In Memory of Dan Fiske
Students serving the Community
What is the Day of Service?
- The Day of Service is in honor of Dan Fiske, a Cave Junction local, veterinarian, city councilman, and involved community member.
- The Day of Service is an annual event that was implemented in Dan Fiske’s memory to keep his service-oriented spirit alive in the valley.
- The Day of Service focuses on the importance of serving your community and working with your fellow classmates.
- Local Businesses partner with students at Illinois Valley High School and Lorna Byrne Middle School by providing community service projects for students to complete on their property. Local businesses benefit by having their buildings and locations cleaned up as well as making connections with local students and community members.
- Community members contribute their time and resources to continue the Day of Service program. Many community members show up and are ready to pair up with our students and work side by side, creating lasting community relationships.
- The Josephine County Foundation has been a sponsor of the Dan Fiske Day of Service since 2014 and will continue to be a supporter in the years to follow.
- The Dan Fiske Memorial Day of Service was originally implemented in September of 2014 by Illinois Valley High School student /JCF student officer Skyla Patton, and former IVHS teacher, Erica Butler.
Through the Dan Fiske Day of Service, we’re creating lasting relationships between local law enforcement, business owners, community members and our students.
Students can see the benefit to keeping their community clean and the community members see youth who are helping with a continuous problem rather than contributing to it. Students work closely with law enforcement which increases safety both in our program and the community, as well as builds lasting relationships with our law enforcement officers.
Due to the COVID Closures, 2020 was a much smaller year in terms of community service, but that didn’t stop us from our commitment to the community. This year we partnered with JOE’s Place, another youth service organization, to provide the community with another clean up day! The Josephine County Foundation and JOE’s Place focused on Main Street in Cave Junction to pick up garbage, wash windows, and sweep sidewalks.
We were able to collect an entire trailer of garbage as well as wash over 75% of windows. This paired with the street and sidewalk sweeping made an incredible impact on the community!
In 2019, students spent a full day in the community participating in various services in order to make the area better. Locations included: Oregon Caves, Chevron, True Value, Lorna Byrne, Evergreen Elementary, the Illinois Valley Visitor’s Center, Illinois Valley High School, Shop Smart, the Post Office, as well as the streets and businesses around town.
They completed various projects including trash clean up, weeding, painting, varnishing the railings at the Caves, planting, spreading mulch, and many other empowering and rejuvenating projects.