A Tribute to a Champion of Community: Mark Keppinger

The Rotary Club of Corvallis has been a longstanding pillar of support for the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation, dedicating a decade to serving the Family Support Program –  a lifeline for families struggling financially or experiencing homelessness – and impacting countless lives of Corvallis students. We want to extend our gratitude to the Corvallis Rotary for their recent donation, a collective act of giving from all members of the group, that was specifically directed towards the Family Support Program’s cold weather gear initiative to ensure that students facing challenging circumstances are equipped with clothing essentials for the winter season.

Mark Keppinger (pictured above), a devoted member of the Corvallis Rotary Club, has played a pivotal role in spearheading efforts to supply essential items and funds to the Family Support Program. Mark has been an active and engaged member of the club for over 17 years, and his contributions to the community have been invaluable. His unwavering dedication to the Corvallis School District’s Family Support Program over the past decade, in particular, has been a source of inspiration to many.

Corvallis Rotarian Rob Thurston writes, “Mark’s passion, leadership, and commitment to helping K-12 students facing housing insecurity is recognized and greatly appreciated by our Rotary Club members. For over ten years he has personally collected needed items and cash from members at the first meeting of every month and delivered these immediately to the Family Support Program. He keeps us informed of additional needs as they arise. In doing all of this, Mark shows the highest standard of “Service Above Self.”

To recognize his exceptional service, Family Support Program advocate, Sarah Devine, and CPSF Administrative Assistant, Maddy Dixon, surprised Mark at a Rotary meeting in December. They presented him with a certificate acknowledging his 10 years of service and a gift basket as a token of appreciation. Mark’s contributions have made a significant impact on the lives of many individuals, and the CPSF team is very grateful for his commitment and service. 

CPSF extends sincere appreciation to Mark Keppinger and the Rotary Club of Corvallis for their enduring support, making a lasting impact on the local community!

If you would like to donate to this fund, please direct your gift to the Family Support Program and add a note that you are supporting the Cold Weather Gear initiative. Thank you!