Toxic stress of childhood poverty can inhibit early development of the brain, leaving children with both academic and behavioral problems.
92,395 children are enrolled in schools in our tri-county area, more than 1/4 of them live below the poverty line.
Teachers currently support the basic needs of their students (i.e. shoes, hygiene, nutrition, etc.) out of their own pockets or through a small amount of community advocates.
Our goal is to provide every K-5 classroom in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, with Resource Rooms, Backpack Programs or other supports that will allow them to empower those students whose families are struggling to meet basic needs.
In January 2018, Raul Marquez, a McKay High School senior and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley board member, presented a Leadership Project to the board: develop a teen homeless shelter.
United Way took action by developing a fundraising plan, sourcing a building for the proposed shelter, and engaging Mid-Valley Community Action Agencyas the service provider who would run the home. The board of directors supported this effort by granting the project with the initial $100,000 to kick it off.
Hundreds of community members, as well as the Oregon Legislature, helped to assure that Taylor's House becomes a reality. Currently, the house is in the remodeling stage and MVCAA has set a goal for it to be in operation by Fall of 2018.