Archives : 2011 : July

Save the Date!

July 29th, 2011

It seems like it was just yesterday that DCF(‘s awesome) volunteers and staff were preparing the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center for the 19th Annual Art & Wine Auction. Over 320 fantastic supporters of DCF mission and services contributed to making the auction a real success!

Todd Haaby wows the crowd at the Art & Wine Auction

Well, go ahead and mark your calendars folks because the Art & Wine Auction is turning 20 this year, and you are all invited to help us celebrate on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Riverhouse Convention Center!

Over the next month we will keep you posted on the preliminary details including who the Signature Artist will be and how you can contribute to making the 20th Annual Art & Wine Auction a smashing success!

In the mean time, are there artists, wineries, or packages that you would like to see at the auction this year? Let us know! This is your event after all.

Seated dinner for the guests

 

 

Collaboration in the Community Fosters Results

July 8th, 2011

When Deschutes Children’s Foundation started 21 years ago, it was in response to a clear community need for a “one-stop” facility for human service programs directly serving children and families. Over this 21 year span, Deschutes Children’s Foundation has managed five facilities and currently manages four campuses in Bend, Redmond and La Pine. The 26 campus programs are able to save, collectively, over $800,000 every year due to the rent-free space they receive from Deschutes Children’s Foundation. While this clear impact to the bottom line is incredibly beneficial to these programs, it is the collaboration and efficiency that fosters improved results.

The benefit of efficiency and collaboration to clients is of the greatest importance. Program client, Tasha, says:

We’re a low income family and there are times we don’t have the money for gas, or don’t have the availability to have a vehicle that’s ready for meand 5 children. The likelihood to be able to find that many places on my own isn’t really that great anyways, and being able to visit that many organizations in one building is unbelievably perfect. I couldn’t do it if I had to find them all separately.

When clients can have increased access to service programs, they are in a better position to get the help and support they need quicker and easier. The result is clients devoting less time to getting their needs met and putting more time into taking care of themselves and their family. There is nothing harder for a wage earner to have to miss multiple days of work or spend time going from office to office to receive support.

The benefit of collaboration also yields positive results with the programs. Says Julie Lyche, Program Director of Family Access Network:

One of the really nice things about being co-located with other non-profits is that we’re able to walk down the hall and talk to groups about issues with families, and as a family comes to us and needs services, we can immediately help them. By being able to have facility fees that are very low, by being able to share a copy machine, by being able to share a scanner – those are the kinds of things that don’t sound too exciting. Really, our bottom line is benefitted by that, and it directly helps us push more of that money toward the families which is ultimately what we want to be doing.

Collaboration between programs creates mutually beneficial opportunities for sharing resources, referring clients and getting support on difficult cases. Many of the programs on Deschutes Children’s Foundation campuses have similar goals: to support the children and families of our community. When they work together, more people are able to receive support.

Sagebrush Community Challenge

Tomorrow kicks off a week of events for the Sagebrush Community Challenge. This is an exciting opportunity for 106 Central Oregon non-profits. Sagebrush has recognized a diversity of need in the community and has come up with a unique, but powerful response – facilitate a fundraising campaign for Central Oregon non-profits, then match a percentage of the money these non-profits raise.

We have seen how collaboration can be successful when programs work together on service delivery, but now we are seeing over 100 non-profit programs work together on the most competitive aspect of the non-profit sector: fundraising.

This week will prove to be full of fun and exciting events all in support of one thing: working together to make our community a better place. Find out how you can take part in the Sagebrush Community Challenge and support the efforts of over 100 community programs!

 

Fostering Resilience in Children (Pt.2)

July 1st, 2011

Helping others is a great way to beat stress

Last week we began a discussion about the resilience in children – their ability to bounce back after challenging situations. At Deschutes Children’s Foundation, we are very fortunate to have resident programs on our four community campuses that work with children to teach them skills and provide them with support to persevere through life’s struggles.

Here are five more tips to employ when you are working with youth who need a little extra help handling the stresses of life.

Continued from last week:

  1. Take Control – During stressful times it is common to simply feel out of control. Get some of that control back by taking decisive action.
  2. Express Yourself – Talk to somebody – a parent or a friend – and if talking doesn’t work do something else to capture your emotions like journaling or creating art
  3. Help Somebody – Try volunteering in the community, cleaning-up around the house or helping a friend with his or her homework.
  4. Put Things in Perspective – Think about other times when you got through tough situations or faced up to your fears. Learn relaxation techniques. Think about the good things around you that have remained consistent. And remember, when you talk about bad times, make sure you talk about the good times too.
  5. Turn it Off – During times of stress, the news can contribute to your stressful feelings. It is important to stay informed, but sometimes no news is good news.

When employing resilience skills, some people may find they use a different mix of strategies. This is why it is important to learn a multitude of approached to handle the challenging times.

For additional conversations about resilience, check out this posting from the Women and Children’s Health Network.