After a 3-year roller-coaster effort to secure a building for a much-needed community center in Sunny Valley, the solution came in an unexpected way. On December 2, 2020, River Valley Church purchased the historic Radio Park building and purposed to partner with Friends of Country Living to use it for both a community center and church.
ADVOCATING FOR RURAL LIVABILITY
Whether it be supporting legislation, working with public agencies and law enforcement, putting boots on the ground picking up litter, eradicating graffiti, or hosting community-building events, our goal is the same; improving, protecting, and preserving the livability of Sunny Valley, Oregon.
Through a funding partnership with Josephine County, USA Flags were installed on the Grave Creek Covered Bridge, making their debut on Veterans Day.
Funded by a pass-thru grant from The Ford Family Foundation to the Four Way Community Foundation, received a thirty-five percent return and a tremendous applaud from the community! Friends of Country Living believes its success will only come through maintaining a connection with the community they serve.
HAVE A SEAT NEIGHBOR
Recognizing the seating at the new community center, Friends of Country Living began a fundraising campaign to purchase tables, chairs, and storage racks. A grant from the Four Way Community Foundation was awarded to complete the project.
PRIDE OF PLACE
NEW COMMUNITY CENTER FOR SUNNY VALLEY
Under Construction ~ 2022-2023!
Where Trails Meet - An Intergenerational Playspace
A pandemic created a situation for rural communities that moved this project to the top of the list. Advocating for the unserved and underserved residences in Sunny Valley, Friends of Country Living worked with Josephine County personnel and CenturyLink to bring this critical service to more residences.
A BRIGHT NEW CENTURY 1920 ~ 2020
The anniversary of the Grave Creek Covered Bridge was commemorated with the installation of ambient lighting for safety and beauty. Special thanks to the community, Four Way Community Foundation, Josephine County, and Friends of Country Living for this gift.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
The nearest library for some of the residents here is over 10 miles away. That just won't do! A board member added this idea to our agenda. It was unanimously approved! A grant from the Little Free Library Impact Program and community volunteers made the dream a reality!
Friends of Country Living and River Valley Church have partnered to build the first community playground in Sunny Valley. Located on the church grounds at 400 Sunny Valley Loop, the playground will be open to the community during daylight hours. A safe and inclusive place for all ages to enjoy! Pictured above is Phase 1 of the project funded by generous foundation grants, River Valley Church, & the community through Friends of Country Living.