Trafton, Oso groups look to expand community programs
Organizers in the communities east of Arlington are expanding services with a new community co-op program.
The Trafton School Community Center and the Oso Community Chapel, in neighborhoods east of Arlington, have served as the locations for classes, square dances, movie nights, festivals and other events organized by Randi Ray and her father Gary Ray, pastor of the of the chapel.
The Rays plan to host a community meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oso Fire Department on Highway 530. They hope people will show up to hear about their plans to offer more activities and services to the upper Stillaguamish River valley communities.
"Our desire now is to expand services through a new community co-op program. It's about neighbor helping neighbor," Randi Ray said. "The Trafton, Oso, Whithorse and Darrington region is hurting economically. There is a need and an opportunity to support area families by providing free or low-cost services. We need to hear from people as to what they need and how they want to help."
The community co-operative would help build neighborhood relationships and networks, facilitate bartering, sharing and local commerce, continue the local food bank program and coordinate low-cost, skill-building activities for families, Ray said.
Activities could include summer recreation for youths, lunches for seniors, activities for families, a community website where people can advertise their skills and services, a thrift store, community dinners, child care for parents who need a night out and an Internet cafe at the Trafton school building.
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For more information, contact Randi Ray or Gary Ray at TraftonCC@gmail.com or 360-862-3550.
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