Heart of Cartm Accepts Award from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Wheeler, OR – For their dedication to creatively reducing
waste in Tillamook County, Heart of Cartm organization accepted an award from
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley during his in-person town hall at Tillamook High
School last Saturday, January 14, 2023. Senator Merkley presented Jessi Just,
Heart of Cartm executive director with a “recycled” flag – a very
special flag that had flown over the US Capitol.

Heart of Cartm is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that
provides critical repair services and creative reuse resources in downtown
Wheeler. Since opening the current location in August 2021, the organization
has hosted 10 creative reuse classes, 11 Repair Cafes and 1 weekend long marine
debris transformation retreat in their workshop. The popular Repair Cafe is a monthly
event in which volunteer fixers diagnose and repair common household items for
the community, such as: vacuums, lamps, small appliances, jewelry and clothing.

Heart of Cartm promotes and implements zero waste principles
for Tillamook County by supporting found object artists, community
collaboration and sustainable living. Their annual Trash Bash Art Festival
brings awareness to environmental issues while highlighting all the fun and
incredible waysone can use trash as a resource.

“We love our Resourcerers!” exclaims Jessi Just,
Executive Director. “The varied skills on our volunteer team is
astounding. From expert sewing to photography, it’s the collaboration and
imagination in our community that turns trash to treasure.”

Heart of Cartm welcomes volunteers. Contact Jessi at
503-664-0446 or jessi@heartofcartm.org.