Spring 2019
Happy spring everyone! I love this time of year when you never know what you'll get—snow, rain, or sweet sunshine. 

I hope you're able to spend lots of time with your families marveling at the dynamism and renewal of spring.

As the year blossoms into the fullness of summer, this is a good time of year for all of us to think about what we want to create and shape in our lives.

You'll see in this edition of the newsletter that Parenting Now! is also doing its own renewal. As we begin this quarter, we're watching families joining together, getting to know each other, and beginning the process of being intentional parents to their children.  

Our staff and board are busy working to make this all possible. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and at the agency!

Lynne Swartz
Executive Director
Upcoming Parenting Now! Events:

  • Every Monday: Playtime for Parents and Children, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Every Wednesday: Baby Connection, 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • May 10, Monthly Car Seat Clinic, 10 am to 12 pm
  • May 11, Language of Newborns Workshop, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • May 12, Mother's Day 5K, 10 am to 12 pm
  • May 19, Flights & Bites for Families, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • June 1, The Joy of Grandparenting Workshop, 1 pm to 4 pm

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

Guests enjoyed a regal evening at Parenting Now!'s 2019 Auction & Gala.

A wonderful turnout for our annual Preschool Fair. Thank you to our event sponsor Country Financial.
How did you hear about Parenting Now!?
We learned about Parenting Now! when we needed breastfeeding support for our first child when she was 4 days old and found a piece of paper the hospital had given us with Baby Connection’s information on it.

What made you decide to enroll in a Parenting Now! group?
We got such great support at Baby Connection and WellMama, and several people mentioned the Incredible INFANTs group. We decided it sounded like a fun way to meet other parents and learn more about our baby’s development.

What groups did you sign up for?
We enrolled in Incredible INFANTs group and then took the Wonderful ONEs group the next year. READ MORE  
Please join us in welcoming Parenting Now!'s newest staff members:

  • Joanna Wright, First Three Years Children's Program Coordinator
  • Raelee Dimon, Florence branch Children's Program
  • Jenny Mendoza, First Three Years Parenting Educator
  • Shaya Mooney, First Three Years Parenting Educator

Without Foundation Support Our Work Couldn't Be Possible:

  • Chambers Family Foundation, First Three Years
  • Coetta and Donald Barker Foundation, MPAP Family of Programs
  • Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, First Three Years
  • Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Program for Young Parents
  • Banner Bank, Operations
  • Great Rotary Duck Race, MPAP Family of Programs
  • Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, First Three Years
  • Juan Young Trust, MPAP Family of Programs
  • Lane County, Healthy Families Program
  • McKay Family Foundation, First Three Years
  • Quest Foundation, First Three Years
  • Robert D. and Marcia H. Templeton Charitable Trust, First Three Years
  • Three Rivers Foundation, First Three Years
  • Umpqua Bank, First Three Years
  • United Way of Lane County, Triple P and Parenting Educator Mentoring
  • Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, First Three Years

Thank you to SELCO Community Credit Union for being one of our generous sponsors of our Make Parenting A Pleasure group that is currently ongoing. Families who participate in our groups are more connected, more focused, and better equipped to provide nurturing and skilled foundations for their children. Thank you, SELCO, for your ongoing support and collaboration! We truly appreciate it. 
PN! Staff Spotlight:
Meredith Tufts

Parenting Now! has such a wide variety of programs to address the many challenging aspects of parenting! As a parent, it can be hard to value our own need for community and camaraderie, to make time for ourselves, and to ask for help, but these are some of the greatest gifts we can give our children. When we help ourselves to find answers, support, and peace of mind, we are able to become the parents we want to be! READ MORE
PN! Board Spotlight:
Julie Kollmorgen

My favorite thing about being on the board is being able to collaborate with other board members and staff who are as passionate as I am about PN's mission. We come together once a month, with the same goal, and together contribute to the success of the organization. It is so rewarding to be a part of such an amazing team and to be a part of the amazing work that they do. READ MORE
As we welcome the beginning of spring, the Development team is excited for our upcoming events and programs at Parenting Now!.

We look forward to hosting our 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 12 at 10:00 am at Alton Baker Park. Enjoy a beautiful spring day with family and fun activities to celebrate Mother’s Day with Parenting Now! Click here to register for the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk. T-Shirts are available! 

In May, Parenting Now! will host its 3rd annual Flights & Bites fundraiser at Sarver Winery. At this intimate event, we will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Sarver wine paired with gourmet appetizers. Take in the scenic views of the vineyard while sipping wine with your friends—all while supporting Parenting Now!

Flights and Bites for Families, a benefit for Parenting Now!
Sunday, May 19, 6 pm to 8 pm at Sarver Winery
Registration is required. Tickets are $50 per person, and proceeds directly support Parenting Now! To register for Flights and Bites, please email Sona at sonah@parentingnow.org or call 541-349-7784.

In June, we are excited to host our annual Family Matters breakfast at the Valley River Inn. Join us on June 4, at 8 am, for a free breakfast while hearing about Parenting Now!’s programs. Hear from current PN! families and alumni as they share their stories of impact. Registration is required. Click here for more information. To register for the Family Matters breakfast, please email Sona at sonah@parentingnow.org or call 541-349-7784.

Thank you for your support!


Kathryn Gaines and Sona Hodaie

Shop for a Cause: Other Ways to Support Parenting Now!
  • AmazonSmile donates to Parenting Now! when you shop through its website! Create an AmazonSmile account at https://smile.amazon.com and select Parenting Now! as your charity of choice.
  •  eScrip: eScrip is another easy way to raise funds for Parenting Now! Signing up is free, and all you need to do is register the credit and debit cards that you use the most. Every time you shop at participating stores—including Market of Choice and Safeway—they donate a percentage of their proceeds to Parenting Now!
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.