Community Action Newsletter
June 2016

Community Action
A Message from the Executive  Director, RenĂ©e Bruce
Earlier this month we published our annual Issues of Poverty Report. This report is one of our key community assessment documents that uses data to document the current state of poverty in Washington County.  The data supports the needs that we see each day as we work within our programs to help those we serve eliminate the conditions of poverty they are experiencing. This report also educates our community about how rapidly poverty is growing and what solutions are available to help our families, friends and neighbors who are struggling just to meet their basic needs. Please take a moment to download a free copy today, then help spread the word by sharing it with a friend.

Food for the Summer

Many kids and families rely on their local schools to provide healthy meals throughout the year, and that need doesn't change with the start of Summer Break.  Fortunately there are resources available to help our neighbors over this time, starting with our  local school districts:
Families who have an Oregon Trail SNAP card (food stamps) can get more fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets this summer thanks to  Double Up Food Bucks .   Learn more here.

And finally, our own  Community Action Hillsboro Family Shelter provides food boxes to anyone in Washington County seven days a week. Hours are Monday-Friday, 5:30pm - 9pm, weekends, 9am - 9pm.  For more information on food resources call 503.640.3263 or dial 2-1-1.
Save the Date!
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Oregon Zoo Cascade Ballroom

Breaking the cycle of poverty requires strong partnerships with business leaders-and that means you. Helping families and children thrive makes our whole community strong.    Join Community Action for our fundraising lunch to understand how business is leading    the way to address issues of poverty and to celebrate partnership and find out how you can impact this important work.


Beat the Summer Slide

Students, particularly from low income families, fall behind an average of two months in reading skills during the summer.  To prevent the "summer slide" access to books and reading programs are hugely important to closing the achievement gap for kids from disadvantaged communities.  Make the local library a regular stop for your family this summer.

Donor Spotlight: Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Is your Fred Meyer Rewards card linked to Community Action?

Re-link your card by June 30th to continue giving back.   If you do not re-enroll, Community Action will be dropped from your card.

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. So far, Community Action has received over  $2,300 . Here's how the program works:

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Community Action by clicking on the link above.  You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number  85671 Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Community Action earn a donation!

You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.  If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
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