American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Their Global Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and they have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure they have a presence in every community.

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save, and celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. While most people know them for their research, they do so much more. They attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. They research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. They fight for lifesaving policy changes. They provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And they do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do they help encourage prevention? Nearly half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if we did what we know works – live healthier lifestyles, quit smoking, and get our recommended cancer screenings. They’re here to help you take steps every day to reduce your cancer risks. They have the resources, information, and support you need to stay motivated to eat right and get active, quit smoking or help a loved one kick the habit, and understand what screenings you need.

If you need support they are available at any time to help guide you through your cancer experience. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, are currently going though treatment, or are caring for a loved one with cancer, they’re here with information, day-to-day help, and emotional support every step of the way. From free lodging and transportation to help making decisions about your care, they offer programs services, and resources.

What does it take to outsmart cancer? Research. They have invested more than $4.6 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients’ quality of life. They are investing in cancer research from every angle. Whether they’re conducting the research or funding it, their goal remains the same: to free the world from the pain and suffering from cancer.

Defeating cancer is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery. Every day, elected officials and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels make decisions that affect the lives of more than 11 million cancer patients and survivors, their families and caregivers, and all those at risk for developing cancer. Advocacy is a critical part of the Society’s mission. To that end, the Society and its nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate work in partnership to ensure that elected officials and policy makers at all levels of government make the fight against cancer a top national priority.

American Cancer Society fights hard against the battle of cancer. If you would like to get involved I encourage you to contact them. On behalf of those that have been touched by cancer, thank you American Cancer society.

Child Care Resources & Referral

Child Care Resource and Referral strives to strengthen our community by supporting early childhood professionals, providing leadership in the field and by promoting access to high quality child care experiences for all children and families inclusive of every race, ethnicity, language, gender, age, ability or income level.

Every child and family should have access to high quality, culturally relevant child care and all early learning teachers inclusive of every race, ethnicity, language, gender, age, ability or income level should be professionals earning a fair and sustainable wage with access to high quality professional development, support and resources. This is the vision that Child Care Resource and Referral strives towards.

Child Care Resource and Referral provides opportunities for educators and child care providers to expand on their knowledge, as well as support in starting and running a child care business. They inform providers about the current licensing requirements specific to the field that they are in, and connect them with ways to meet those regulations. Newsletters geared towards educators and providers are released quarterly. These newsletters are full of information like changes in class prices, regulations, upcoming conferences, funding resources, and also includes fun things to do with the children such as themed songs or activities.

For families searching for reliable and safe child care CCR&R provides information not only to put you in contact with local child care providers, but what to look for from these providers. They want to ensure that families are finding the best fit for their needs and with a simple table are able to break down what kind there are, and how that translates over with safety regulations. In an effort to provide safe child care fore everyone they even provide a resource link to help in paying for a child care provider.

Child Care Resources and Referral would not be able to provide this assistance and education to the community without the help of their trainers. Their website is full of information about how to become a trainer with Child Care Resources and Referral, training resources to continue their education, and events for trainers to participate and connect with other trainers.

Child Care Resources and Referral knows how important it is to parts that our children are safe, and in the best care possible while we are at work. They continue to strive endlessly to provide everyone with the information needed to make a wise decision, and with the abilities to provide a safe environment for our children. As a parent, I thank you for your hard work.

Chemeketa Community College

Whether you’re about to graduate high school, returning to college after some time off or want to make a career change, Chemeketa has a place for you.

If you’re ready to prepare for your future, Chemeketa’s faculty and staff are committed to your success in the classroom and beyond. The college’s open enrollment policy means students from all walks of life are welcome. Their diverse student body means you’ll not only learn class content but how to work with people from different backgrounds – a huge asset in today’s job market.

Don’t thing you can afford college? More than 60% of Chemeketa students receive scholarships and financial aid. Low-cost tuition and fees means your money will go further at Chemeketa. While a college education costs real money, they are doing everything we can to keep their tuition among the lowest in Oregon and provide you with affordable textbooks.

Chemeketa offers a variety of services and opportunities to help you succeed in college and beyond. Advising, counseling and career services can put you on the right path to graduate and start your career while internships and work-study jobs can give you job experience while you’re still a student. Writing and tutoring and study skills services are available to all Chemeketa students. Veterans, disability, CAMP, and TRiO programs offer additional college support to those who need it. They also have additional resources and programs to help you meet other personal needs.

Chemeketa Community College strives to fulfill its mission, vision, values, and core themes every day with every student. When they carry out their mission Chemeketa hopes to provide opportunities for students to explore, learn, and succeed through quality educational experiences and workforce training. They strive to be a catalyst for individuals, businesses, and communities to excel in diverse and changing environments.

Chemeketa works to carry out their mission through collaboration, diversity, equity, innovation, and stewardship. They collaborate to ensure purposeful, effective programs and services that support all students, and welcome diverse perspectives and the free exchange of ideas. A college community enriched by the diversity of their students, staff, and community members. All the while they act with personal and institutional accountability for the responsible use of environmental, financial, and human resources to meet the needs of current students without compromising the needs of future generations of students.

West Valley Hospital

Did you know that Salem Health – West Valley is an award-winning hospital?  It’s true, they were named to the Statesman Journal’s 2017 Best of the Mid-Valley Gold Winner. For the second year in a row they received the yearly Top Performer Award by the MBQIP for reporting top quality performance.

They have offered tremendous services in health fields we have needed in our community for more than a century when it was first founded in 1907. Salem Health works with Polk County Public Health, Capitol Dental, and Polk County Behavioral Health to provide care and access to students in the Central School District. They further that community spirit by providing a Service Integration program to match families in need with local resources.

One patient said “They have gone out of their way to see to my comfort and care. The nurses, the x-ray techs, the phlebotomy staff, all helpful, gentle and kind.”  Next time you need them, take comfort in knowing you’re in good hands at Salem Health – West Valley Hospital.

Another patient told us “The staff is amazing, and goes above and beyond. My daughter ultrasound pictures were stolen during and move. When we went to have an ultrasound for our second child I asked the Imagist if they was anyway to recover them. Before I left she had printed out the two that she could find and emailed me the rest later. I didn’t really expect anything but she went above and beyond to help recover family memories.”

Way to go West Valley Hospital.  Way. To. Go.