Portland Children's Levy Newsletter

MAY 2018

Dan Saltzman, Portland City Commissioner | Lisa Pellegrino, Director 
Pass it On
City SummerWorks program provides interns for your org

PCL Event Sponsorships available June 1st
Kaiser offers grant for nonprofit capacity building
Meals 4 Kids needs volunteers to help deliver food
Want to make an impact and fight food insecurity in our community? Check out this volunteer opportunity with the PCL-supported Meals 4 Kids program:

"We need volunteers to help deliver meals for our Meals 4 Kids program during the month of May. Deliveries are made on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays beginning at 9 a.m. Interested? Click here or email martiza.perez@mowp.org."
Come celebrate at the Janus Village Market B-day Bash Saturday
PCL Making a Difference:
Janus Youth Programs/Insights 
May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so we are highlighting Janus Youth Programs/Insights Teen Parenting services. Its ECHO program provides intensive case management and life skills services with an additional focus on hands-on parent education, child development and DHS advocacy to parents ages 22 and under. 

Featured Video
Volunteers of America's Family Relief Nursery
VOA Oregon's Family Relief Nursery offers classroom-based therapeutic care for children ages 0-5, home visits, and respite to parents while they gain skills to raise their children in a healthy environment.
Want to spread the word about the Portland Children's Levy? Introduce us to your own networks by resharing and retweeting this video:

Do you have a story about a PCL-funded program which might make a great featured video or photo gallery? If so, contact  John Coghlan  with the details.
Allocation Committee News
The PCL Allocation Committee will next meet 3 - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 12th at City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 1221 SW 4th Ave. An agenda will be sent to the PCL mailing list and posted on the website prior to the meeting.
Early Childhood Updates
Help promote kindergarten sign-up campaign
A series of "blurbs" were developed to support the "Register for Kindergarten by June" campaign to promote the campaign and the need for families to sign up their incoming kindergarten student. Help get the word out by using this language in your organization's newsletters and e-mails, and through social media. For maximum impact, please post something on social media on three specific days leading up to the campaign: May 7th and May 22nd. An important detail to note, while still referring to this campaign as "Register for Kindergarten by June," organizers are intentionally moving away from using the word "register" throughout campaign materials. Instead, using variations of "sign up." 

Here is a blurb for your org's newsletter or mailing:
5 years old by September 1st? Sign up for kindergarten by June 1st!
If your child will be 5 years old by September 1st, he or she can start kindergarten this fall. Sign up at your neighborhood school by June 1st to give your child a good start, connect to summer activities, and get access to free resources. School offices close for the summer, so don't wait! When you sign up by June 1st, you have time to get to know your school and your teacher, and they have time to prepare the classroom for your child. To identify your school, call 2-1-1 or email  health@211info.org. Help is available in many languages.

ALSO, click here for a bevy of early childhood resources to help you, your clients and families. 

And finally, the Metropolitan Family Service Ready, Set, Go weekly parent/child preschool program at Wood Elementary, supported by PCL, was featured on KGW. Go here to view. 
PCL News
More evidence that investing in children is the right thing to do 

For each dollar spent on reducing childhood poverty, the country would save at least $7, research shows. Read the story here.

Related: yet another study shows the return on investment of early childhood programs. Article here.
The 2018 Portland Children's Levy Community Report
The new PCL report, "Our Year in Profile" is hot off the press! This year, we asked children, students and families at six different programs to let us draw their profile and then they filled them with images representing who they are -- or who they hope to become. Thanks to our amazing artists who showed through their colorful profiles the empowering impact of PCL-funded programs.

Click here to view the report online. To request hard copies, email marygay.broderick@portlandoregon.gov
PCL Helps Nonprofits Recruit Volunteers

I t's a good idea to be listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are an org that accepts volunteers, please  email us  with: 
  1.  A link: either to your website where volunteer information can be found, or the email and/or phone number of the name of the person responsible for volunteers.
  2. A short blurb about what you are looking for from volunteers.
  3. If you would like to include any specific wording about outreach to older and/or retired potential volunteers.
PCL Staff Contacts
Director, After School & Hunger grants:
Assistant Director and Early Childhood & Mentoring grants:
Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention & Foster Care Grants Manager:
Communications Director:

Community Outreach and Information Assistant
Fiscal Specialist:
Who We Are

The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed by the electorate in Fall 2008 and Spring 2013. Funding for the latest five-year Levy began July 1, 2014, with program investments made through June 2019.

The Levy is supported through a property tax paid by City of Portland homeowners that generates $17.8 million toward investments in proven programs in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Foster Care and Hunger Relief. The Levy reaches over 8,000 children and their families annually; in addition, Levy-funded hunger relief services provide food to over 11,000 children and 9,167 parents/caregivers annually.

The Levy is annually audited and administrative costs do not exceed 5 percent.
Questions? Contact: Call Mary Gay Broderick at 503-823-2947 or e-mail
See our website at www.portlandchildrenslevy.org

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