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- Volunteers of America Oregon Presents: Reimagining the Dream--A Symposium on Diversity, Inclusion, and Economic Stability.
An opportunity to join business leaders, educators, members of the faith community and non-profit organizations in an exploration of ways to increase diversity and inclusiveness in economic activity, allowing more staff to reflect populations served and for everyone to participate in a prosperous economy. The Diversity Symposium will be held May 8, 2015 at the University of Portland's Chiles Center, from 1-4. Tickets will be available March 17.
- VOAOR's 2014 Annual Report
Learn more about how VOAOR is meeting the critical challenges our communities face, particularly its youngest and most vulnerable members. We report on 2014's innovative, effective programs and where we are headed to demonstrate how far every dollar donated goes in promoting self-determination, building strong communities, and standing for social justice.
- Great ways to Give to VOAOR: Donate to our Thrift it Thrift Store and our Vehicle Donations Program
Donate to Thrift it! VOAOR's resale outlet. Donate gently used clothing and household goods. We especially need warm clothing and blankets---Donate at the store or at one of Dropboxes. Call 1-877-VOA-3977 for free pick up or to host a small or large donation collection bin at your place of business. All donations are sold at Thrift it, located at 182nd & Division. You can also shop for unusual finds, household goods, and plenty of crafty items. Or, if you have a car, boat, RV or truck you would like to donate, call our Vehicle Donations Program; they'll pick up the vehicle! 503-239-7944. All donations support programs for adults, children, and families who struggle with poverty, family violence, addictions, and the challenges of aging--- your donations change lives and strengthen our community.
- Fall Newsletter
VOAOR's Fall 2014 Newsletter has updates on some of the ways VOAOR is making a difference for youth, adults, and families in our community. See how your support is put to use in our Youth Prevention Services, Seniors, Domestic Violence, and Latino Treatment and Prevention programs.
- STOP and START Court Treatment Programs' Excellent Outcomes
The Multnomah County Department of Community Justice reports this week on fiscal year 2013 outcomes:
The START Drug Court program exceeded performance goals with a 74% reduction in arrests (pre-treatment vs. post-treatment). The goal was 50%.
The STOP Drug Court program exceeded performance goals with a 67% reduction in arrests (pre-treatment vs. post-treatment). The goal was 50%.
Click on the link above to learn about VOAOR Drug Court treatment programs, which resolve the addictions underlying criminality, enhancing public safety and saving public funds by offering alternatives to costly jail time.
- Thanks to everyone who gave to the Family Relief Nursery in the Willamette Week Give!Guide
Friends and supporters of VOAOR and our Family Relief Nursery helped us raise over $5,700 for child abuse prevention services. You brought 2014 to a great close and we very much appreciate all you do for families in need. A Happy and Healthy 2015 from Volunteers of America Oregon.
- Joe Biden Visits Portland and VOAOR's CEO Kay Toran
Kay Toran, our CEO, had lunch with Vice President Joe Biden during his recent visit to Portland. What a tremendous opportunity for Vice President Biden to learn about our work and for Kay to meet this champion of the underserved.
- VOAOR Day Treatment Alumni are KATU's Everyday Heroes!
Every year for the past six, graduates of the Day Treatment program, a partnership between VOAOR, Central City Concern, and Portland Police, have shown their appreciation for getting out of a life of addictions, homelessness, and crime by helping low income children succeed with new backpacks and school supplies. These men are Everyday Heroes. See them highlighted on KATU!
- VOAOR's ¡Adelante! Awarded a Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Fund Grant to offer Prevention Services at School Based Health Centers
Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region Community Benefit Program has awarded VOAOR's ¡Adelante! program a three-year grant to partner with the Milwaukee High School Health and Wellness Center (SBHC) to provide alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention and treatment services to the student population. This SBHC, a partnership between the high school and Outside In, “promotes the health and academic success of children and youth.” It offers comprehensive preventive, primary and mental healthcare for Milwaukee High School, Milwaukee Academy of Arts and Rowe Middle School students. We thank KPCF and are eager to offer updates on the success of this program in supporting teens' health and academic achievement.
- VOAOR Pilot Project for Seniors with Advanced Stage Dementia: Innovative Therapies for Sundowner's Syndrome Request for Evaluator Proposals.
Our Lambert House Adult Day Center has received funding support from the Oregon Department of Human Services to pilot therapeutic activities for patients experiencing severe behaviors of Sundowner Syndrome. We seek a qualified evaluator to conduct the evaluation of the pilot project. Please review the Request For Proposals at the link above, and submit your proposal by November 20th.
- Family Relief Nursery is in the Willamette Week Give!Guide
The Give Guide comes out November 5th. Here's a chance for you to share your dedication to ending child abuse by introducing friends, family, and co-workers to the Family Relief Nursery through the Give Guide. They can learn about the Nursery and donate to one of the most important causes there is. Remember to look for the Big Give Days, when all sorts of prizes are available to those who donate on that day!
- Volunteers of America Oregon Presents: Give Today to VOAOR
We invite you to view our latest video; learn more about our work, see the people whose lives we help change every day, and learn how you can be a part of making a difference in our community! To see Testimonials from Program participants and family members given this year at our Annual DePreist Award Dinner, please go to About Us in the upper right hand corner and choose Press Room from the left menu.
- Court Care to Open in East Multnomah County
When families need to seek legal advice or appear in court, they are involved in situations no child should be involved in. VOAOR's wildly lauded and greatly appreciated free drop in child care at the downtown Multnomah County Courthouse is opening in East County. Founded by the Multnomah County Bar Association, CourtCare is a fun safe place for children to be while their parents resolve legal issues. Not only are the children protected from these often contentious proceedings, their parents are free to focus on the issues at hand, knowing their children are cared for.
- Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser: Eat at Chipotle Tuesday, September 16th
Support scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by family members with addictions. 50% of the proceeds of your meal at the Lloyd District Chipotle from 4 - 8pm will be donated to the VOAOR Men's Residential Center Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Click on the link above for a flyer to present with your order, or just tell them your meal benefits VOA.
- Spring Newsletter
Learn more about the exceptional work VOAOR is doing---articles on: our innovative partnership with Rockwood Medical Clinic to provide addictions treatment; the critical importance of cultural diversity to our program success; our fabulous Catering enterprise, which is available for your next event!; and what the "volunteer" in Volunteers of America Oregon means to our dedicated volunteers.
- 8th Annual Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Larch Mountain Hike and Bike
Join one of the most fun fundraising events of the year. You support a scholarship fund for college-bound youth whose lives have been affected by addictions in their families while riding or hiking Larch Mountain. Click on the link above for a flyer with details and registration information. You may also contact Kristin Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship awarded $59,000 dollars to 38 Oregon high school students this year. Come ride or hike with us on July 26th and help even more students in need.
- Join VOAOR at Rock the Block This Weekend
Thrift it and Youth Prevention Services will have booths at Rock the Block in Rockwood, on Plaza Del Sol. A family oriented community celebration, there will be games, music, dancing, food, and lots of information on community resources----lots of ways to help kids have fun and stay safe all summer. Join the fun. Click on the link above for more information.
- Al Forthan Scholarship Award 2014
Congratulations to the 38 young men and women whose essays on how addictions in their families affected them won Al Forthan Scholarship Awards. Christian Gabor, of South Eugene High School won the grand prize of $10,000. $59,000 was awarded last night. Click on the link above to read essays from the top four award winners. The Men's Residential Center's support of high school students who have overcome tremendous odds and are college bound is yet another way this highly effective program strengthens and inspires our community. Thanks to the organizers, Greg Stone, MRC Program Director, and Kristin Yates, Education and Prevention Services Coordinator
- Support the Day Treatment Alumni Backpack Giveaway at Burgerville May 5th
Dine at Burgerville on NE 82nd and NE Glisan between 5 and 8 on Monday, May 5th and a portion of the evening's proceeds will help VOAOR Day Treatment Program Alumni buy backpacks for children in need. There will also be a barrel to collect donated packs. Come on out for a delicious meal and a great cause.
- Women's Residential Center Graduation
Congratulations to the women who have successfully completed addictions treatment and are completing the transition from incarceration back into our community. The graduation will be held Friday, April 25 at Community in Christ Church, 4837 NE Couch St. from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
- April is National Volunteer Month
VOAOR has so many great opportunities to discover or recommit to volunteering and reflect on the impact of service on our community. 900 volunteers serve VOAOR in one-time and recurring positions each year; more than 64 million people volunteer nationally – donating time and expertise valued at $173 billion. View our Volunteer Spotlights to learn about the impact of volunteering on our programs and the lives of the volunteers, and our Group Projects for more on the contribution of VOAOR’s key corporate volunteer partners.
VOA will be hosting recognition activities for volunteers throughout the month to complement our year-long volunteer training initiative, and welcoming new volunteers to join our work through one-time service projects on April 16th and 25th. Orientation sessions for long-term volunteers are on April 9th and 25th.
Contact Nancy Loso at email@example.com or 503-595-2009 for more information!
- Volunteers of America Oregon 13th Annual DePreist Award for Excellence Dinner
On February 12th, 2014 we honored Oregonians who exemplify the spirit of service and philanthropy embodied in the legacy of James DePreist. The DePreist Award for Excellence was given to Al and Nancy Jubitz of the Jubitz Family Foundation for their service to our community. The Vic Atiyeh Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Bernie and Bobbie Foster, publishers of the Skanner, for their long committment to community justice.
- Re Entry Enhancement Coordination Graduation
Men and women transitioning from prison have completed addictions treatment with the supportive services of the REC counselors and mentors in collaboration with SE Works, Bridges to Change, the state Dept of Corrections and county Dept. of Justice. Their graduation Wednesday night, April 23, at 501 SE Hawthorne, 6pm, marks a new start with family, work, school, and life. Congratulations
- March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Learn More From VOAOR's Problem Gambling Services
VOAOR's Gambling Prevention and Treatment programs have created excellent videos in Spanish, English, and Chinese to raise awareness and encourage people to seek treatment. Thanks to Metro East Community Media for producing these videos. VOAOR's Gambling programs offer culturally specific outreach and services all year long, and are experts in a less known and less understood area of addictions. Click on the link to see the videos.
- VOAOR Program Graduate, Isaiah Holt, Speaks at TEDx Talks
Community Partner's Reinvestment (CPR) Program graduate, Isaiah Holt, will speak at the TEDx Talks, Saturday April 12th, at the Keller Auditorium in Portland. The panel of speakers and performers described as thinkers and doers includes Governor John Kitzhaber. Please take this opportunity to learn how CPR and VOAOR lead troubled, vulnerable people facing so many challenges to remake their lives and become inspiring community leaders.
- Volunteers of America Oregon's 2013 Annual Report
Learn about the programs you have supported this year and the many ways we meet our community's challenges. Your support has helped children, families, and adults overcome addictions, abuse, and family crises. We can't do what we do without you. Thank you, and Happy Holidays from all of us at Volunteers of America Oregon
- Volunteers of America 13th Annual DePreist Award for Excellence Dinner
Join us on February 12th, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel to honor Oregonians who exemplify the spirit of service and philanthropy embodied in the legacy of James DePreist. This year, we honor Al and Nancy Jubitz for their service to our community. Click on the link for more information and to purchase tickets or sponsor this event.
- Kay Toran receives the Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award
On February 4th, at the Portland Art Museum, VOAOR president and CEO, Kay Toran, received Concordia University's Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award. Sir Ken Robinson, a leader in creativity and innovation in education and business, delivered the keynote address. Congratulations.
- KGW, Willamette Dental, and VOAOR Smiles Dental Campaign--Dental Kits for Kids in Need
KGW NewsChannel 8, Willamette Dental, and Volunteers of America Oregon invite you to help promote dental health among families in need. When children do not have access to regular dental care, their dental and physical health are at great risk. Many absences from school are due to tooth aches and other related illnesses. You can help. Donate $20.00 to the SMILES Campaign and you provide Dental Kits to a family of four. Kits contain brushes, toothpaste, floss, and a brushing timer. The Oregon Community Foundation will match the first $2,500 in gifts! Thank you for making local kids' smiles healthier.
- KGW, Willamette Dental, and VOAOR Smiles Dental Campaign--Dental Kits for Kids in Need
KGW NewsChannel 8, Willamette Dental, and Volunteers of America Oregon invite you to help promote dental health among families in need. When children do not have access to regular dental care, their dental and physical health are at great risk. Many absences from school are due to tooth aches and other related illnesses. You can help. Donate $20.00 to the SMILES Campaign and you provide Dental Kits to a family of four. Kits contain brushes, toothpaste, floss, and a brushing timer. The Oregon Community Foundation will match the first $2,500 in donations! Thank you for making local kids' smiles healthier.
- Volunteer with us this Holiday Season
There are so many ways to contribute to the vital services Volunteers of America Oregon provides. This holiday season, you, your family, neighborhood, religious group, service club, or office can help bring a sense of care and belonging to an isolated parent, child or senior citizen.
We invite you to host a gift drive or a holiday celebration. Click on the link above to see our Flyer for more details. VOAOR thanks all of you who give so much through the year; volunteering your time this season will mean so much to so many. As ever, you may also support the many programs and services that strengthen our community by donating a vehicle or by donating items to our Thrift It Thrift Store. And don't forget, you can support us and get a delicious meal by hiring Catering for a Cause for your next corporate or private event. Go to our Business Enterprise page to learn more!
- My Little Waiting Room Co-Founder, Amy Paterson, receives a Points of Light Award
On Friday, October 11, Amy Paterson received the National 2013 Points of Light Tribute Award. She was recognized by the nation's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service for her innovative My Little Waiting Room (MLWR), which provides child care for parents seeking medical treatments and consultations. Amy and co-founder Melissa Moore realized the need for this service when Amy was being treated for breast cancer and struggled to find care for her 2 year old son. They founded the first MLWR at Providence St. Vincent, which served over 5000 children last year. VOAOR is proud to provide child care for MLWRs at St. Vincent and at Providence Portland. Both centers are supported by donations. Congratulations to Amy Paterson!
- Volunteers of America Oregon Request for Proposals: Facilities and Capital Needs Assessment
VOAOR invites you to submit a proposal to support us in developing an assessment of our agency facilities and real property assets. Please click on the link above to see the RFP for more information. The application deadline is Monday, December 9.
- Fall Newsletter
Learn how your donations and community support are strengthening families and giving at-risk youth a second chance. You can see the positive impact our East Portland Family Relief Nursery is having in its first year; how VOAOR is once again providing effective detention alternatives for youth; our services for youth and families in public housing; and how you can support all this good work with a vehicle donation!
- Re-Entry Enhancement Coordination Graduation
Re-entry Enhancement Coordination Graduation: Monday, September 30. Help us celebrate the graduation of men and women in recovery, transitioning from prison. REC graduates share their stories and celebrate their successful completion of the program. Time: 6pm. Place: Multnomah Building 501 SE Hawthorne St.
- Volunteers of America Oregon Spring Newsletter
Our spring newsletter highlights some of the many ways your contributions to VOAOR change lives and strengthen our community. From the wide show of support at our annual DePreist Dinner and highly effective resources for parents in recovery and families fleeing domestic violence, to a nurturing, therapeutic garden for seniors. See all we're doing, with your help!
- Family Relief Nursery Wine and Harvest Fundraising Dinner
Save the date! October 19th at the University Club, downtown Portland. Taste wines, bid on silent auction items, and help us reach our fundraising goal for our Family Relief Nursery and East Portland Satellite Nursery child abuse prevention services. Enjoy a wonderful event and make a difference in the lives of children and families at risk of abuse.
- Donate Backpacks
VOAOR Day Treatment Alumni are collecting backpacks, schools supplies, or cash donations to make sure high poverty children in Portland return to school with the supplies they need to succeed. Help us reach more kids this year! Donate today. Call Rhybon Mayfield at 503 839-0943 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop off backpacks at 537 SE Alder St. The kids need you!
- Family Recovery Support Open House
Family Recovery Support provides supportive services, community building, and resources to parents in recovery. Come hear clients in recovery and with Child Welfare involvement talk about what the program has done for them and their children. Today! Wednesday, July 31st; 2609 SE 136th ave, Portland OR 97236. 2pm to 5pm. Refreshments provided. RSVP: email@example.com or 503 984-3710.
- Volunteers of America Oregon at the Neil Kelly Home Remodeling Fair
Join us at Neil Kelly Saturday, September 14 for a terrific chance to learn about home remodeling and VOAOR! Our Marie Smith Adult Day Center will host a table at the Fair--if your remodeling project includes accommodations for a senior or adult with disabilities, you may want to learn how our Adult Day Center enriches the lives of its elderly and physically or mentally disabled clients. Neil Kelly, which has long partnered with VOAOR, will match any donations you make to Marie Smith Center.
- Community Partners Reinvestment Graduation
Young men 18 to 25 returning to our communities from prison and jail have the worst odds for re-offending and returning to prison. CPR provides the counseling, mentoring, and support that keep these young men in school, at work, and with their families. Department of Community Justice Director, Scott Taylor, will attend to congratulate program graduates and thank parole officer, Pam Lewis, for her partnership and service to the program. Thursday, July 18, 5:30 to 7 pm in the VOAOR Administration Building 3910 SE Stark.
- 7th Annual Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship
Larch Mountain Bike and Hike
Register for the Larch Mountain Bike and Hike: Saturday, July 27th 2013, 9:00am Bike/7:00am Hike/10:00am Hike.
An event to raise funds for the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship, honoring Al’s memory and encouraging students to think critically about the impact of addictions on the community. In 2013, we were able to provide scholarships totaling $50,000 to 32 high school seniors throughout Oregon. Prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. A variety of biking and hiking options are available, from strenuous to leisurely. Your registration includes a barbecue lunch at Larch Mountain.
- Volunteers of America Oregon Rocks the Block
Friday 5/31/13 and Saturday 6/1/13, VOAOR's Family Connection's Youth Prevention Services, ¡Adelante!, and Thrift it participated in Rock the Block to celebrate our community in Rockwood. 156 homes, including 386 children received 1012 pieces of clothing! YPS had piles of children's books to give away both days. Thanks so much to our staff and volunteers for making this a wonderful community event. We gave away tons of information on VOAOR and our Summer Lunch Program, along with Thrift it coupons---which are already making their way back to the store.
- Day Treatment Alumni Car Wash
Support our Day Treatment Alumni at their Car Wash Fundraiser Sunday, July 6. Funds are being raised for the Annual Backpack and Sleeping bag Giveaways; client Narcotics Anonymous retreats; and for personal needs items for the chronically homeless men overcoming addictions the Day Treatment program serves.
- Multnomah Bar Foundation Annual Court Care Campaign
The Multnomah Bar Association, Multnomah Bar Foundation kicked off its fundraiser for Court Care. This VOAOR drop in child care at the County Court House provides free child care to families appearing in court or addressing legal issues, such as filing papers or applying for restraining orders. While the program receives some public funding, it depends primarily on the financial support of the legal community, which contributes through the Multnomah Bar Foundation. The Foundation is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3), and contributions are tax deductible. Over 10,000 children have been served since 2001--10,000 children shielded from the trauma and stress of court proceedings.Paste the following link into your browser, and click on Donate now. https://mbabar.org/Foundation/CourtCare.html
- Volunteers of America Oregon President and CEO, Kay Toran, honored as REAP Woman of Legacy
REAP (Reaching and Empowering All People) honored leading Oregon women professionals for their contributions to business, education, health care, social services, and civic life. Kay Toran was recognized for her service and leadership. The Women of Legacy are an inspiration to the students REAP works with, "investing in students and providing a window into their future; elevating student voice and empowering students to converse with business, community & political leaders...instilling in students a will to lead through student voice to influence systems and to build toward self-sufficiency in a growing global economy."
- Day Treatment Alumni Backpack Giveaway Fundraiser at Burgerville
Please join us to support the Day Treatment Alumni group Backpack Drive---Between 5:00pm and 8:00pm, on Thursday, June 27th, Burgerville at NE 82nd and Glisan will donate 10% of its sales to the Day Treatment Alumni Group Backpack Drive. Last year, our Backpack Giveaway allowed over 300 low income children to start school with new backpacks and school supplies. Your delicious Burgerville meal will help our community by providing much needed funds to purchase backpacks and necessary school supplies for kids who might otherwise be without the tools they need to learn. There will also be a barrel to collect backpacks if you have one to donate.
Our flyer is attached for you to share with friends and family. Thank you in advance for your participation!
- Day Treatment Center Car Wash Fundraiser
This Saturday, May 11! Support Volunteers of America Oregon's Day Treatment Alumni Backpack Giveaway fundraiser. In partnership with the Portland Police Bureau Service Coordination Team, Day Treatment stabilizes chronically homeless men, addressing addictions, mental health issues, criminality, job and housing placement, and retention. Each year, program Alumni raise money to buy packs and supplies for children in need. You can support this program and get your car clean and shiny into the bargain: Come to the Day Treatment Center Car Wash on May 11 from 9am to 5pm at MLK and NE Sacramento.
- Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser
The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Award Ceremony will be held May 1 at the New Song Community Church. Congratulate local high school students who have overcome the tremendous challenges of dealing with addictions in their families, and written award winning essays about their struggles. Contest winners receive scholarships for ongoing education. Your donations help these students break the cycle of addictions and share their insights with the next generation. Click on the Donate Now button in the right hand corner and designate Al Forthan. Thank you!
- Second My Little Waiting Room Opens at Providence Portland
Our new My Little Waiting Room site at Providence Portland opens on April 8th! We deeply appreciate the opportunity to provide Portland Portland families with high quality, free, drop-in child care while seeking medical care or visiting patients--as we have been providing Providence St. Vincent families since 2010.
- Lambert House Adult Day Center hosts a Training Series for Caregivers: Home Sweet Home
VOA Oregon Adult Day Centers are partnering with Multnomah County to offer a four part educational in-service facilitated by an Occupational Therapist. The focus is how to safely provide care for elders and those afflicted with chronic disease in our homes. Lambert House will host the series starting April 11, with subsequent workshops on the 18th, 25th, and May 2nd from 3-4:30pm. See the Flyer for details.
- View our 2012 Annual Report
In 2012, community support enabled Volunteers of America Oregon to serve over 17,000 people in Children and Family Programs, Public Safety and Treatment, Seniors, and Enterprises. To learn more about all that you have helped us achieve, read our Annual Report.
- Service Coordination Team Graduation
The City's most frequent drug and property crime offenders graduated Friday in a moving and inspiring ceremony. Darrell White of Central City Concern (CCC), SCT's Austin Raglione, Portland Police Chief Mike Reese, Mayor Sam Adams, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz congratuated the graduates and praised the program, a partnership between Volunteers of America Oregon, the City, and CCC. Offering housing, addictions treatment, and counseling, SCT has saved taxpayers more than $20 million since it started in 2003--reducing participants' arrests and jail time.
- Home Free iPad 3 Raffle
Today, March 5th, is your last chance to buy raffle tickets: Enter to win an iPad 3 while supporting Home Free’s innovative programs for survivors of domestic violence – that’s what we call a win-win!
Be sure to enter before it’s too late!
Tickets are just $10 and all proceeds go directly to Home Free, helping us continue the work of standing with survivors to achieve lives no longer defined by domestic violence.
You can buy tickets either from a Home Free staff member or online by following the link above. Please help us spread the word by sending this announcement to your family and friends so they can also enter to win! Today's the last day!!
- President and CEO, Kay Toran, receives award at Providence Health and Services All Saints Day Community Breakfast
VOA OR President and CEO, Kay D. Toran, was honored today at All Saints Day Community Breakfast with the Compassion and Wisdom Award. The Annual Celebration honors community partners collaborating to create healing. Congratulations, Kay!
- Volunteers of America Oregon Fall Newsletter
You can read about our volunteer summer interns' field trips with families in our Family Relief Nursery, a recent graduate of our program for those in recovery returning to the community from prison, Day Treatment's backpack giveaway, and the new Home Free Teen website!
- A Season for Giving
As this holiday season comes to a close, Volunteers of America Oregon thanks all those who have given what they can over the year---time, money, or goods. As you are thinking about year-end giving, take a moment to look at our Programs and Services, our excellent outcomes, and the faces of the men, women and children we serve. 88 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to services for families fleeing domestic violence, children at risk of abuse, frail seniors and disabled adults, or men and women in recovery and transitioning back to our communities. We wish you a joyous holiday season.
- Wine and Harvest Fundraising Dinner Benefits the Family Relief Nursery and East County Satellite Nursery
Our Wine and Harvest Family Relief Nursery Fundraising Event, on October 13th, was a wonderful success. The Dinner, at the University Club, featured tastings and sales of local wines; the wineries donated a portion of their proceeds to the Family Relief Nursery and the East County Satellite Nursery, which opened October 1st. We thank our event sponsors: Hines Warner Wealth Management; KlearMarketing Print and Distribution; NW Mortgage Group; The Standard; and Northwest Pediatric Gastoenterology. Generous funding support for the Nursery also provided by: The Jackson Foundation; M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation; the Swinmurn Family Foundation; Brasher's Cascade Auto Auction; Enterprise Holdings Foundation; and Tom and Carolyn Wenrich. And all those who participated in our Silent Auction, Raffle, and Paddle Raise. Thank you! See our event album on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/voaor
- Timbers Soccer Match with Youth from VOA Oregon's Family Connection's Youth Prevention Services
Despite the rains, the Timbers and youth participating in Youth Prevention Services (YPS) had a great match on Friday. Seven community volunteers from Jeld Wen, Hands On Portland, and VOA’s YPS joined dozens of children and families from three low-income, public housing sites served by YPS. Aaron from the Timbers ran drills, set-up teams, and organized two soccer matches with adult volunteers playing, cheering, and encouraging the kids. The highlight was the arrival of two Timbers players for Q&A about how they’ve overcome obstacles to be professional athletes, and then joined the kids in finishing up the matches.
Fox News was on-site and aired clips during Friday’s 10pm news hour. See footage on the Timbers website highlighting day 5 of their Stand Together Week to encourage volunteer engagement:
- Volunteers of America Oregon Annual Depriest Dinner
On February 13, 2013, we presented the Volunteers of America Oregon Award for Excellence at our annual DePreist Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Portland Hilton Hotel. This year's award honored Intel Corporation for its commitment to Oregon: the state's largest private employer and a major donor to charitable causes. Oregon’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Rudy Crew, gave a major address on his vision for Oregon’s schools.Thank you to all who attended and donated to VOA. We can't do the good work we do without you.
- East County Satellite Family Relief Nursery Opens
This week, our Satellite Nursery opens in a space shared with our Family Recovery Support Program at 2609 SE 136th Avenue. Thanks to generous support from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, NW Natural, the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care, BSNF, Wheeler, Jackson, Jubitz, and Autzen Foundations we are able to open a new classroom and serve more families at risk of child abuse and neglect.
- Family Relief Nursery on FOX 12 News
Monday, September 17, FOX 12 aired a story on the Family Relief Nursery and one of our families. The parents and their 2 1/2 year old daughter have been enrolled in the Relief Nursery programs since the little girl was an infant. Mom and Dad overcame drug and alcohol abuse, learned about child development, received one on one support and coaching during monthly home visits and they were given tools for parenting.
- Volunteers of America Oregon Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning
Volunteers of America Oregon seeks an experienced organizational consultant to work with the President/CEO, Board of Directors, Senior Management Team, staff members and stakeholders to develop a Strategic Plan that will guide the direction, priorities and key business decision-making for the agency over the next three year
- Volunteers Help Make the Family Relief Nursery Even More Welcoming to Families Overcoming Challenges
So far this summer, volunteers from Arkansas, through a youth mission arranged by Agape Bible Church, Oregon Tradeswomen, Intel Interns, and Portland area high school students have given their time, energy, and wisdom to Family Relief Nursery projects. They've built a playground, garden beds, and a fence; sanded and finished furniture, made greeting cards for the families, and led the children on field trips. Thanks, volunteers, for brightening our Nursery and the families' days.
- Men's Residential Treatment Center Block Party
VOA's Men's Residential Treatment Center invites its neighbors to a Block Party: Music, food, fun for the kids! Come join the neighborhood party, TODAY---August 21st
- Women's Residential Center Summer Block Party
The Women's Residential Center helps women overcome a variety of challenges, rebuild their lives, and re-enter their communities. Join them for fun in the sun at their Summer Block Party: August 16th---the food, games and music are at 200 SE 7th ave.
- Backpack Giveaway at the Boys and Girls Club
TODAY, August 10th, our Day Treatment Center Alumni Group, in Partnership with Central City Concern and the City of Portland Service Coordination Team, will be giving away the backpacks and school supplies they have been collecting through July. This event means so much to children already filled with a mix of excitement and dread about the first day of school, without the added anxiety of worrying whether their family can afford school supplies; it kicks off at 2:30 with opening remarks by Portland Police Chief Mike Reese.
- Volunteers of America Oregon at the Division/Clinton Street Fair
Celebrate one of Portland's hippest neighborhoods with VOA volunteers who will have family friendly crafts and lots of information on how you can get involved. This Saturday, July 28th 10am to 10pm
- Summer Intern Volunteers Lead Family Relief Nursery Field Trips
Portland High School student volunteers are planning and leading summer field trips for children from the Family Relief Nursery. The first trips are July 9-12 to OMSI.
- Community Partners Reinvestment Graduation
Congratulations to the young men, 18 to 25 who have worked so hard and come so far. Thanks also to the CPR staff.
- Statement Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold The Affordable Care Act
From our National Office: Volunteers of America applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold The Affordable Care Act and supports any effort to provide quality health care to all people.
- Volunteers of America Oregon Summer Free Lunch Program
Volunteers of America Oregon's summer food service program at two Housing Authority sites, for community residents 18 and under, starts June 18th and runs through August 24th.
- The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Training Series Presents: EMPOWERING AND SUSTAINING RECOVERY IN YOUTH AND FAMILIES
On June 13th, Dr. Nissen, of the School of Social Work at Portland State University, will present a training on Empowering and Sustaining Youth in Recovery as a benefit fundraiser for the Al Forthan Scholarship. Her training will address youth from ages of 12 to 21. Dr. Nissen also served for 12 years as the national Program Director of Reclaiming Futures, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Reclaiming Futures is a model for improving juvenile justice through community integration.
- Youth Summer Internship
Join us in a volunteer opportunity with our Family Relief Nursery. This summer, be part of a team of youth and adult volunteers organizing short trips for the kids.
Orientation session is: Wednesday, June 27th from 2-4pm
- VOA President and CEO, Kay Toran, Awarded Honorary Doctorate from University of Portland
As the President and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon, Kay Toran provides overall leadership and strategic direction our organization. Her chief goal for Volunteers of America Oregon is to increase the community’s awareness of the non-profit’s role in improving the lives of Oregon’s children, families, and seniors, while ensuring ongoing high-quality services. Kay Toran received an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland at its spring commencement, held on Sunday, May 6.
- Marie Smith Center Open House May 24th
The Marie Smith Center provides daytime care for elderly and disabled adults and support for family caregivers. The Center offers a caring, compassionate option that benefits both participants and family caregivers. Join us as we celebrate the Center’s Remodeling at our Open House Event. Meet the VOA's President/CEO, Kay Toran and Center staff. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about our programs.
- National Volunteer Week - April 15th - 21st
National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. Please click here to read more.
- Thank you, Volunteers!
Our thanks go out to volunteers from the Home Builders Foundation, Bank of America, Cascade Builders, and Fisher Roofing for their work to break ground at a community garden at Family Relief Nursery! Parr Lumber provided material to build garden boxes, and student interns from PCC and Legacy Health Systems will design a curriculum to teach vulnerable children and parents about gardening. Click here to read more and view news footage about the project!
- 2012 DePreist Award Honors Greg Chaille, Oregon Community Foundation President
Volunteers of America Oregon is pleased to announce Greg Chaille as the recipient of the 2012 DePreist Award for Excellence. Mr. Chaille is a long-time advocate for citizen involvement as an important means to making our community better. Please click here to find out more about this event.
- Our 2011 Annual Report is now available
What did your support help Volunteers of America Oregon to accomplish in the past year? Find out in our 2011 Annual Report -- available online. We hope you'll be inspired by the stories of hope and transformation, and we thank you for your support.
- Thank You Give!Guide Donors!
We'd like to thank everyone who donated to Home Free via the Willamette Week Give!Guide! We're so grateful for your support of our work to help domestic violence survivors establish safety and freedom. Thank you!
- Families Uniting Now profiled in the Oregonian
One of VOA Oregon’s newest programs is already yielding impressive results. Families Uniting Now helps parents involved with Child Welfare improve their parenting skills and prepare to reunite with their children. The Oregonian recently profiled this program in a Metro section article.
- Read all about it in our Fall 2011 Newsletter
The Fall 2011 Newsletter has arrived! Home Free Advocates share how they help kids learn to cope. A new project at Family Relief Nursery brings Baby Boomers and children together. A Women's Residential Center graduate inspires others to beat addiction through art. Click here to read more or download the PDF.
- Are you caring for a family member with dementia?
It can be difficult caring for family members with dementia, but you don't have to go it alone. Join us for ROADMAPS. Meet others who can relate, and come together to chat and share support. Click here to find out more!
- Thanks for joining us for the Community Cares 5K Walk!
A huge thank you to the 80 walkers and 17 volunteers who participated in the first annual Community Cares 5K Walk!
- Live Well with Chronic Conditions
Are you or someone you love living with a chronic condition? Join VOA Oregon for a FREE workshop that will help you put the life back in your life, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, and learn ways to talk to family and doctors about your health. Space is limited! Click here to find out more!
- 7 Ways You Can Help a Caregiver
Do you have reliable transportation, 15 minutes to make some phone calls, or time to be a listening ear? You can support someone caring for an elderly or disabled loved one. Click here to find out more ways you can help caregivers in your community.
- My Little Waiting Room Celebrates First Birthday
My Little Waiting Room, the Northwest's first drop-in child care center located in a hospital, is turning one! Operated by Volunteers of America Oregon and located at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, My Little Waiting Room has cared for more than 1,400 in the past year. Click here to read more and see a video about the celebration!
- Conference gives parents tools to help children succeed
¡Adelante! joined a group of community organizations for the first district-wide conference for Spanish-speaking parents. Over 450 people participated in the day-long conference and activities aimed at strengthening families and showing parents how to help their children succeed.
- Read Our 2010 Annual Report
Lives transformed. Families supported. A community strengthened. Volunteers of America Oregon is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and we're pleased to share our 2010 accomplishments. Click here to read our annual report or click here to review our IRS Form 990.
- Thank You, Volunteers!
A group of dedicated volunteers braved the early December wind and cold to install a brand new playground at Family Relief Nursery. Click here to see photos of the project.
- Spirit Mountain Community Fund Supports Home Free's Housing First Services
Spirit Mountain Community Fund generously awarded $50,000 in support of Home Free's Housing First Services, which touch the lives of 70 to 80 families surviving domestic violence each year. Read more here.
- Housing Authority of Portland Selects VOA Oregon to Provide Drug Prevention
Staff from three Volunteers of America Oregon will partner with the Multnomah County Department of County Human Services to provide youth addiction prevention services at seven Housing Authority of Portland sites. Read more here!
- Help a Senior Beat the Heat!
As the temperatures soar, keep in mind that seniors are especially prone to heat stress. Click here for some helpful reminders about how to stay cool and healthy in the heat!
- Portland Women’s Foundation Funds Crucial New Service at Home Free
The Portland Women’s Foundation has awarded Home Free a special grant of $100,000 over three years. The Martha Washington Impact Grant will fund a critical addition to Home Free’s services, providing mental health treatment to survivors of domestic violence. Read more here.
- Join Us for the 4th Annual Larch Mountain Bike Ride and Hike
Join Volunteers of America Oregon's Men's Residential Center for a day of fun in the outdoors and help raise money for the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
- Local Leaders Strong Advocates for the Gateway Center
You heard about the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services in Volunteers of America Oregon's spring newsletter, but there's more to the story.
- Meyer Memorial Trust Provides Core Operating Support to Home Free
The Meyer Memorial Trust recently awarded a $150,000 to Home Free, Volunteers of America Oregon's groundbreaking domestic violence intervention program. This grant will provide fund core operating support, enabling Home Free to continue to serve more than 5,000 individuals each year.
- Help Make the Family Relief Nursery Playground a Reality
Thanks to recent grants from the Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation, and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Family Relief Nursery is closer than ever to building a new playground, and you can help make this project a reality!
- Multnomah Bar Association Raises $100,000 for CourtCare
Multnomah Bar Association’s annual spring CourtCare fundraising campaign was again a success! Read more here about the legal community's united effort to secure funding for the drop-in childcare service at the Multnomah County Courthouse
- Read Our Spring Newsletter!
Volunteers of America Oregon's Spring 2010 newsletter is now available. Click to read about the latest updates and happenings.
- Marie Smith Center to Host Early Alzheimer's Support Group
Starting Monday May 17th, the Marie Smith Center will hostly a monthly Early Stage Support Group, led by the Alzheimer's Association - Oregon Chapter. The group is for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and their carepartners. Click here for more details.
- Home Free Awarded Grant from Nationwide Insurance Foundation
Nationwide Insurance Foundation awarded Home Free with a $10,000 grant for its Housing First program, an innovative response to domestic violence that helps survivors secure their own permanent housing.
- Join Us For Breakfast!
You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Caring for Our Seniors Breakfast on Thursday, May 13th. You'll hear from keynote speaker Dr. Margaret Neal and learn about how VOA Oregon's Adult Day Centers are supporting elderly and disabled adults in our community!
- Local Foundations Support Housing First's Innovative Approach
Home Free's Housing First program was the recent recipient of several grants from local foundations, who support its approach to securing permanent housing for domestic violence survivors.
- Home Free Receives Grant from Deacon Charitable Foundation
The Deacon Charitable Trust recently awarded a $2,000 to Home Free, Volunteers of America Oregon's innovative domestic violence intervention program, to help ensure that families fleeing abusive situations continue to have support as they rebuild their lives.
- Bureau of Planning & Sustainability Awards Grant to Day Treatment Program
The Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Day Treatment Program to support sustainable practices.
- Pacific Power Foundation Supports Home Free's Child/Youth Advocacy Services
The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded Home Free a $5,000 grant to support advocacy services to children and youths who have experienced domestic violence.
- Family Relief Nursery Receives Grant from Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Family Relief Nursery has received a $1,000 grant from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to help fund the construction of a new playground structure, which will create a safe, stimulating outdoor play area for at-risk and disadvantaged children in our community.
- Home Free's Housing First Program Is Named a Best Practice
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has cited Home Free's Housing First program as a Best Practice for its effectiveness in rapid re-housing for domestic violence survivors. Read the full story here.
- Day Treatment Program Featured in the Oregonian
A unique partnership is providing chronic offenders with a chance to leave addiction and crime behind. And it's changing lives. Read the full story here.
- 9th Annual DePreist Award Honors Tom Kelly
Volunteers of America Oregon is pleased to honor Tom Kelly, President of Neil Kelly Company, with the 9th Annual DePreist Award for Excellence on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, for his longstanding commitment to making our community a better place.
- Former Drug Dealer Leaves Positive Legacy
The Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship honors a man who turned his life around, inspired countless individuals, and now, is helping local high schoolers achieve their academic goals.
- Read the Community Assessment on Aging
A collaborative effort of Volunteers of America Oregon and other community organizations has released the 2009 Community Assessment on Aging. It is a call to action to address one of the largest issues our community and our generation are facing.
- Mayor Sam Adams Declares Kay Toran Appreciation Day
Portland Mayor Sam Adams declared August 19, 2009 to be Kay Toran Appreciation Day, in honor of her innovative leadership and tireless work to better the lives of the most vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved members of our community.