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June, 2021
Change the future. Invest in our kids.
Latest News

Gearing Up for Gala!

It's that time again! This year we'd hoped to return to an in-person event at Monitore Winery but have decided it is safest for everyone to celebrate virtually. We know it isn't the same as being together in person. We also know we've been online a lot over the past year so we are pulling out all the stops to make this one-hour virtual event fun, fast-paced, and full of surprises! Register for your free tickets today. You may even win something during the event! Support our fundraiser with a donation anytime before or during the Gala and participate in our online auction (starts the week before and ends during the online event). 

Join our growing list of event sponsors like Tillamook Creamery, our latest Champion!

Email us for sponsorship details, or select your preferred level from the following options when you register:

  • Star ($2,500)
  • Hero ($1,000)
  • Champion ($500)
  • Friend ($250)
Thank you for helping us Reach for the Stars!
Volunteer Spotlight
Spotlight on our volunteer, Keren Rodriguez

Keren Rodriguez, lay pastor for the Aloha United Methodist Church


By Michael Coiner

Keren was born in Honduras and lived there until she was 11 years old. After living in a few other cities, her family settled in the Portland area. A long-time member of the United Methodist Church, and the daughter of two missionaries, Keren felt the call to serve her church as a lay pastor. When she finishes her program in Aloha this summer, she will decide whether or not to go forward and become ordained. One of the things Keren enjoys promoting is diversity, equity, and inclusion. She aims to create a church where people can be loved unconditionally and be provided opportunities to grow. She believes this is the purpose of her church and is vital to its continuation as a place for belonging and acceptance in Washington County.

Keren became involved with Washington County Kids because she strongly believes that children deserve safe spaces to learn about the world around them. She also has personal experience driving her commitment to this ideal. During her summers as a child, Keren would travel to the countryside and stay with family in the Honduran mountains. She remembers meeting other children living without adequate clothing or shoes and in homes that typically had dirt floors. In playing with these children, she learned that many of them wanted an education but were unable to go to school. This made an impression on her, and she always wanted to address this inequity that was so noticeable to her at such a young age. Since Washington County Kids aims to bring resources and educational equity to children, Keren knew it was a great opportunity for her to continue her mission and make good on that promise.

Keren is passionate about education and hopes to instill that passion in her daughter, Ximena, as well. In addition to her pastoral training, she is also taking courses to complete her Bachelor's degree in Global Studies from Portland State University. She can see the difference it makes when Ximena attends educational programs now and considers herself very fortunate to be able to help foster this growth. She would love to provide more opportunities for her to learn outside of the home but finds the cost to be an obstacle as do most families. Her friend runs a daycare and Keren was surprised to see that the cost of attending such a place can be as much as a month’s rent for many people. She understands that we can help reverse the inaccessibility of these kinds of programs with proper funding for our kids, and that’s why we are lucky to have Keren as a supporter of our cause!

Keren participates in the WCK Steering Committee and has helped with planning for the WCK Summer Program Expo and also provided translation of handouts and was available to translate during the program. She is a valued supporter and volunteer.

Mark Your Calendar
FREE Community Info Session--
Parenting in the
Digital Age: Keeping Kids Safe Online
July 14, 2021, 7-8 pm

In this interactive session, parents and guardians will learn about setting boundaries, identifying potential problems, and engaging in positive conversations with your kids. Register here.
Board and Steering Committee meeting:
6/28 @ 6:30 pm
Check website for details
Support WCK
Make a Donation to WCK
VISIT OUR SHOP!
Show your support with our growing collection of branded products.

NEW Quote Totes! 
Meaningful quotes that remind us why WCK exists. We chose this favorite to use on our first quote tote:
 
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
--Benjamin Franklin 
NEW Art Totes!
Two to choose from, artwork images provided by Katie Riley!
Other ways to support WCK
Fred Meyer Rewards:  Visit this website to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to WCK account #EG761. You receive the same rewards as usual and Fred Meyer makes a small donation to WCK.

BenefitDownload the app and select Washington County Kids as your chosen beneficiary. Share with friends and family! 

Benevity: Give through your company!
Shop AND donate! Click HERE to sign up for AmazonSmile and select WCK as your preferred charity. They will donate to us at no cost to you. Prime day is June 21-22!
Intern Spotlight

Report from the inside: Elle Pittman

PSU Student Intern shares her thoughts about choosing to support WCK for a college internship

Written by Elle Pittman

My name is Elle Pittman. I am from Las Vegas, Nevada. When I am not studying for my classes there are many things I do. I enjoy spending time with my pets, as my house is a zoo for animals. I am constantly taking pictures to improve upon my photography skills. This is a hobby I truly enjoy. I’m the Marketing and Event intern for Washington County Kids. I’m studying Advertising and Global Studies with a minor in Design Management at Portland State University. Due to COVID, I have been completing my internship remotely. Upon graduation from PSU, I intend to apply for and attend graduate school. I am not sure which school or what I will focus on, but I know I want to further my education. I chose this internship for many reasons. Besides the fact that the internship was in my field of study, it sounded like it would be fun. I liked the fact that the goal of the program was to assist children. The internship included helping the parents and the county. I appreciated how the Washington County Kids focused on the community all year long. My job as an intern is to assist in the creation and final design for fliers for various events they hold on a monthly basis. I participate in their meetings where we discuss upcoming training and events. We also coordinate and come up with different ways to fundraise and create awareness and participation from members of the community. The group works hard to coordinate ideas to make them a reality for the events they host. I truly enjoy working with this group as an intern. Everyone has been helpful, encouraging, and appreciative of everything I do. I could not ask for a better group to have an internship with this year. 

Job Opportunities

YMCA of Columbia-Willamette

YMCA is actively looking to fill 30+ job positions. The YMCA is a leading provider for licensed and unlicensed Childcare, Camps, After School Care, and much more. These jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can't be found anywhere else! Regardless of your college major, these experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability. Contact us for more information and an application:  sshodin@ymcacw.org  

Boys and Girls Club

BGCP Inukai Club, Hillsboro, is looking for community members with some experience working with elementary-age youth or teenagers. These positions are open to anyone wanting to continue developing skills and experience in a growth opportunity organization. Experience in activity creation and execution is preferred but not required. 
Youth Development Mentor
Teen Development Mentor

Do you have news you'd like us to share?
If you are a part of our OST provider network and/or have been invited to submit a story or item of interest to Washington County families, teachers, or care providers, email your content before 5 pm on the 3rd Friday of the month (up to 400 words for stories, 75 words for events or other special requests; include cropped jpg or png image). Submission is not a guarantee of inclusion. Include name and email of person we can contact with questions.
Newsletter Editor: Shari Getz
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