Weekly Update #19 Feb 26, 2021
Weekly Update #19 Feb 26, 2021
Author: Jason Bush We have the new website up and running which is a big relief. Please take a moment to visit www.operationsecondchance.org.  and share with anyone and everyone you know. Click on the upper right “Initiatives” tab and it will redirect you to the “Southmayd Home Build” site. Across the top will be the various tabs that present our story. There is a photo gallery, a tab that displays all of our supporters, a news and media tab that you can view all the weekly updates and the past interviews and podcasts that have been done for us. Then there is the donation tab that is ready to accept donations!!  Also, there is the OSC tab that links you back to their main website, where you can see much more of the wonderful things that Operation Second Chance does for our veterans on a daily basis. Thanks to Cindy, Andrew, Tim, and Len for their expertise in setting this website up for us! It should be noted that OSC has never actually taken on a project of this nature and magnitude. They do lots of wonderful things for our veterans to include helping with finances and providing veterans and family members with vacation retreats in 8 or 9 different states, such as fishing trips in Florida and horseback riding trips in Montana.

My wife and I will certainly be donating some money this weekend in order to see how it works, and remember, this site will automatically generate and issue a tax-deductible receipt for your generous donation! It would be nice to hear back from some of you in order to get some feedback on your impression of the site. Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

I did go by the Parr lumber yard recently to see what has arrived in order to do a little preliminary inventory. I took a few pictures of the materials and sent them off to Andrew who indicated he will upload them to the website.  The store Manager, Jeff Melton and his Operations Lead, Matt Kirkpatrick have been very instrumental running around the county picking up donated materials and storing them in their yard for us. It is greatly appreciated, and a big on-going thank you to the Parr team!

We also received a 50# box of nails, some rebar chairs, and the 6mil black polyethylene vapor barrier from Cottage Grove’s Cascade Home Center, so a big thanks to Brenda and her team at our local Cascade Home Center!

We’re still trying to get some leads on a framing crew, or contractor who can frame this house up for us. I will be reaching out to several in hopes of getting a bid from them. I want to also thank Chris Smith of Dorman Construction, who has contacted me and began putting together some numbers and project information into an Excel spreadsheet program that they use to determine job costs, construction materials lists, and project timelines.

The International Code Council’s (ICC) Building Safety Journal story should be coming out soon. I understood that it was to be in the February issue, but have not seen it yet. It will be exciting to read their perspective on our story. Jack Applegate, CEO of Northwest Code Professionals has been diligently working with ICC’s Region II Group, which is comprised of seven western states, all of which have a multitude of ICC affiliate Chapters. Jack is sharing our story and trying to encourage them to review their budgets, and hopefully help us out with some donations.

Again, please get me invoices and logo’s as soon as possible. The logos of all the fine companies that have helped us out are impressive and growing, and we are certainly proud to display them on our page! I was instructed to inform folks that the invoices should display the total amount or value of the donation, but also zeroed out or stipulated as a donation.

Yours in Building Safety, “and” Guarding Our Veterans,

Jason Bush, CBO Building Official

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