The small, historic town of Brownsville enjoys a scenic location in central Linn County, Oregon, nestled in the Willamette River valley between mountain ranges to the east and west. That wealth of natural beauty, however, contrasts with the modest means of some of the town’s residents.

That’s where Sharing Hands comes in. The nonprofit organization was founded in the 1980’s with the mission of “providing opportunities for Central Linn citizens to give, learn, and receive.” As executive director Don Andrews explains, Sharing Hands uses several programs, including a thrift store and a food bank, to raise funds and serve more than 150 families every week.

But even as Sharing Hands supports its community, it needs ongoing support from the community. In this case, employees of the Georgia-Pacific mill in Halsey, Oregon, spent a Saturday morning sprucing up the nonprofit’s main facility and improving its ability to fulfill its mission. 

This video is one in a four-part series featuring the community service activities of Georgia-Pacific’s northwest mills. Don’t miss Build a School, Save a TownRacing for the Cure, and Cleanup at Lacamas Lake.