Education & the Arts

  • Books For Babies: Starting the drive towards literacy from birth, YES funds a program to provide every baby born at the McMinnville Hospital with a new book, with a label explaining the many reasons to read to babies. Books are available in English and Spanish.  Encouraging reading at all ages, YES has also procured books to give to the newborn’s older siblings. YES hopes to expand this program to include the whole county.. This project is done in cooperation with Third Street Books and the Willamette Valley Medical Center.  YES is working with the county Literacy Action Committee to expand this program and promote reading skills. In 2013, YES found an opportunity to support literacy through the preschool years through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  For $25 a year, Yamhill County children (ages 0 to 5) can receive an age appropriate book in the mail every month. We hope to expand this program in 2014.
  • Koncerts for Kids: Wanting to bring music enrichment and inspiration to public school students,YES started with the McMinnville School District and for two years has bussed all McMinnville third graders to the high school for a concert by professional musicians and high school students. YES hopes to expand this program to include fourth and fifth graders and to include students from all the school districts in Yamhill County


  •  Women Leaders’ Luncheon:Recognizing that Yamhill County is full of interesting and accomplished women, YES started a program of bringing them together to get to know one another. The goal of the luncheons is to bring community women of different ages and professions together for culture and conversation. A speaker series, “Conversations With ….” has also been launched to bring notable Oregon women to Yamhill County.

Spring 2014 luncheon lineup:

Conversation with Marie Simmons
Wednesday, April 23rd

McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 12 – 1pm
Marie is an award winning cookbook author, prolific food writer, and inspiring teacher. She has written more than 20 cookbooks on subjects like figs, rice, eggs and muffins. Her latest book is Taste of Honey: The definitive guide to tasting and cooking with 40 varietals.  Marie lives in Eugene, and is currently working on a new cookbook project, tentatively called, Whole World Vegetarian.


Conversation with Jaunita Crampton
Wednesday, May 21st

McMinnville Grand Ballroom, 12 – 1pm
The golden thread of Juanita’s life has been to explore the nature of existence through her work life and her family life. Currently a co-owner of Sattwa Chai in Newberg, Juanita’s previous experience includes co-founding Briggs & Crampton Catering, and holding numerous roles in social and community services.  Join us as she shares her journey.


We have raised the price this year to $20 to help fund our Books for Babies program. Reservations required, we will take payment at the door. Cash or check only, please.

Governor Barbara Roberts with singing suffragette, Alice Darnton, McMinnville Library Reference Librarian and songstress. Gov. Roberts spoke about women and the vote at at YES event, August 15, 2012.