"We did it! Our CCIC Raffle raised over $1000.00 for Children First for Oregon!
A big THANK YOU to all our donors and to all who purchased raffle tickets! " Laureen Quick
Children First for Oregon was the Charity of focus for our 2017 Spring Chicks Connect Inspiration Celebration in Clackamas, Oregon. The event was hosted by the Strategic Business Chicks of Chicks Connect. The Charity Chick, Barbara Mathey, selected the charity and coordinated the effort for the event. The charity of focus was presented with physical items collected during the event as well as a dollar amount raised by a raffle of donated items. Dawn Hartwell, the Chapter Leader for the Strategic Business Chicks, and her committee of event leaders and members created an amazing experience. The theme this year was Dream Big and the committee leader for the Raffle did just that. Laureen Quick, chapter leader of the High Desert Chicks in Boise, Idaho and her support Chick, Gloria Ilg, from Strategic Business Chicks, started gathering raffle items right away and did a fabulous job of promoting all of the people who donated items. The members of Chicks Connect showed up in a very BIG WAY with donations. The raffle items rolled in and the event attendees purchased many raffle tickets. We were able to donate numerous boxes of diapers, wipes, and other baby supplies along with $1011 to Children First For Oregon. We send out a BIG THANK YOU to all who volunteered their time, donated items, and purchased tickets. We love you and Children First for Oregon thank you as well.
Children First for Oregon is improving outcomes and increasing opportunities for our state’s most vulnerable and marginalized children. We work through four key programs.
- United for Kids creates a comprehensive Children’s Agenda with the expertise of more than 100 advocacy organizations and engages a broad base of Oregonians to improve the economic well-being, education, health, and safety of all Oregon kids.
- Oregon Foster Youth Connection cultivates peer support, leadership development, and civic engagement for current and former foster youth while championing improvements in the state’s foster care system.
- Child Abuse Prevention, the latest initiative of Children First, strengthens our system of care for families by connecting prevention service providers, elected leaders, and concerned community members across Oregon.
- One in five children live in poverty.
- More than 20,000 school children are homeless.
- 25% of high school students do not graduate on time (3rd worst in country).
- Nearly 10,000 kids are known to suffer abuse or neglect each year.
- More than 11,000 children in Oregon’s foster care system annually.