Corporate Volunteer Programs

Volunteers chip in during a work party in March.

Volunteers chip in during a work party in March.

What do Starbucks, AT&T, UPS and Bank of America all have in common? They are just some of many companies in our area that have corporate volunteer programs. That’s right! Many corporate companies offer incentives to encourage their employees to volunteer for community nonprofits.

Benefits vary between companies, but they sometimes include grant money donated directly from the company to the nonprofit, payed time for employees or other reimbursement.

If you are an employee for one of the following companies and are interested in volunteering with us, please contacts us here! Click on any of the company names to go directly to their corporate giving page.

AllState Insurance

AmericanWest Bank 


Bank Of America

Banner Bank

Bi-Mart – (No website. Please contact your manager.)

Boise Cascade 

Century Link   



H&R Block

Moda Health





State Farm

Union Pacific

Umpqua Bank


US Bank  

US Cellular


Wells Fargo

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Miller Foundation Awards Liberty $15,000

logo 2This past month the Liberty Theatre Foundation was the recipient of a 3-year, $15,000 grant from the Miller Foundation!

This grant will be used to help our board and staff raise funds for our capital campaign. It will allow us to cover the costs of grant writing, brochures, fundraising events and other development expenses. This way gifts from our community donors will be able to support the restoration of the Liberty entirely.

We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Miller Foundation to strengthen our community outreach and improve the two-way dialogue between our volunteers and our supporters.

About the Miller Foundation

James F. “Jimmy” Miller was born in a small community outside of Portland, Oregon in 1905. Mr. Miller began his career as an errand runner at Blyth and Co. (predecessor to UBS Financial Services) at age 14. Without much formal education, he rose to become the president of Blyth & Co. in New York in the early 1960s.  Mr. Miller lived and prospered in New York with his wife of nearly 68 years, Marion.  He returned to Portland in 1998 where he continued to invest in the markets and advise others until his passing in 2004.

Mr. Miller was passionate about learning and researched languages, history, mythology, literature, ballet, music, the arts, and other cultures. Throughout their lives, he and his wife Marion gave generously to many cultural and educational institutions in both Oregon and New York.  It was his hope that his legacy would serve as an example of what is possible given commitment, hard work, and the gift of time.

The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation is committed to fulfilling Mr. Miller’s legacy by supporting the arts and education throughout the state of Oregon.

Upcoming application deadlines for the Miller Foundation are July 6, Sept. 28, and Jan. 4, 2016. For more information visit


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All’s Well That Ends Well at the Stage Door

Alls Well PosterCreative artists are not strangers to the Stage Door Theater. Over the last three years it was the home of plays, improv, comedians, musicians of numerous genres, lectures, films and so much more. However, this April, the Stage Door Theater will host its first Shakespeare performance.

Grant Turner, director of the La Grande Shakespeare Company will open All’s Well That End’s Well on April 17.  Turner is new to La Grande, moving to the area last year. He is the founding artistic director at the Northwest Classical Theatre Company and has directed a variety of Shakespeare plays including  Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

All’s Well That Ends Well is a classic Shakespeare comedy which follows orphan Helena as she wins the hand, but not the affection, of the higher born Bertram. Using quick whit and clever tactics Helena hatches an elaborate plan to win Bertram over by meeting his impossible challenge, get his family ring from his finger, and become pregnant with his child, both which Bertram makes clear will be impossible.

The cast includes Rose Peacock as Helena, Cody Wyld Flower as Bertram, Kevin Cahill as LaFeu,  Thorman Hulse as the King, and Heidi Laurence as the Countess.  Other cast members and members of the company are Michael Cooper, Jessi Descos, Jessica Moran, Wylie Peacock, Chuck Peters, Anne Turner, Grant Turner and Daniel Wagner.

All’s Well That Ends Well will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 17 through May 3rd.  Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinee’s will begin at 2 PM. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling (971)244-3740.


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EOFF Sneak Peak Party in the Stage Door


EOFF 2013 Sneak Peak Party in the Stage Door Theater

This year, Eastern Oregon Film Festival is hosting its sneak peak party at the Stage Door Theater! We are excited to welcome EOFF fans and supporters back to celebrate and get their 2015 festival passes.

Join us in the Stage Door on Wednesday, April 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Trailers of selected EOFF 2015 films will screen at 7:30 PM.  Purchase your passes, tour the Liberty Theatre, enjoy some snacks and take part in the ongoing conversation about EOFF’s cultural, educational and economic benefits.

To become an EOFF member online:

General EOFF passes will be available here (April 8):

To become an event sponsor and be recognized as such:

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Dessert Social This June

Dessert Social FB Cover

Save the date for our upcoming old-fashioned dessert social fundraiser on Saturday, June 27 at 5:30 PM at the Liberty Theatre. Come and see the Liberty, enjoy homemade dessert, live music, a photo booth, pie walk and more! Mark your calendar and watch for more details soon.

We will be looking for volunteers to assist us with this event. Please email if you are interested in helping out or donating supplies.

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Volunteer Work Days a Success

A big THANK YOU to all of the fabulous volunteers who helped clean out not one but two huge dumpsters of debris from Liberty. We are incredibly appreciative of your help and support! Volunteer hours make all of the difference. So far the volunteer labor donated during our work days adds up to be a value of $3,300.

Missed out on the fun? Not to fear. We will have more work days this coming summer as we tear out the remaining walls and ceiling the surround the Stage Door Theater and the Mountaineer Market. Watch our Facebook page, our web calendar and our newsletter for more details.




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Volunteers Needed for Work Days

WC Construction hard at work in the Liberty this week!

WC Construction hard at work in the Liberty this week!

After a few months of hiatus for the holidays, we are pleased to announce that we are back on track with our demolition and are preparing for two more work days over the next two weeks. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 7 from 8 AM until noon. The March 7 date will depend on the amount of work accomplished on the 28th.

What’s happening?

The Liberty Theater Foundation began demolition of the east side of the building last September with the help of a wonderful group of volunteers. The goal was to remove the false ceiling, office spaces and wall studs from that portion of the building while keeping the Stage Door Theater intact on the west side. Several demolition days took place over the fall. Volunteers successfully remove a significant portion of the false walls and ceiling, exposing the front of the balcony as well as the original east wall in its entirety.

After the last work day, we consulted with our primary contractor, WC Construction, regarding the rest of the demolition. It was decided that it would be important to demolish the remainder of the space using professional help and equipment so that our volunteers did not get hurt.

Work Day Specifics

In order to keep costs low, we are hoping to use volunteers to help us clean up the debris that WC Construction will leave behind. Materials will be salvaged and donated to Habitat for Humanity and plaster and insulation will be placed into a large dumpster.

If you would like to help us please bring:

  • hard soled shoes
  • dust mask
  • water bottle
  • pry bar or hammer for pulling nails
  • or a broom, shovel or trash can for scooping materials into the dumpster.

Please contact us at or call (541)626-3051 if you have any questions regarding the demolition day.  Also, fill out this form if you would like to add your name to our volunteer mailing list.

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Foundation Launches Holiday Card Campaign

Arcade & Sherrys Marquees-2 1918 RAH-JETThis holiday season, consider giving a gift that will have a lasting impact on our community. Any donor giving $25 or more to the Liberty Theatre Foundation during our holiday card campaign will receive a special thank you card in the mail. Donations can also be made in a friend or family member’s name and cards mailed to the recipient.

The campaign will launch on Giving Tuesday, December 2 and go until December 19. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to be used for the restoration of the Liberty’s façade, interior demolition and ceiling repair.

Donations can be made online through the Foundation’s Square store. Click here to visit our store. Donations paid with check or cash can be mailed to PO Box 3057, La Grande or by arrangement with a Liberty Theatre representative. Call (541)626-3051 or email for more information.

Also, gifts to the Liberty Theatre Foundation are now eligible for the Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit program. Match your donation the Foundation with a donation to the Cultural Trust and receive the Trust amount back as a tax credit that will count toward your Oregon tax liability. Individuals can donate up to $500 and have it count toward a tax credit. For more information about the OCT tax credit, visit

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See you at the Soiree!

The Liberty Theatre Foundation invites the community to participate in its second annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5:00 PM at Ten Depot restaurant.

This year’s theme is “Silent Film Soiree” in honor and celebration of the silent film era and of the Liberty, then Arcade Theatre’s, early history. Participants are encouraged to dress up era appropriate 1920s and 1930s costumes.

The evening will include live music from “Corig & Company”, silent film screenings, a costume contest and both live and silent auctions. Sandy Sorrels of Ten Depot will prepare a 1920s inspired buffet dinner and a no-host bar will be available with signature cocktails. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the Liberty Theatre and take in the latest restoration and demolition progress.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Liberty Theatre Foundation’s restoration efforts in 2015. These include the completion of the exterior façade restoration, demolition and ceiling repair.

Tickets are $55 each or $100 for two. Tickets can be purchased in advance at John Howard & Associates Real Estate office, located at 1207 Adams Ave. or online at Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, but remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Evening Itinerary

4:30: Liberty Theatre tour (Meet at the Liberty Theatre, 1010 Adams Ave.)
5:00: Doors open, silent auction and music begin
5:15: Buffet dinner is served
5:30: Second Liberty Theatre tour
7:15: Live auction begins
7:45: Silent auction ends, winners of the costume contest announced!

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U.S. Bank Foundation Awards Liberty Theatre $3,000

US-Bank-logoThe Liberty Theatre Foundation and U.S. Bank Foundation invite the community to a celebration and check presentation on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the La Grande U.S. Bank branch located at 1402 Adams Ave. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to visit with Liberty Theatre representatives about the restoration project.

The Liberty Theatre Foundation is a proud recipient of a $3,000 grant for operational expenses from the U.S. Bank Foundation. “We are thrilled to add U.S. Bank to our list of supporters,” Chantell Cosner, the foundation’s executive director said. “These grant funds will provide us with the resources to reach out into the community with confidence and engage the public in our project,” she said. The grant budget includes funds for website upgrades and donation management software.

“This is an exciting time to live in La Grande and have an organization like the Liberty Theatre Foundation working so hard to bring such a beautiful resource to our city,” said Bob Kavanaugh, U.S. Bank’s Oregon Trail District Manager. “It’s an honor to partner with the Liberty Theatre and we are looking forward to bright future of Arts and Theatre in Eastern Oregon”

U.S. Bank’s giving program provides grant support for organizations with missions centered on affordable housing, economic development, education, and cultural and artistic enrichment. In 2013, the foundation gave $23.4 million in grant funding to communities around the United States and 17 percent of funds went to arts and culture related organizations and projects.

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