United Way — Live United
Over 450 volunteers from Lane County businesses, companies and various departments mobilized their caring power last Wednesday and completed more than 40 projects at local nonprofit agencies for the United Way of Lane County’s 20th Annual Day of Caring!
Volunteer teams donated time and effort to complete projects ranging from filling sand boxes at Relief Nursery to cutting, counting and organizing craft activities for children participating in the KITS (Kids In Transition To Schools) Project. Volunteer’s also harvested produce from Food for Lane County gardens, cleaned car seats at the Department of Human Services, painted an activity room at Ophelia’s Place and constructed a rain garden for Camas Educational Network in Creswell.
THANKS to all who participated and for LIVING UNITED!
Ah, nothing like a good advertising jingle. They get stuck in your head for a bit, and if you are lucky, they don’t stay too long.
Cover Oregon, the new on-line insurance marketplace is trying to reach as many Oregonians as they can, through their own catchy little tunes, to let you know about the options available to you for through Cover Oregon.
Sing it with me, “live long, in Oregon.”
Click here to check out the ads, and see how long they stay stuck in your head!
In new data released this week, many states are starting to turn the corner on childhood obesity. I’ve heard repeatedly that our kids are the first generation of children that have a shorter life expectancy that the generations before them. Why? One reason is childhood obesity. Children who are overweight or obese are 5 times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults.
The bottom line is that obese kids become obese adults who suffer through a lifetime of mental and physical health problems. And too many preschoolers, yes, preschoolers, are obese.
In Oregon, our data shows we stayed the same. That’s better than continuing to get worse, but it isn’t good enough for our kids.
The CDC has put out a factsheet on Progress on Childhood Obesity including ways to promote health with preschoolers. I’m not an expert, but I am the mom of a nearly Kindergartener, and I would bet these strategies are good for all aged kids.
The weather’s heating up and staff at United Way are busily gearing up for the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Spots! We’re very excited to announce that this popular volunteer project dedicated to increasing children’s literacy skills is expanding!
Thanks to a partnership with Willamalane Parks and Recreation, the Summer Reading Spots will be onsite at Willamalane Park Swim Center, Meadow Park and Guy Lee Elementary School this summer. We will also be at Petersen Barn Park in Eugene. Watch for additional Eugene locations and expanded Lane County sites in Summer 2014!
On June 24th and 25th, we’ll kick off the Summer Reading Spots with volunteer readers providing an hour of reading with children immediately following Food For Lane County’s Summer Lunch Program in local parks. The aim of the Summer Reading Spots is to provide literacy-building reading experiences for young children and to encourage parents to actively participate in reading with their kids – all part of United Way’s 10-year goal to increase the numbers of children entering kindergarten in Lane County with age-appropriate literacy and social skills.
Every child who attends the Summer Reading Spot receives a book to take home. Last year, over 200 volunteer hours were logged and 2,000 books were put into the hands of children in our community.
This year we’ve set an ambitious challenge to double the number of volunteers recruited and books distributed. Thanks to a very generous donation from the Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library and United Way’s Emerging Leaders Program, we’re well on our way with books. If you have new or gently used children’s books that you’d like to contribute, please drop them by United Way’s office at 3171 Gateway Loop, Springfield.
What we need is for volunteer readers to join us for an afternoon, for a series of afternoons or for the whole summer! Click here to become a volunteer reader at the Summer Reading Spots.
Willamalane Park Swim Center, 276 G Street
Meadow Park, 851 Mill Street
Guy Lee Elementary, 755 Harlow Road
Monday – Thursday
Petersen Park, 870 Berntzen Road
Tuesday – Thursday