Q4 of 2020 I partnered with KIDSPORTS. I have been impressed with how during the pandemic they were able to pivot and continue to offer as many services as possible to keep kids and folks moving. One of the services they offered was a PE class since kids didn’t have in person school. What a great idea! They have a new facility that has been able to offer more for everyone in our community including space for some adult league play.
A little more about them from their website: “KIDSPORTS is a private non-profit organization in Oregon that provides youth sports programs for pre-K through 12th graders in Eugene/Springfield and surrounding areas. KIDSPORTS teaches children and families the value of physical fitness, sportsmanship, practice and teamwork through sports and activities….All Kids Play is a cornerstone to our organization. Our programs are open to any child who is able to participate regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, ability or financial status.”
From their executive director, Bev Smith: “KIDSPORTS has been in our community for over 60 years providing youth sports programs to thousands of kids. Last year, 14,000 children participated in KIDSPORTS programs and we hope to continue to grow. As we discussed we will allocate funds to our General Federal Free Lunch scholarship and BIPOC scholarship.” Big shout out to Bev Smith for partnering with us on this!
This quarter I did a pie event with my clients. I partnered with the local pie company – Mom’s Pies – which are SOOO delicious. Shout out to Lou Sangermano, from Mom’s Pies, who was great to work with! Check them out at Market of Choice or Dairy Marts in our area. For every family that participated I committed to donate $10. In addition a couple of families also gave to KIDSPORTS. In total the donations ended up being $2500! Thank you to all my clients, business collaborators, and family for supporting KIDSPORTS in our community. The donation went to their scholarship fund to help more kids be able to participate. So excited!
If you are interested in learning more about KIDSPORTS click here.
Interested in signing your kid(s) up? Check out this page for information on sports and registration.
You can donate anytime! Click here to find out how.
Q3 of 2020 I partnered with FOOD for Lane County. This partnership felt particularly relevant this year between the pandemic and the local fires creating even more of a need in our community.
Their mission: “Reducing hunger by engaging our community to create access to food. We accomplish this by soliciting, collecting, rescuing, growing, preparing and packaging food for distribution through a network of 157 social service agencies and programs; through public awareness, education and community advocacy; and through programs designed to improve the ability of low-income individuals to maintain an adequate supply of wholesome, nutritious food. These programs include emergency food boxes, shelters, meal sites, rehabilitation facilities, nutrition education, gleaning and community gardens. We serve a diverse population of people living on limited incomes including children, families, seniors and single adults.”
While we still aren’t meeting in large groups there are still ways to help if you want to contribute to FOOD for Lane County. Whether you want to donate or volunteer, learn more or get help – click on the word that matches you best.
This quarter I did my first ever pizza night for my clients! I provided a dinner of pizza and a 2L drink of choice to ease the stress of the new school year and all that is going on in our world and to have some fun! Since we can’t get together, I thought this would be a fun way to help those I know.
In partnership with my clients I offered to add $10/family that participated in my pizza night to the GIVE to FOOD for Lane County. A couple of families decided to donate in addition to that. Wow! We were able to GIVE $2550 toward Food for Lane County and I am humbled and honored to help in this way. Thank you to my clients, industry partners, family and friends who are part of this success.
Learn more about Food for Lane County here: https://foodforlanecounty.org/.