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  • Oral Health Funders Collaborative
    for Oral Health in Oregon 2014 2020 was released on October 3 2014 Funders are welcome to join the Collaborative For more information please contact Melissa D Freeman 503 227 6846 or Latest News October 2014 In spring 2013 members of the steering committee began working with Oregon Oral Health Coalition and Oregon Health Authority to develop a new strategic plan for improving oral health in Oregon The resulting Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon 2014 2020 was released on October 3 2014 This plan reflects the consensus of nearly 200 oral health advocates who understand that oral health is inseparable from overall health at every stage of life it highlights strategies that will deliver better care better health and lower costs for Oregonians of all ages and backgrounds We hope this plan will inspire and guide everyone who is striving to improve oral health in our state including health care government business philanthropy nonprofit and community leaders We believe that through this dedicated effort Oregonians will eventually enjoy the best oral health in the nation May 2014 In February 2013 the steering committee commissioned a study on the utilization of hospital emergency departments for dental pain This research was conducted by a collaborative team headed by Dr Benjamin Sun of OHSU s Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine and Dr Donald Chi of the University of Washington s Department of Oral Health Sciences Researchers found dental pain to be the second most common ED discharge diagnosis in adults ages 20 39 years after abdominal pain The full report is now available for download Milestones February 2013 The steering committee commissioned a study on the utilization of hospital emergency departments for dental pain conducted by a collaborative team headed by Dr Benjamin Sun of OHSU s Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine and Dr Donald Chi of the University of Washington s Department of Oral Health Sciences The full report is now available for download April 2012 The Oral Health Funders Collaborative held a member briefing in Bend Dr Bruce Goldberg former director of the Oregon Health Authority spoke on the importance of preventing dental disease through education and emphasized the need to raise public awareness of community accountability for improving dental health October 2012 About 45 people attended a reception at the Eugene Hilton to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Collaborative and to honor groups and individuals who are striving to improve dental health for all Oregonians At this event Bi Mart and Oregon Food Bank each received the Collaborative s first Oral Health Champion Award for distributing dental care kits in food boxes for low income families South Lane School District Human Resource Director Tim Rochholz Southern Willamette Valley Leadership Council member Frank Simpson and Dr Park McClung also received this award for their vital support of the South Lane Children s Dental Clinic in Cottage Grove Steering Committee Christina Swartz Bodamer managing director public and professional affairs Oregon Dental Association

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/ohfc (2016-05-01)
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  • Central Oregon Regional Action Initiative | Community Schools
    grants support Sisters Community School and build partnerships that foster the success of all students This funding includes the following 20 000 Extended Day Program grants for 2011 and 2012 Bend La Pine School District for an afterschool program at La Pine Middle and High School Kids Club of Jefferson County for afterschool music science and physical fitness programs and monthly family nights Jefferson County School District 509 J provides academic support for students and families at Westside Community Center South Wasco County School District for the local afterschool program Crook County 4 H Leaders supports Crook County After the Bell an afterschool program that provides a safe enriching environment for elementary students to engage in research based academic work Outcomes Between 2009 and 2013 OCF s Central Oregon RAI invested 1 million in five community schools and four afterschool programs Mitchell Community School Wheeler County Spray Community School Wheeler County Sisters Community School Deschutes County Vern Patrick Community School Redmond School District Deschutes County La Pine Community School South Deschutes County After the Bell Crook County South Wasco County School District Kids Club of Jefferson County Jefferson County School District 509 J Program Outcomes More than 8 000 Central Oregon students enrolled in RAI funded community schools and afterschool programs On any given school day more than 1 000 students benefit from direct services after school Afterschool programs have been credited as a source for a reduction in family stress Anecdotally students are more engaged with their schools and are receiving academic support and expanding their horizons through enrichment activities Parent Engagement Outcomes 7 200 parents or caregivers participated in parent engagement events such as parenting education classes at community schools between 2010 and 2013 Parents are spending more time at school to volunteer or to engage with their children in new ways Community Engagement Outcomes Community schools and afterschool programs increased student parent caregiver and community involvement More than 17 000 community members attended 208 events over the course of the initiative More than 1 500 volunteers gave their time and expertise to RAI grantees over the course of the initiative Leveraged Resources As of 2013 OCF s investment in Central Oregon community schools and afterschool programs has leveraged 852 483 in cash donations and more than 2 million in in kind support Milestones Fall 2009 The Central Oregon Regional Action Initiative Committee announced the availability of up to 1 million in funding for school district leaders to develop or sustain a community school program October 2009 On October 26 the Committee hosted a conference in Madras Oregon where more than 75 participants learned about community schools Teams representing the school district nonprofits and business communities were encouraged to submit funding proposals August 2010 On August 25 the Committee trained five coordinators to implement the region s community school programs and collect data on outcomes August 2011 On August 23 regional community school coordinators and school board representatives participated in a Tools for Longevity training with facilitator Mary

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/civic-engagement/rai/central-oregon (2016-05-01)
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  • Eastern Oregon Regional Action Initiative | Youth Mentoring and Enrichment Programs
    Program received 60 499 in Year 1 40 000 in Year 2 and 25 000 in Year 3 This program serves an average of 350 students per year as of 2012 more than half of the school s population continues to attend The Silver Family Foundation has committed additional funds to this program based in part on the RAI s strong support Community Connection of Northeast Oregon received two years of funding totaling 113 448 to develop the Union County Youth Coalition which will provide positive mentoring leadership development and education for youth aged 5 to 15 In winter 2012 the Leadership Council sought grant applications from organizations that help regional youth to access higher education and career training Organizations that offer college and career readiness programs have strong partnerships and emphasize innovation were encouraged to submit a proposal by December 20 2012 The following organizations received grant awards Athena Weston School District 29 RJ received 4 057 to purchase curriculum materials for its Focus on Freshman project Baker High School received 9 795 to support college and career readiness for all students through the use of Naviance and PrepMe software as well as to provide pre GED tutoring Grant County Education Service District received 10 000 to host Eastern Oregon Construction and Utility Career Day in La Grande on April 25 2013 Hermiston School District received 10 000 to purchase materials for a Freshman Seminar which will help students to develop a career plan La Grande High School received 10 000 to buy laptops and workstations for its afterschool welding program Malheur Education Service District received 42 271 to coordinate and implement the Frontier Access to College and Career program in frontier school districts Pendleton School District received 10 000 to expand its College and Career Ready program to students in fifth through 12th grades Umatilla High School received 9 540 to create a Success 101 course that will aid students in developing a 10 year plan Outcomes As of spring 2013 the Eastern Oregon RAI has awarded 881 000 to 16 organizations serving youth in the region As a result more than 11 000 youth now enjoy increased access to mentoring and enrichment activities The region has leveraged more than 800 000 in cash and in kind resources for efforts to improve youth education through mentoring and enrichment activities Milestones November 2009 The Eastern Oregon Leadership Council announced a request for proposals RFP to launch or sustain mentoring and enrichment programs Organizations that submitted proposals were expected to demonstrate how they would use funds to improve academic success student attendance and community engagement May 2010 Year 1 awards were announced Spring 2011 The Leadership Council partnered with Oregon Mentors and OregonASK to host one day regional training workshops in Pendleton La Grande Ontario and Burns These workshops focused on best practices in youth mentoring and afterschool enrichment for participants who intend to start a new program or improve an existing one The Ford Family Foundation cosponsored these workshops

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/civic-engagement/rai/eastern-oregon (2016-05-01)
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  • Metropolitan Portland Regional Action Initiative | Parenting Education
    advice and referrals to parents via phone text and email Providing funding for a full time coordinator to network with regional parenting education and early childhood providers to keep the 211info database current and user friendly Providing partial funding for development of a marketing and communications plan to inform parents of young children about the resources available at 211info Funding the new tri county parent advice line 211info Family which was officially launched on January 23 2013 Milestones 2009 2010 October 2009 On October 26 the Metro Portland RAI Committee hosted more than 65 leaders and decided to investigate methods for improving regional access to parenting services and information June 2010 The Committee awarded a grant to Portland State University s Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services to take an inventory of parenting education resources in the four county region Noting the valuable role 211info plays as the region s community help line the Committee opted to expand service to Hood River County 2011 March 2011 The Committee commissioned the Seattle based consulting firm Dovetailing to make recommendations for strengthening parenting education Dovetailing met with regional groups and conducted surveys to determine how to establish a better parenting education system in the Metro region December 2011 Dovetailing s findings research were presented at a breakfast meeting at the Oregon Zoo 2012 May 2012 The Committee approved funding for 211info to hire a part time parenting educator to take calls in Multnomah County as well as a full time Community Liaison to serve Clackamas and Washington counties This funding strengthened 211info s capacity to serve the region s parents October 2012 On October 24 the Committee issued a request for proposals for a new Metro Portland Parenting Education Small Grant Program which will provide three year grants for parenting education programs targeting underserved parents and caregivers from communities of color including immigrant communities grandparents raising grandchildren fathers and parents in rural areas of the four county region 2013 January 2013 On January 23 211info announced the expansion of its 211info Family hotline which was funded in part by the Metropolitan Portland RAI May 2013 The Metro Portland Parenting Education Small Grant Program announced its three year grant awards for parenting education programs targeting underserved parents and caregivers from communities of color including immigrant communities grandparents raising grandchildren fathers and parents in rural areas of the four county Metro region Funders included Meyer Memorial Trust and OCF discretionary and donor advised funds The following grants were awarded in May 2013 Catholic Charities received 29 994 to offer Abriendo Puertas an evidence based parenting leadership and advocacy training for low income Spanish speaking parents of children from birth to six years of age at the El Programo Hispano elementary SUN community schools Immigrant Refugee Community Organization received 30 000 to expand access to and enhancement of proven culturally specific parenting education programs for 90 underserved Burmese families residing in Multnomah County Native American Youth Family Center received 30 000 to expand

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/civic-engagement/rai/metro-portland (2016-05-01)
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  • North Coast Regional Action Initiative | Literacy Programs and Scholarships
    time The spring 2012 grant cycle provided 7 800 to 33 teachers in seven districts The final cycle in spring 2013 granted 4 950 to 19 teachers in five districts In a December 2011 report to the Oregon Legislature the Oregon Education Investment Board identified OCF s investment in Project GLAD training as a promising practice for improving K 12 literacy and creating a statewide culture of educational excellence Learn More To learn more about OCF s North Coast Regional Action Initiative please contact Molly Roman North Coast RAI coordinator Melissa D Freeman director of strategic projects or 503 227 6846 North Coast RAI Grants 325 000 was invested over two years to provide Project GLAD Guided Language Acquisition Design training for teachers and administrators in Columbia Clatsop and Tillamook counties 50 000 was invested to provide SIOP Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol training to more than 40 Lincoln County teachers 100 000 was invested in 2009 to provide scholarships at four community colleges for North Coast residents A matching grant from the James F and Marion L Miller Foundation doubled the number of scholarships available Over two years 20 300 in small grants was awarded to 92 North Coast teachers to develop Project GLAD TM curricula and to purchase supplies Outcomes As of spring 2013 the North Coast Regional Action Initiative has funded Project GLAD training for more than 100 teachers in Columbia Clatsop and Tillamook counties and SIOP training for more than 40 teachers in Lincoln County Participating teachers described Project GLAD training as a valuable professional resource and state that it has had a real impact on their students Anecdotal comments and data show an increase in both the number of Project GLAD strategies used and the amount of time teachers are using the strategies in the classroom This is true for new as well as seasoned teachers Teachers reported increases in student engagement learning knowledge retention and cooperative learning skills as a result of Project GLAD techniques In addition students are enjoying learning and are assisting each other in the classroom Some teachers anecdotally mentioned higher test scores as a result of implementing Project GLAD strategies Teachers are overwhelmingly satisfied with the program components and hope to continue participating Several mentioned specifically that they enjoy teaching more while using the Project GLAD model To learn more please download the North Coast RAI Project GLAD Year 2 Evaluation Report Milestones Spring 2009 The North Coast RAI Committee awarded 25 000 to four local community colleges which provided scholarships for North Coast students Matching grants from the Miller Foundation doubled the number of scholarships available Fall 2009 Local superintendents recommended Project GLAD to the Committee February 2010 Four teams of school district superintendents submitted proposals for funding to train teachers and administrators in Project GLAD July 2010 A seven day Project GLAD Tier I Training for teachers and administrators was held with 44 teachers from Columbia Clatsop and Tillamook counties attending The Lincoln County School District received a grant

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/civic-engagement/rai/north-coast (2016-05-01)
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  • Northern Willamette Valley Regional Action Initiative | Reading for All
    distribute to new parents at the one year well baby visit Each packet includes a board book a Reading for All brochure an early literacy modeling DVD local library information a list of age appropriate books and other items that promote early childhood literacy Through annual holiday book drives Reading for All has gathered more than 150 000 books for distribution to families and lending libraries in tri county region To date Reading for All has leveraged 956 447 in cash and in kind donations You can help to promote literacy in the Northern Willamette Valley by attending Reading for All events and activities in your community Learn More For more information about OCF s Northern Willamette Valley Regional Action Initiative please contact Melissa D Freeman director of strategic projects or 503 227 6846 Outcomes In Years 1 3 Reading for All leveraged 956 447 in cash and in kind donations and distributed more than 150 000 books to individuals and lending libraries in the tri county region In addition RFA staff participated in 1 172 community events that reached a total of 40 717 children 26 067 parents and caregivers and 3 336 volunteers Milestones July 2010 Reading for All partnered with Comcast to create an online video that raises awareness of regional literacy efforts August 2010 The Northern Willamette Valley RAI Committee hosted a Leadership Gathering to celebrate successful first year outcomes for Reading for All Eighty five people attended this gathering which also introduced the new committee chair Mike Blanchard First year accomplishments included A countywide book drive with 98 collection sites which collected more than 5 200 books Creation of the first Literacy Action Team in Newberg comprising 12 members A National Literacy Month celebration in Newberg that drew approximately 350 people 279 110 in cash and in kind support from volunteers businesses and the Commissions on Children and Families December 2011 From December 1 through 12 Reading for All held its 2011 holiday book drive the goal of which is to collect 12 000 books for distribution to children youth and families in need Thanks to the generous efforts of donors and volunteers the drive dramatically exceeded its goal by collecting a total of 35 037 books Spring 2012 The Newberg Literacy Action Team prepared a Read with Me packet that physicians can distribute to new parents at the one year well baby visit Each packet includes a board book a Reading for All brochure an early literacy modeling DVD local library information a list of age appropriate books and other items that promote early childhood literacy March 2012 Reading for All partnered with other regional organizations to present Unlock the Power a literacy conference in Salem More than 400 attendees participated in this event which featured early literacy workshops for parents and primary caregivers In addition the Salem Keizer Education Foundation hosted a book giveaway room that distributed 830 books to attendees Conference sponsors included Marion County Children and Families Commission Salem Keizer School

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/civic-engagement/rai/northern-willamette-valley (2016-05-01)
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  • Southern Oregon Regional Action Initiative | Youth Mentoring Program
    815 in Year 1 50 000 in Year 2 and 43 185 in Year 3 to support the Kids in the Middle mentoring program Grants Pass Family YMCA College Dreams received 50 000 in Years 1 and 2 and 45 000 in Year 3 to support the Guiding Lights Mentoring Program which provides school and community based mentoring Kids Unlimited received 50 000 in Years 1 and 2 and 45 000 in Year 3 to implement Proyecto Educator a holistic mentoring system for Latino youth at risk of dropping out of school Lake County Education Service District of Lakeview received 50 000 in Years 1 and 2 45 000 in Year 3 and 15 000 in Year 4 to implement the Lake County Youth Mentor Program and establish an 0 5 FTE coordinator position Kairos of Grants Pass formerly known as Southern Oregon Adolescent Study and Treatment Center received 43 502 in Year 1 44 302 in Year 2 and 42 000 in Year 3 These funds support the School Community Team Mentorship Program which engages and trains volunteers to mentor students in eight schools The Council has also awarded 161 250 in grants to the region s Commissions on Children and Families to establish and implement county Youth Mentoring Coalitions These local coalitions will strengthen mentoring programs by sharing best practices providing training opportunities and leveraging resources They are also responsible for updating the region s RU Ready online database which increases volunteer awareness and involvement in programs that serve youth Jackson County Commission on Children and Families received 15 000 in Years 1 3 Josephine County Commission on Children and Families received 15 000 in Years 1 3 Klamath County Commission on Children and Families received 15 000 in Years 1 3 Lake County Commission on Children and Families managed by Lake County ESD received 15 000 in Year 2 and 11 250 in Year 3 Outcomes As of spring 2013 accomplishments of the Southern Oregon RAI include Funding five grantees that provide mentoring programs for youth Initiating and funding four County Mentoring Coalitions Sponsoring the RU Ready campaign to increase the number of volunteer mentors in Southern Oregon Milestones 2009 2010 Winter 2009 The Southern Oregon RAI Committee received 14 proposals for mentoring programs serving youth in Jackson Josephine Klamath and Lake counties May 2010 The Committee announced grant awards for programs in these counties 2011 February 2011 The Committee announced a 25 000 grant to the Jackson County Commission on Children and Families to support the RU Ready campaign which is a community wide effort to help Southern Oregon youth succeed in school and prepare for the workforce May 2011 The Jackson and Josephine County Mentoring Coalitions jointly presented a training entitled No Such Thing as a Bad Kid featuring nationally recognized youth care trainer Charlie Appelstein October 2011 All Southern Oregon RAI grantees gathered for a day long session with OCF staff and volunteers Participants shared information best practices and strategies for sustaining regional mentoring

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/civic-engagement/rai/southern-oregon (2016-05-01)
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  • OCF Announces $150 Million Gift from Fred W. Fields
    and Sue Fields Established in 1973 by Portland philanthropist William Swindells Sr The Oregon Community Foundation was formed as a permanent endowment for community improvement efforts throughout the state It is now the largest foundation in Oregon with 1 1 billion in assets The Foundation works with individuals families and businesses to create charitable funds to support community causes in which they are interested Through these funds OCF disbursed approximately 86 million in grants and scholarships in 2011 Fred loved business he loved engineering and he loved Oregon He was a generous person in his lifetime and wanted to establish this permanent fund to continue that support in perpetuity said OCF Board Chair Eric Parsons We are thrilled that he chose to place his fund at OCF Born in Alexandria Indiana Fred Fields studied engineering at Indiana University and Purdue University In 1947 Fields went to work for Coe Manufacturing Company a relationship that would last 53 years Headquartered in Ohio the company designed and constructed machinery that milled veneer plywood and other products When plywood began to be produced from Douglas firs Fields transferred to Oregon where he became the West Coast manager Fields purchased Coe in 1976 and headed the company until 2000 when he sold it Fields met and married Suzanne Schoenfeldt in 1958 He and Sue believed that education prepares young people to be innovators Their philanthropy included generous contributions to Lewis Clark College OHSU the University of Oregon and others The Fields also believed that art stretches the imagination and drives new ideas Their support of culture and the arts includes major gifts to the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society Fred s humble roots shaped his life He was never extravagant though he had the means to be He instead wanted to

    Original URL path: http://www.oregoncf.org/news-resources/press-releases/current/ocf-announces-the-fred-w-fields-gift (2016-05-01)
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