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Strengthening Rural Families

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Strengthening Rural Families

Save the Date! Our Lumos fundraising event will be on Friday, July 26, 2024, from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Join us for wine, music and silent auction baskets! Bring your own picnic.

Lumos Wine Company, 24000 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath.  Friday, July 26 from 5:00pm-8:00pm

Lumos Winery Fundraiser

Strengthening Rural Families Invites the Community to Lumos Winery Annual Fundraiser

Date: Friday, July 26th

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Lumos Winery Wren Vineyard, 24000 Cardwell Hill Drive, Philomath, OR 97370

Local nonprofit Strengthening Rural Families is inviting the community to join their board and staff for an unforgettable evening of wine, music, and community spirit at the Lumos Winery Annual Fundraiser in support of programming to serve children and families in rural Benton and Linn counties.This special event will take place on Friday, July 26th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the picturesque Lumos Wren Hill Vineyard located at 24000 Cardwell Hill Drive in Philomath.

Lumos Winery will be generously donating a portion of all wine sales during the event to Strengthening Rural Families. Attendees can enjoy live music by Mule on Fire, a silent auction, and the opportunity to bring a picnic, relax, and enjoy some delicious local wine—all for a great cause. Admission is free.

“This Summer Gathering is an opportunity for us to connect with our supporters and partners in a beautiful and easy-going location.” said Paul Smith, Executive Director of Strengthening Rural Families.

Strengthening Rural Families is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals and families in rural communities throughout Benton and Linn Counties through education, advocacy, coalition building, and community connections. Programs extend to many rural areas, including Alsea, Monroe, Philomath, Santiam Canyon, and surrounding regions.

The nonprofit works closely with local organizations to provide programs and resources that support rural parenting and health initiatives. Programs and services include preschool programs, parenting education workshops, positive youth development classes, oral health such as mobile dental clinics, financial coaching and more.

One of the key Strengthening Rural Families programs in Philomath is the Next Steps pre-kindergarten program, offering young children in Philomath an opportunity to engage in readiness training and activities that ease their transition into K-12 schooling. Next Steps is currently offered at no cost to families. This vital community program is crucial for ensuring  children in local rural communities have a strong educational foundation. However, to maintain the current level of Next Steps programming in Philomath for the upcoming school year, additional funding is still sorely needed. Participation in the Summer Gathering at Lumos will support Strengthening Rural Families in continuing impactful programs like Next Steps in local rural communities.

“Free admission, great wine, good company, and a beautiful setting? What’s not to love!” said Christopher McMorran, Philomath City Councilor and Strengthening Rural Families Board Treasurer. “Please join us in making a difference by attending our fundraiser and contributing to the future success of our children and families – we can’t wait to see you on Friday, July 26th at Lumos Winery Wren Vineyard!”

Strengthening Rural Families invites everyone to learn more about their mission and programs by visiting their website at

Strengthening Rural Families
535 S 19th St., #162
P.O. Box 1528
Philomath, OR 97370
Contact: Lauri Lehman
Phone: (541) 929-2535

June 20th, 2024

Board Members! 2023 First Citizen Christopher McMorran and Strengthening Rural Families Samaritan Award recipient, Luis

October 2022 Philomath Fire & Rescue Open House

April 2022

Strengthening Rural Families is named Nonprofit of the Year by the Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce

We are pleased and honored to be named Nonprofit of the Year at the Samaritan Awards and to honor our Volunteer of the Year, Janelle Iverson.

Pictured: SRF Executive Director, Paul Smith, Office Manager, Lauri Lehman and Philomath Mayor Chas Jones, SRF Board Chair, Janelle Iverson with the Mayor.