Recovering from Flu

It’s funny. You go along on your normal breakneck pace and then – whump – you are stopped in your tracks by a virus. As you make your way back, (as I did, am doing) your pace is slower. You can be frustrated by this change but you can also welcome this slower pace–utilize it. Use it to think about the possibilities of things. Thinking positively, thinking creatively, but maybe just a bit more slowly as you recover your strength. So, apologies for the posting gap, but that’s what’s happening. We’re not in hibernation, we’re in that space that occurs when intention and energy are not entirely matched up.

Just as a start, let’s recap: We all recognize that supporting kids is important; building opportuniplayground friendsties for kids, opening doors, ensuring that every kid has the opportunity for success.  We know that you care about that and we do, too. But how do we do it? What exactly is Washington County Kids? What exactly do we do? We are a consortium of individuals and organizations, collectively supporting the goal of providing sustainable funding to nonprofits that provide early childhood, before and after school, and summer programs, including nutrition components; programs for all children — and our mission is to ensure they have enough money to help all kids.

We’ll continue to talk about the possibilities, that is to say the ways we can support this mission, and we’ll start with some conversations. Conversations are a great start because we have many partners in this mission. Hopefully, you’re one of them. Stay tuned.

Thank you so much

Representative Margaret Doherty in group photo taken at the Salmon Bake Fundraiser
Don Domes, Representative Margaret Doherty, Maureen Barnhart
group photo taken at the Salmon Bake fundraiser
Martha Brooks Jim Phelps, Corinne and Joe Christy
Katie Riley at the Salmon Bake
Don Amon, Don Domes at the welcome table with Martha Brooks, Katie Riley

It’s difficult to express how grateful we are for friends and supporters being able to come together Saturday, September 23, 2017 at our very first fundraiser. It was a beautiful afternoon and there are SO many people to thank that we just need a moment to collect our thoughts (our next post will have details). Today, we’re collectively grateful, grateful, like in a bowl– so grateful. Rustic beauty abounds at Helvetia Vineyards and Winery, a lovely venue.  Let me just share a couple of the pictures we have so you can recall the afternoon if you were there or imagine it if you were unable to attend.  And we’ll be back to you soon (posting-wise).  Here’s a link to our Facebook Album which we hope you enjoy.  Just a reminder, we have our monthly board meeting tomorrow, Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm at the Hillsboro Shute Park Library. We’ll be sending our newsletter out soon and it will have lots of thank yous and lots of pictures. We hope you enjoy them. Our conversations focusing on solutions that impact the future of children in Washington County will be something that we’ll talk about. We have lots of conversations coming up and we very much hope you’ll be a part of them. 

Scavenger Hunt extended (to 9/18)

Want to go to the Salmon Bake on 9/23 from 4-6pm but need another ticket? Have a friend who wants to go? Great news – the Scavenger Hunt is extended to 9/18!

Here’s the scoop !

win tickets
Win tickets right up to 9/18!

Game on: Find the Salmon (fish) scavenger hunt


fish drawing-can you find meOK, game on! It’s a Scavenger Hunt! Can you find the blue fish on a blue background. Hint, there’s one in the prior post (just scroll down so you can see what it looks like).  Find three (3) images, get in the running to win a free ticket!

Find all eight (8) images and win two free tickets. What could be more fun! Then just tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram where you saw the fish and you’re in the running to win some tickets. This scavenger hunt runs from Aug. 27- Sept. 10th. Good luck!

Eclipse Reset on what’s important

the eclipse helps us remember what's important
When you experience something like a total eclipse of the sun, something that will not happen (the way it did) for another 100 years, you often have the opportunity for a “reset” or re-grounding on life.  The word “totality” itself is something to consider. Are we living in that zone? Are we doing what we want to be doing. Are we doing what’s important? As we ruminate what’s important steps ahead into the forefront and what’s extraneous falls away.

What’s important to you? What’s important to Washington County Kids (org) is to work as hard as we can to ensure that kids are fed, have the opportunity to learn, play and grow and to succeed. We support summer learning, food and nutrition, early learning, and before and after school programs by supporting and expanding the programs that do the most good. Some programs are doing an awesome job, but they’re serving 20 kids when there are 200 waiting.

We hope you will consider attending the Washington County Kids fundraiser special event – a Salmon Bake – on September 23, 2017 at the Helvetia Winery. What a wonderful beautiful rustic setting. But, what’s the event for?  What does it mean? It’s more than just food and fun (although there will be great food, music, and friends). It’s about celebrating the success of working together in the community and of making a difference in our own backyard. Many of our partners on the mission to do good will be there. We hope you will be too.

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