Virtual Home Inventory Launches New Service for Homeowners

Virtual Home Inventory (VHI) recently launched a new service to help homeowners recover from catastrophe by creating a visual record of their home and all possessions. Losing a home to a fire, storm, or any disaster is devastating financially and emotionally. When making an insurance claim, complete documentation is key to quickly rebuilding your life. To ensure an adequate settlement, VHI documents the complete contents, fixtures, and finishes of a home. They capture the entire home, including furniture, artwork, jewelry, firearms, and inside closets and cupboards, to record your belongings in place. With comprehensive proof of possessions, settlements take less time and reflect the property’s true value. “Because creating a home inventory is a daunting task, only about half of homeowners have one,” says VHI Founder, Ken Aaron, “and most are incomplete or out of date.” Making an accurate inventory after a disaster is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Virtual Home Inventory helps their clients prepare for the aftermath of a loss and achieve peace of mind.

SMART Sip Event Supports Childhood Literacy

The Central Oregon chapter of SMART Reading will host the SMART Sip wine-tasting fundraiser on February 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tetherow Pavilion. Event attendees will learn about wine while learning about SMART’s work to inspire local children to read. Founded in 1992, SMART Reading has grown to become the state’s largest volunteer-driven nonprofit devoted to children’s literacy. All proceeds from the event fund SMART’s 25 local programs—this year, they read with more than 1,000 kids and gave away 14,000 books.



February is American Heart Month

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, and the entire month is American Heart Month—dedicated to heart disease awareness. The annual recognition began in 1963 to encourage Americans to learn more about the number one killer of both men and women. Each year, hospitals and health systems across the country help raise awareness by holding free screenings and heart health events during the month. It’s a time for people to commit to a healthier lifestyle and learn about small changes that can help Americans lower their risk for developing heart disease.