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Family Relief Nursery (Volunteers of America)

Mission: “Family Relief Nursery is an intervention/prevention program for families with children six weeks to five years old. We work to strengthen fragile families at serious risk of abusing or neglecting their children or of permanently losing custody of their children. The Nursery offers a holistic, positive intervention with both children and parents.  All services are provided at no charge to families.

Resources Provided:
-Free respite child care in infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms.
-Available to greater Portland and Vancouver, Washington area residents.

Contact:
Administrative Office: 3910 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97214
T: (503)236-8492
http://www.voaor.org

Year Established: 2007

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Sparrow Club

Mission: Sparrow Clubs USA is primarily a Pacific Northwest charity, serving in the states of Oregon and Washington. During the recent recession, we have had to pull back from operating outside the Pacific Northwest due to the lack of resources. The recent airing of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition featuring the McPhail family and Sparrow Clubs has sparked a large interest in Sparrow Clubs across the nation. While we would love to be able to launch Sparrow projects in every state, it is just not possible at this time. Our Board of Directors is willing to review inquiries outside of Oregon and Washington on a case by case basis.

Resources Provided:
-children with medical needs are sponsored by the community
-service
-philanthropy

Contact:
http://www.sparrowclubs.org/
Sparrow Clubs USA
906 NE Greenwood Ave Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
T: (541)312-8630

Year Established: 1995

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Ronald McDonald House

Mission:
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:

•Focusing on the critical needs of children.
•Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
•Staying true to our heritage of responsible stewardship.
•Operating with accountability and transparency.

Resources Provided:
-families can stay at Ronald McDonald house at low to no cost while children are in the hospital.
-home-cooked meals
-private bedrooms
-playrooms for children
-Special suites for children with suppressed immune systems
-Accredited education programs
-Recreational activities
-Non-clinical support services
-Sibling support services

Ronald McDonald Family Rooms Provide:
•A kitchen area that includes a stove or microwave
•Shower facilities
•Sleeping rooms
•Laundry facilities
•Internet access
•Reference books
•A seating area with a television
•A quiet room

Contact:
2115 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
P: 971-230-0808
http://www.rmhcoregon.org/contact-us

Year Established: 1976

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Playworks

Mission: Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country providing trained, full-time coaches focused on recess to hundreds of low-income schools in major urban areas. We also provide training and technical assistance to schools, districts and youth organizations that want to ensure that every kid plays – safely, inclusively and with joy.

Resources Provided: trained coaches are at the following schools:

Beach Elementary School
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt 
Cesar Chavez School
Grout Elementary School
Jason Lee School
King School
Marysville Elementary School
Peninsula School
Rigler Elementary School
Scott School
Woodlawn School
Woodmere Elementary School
Reedville Elementary School
Brookwood Elementary Schoo

Contact:
1125 SE Madison 
Suite #210 
Portland, OR 97214 
t: 503.928.8684 
f: 503.345.6687

http://www.playworks.org/communities/pacificnw

Year Established: 1996