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Volunteer Opportunities with our Neighbors at YCD
The office is open:
Tuesdays from 3-7pm
Saturdays from 10am-5pm

Sign-up here!

If you have any questions feel free to email or call the office at 503-883-8653.

You can also get involved by joining a YCD Committee:

Exec - 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:30pm, Contact Chair
Budget - Contact Chair
Communications - First Tuesday, 8pm, Contact Chair
Fundraising - Last Wednesday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Office - First Friday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Outreach - First Thursday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Political Action - Contact Chair

Want to help turn out voters for the primary elections? Sign-up to be a neighborhood leader. Learn more here. Email to get involved.

Yamhill County News Update

What we've been talking about

County News
  • Newberg is again short a city councilor after District 2 representative Julia Martinez Plancarte announced her resignation last week. Read the Newberg Graphic's reporting here.
  • The McMinnville school district is cutting back its language immersion programs. Read the News-Register's reporting here.
  • Newberg makes ARPA allocations for childcare, tiny houses, and more. Read the story from the News-Register here.
Campaign Updates
  • The 2022 Yamhill County Primary Voters' Pamphlet is available to view online. Find it here.
  • The Chehalem Cultural Center is hosting a candidate forum for all the Yamhill County Commissioner candidates next Wednesday, April 13. Read about it here.
  • The Newberg Graphic published a piece on House District 23 candidate Kris Wright. Read it here.

Opportunities to get involved
  • Add your name to the list of supporters calling for removal of the Consent Decree limiting the ability of Tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to hunt and fish on their ancestral lands. Click here. Read Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy's opinion piece in the Oregonian here.
  • Sign the petition to rename Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville. Click here.
  • The Chehalem Cultural Center wants your input on how to make the Center more inclusive for all. Complete the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) survey here.
  • Want to help people in Yamhill County experiencing homelessness this winter? Volunteer at the Newberg Emergency Shelter. Information here. You can also donate by purchasing items from the shelter's Amazon wishlist here. The most needed items include: AAA batteries, scent beads for laundry, eggs, milk, creamer, kool-aid, and juice. Message Stephanie Bell Findley here if you'd like to drop any of these items off. Encompass Yamhill Valley also provides support to this population. Learn more about them here.
  • Volunteer with McMinnville's low-barrier shelter on Fridays. Volunteers are needed for 4 shifts between 8pm-8am, including two meal shifts. Sign-up here.

Opportunities to donate and give back
  • Reminder: the Food Bank at the First Baptist Church in Dayton (300 Flower Ln.) is open every other Tuesday from 4-6pm and is accepting donations. It will be open next on Tuesday, April 19..
  • Donate to Turtle Dove Shelters, Inc. here. Turtle Dove Shelters provides shelter for homeless individuals through the design, construction, and donation of portable, semi-permanent shelters.
  • Donate to Patton Middle School's Backpack Drive here. The Patton Boutique, a resource room designed to help students with unmet needs, is collecting backpacks for students in need.
  • Donate to the McMinnville High School Resource Room here. They are looking for: tampons, brushes, bandaids, women’s deodorant, umbrellas, hooded rain jackets (new or gently used), and sweatshirts (new or gently used). The Resource Room is for any MHS student who is having trouble getting their basic needs met. The MHS Resource Room has clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and non-perishable family meals. Email or if you'd like to volunteer.
  • Want to provide assistance to people affected by the war in Ukraine? Donate here.
Scholarship, Internship, and other Sponsorship Opportunities
  • The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have opened sponsorship applications for reimbursement in the following areas: Emergency Preparedness and Energy Generation, Health and Fitness, Healthy Foods, and Technology. Learn more here.

Make Your Voice Heard

Contact the Board of Commissioners:

When sending emails to the Board of Commissioners, cc the News Register at  

Write a letter to the editor:
Newberg Graphic
News Register

City Council or School Board: 

Amity City Council  | School Board
Carlton City Council | School Board
Dayton City Council | School Board
Dundee City Council | School Board
Lafayette City Council | School Board
McMinnville City Council | School Board
Newberg City Council | School Board
Sheridan City Council | School Board
Willamina City Council | School Board
Yamhill City Council | School Board
Get involved in community government!
Opportunities in Amity
The City of Amity is looking to fill the following positions. Contact City Hall for more information.
  • Planning Commission member
  • Historic Landmark Committee member
Opportunities in Willamina
The City of Willamina is accepting applications for a vacancy on the City Council and three vacancies on the Planning Commission. The universal application is available here. Send completed applications to Deputy City Recorder Bridget Meneley at

Opportunities in McMinnville
The McMinnville School Board is looking to fill two open positions on the School Board's Budget Committee. To apply, email Samantha Nelson at

Opportunities in Dayton
The City of Dayton is looking to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Apply here.

Opportunities in Newberg
Newberg is looking to fill a position on the Library Advisory Board. Apply here. Applications due April 16.

It is not too late to become an elected Precinct Committee Person!

PCPs elect County Party leadership, decide which candidates and issues to endorse, and how to spend money.  Become an integral member of our County Party, and submit the write-in form before May 17th. You will need to ask 3 friends (you can be one) in your precinct to write in your name on their ballot. Write-In Form

Candidate Corner
This new section in the Newsletter is your place to look for information on progressive candidates running for office in Yamhill County. Now that the filing deadline has passed and we know who all is running, we will track candidate news here. Click on the candidate's name to visit their website, or contact them by phone, email, or social media. Check back for updates!

Yamhill County Commissioner Seat 1
Beth Wytoski
Contact by email or Facebook

Yamhill County Commissioner Seat 3
Doris Towery
Contact by phone: 541-968-0339, email or Facebook

State Representative House District 23
Elise Yarnell Hollamon
Contact by phone: 503-830-1756, email, or Facebook

Kriss Wright
Contact by Facebook or email

State Representative House District 24
Victoria Ernst
Contact by phone: 503-877-2637 or email

Upcoming Events

Progressive Yamhill maintains a community calendar of progressive events - sign up to 'follow' it on Google!

Do you want to volunteer to help get this newsletter out regularly? 
Know of an upcoming event we should share?  Email the details to
Fundraisers & Events

Amity Vaccination and Testing Event
Hosted by Unidos, Toro Loco, and YCAP
Wednesday, April 6, 3-7pm
Toro Loco parking lot
More information here here
While this is designed for our Latino community, it is open to the entire Amity community!

Peace Now Rally - Standing in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine
Wednesday, April 6, 4:30-5:30pm
(recurring every Wednesday)
NE 2nd & Adams Streets, McMinnville

Virtual CD6 Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 7, 7pm
Register here

Yamhill County Townhall with Senator Ron Wyden
Monday, April 11, 4pm
Sign up by April 9 to ask a live question here
Watch the video live here

COINversation with Tobias Read for Governor
Monday, April 11, 7pm
Register here

Yamhill County Commissioner Candidate Forum
Wednesday, April 13, 6pm-7:30pm
Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg

Elise Yarnell Hollamon Virtual Town Hall
Sunday, April 17, 4pm

Democratic Candidate Forum for the NEW Congressional District 6
Thursday, April 21, 7pm
Event information here

"I Never Thought of it That Way" presented by Oregon Statewide Alliance
A fearlessly curious conversation actress urban and rural divides
Thursday, April 21, 6pm

'Kiss the Ground' Film Showing
Tualatin Soil and Conservation District
Thursday, April 21
Register here

House District 23 Candidate Forum
Saturday, April 23, time TBD

Women Build & Brunch
Fundraiser for McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, May 14, 11-1pm
Maysara Winery, McMinnville
Register here

Upcoming County, City & School Board Meetings

McMinnville Urban Renewal Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 4pm
Zoom link

Dundee Parks Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 7pm

Amity City Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 7pm
Amity City Hall
Zoom link

Yamhill County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, April 7, 10am

Amity Planning Commission Meeting
Monday, April 11, 6:30pm
Zoom link

Sheridan City Council & Planning Commission Meeting
Monday, April 11, 6pm
Zoom link

Willamina School Board Meeting
Monday, April 11, 7pm

Newberg Traffic Safety Commission Meeting
Monday, April 11, 7pm

McMinnville School Board Meeting
Monday, April 11, 7:30pm
Zoom link

Newberg Housing Production Strategy Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 4pm
Zoom link

McMinnville City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 7pm
Zoom link
Xfinity 11 and 331, Frontier 29 or webstream here

Dayton School Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 7pm
Zoom link

Newberg School Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 7pm

Amity School Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30pm

Yamhill City Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 7pm
City Council Chambers 205 S Maple St., Yamhill

Newberg Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 7pm
Zoom link

Yamhill Carlton School Board Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 6pm
YCSD Boardroom, 120 N Larch PL. Yamhill

Lafayette City Council Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 6:30pm

Progressive Yamhill is a non-partisan group with a regional focus on Yamhill County politics at the city, county, and state level, as well as a vehicle to connect with neighbors on issues and actions at a federal level.  Our goal is to connect, educate, inform, and actively participate in the creation of a local community that shares and supports our mission.  You can learn more about our origin, and our group, at our website.

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