The volunteers at Wildlife Rescue Aid Project receive more than 50 striped skunks a year. Then they do what most people would not: they care for the skunks, provide food and shelter, and teach them how to hunt and spray in self defense. These rescued skunks and other mammals native to Oregon are often orphaned or injured and in need of extensive rehabilitation before they can return to the wild. So the volunteers ensure they find proper veterinary care to heal, and spend roughly 20 hours a day in a cycle of feeding and cleaning. When the skunks are ready to go, the volunteers identify each with a marker or cut a specific pattern into its hair to track its progress.
North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity is one of 33 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Oregon, and it constructs decent, affordable homes for selected families in need. NWV Habitat builds homes through help from private donations and volunteer labor. The partner families who move into Habitat homes contribute 500 hours of volunteer labor, known as sweat equity, and make modest monthly mortgage payments with zero interest. In the last 25 years, NWV Habitat has constructed 37 homes for local families.
With nine locations throughout the region, Mattress World Northwest brings healthful relaxing sleep to thousands of Oregonian bedrooms. Sean Hathaway and Sherri Hiner display an unshakeable state pride through their long success as an Oregon-based company, curating a huge selection of pillow-top, memory-foam, and gel mattresses from brands such as Englander, Sealy, and ComforPedic, and sporting matching tattoos of the official state farm animal.
Staying true to Sherri's motto of "do right and sleep tight," Mattress World Northwest not only helps friends and customers rest easy with an abundance of brand-name mattresses, but also remains active in the community through support of the Portland Police Sunshine Division and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Oregon Dream Ponies sits surrounded by hillside vineyards and orchards that pose as a serene backdrop for pony rides, horse rides, and special events. The roster includes ponies of varied sizes and ages that ensure kids of all ages can ride comfortably and confidently. While visiting the ranch, children as young as two years old learn how to interact with ponies, how they're groomed, and what they eat. Pony rides hand-led by staff members either at the ranch or during on-location pony parties give children a supervised opportunity to learn to ride. Other sessions allow children to guide ponies through a series of obstacles, from crossing a bridge to trotting over logs to solving complex algebraic equations.
Web designer Kristy White and her developers Jaykob and Elizabeth draw on technical and creative expertise to design new websites and redesign old ones. Options range from simple splash pages to complex sites with content-management systems that allow for easy self-editing in the future. Kristy and her team also increase website traffic by tweaking language for search-engine optimization and submitting sites to hundreds of search engines and directories. A cloud-based hosting system operates at multiple locations, ensuring that websites stay live.
Horseback-riding instructor Nancy White began teaching nearly 40 years ago. More than 30 of those years have been spent at her own Whitewind Farm, where indoor and outdoor arenas and fenced paddocks sprawl across 10.5 acres, providing plenty of ground to train steeds and riders alike. Although Nancy specializes in English-style riding, which primes equestrians for jumping, she tailors her lessons to fit the student, so the content is as flexible as a gymnast left in the sun too long.