Parenting Now! Fall 2019 Newsletter
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Wow! Seems like autumn started off early this year, with some big rain and colder weather. Good thing Parenting Now! has a new roof to keep us warm and dry!

Thank you again to Mike and Anna Lowden, the Woolley family, and Evergreen Roofing for funding and building our new roof! It not only protects the asset of our building but truly keeps us all feeling great about where we work. Thank you!

This newsletter has some wonderful highlights of the work we do—from the touching stories of our families and their journeys to the inspiring testimonials of our staff and volunteers—our work is powerful and fulfilling. 

This quarter brings new collaborations with organizations like PacificSource, as well as continues meaningful partnerships with The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Thank you for your part in supporting families in our state—just like our new roof—protecting and providing a nurturing environment for our most precious assets.

Lynne Mender (formerly Swartz)
Executive Director
Upcoming Parenting Now! Events:

Check out our  calendar  or  Facebook  page (and "like" our page) to keep up to date with new and exciting opportunities and offerings.

Parenting Now! saw lots of community support this fall with volunteer service projects from the Eugene Rotary, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart! Thank you for all your hard work!
Meet Danielle! She is mother to Adara, 5, and Elizabeth, 1. Danielle shares with us what she learned in Parenting Now!'s Healthy Families Program : "I learned to enjoy playtime and keep my kids entertained, as well as giving them the tools to succeed in learning." Healthy Families is a free, home visiting program for new parents. Weekly visits focus on welcoming the new baby into the family and supporting parents in creating the family they want . READ MORE 
Please join us in welcoming Parenting Now!'s newest staff members:

  • Carrie-Ann Falk: Executive Assistant, Office Manager

Without foundation support our work couldn't be possible. Thank you to the following foundations who made contributions this past quarter:

  • PacificSource Foundation, Make Parenting A Pleasure
  • Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Car Seat Program

Helping Children Manage Big Emotions With Everyday Conversations

In Parenting Now!'s September Register-Guard article,Shauna Tominey shares how we can teach emotional intelligence to children. READ MORE

Self-Regulation Techniques for Parents

This article from the Positive Parenting Program offers tips for regulating your emotions during stressful parenting moments.
Jenny Mendoza

As a graduate student at UO, Jenny volunteered in PN!'s Squishtivities program and then became an intern in our First Three Years (F3Y) Program. Jenny was most recently hired as a Parenting Educator in F3Y where she applies her background in developmental science to support PN! families. READ MORE

Hailey and Madison

Meet Hailey and Madison. These two recent high school graduates volunteered in Parenting Now!’s Children’s Program. "I love working with kids and it was so meaningful to have the chance to be around them and to watch them grow and make friendships," says Hailey.  READ MORE

Parenting Now! hosted its annual Tastings Open House this past September. This lovely event was attended by our closest supporters and staff. We celebrated the completion of our new roof project, which was generously donated by Don and Dolly Woolley, Anna and Mike Lowden, and Evergreen Roofing . The evening was sprinkled with love and excitement for the work we do in the community and for the future of Parenting Now!
Eugene/Springfield’s biggest preschool event of the year will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Hosted by Parenting Now!, our 4 th annual Fair continues to grow each year! Click here for more information.

The Parenting Now! Night of Hope Gala will be held on Feb. 21, 2020 at Venue 252. It will be attended by over 300 supporters, business people, and community leaders. Mark your calendars for our 23rd annual auction that will be an elegant, inspiring gala celebrating heroes for children.

Ways to Support Parenting Now!
  • Support our most important event of the year: the Night of Hope Gala by becoming a sponsor.
  • Donate items for our gala: Silent and live auction items and bottles of wine are greatly appreciated.
  • AmazonSmile donates to Parenting Now! when you shop through its website! Create an AmazonSmile account at and select Parenting Now! as your charity of choice.
  • Donate Items for Families: Diapers, baby supplies, and children’s books!

From all of us at Parenting Now!, have a wonderful fall season! 

Kathryn Gaines and Sona Hodaie
Thank You for Your Support!

Whether you refer parents to us, have joined our  Sustainer Fund , shop for us on  Amazon Smile , have designated us as an  eScrip beneficiary , or are one of our steadfast donors, we thank you for your belief in us and our vision to create a world where all children are raised by nurturing, supportive parents.