Ten New Community Projects to Be Launched at SOU

(Ashland, Ore.) —Cascades Hub, a startup space for non-profit innovation based at Southern Oregon University, will host Presentations Night, a showcase of 10 community projects emerging from a nine-week training program underway this Spring.
“Presentations Night provides the community with an opportunity to get a first look at some of the exciting non-profit projects that entrepreneurs and innovators in our community have been working on at Cascades Hub this Spring,” according to Dr. Donnie Maclurcan, director of the Cascades Hub and affiliate professor of social science at SOU. “There are a wide range of projects and ideas that will be presented, including a pit bull rescue service, a living Christmas tree delivery and pickup business, and a tutoring program for low-income families” said Maclurcan.
Cascades Hub offers space for those spearheading non-profit organizations to share resources and ideas in a co-working environment that is conducive to creativity and innovation.
Presentations Night will give attendees the opportunity to vote for projects that they would like to see garner additional support. It will also feature live music and refreshments, and provide an opportunity for members of the community to offer additional support, matched to the needs of the projects being launched.
“We are really excited to share these ideas with the public for the first time,” Maclurcan said. “The entrepreneurs behind these projects are passionate and it’s only a matter of time before these ideas have a profound, positive impact on our local communities and beyond.”
Presentations Night will take place from 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the Meese Auditorium on SOU’s main campus in Ashland. A suggested $20 donation by attendees will be divided among the projects participating in the event. For more information, log onto www.cascadeshub.org or email info@cascadeshub.org.
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