Library fundraising drive in homestretch

Yellow Envelope Drive still needs $26,364 to meet goal

As of today, volunteers working to support the libraries in Josephine County raised $148,636. With just two weeks remaining in the year, they still need to bring in $26,364 to reach the goal of $175,000 to stabilize the library budget by December 31st.

With no regular funding from taxes, the libraries in Josephine County must seek donations in order to keep the doors open. Library supporters throughout the county are being asked to match what they would have paid in taxes if a measure to form a library district had passed last November. Through the Yellow Envelope Drive, community members can easily make a donation in one of the pre-addressed yellow envelopes distributed throughout the community.

“This is how we fund our public libraries in Josephine County because the library does not receive any regular funding from taxes,” said Executive Director Kate Lasky. “Each year we ask everyone to send in a donation in the now-famous yellow envelopes to keep our libraries open.”

The Josephine Community Libraries annual Yellow Envelope Drive kicked-off on Wednesday, November 16 with Yellow Envelopes inserted in the Daily Courier and Country Weekly. Yellow Envelopes are also available at one of the four library branches in Grants Pass, Williams, Wolf Creek, and Illinois Valley and at businesses with the “Send in your yellow envelope” signs in the window.

“More than 25 businesses have stepped up to distribute envelopes and support the Yellow Envelope Drive,” said Development Manager Rebecca Stoltz. “We are appreciative of the business community’s support of the drive and the libraries.”

People interested in supporting the Yellow Envelope Drive can click here to make a secure online donation.

The Yellow Envelope Drive is sponsored by Cauble, Cauble & Selvig LLP, Clouser Drilling, Edward Jones Investments, Grants Pass Friends of the Library, and Hart Insurance. Other support for the drive is from the Grants Pass Daily Courier and KAJO/KLDR.