The annual Yellow Envelope Drive kicked-off on November 16, 2016 with an effort to raise $175,000 by December 31 to keep the libraries open in Grants Pass, Williams, Wolf Creek, and Illinois Valley.
Donations can be made using the library’s yellow envelopes inserted into both the Grants Pass Daily Courier and Country Weekly on November 16, 2016 as a way to reach out for financial support of the public library system serving 83,000 residents of Josephine County.
“I’m so proud to live in a community that keeps it’s library open no matter what,” said Sara Katz, president of the board of directors of Josephine Community Libraries. “The Yellow Envelope Drive is a testament to our community’s resiliency and determination.”
In November 2014, citizens placed a measure on the ballot to permanently fund the libraries, which was defeated by 53 percent of the vote. Now, the library system continues to rely solely on donations with no regular funding from taxes, unlike any other library system of its size in the nation.
The Yellow Envelope Drive is sponsored by Cauble, Cauble & Selvig LLP, Clouser Drilling, Edward Jones Investments, and Hart Insurance. Other support for the drive is from the Grants Pass Daily Courier and KAJO/KLDR.
For more information about the Yellow Envelope Drive, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-476-0571.