatnonprofits.org.

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