Community Action Newsletter
September 2016

Community Action
Community Action Executive Director  Renée Bruce (R) with  Tracy Dannen-Grace (L ), Director of Community Partnerships and Philanthropy at Kaiser Permanente.

A Message from Executive Director Renée Bruce

This month 220 guests from in and around Washington County joined us at our first ever Leadership Lunch. Our focus was to highlight what employers are doing to address issues of poverty through the investments they make in both their employees and their community, while also raising over $40,000 in support for Community Action. It was inspiring to see leaders from all sectors who share in our commitment to addressing poverty for our friends and neighbors.  I was especially  inspired by our dedicated speakers and I am so thankful for their participation. I encourage you to click the links below and watch their stories.
 
Candy Dietz and Mary Caballero,  Impact Benefits
Dr. Colin Cave,  Kaiser Permanente
Linda Eshraghi, 
Farmington Gardens

You can see more photos from the Leadership Lunch on our Facebook page.
Preschool Promise is Coming to Community Action
We are excited to be part of this new approach to Early Childhood Education in Oregon that offers free, high-quality preschool to help low-income families prepare their children for kindergarten. Thanks to Preschool Promise income eligibility requirements have been expanded, which means that more low-income families will have access to the high quality comprehensive services that Community Action Head Start has to offer. Click on the links below to download more information.
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser has a rich history of outreach and has been a longtime partner of Community Action. Kaiser's holistic approach of healthcare is also reflected in their company culture, recognizing that supporting employees means supporting members, and that leads to supporting the communities they serve.

We were honored to have their support as the Presenting Sponsor of our Leadership Lunch, and we are equally as excited to be aligned with a partner who is a leader within Washington County and the region as a whole. Just last week, Kaiser Permanente was one of six health organizations who stepped forward to invest $21.5 million in building affordable housing in Portland. To read more on the story CLICK HERE.
 
Community Action Staff Attend National Conference
One the most important resources we have are the incredible people who make up our staff.  Last month, ten staff members had the privilege to travel to Austin, TX for the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Conference, where they got to meet colleagues from across the country, learn how Community Action builds resiliency within the communities we serve, and even visit the LBJ Presidential Library.

Of the staff who were able to attend, many were front line staff who work directly with clients. Thanks in large part to our generous donors,  we were  able to invest in the professional development of our employees and build on our biggest strength - our people.
 
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