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Volunteer Spotlight

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Volunteers help Parenting Now reach deep into our community, touching the lives of thousands of families each year, by lending their hands and their hearts to lighten our load.

This allows our Parenting Educators and Home Visitors to be busy in the field where they make a direct impact on the lives of local families.

Thank you to all our volunteers for the time, energy, and commitment you provide to us. We couldn't do our work without you!

We invite you to read about some our volunteers.

OCCU Volunteers 2018

OCCU Day of Caring

Each year, Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) employees lend a helping hand in the community to many non-profits needing projects completed. Parenting Now was one of the lucky organizations to receive support from 12 of OCCU’s finest – They were outstanding! They swooped in on President’s Day (a day off for them) and completed projects for our upcoming dinner auction event and our gigantic resource materials project. We could not have completed these projects without these amazing, capable volunteers – we simply don’t have the resources. Without the support and generosity of folks like these, our mission of ensuring all children are raised by nurturing, skilled parents would simply seem impossible.

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High School Volunteers Maddy and Kate

Maddy Opdahl and Kate Laing are two of Parenting Now’s wonderful volunteers! These girls, seniors at Sheldon High School, volunteered with our Crecer program  Both Spanish speakers, Maddy and Kate quickly won the hearts of everyone around them, filling a special need for our agency’s Children’s Program. We are so grateful that these two friends found us. Our program benefited greatly from their positive energy, capable hands, and loving, generous spirits.

Along with volunteering for Crecer and the ONEs groups, Maddy and Kate have also volunteered for our annual Dinner Auction. With the help of stellar young community members like these two, Parenting Now will continue to make a difference in the lives of local families.

Miranda and Ronan at Baby Connection, Dec 2015

University of Oregon Volunteer Miranda

Miranda McCarthy, a junior majoring in Family & Human Services at the University of Oregon, who interned with Parenting Now during the 2019-20 academic year. Miranda worked as a Parenting Educator Assistant for our Young Parents program, a childcare assistant in the ONEs group, and was a Baby Connection volunteer extraordinaire!

Miranda is personable, genuinely interested in infants, young children and parenting, and has a wonderful, warm welcoming spirit that puts everyone at ease.

Pictured here are Miranda and sweet baby Ronan, who attends Baby Connection with his mom on Wednesday mornings. All of us at Parenting Now were thrilled to be working with such a capable, mature and warm-hearted individual.

 

Alumni and Volunteer Fabiola

Fabiola Marroquin became involved with Parenting Now after the birth of her first child. Her husband wasn't sure he wanted to be a parent, leaving her to assume her new role as a parent alone. Soon it was apparent that another factor was creating an imposing parenting challenge for Fabiola: She was experiencing perinatal mood reaction. Unable to bond with her son, scared of dark thoughts she was having, and afraid that he would be removed from her care, she reached out for help and connected with Healthy Start/Healthy Families at Parenting Now

"It was 1,000 percent helpful," Fabiola says when describing her time working with Joanna, a home visitor with HS/HF. Joanna connected Fabiola to additional resources, such as a support group through the Relief Nursery. There she met other mothers, realized that the depression she experienced was something others experienced as well, and that she could find her way through it, creating a strong, loving connection with her son. She and her husband reconciled. They went on to have two more children.

When her first child turned 3, Fabiola transitioned out of the HS/HF program, feeling well-supported and with a greater sense of confidence in her role as a parent. Last summer, Fabiola began attending Crecer, a Parenting Now group for Spanish-speaking parents. The Crecer Parenting Educator, Ana Maria, told Fabiola about Lane Community College’s Women in Transitions program, and she got involved.

As part of that program, Fabiola came back to Parenting Now as a volunteer with the Healthy Start Healthy Families program. “I want to be a part of this,” she said. She values and admires the way Parenting Now links families to additional services. "You are like a piece in a puzzle, connecting to other pieces,” she notes, emphasizing that Parenting Now does not close itself off or shy away from referring families to other organizations.

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