The Hearth is a non-profit registered in the State of Oregon (ID 46-2554780)

Founded by Mark Yaconelli on Valentine’s Day, 2010, The Hearth is a new model of community building based on personal storytelling, reflective listening, and community service. The Hearth develops community gatherings in which people explore, craft, and share stories from what they have lived.  The Hearth has been particularly effective in assisting communities in healing from trauma, deepening awareness around racial and social conflicts, and mobilizing local people to address climate change. The Hearth has worked with a variety of non-profits and community-based organizations across the United States and United Kingdom including the Oregon Department of Humanities, Austin Theological Seminary, The Greenbelt Festival, The Ford Family Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, Geos Institute, The Wile Goose Festival, Asante Hospice Services, The Church in Wales, and many non-profits in Southern Oregon.

In addition to working with various social agencies, once a quarter The Hearth gathers a handful of local folks in Ashland, Oregon to tell a true story, first person, based on a theme, to raise funds for local non-profits.  Past themes include: “Love Hurts,” “Tales from Childhood,” “Letting Go,” and “Wilderness Tales.” Each event includes live music (from bluegrass, to folk, to Celtic, to jazz) coordinated by Ashland fiddler Duane Whitcomb. Events charge $5 to get in the door and all proceeds go to charities based in Southern Oregon like the Ashland Emergency Foodbank, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Dunn House, Rogue Valley Farm to School and others. If you have a story that fits the upcoming theme, contact Mark Yaconelli at mark@thehearthcommunity.com.

The Hearth Has Raised over $50,000 for Non-Profits Throughout Southern Oregon Including:

OnTrack Addiction Recovery

The Family Nurturing Center

Peace House

Oregon Action

The Maslow Project

Rogue Valley Farm to School

Dunn House

The Ashland Foodbank

Ashland Community Hospital Hospice

Winterspring Grief Counseling

Mediation Works

Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Lotus Rising

The Rose Circle

Eyes to Burma

The Afghan Child Project

The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund For Haiti

Creekside Music Scholarship Fund

Willow Wind Community Learning Center

Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland

Rogue Climate

Community Works Crisis Hotline

The Hearth Community

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