I’m thinking I should make Tuesday the "standard" day here to run press releases; I seem to get them around this time each week lately.
This looks like a good cause if you’re looking for worthwhile fundraisers to contribute to.
Because No Child in Deschutes County Should Have to Live Without Basic Needs
On “Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children,” Entrees Made Easy will launch a yearlong fundraising campaign. The goal: To help the Family Access Network ensure that every child in Deschutes County has his or her basic needs provided for and stays in school.
This Family Day, Monday, September 24, Entrees Made Easy challenges Deschutes County residents to join the nearly 2 million people across the U.S. who have pledged to share dinner as a family. Since 2001, Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has promoted Family Day as a simple way to significantly reduce substance abuse among children and teens.
But because the need is ongoing, Entrees Made Easy has set a goal of raising funds all year long for Family Access Network, or FAN. This organization works within our local schools — the Bend-LaPine, Redmond and Sisters districts — to link children and families to critical support, such as dental work, job opportunities, clothing, rent assistance, childcare support, health insurance, or whatever the child needs.
According to FAN program director Julie Lyche, FAN especially needs community support right now because of reduced funding and a growing school population. “Our advocates in the local schools do such important work,” explains Lyche. “Yet, it costs as little as $100 to support a child or teen for an entire school year.”
Lloyd Brogan of Entrees Made Easy puts the need in perspective: “One in five children in Deschutes County goes to bed hungry each night. Why, when $100 will support a child for the entire year? One hundred dollars, one child, one year — right in your own community.”
Entrees Made Easy’s goal is to ‘adopt’ 10 children each month, says Brogan. “My business is supporting the effort, because we’re in the business of feeding people. But we’re really encouraging our customers — and colleagues in the business community — to contribute in any way they can.”
Anyone can stop by Entrees Made Easy to contribute, or go to FAN’s website at FamilyAccessNetwork.org to donate directly.
For more information on CASA Family Day, go to http://www.casafamilyday.org.