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United Way campaign focuses on helping the working poor

Oregon and Maine are the nation’s only states where a growing number of people are going hungry because they don’t have enough money for food, according to Beverlee Potter, executive director of FOOD for Lane County.

About 43 percent of Lane County’s residents struggle to afford basic necessities; many of them spend more than half of their income on housing alone.

Read the complete story on the Register-Guard.

Children must start school ready to learn

Figuring out how to improve public education is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Hundreds of different pieces are on the table — different sizes, different shapes — but until someone steps up and puts them together, there is no clear picture.

Many people, non-profit groups and government agencies in Oregon have been working to put the pieces together. Here and there on the tabletop, parts of the puzzle are coming together. But there’s still a long way to go before a complete picture emerges.

Read the complete editorial from the Register-Guard.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Transforming Business and the Community

From the enthusiastic entrepreneur dreaming up an empire in a cozy corner of their garage to the CEO of a large corporation with dedicated campuses across the nation, each works to uphold their organizational vision. For some, a vision is simply a necessary piece of a business plan. For others, it tells the world who they are, what they will do and what values they commit to uphold. It’s this second set that has led to a new standard practice in business, the addition of a corporate vision known as Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR.

Pioneered in the 1960s and 70s by early adopters like Patagonia, Corporate Social Responsibility is a natural evolution of an organization’s ethical values into a promise of how it will interact with and be responsible to the planet and people on it.  Many of today’s most profitable businesses have integrated CSR into their corporate visions and have seen the benefits for their employees, community, and bottom line.

Read the complete article here.

Closing early childhood learning gap pays off for everyone

We shouldn’t be pointing fingers; we should be offering helping hands. This was the theme when New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof spoke recently at the Oregon Community Foundation’s annual meeting.

Kristof was there to educate, support and inspire us to do better in our efforts to give all Oregon children the opportunity to succeed in school and, ultimately, in life.

Although we have many accomplishments as a state, our educational outcomes are considerably below our aspirations. Many Oregon children lack the opportunities that lead to their own prosperity, subsequently diminishing our state’s overall economic and social health.

Read the complete story on the RG Media website.

Lane County To Implement Positive Parenting Program

Professor Matt Sanders is a clinical psychologist from University of Queensland in Australia. He developed the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program designed to enhance parental engagement, reduce stigma and encourage positivity.

Listen to complete coverage on KLCC

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