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Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

Posted on the 07 September 2012 by Technocowgirl @TechnoCowgirl
Welcome to Baker City, Oregon

Welcome to Baker City, Oregon (Photo credit: jimmywayne)

We all have choices in life; be a part of the problem, or the solution. I’ve chosen to take part in the solution, and the following project is how! I urge all citizens to remember your civic duty to your community, and give back! 

When folks say “One person can’t make a difference”, they’re wrong ~simply wrong! I’m only one person (a cancer survivor (a few times over), domestic abuse survivor, was homeless, raped as a child, mother was a drug dealer and user. Point being, if I can come out of said trauma a survivor, educated, logical, and wise ~so can others. We can all do this, if we retrain our minds and hearts to give instead of take. 

Keep in mind: I’m the only one doing the leg work, PR work, collecting donations, decorating, cleaning, and much, much more. I’m not complaining at all. It’s just another example why and how we can all help our own communities and others.

‘The Backing Baker Project’

October 26, 2012 10:00am -?

VAOI Event Center, 1901 Main Street, Baker City

Community Services Education Conference & Silent Auction Fundraiser

Supporting Four Local Charities

Veterans Advocacy/ ‘Goodies & Love’ Program

May Day

Best Friends

Cost to get in:

Two Cans of Food, or, Pet Supplies, or, an item for ‘Goodies & Love’ program, or an Unwrapped Toy

Items needed and explanation for ‘Goodies &Love’

VAOI packs & sends Boxes of ‘Goodies & Love’ to our deployed troops. We pack these with notes & letters of encouragement, Support and thanks for their Service to our Country. These are supplied from all our various Community members & youth groups. We can also use goodie items such as Beef Jerky of all kinds, Sunflower Seeds, Powdered Drink Mixes and toiletry items.

Any of these items are welcomed donations here at our Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida (VAOI) Event Center in Baker City at 1901 Main St.


Doug Dean

Pet Supplies Needed

Dog & Cat Food, bedding, toys, collars, crates, litter

Acceptable Food Items

Canned or non-perishable items only please

Acceptable Toy Donations

Any unwrapped toy is acceptable (ages 0-17)

Current Local Sponsors (more will be added)


 Burger Bob’s Drive-In

 Computer Maniac

 Courtesy Home Furniture

 Sycamore Tree

 Aud’s & Ends

 Baker Heritage Museum

 Embroidery by Blue Mountain Design

 VAOI (Event Center)

 Domino’s Pizza

 Bella’s Market

 Marilyn’s Music

 Baker City Theater

 Main Event

 The Flower Box

 Current Confirmed Speakers:

Baker City Police Officer

 May Day

 Best Friends

 Veteran’s Advocacy of Ore-Ida

 Veterinarian From Baker Animal Hospital

 (More Speakers are Anticipated)

 If any business or organization would like to speak or donate, please call Stephanie Ann Kinzel at 541-519-9933 or email [email protected].

Greetings Community Member!

My name is Stephanie Ann Kinzel. I’ve just moved back to Baker City from Nashville, TN in March. When I came back to Baker City, the one thing I told myself is, I want to spend the rest of my life here. Now, that decided, it was time to figure out how I could help improve the community I now call home. Additionally, I felt it was important to associate myself with positive, productive members of the community. Therefore, the “Backing Baker Project” was born.

My intention is to educate the community about the dangers of drugs, violence, fire, smoking, and what community services are available for victims, addicts, and their families. This project is an effort to improve society and raise funds for the agencies that help community members, pets, and Vets (Veterans)! United we stand, divided we fall!

Thank you kindly for your time,

Stephanie Ann Kinzel

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By Stephanie Ann Kinzel
posted on 28 September at 01:48

To stay updated go to original article! Up to 45 Sponsors :)

By Stephanie Ann Kinzel
posted on 11 September at 16:32

Community Connections has been added as a speaker: They provide meals on wheels, medical transportation, services for the elderly, rent assistance for low-income, help with bills, and provides a comprehensive program to teach people to be self-sufficient. I thank them for their time :)

By Stephanie Ann Kinzel
posted on 09 September at 02:41

A New speaker has been added: New Directions of Baker City will have three speakers. This group does amazing things in our community...drug rehab, they go to the prison to help with rehabilitating criminals....and excellent group indeed! Thanks to all who are "Backing Baker" :)