Volunteers are available at a variety of Curry County locations to help people fill out surveys for the Oregon Kitchen Table project.
The Oregon Kitchen Table is a statewide endeavor to gather public input in regards to services received and financial matters, particularly at the county level.
“It’s important to have a voice, or to weigh in, to have help saying something about the future of county government,” said Georgia Nowlin, a Ford Foundation graduate who is assisting with coordination of the effort. “It is important. There’s a new (county) board coming in, and it helps them to hear from citizens. It’s important to have the voices.”
She noted that some people have indicated they are concerned about privacy on the computer survey; paper surveys are also available to fill out and return. Information gathered in the survey will not be used or shared with anyone else. They hope to gather data from 3,000 people.
“It’s a learning experience for everybody,” Nowlin said. “The more people respond, the better the information is. We’re hoping the word is getting out.”
The survey can be taken at www.oregonskitchentable.org.
Volunteers will be at the Chetco Community Public Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day until Nov. 26, excepting Thanksgiving Day and Sundays. They will also be available Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.
Additional opportunities will be available from Dec. 3 to 15.
Library staff at Langlois Library can help with technical difficulties and computer connections; the library has four computers and public Wi-Fi.
Computers are available at the Gold Beach and Brookings campuses of Southwestern Oregon Community College. In Gold Beach, the hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.
In Brookings, the hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26, noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 8, 14, 15, 28 and 29.
The Chetco Activity Center, behind Subway Sandwiches on Highway 101, features 15 computers and free Wi-Fi. Hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Port Orford’s public library is open Friday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. For assistance on the surveys, please contact Laurie Prouty at 541-287-2000 or Mark Langton at 541-332-0233.
In Agness, library hours are Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.