About 20 organizations had space at the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Trade Show on Tuesday, and six had the opportunity to present before the luncheon.

The first organization to present was The American Red Cross. Volunteer Jan Cassens pointed out although the Red Cross is best known for hosting blood drives, it offers many other services.

"We provide relief to victims of natural disasters, training in CPR, lifeguarding and water safety," she said. "Our disaster assistance teams go out when there is a natural disaster. When there is a fire and someone has lost a home, they provide food, lodging, medication, clothing, resources so they can get through the long road to recovery."

The Red Cross also works with emergency readiness, Cassens said, and is always looking for more volunteers.

The second nonprofit to present was the Umatilla County Historical Society, followed by the Horizon Project, an organization that provides residential support for adults with disabilities. In Umatilla County, the Horizon Project supports about 100 clients, according to Hermiston site manager Kathy Raw.

"We have group homes, and we also help people who live in their own homes," Raw said. "We have people of all needs."

The organization serves people who need help with a few tasks, such as grocery shopping or handling finances, to those who need full assisted care or feeding support. The Horizon project also partners with businesses willing to employee clients.

"We're always looking for employers willing to employ our folks in the community," Raw said.

Other presentations included Soroptimist International of Hermiston, a service group that provides opportunities  for women and girls, and the Tumbleweed Toastmasters, a club that helps members develop public speaking and leadership skills.

During the event, information was also available about: Domestic Violence Services, Hermiston Fire District, DePaul Industries, Agape House, Festival of Lights, Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, Soroptimist International, CAPECO, Altrusa, American Cancer Society, Campus Life and Umatilla Morrow Head Start.

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