Francisca Benitez

Community Kindness accepts all kinds of items like books, games and clothing. A full list of acceptable items can be found on Community Kindness’s Facebook page. The nonprofit is also hosting a Krispy Kreme fundraiser. To contact Liz, call 541-805-1410.

Community Kindness of Eastern Oregon is a brand new nonprofit organization in La Grande created by a couple who is determined to give back to their community.

Liz Meyer has lived in La Grande for 18 years. Liz and her husband, Grant, have volunteered for other nonprofits before but now have started their very own. Liz Meyer is now dedicating all of her time to help the community in any way she can as president of Community Kindness of Eastern Oregon.

“We want to step forward and help the community because we are so thankful for this community,” she said.

Liz plans to open a thrift store to serve as the headquarters of the nonprofit. She is currently searching for a location and is collecting donations to fill the store once it opens.

Liz said she hopes the thrift store will also be a place for community gatherings like open mic nights and community dances. She has experience working with nonprofit thrift stores by volunteering for Barkin’ Basement and the La Grande ReStore.

Community Kindness, has a board with six members including Grant and Liz, and is registered as a nonprofit with the Oregon Secretary of State.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer