Do your friends, neighbors, relatives or clients have children between 0 and 5 years old that live on the Westside of Portland? Would you like them to get a “Head Start” on school readiness by participating in a free preschool program?
Sampling a friend’s drink or a quick kiss goodbye before you and your girlfriend or boyfriend head your separate ways to class - it’s innocent enough and done all the time on Oregon’s college campuses. Trouble is, these gestures of love and conviviality, although well-meant, are enough to spread things that are not very loving or convivial: diseases. Specifically for students at the University of Oregon and resident Eugenians, the threat of meningitis lies heavy on this community.
Are you mechanically inclined but not quite sure how your interest can lead to a career? Going back to school for training is a risky decision with tuition and time considered. Labor Works Industrial Staffing offers an alternative, benefiting both you and them. They are now hiring to fill 16 temp to hire positions assembling transmissions with training included. Come to the hiring event on Friday, March 6 at WorkSource Portland SE.
Health screenings are a great reminder of our health and habits. Comprehensive screenings provide excellent insight into the health areas that need improvement. A joint effort between Tuality and Pacific University students brings to you a free and comprehensive health screening that could make for an important beginning of the year commitment to your health. Join them on February 28.
Parents, what does the relationship with your children look like? Answers aside, each parent-child relationship is unique, and deserves to be treated as such. With this uniqueness, follow unique challenges - challenges specific in circumstance, but not necessarily in cause. A weekly parenting class in Goldendale beginning March 3rd will cover vital parenting topics that will make your son or daughter bond better.
Tenants, don’t let your past or present stand in the way of obtaining stable housing. Among the programs to help, the Rent Well program does this in an empowering way. In order to earn a certificate, you will meet the demands of responsibility and personal stability as you learn about your tenant rights.
Are you feeding a stray cat? Is your household feline pet spayed or neutered? Spaying or neutering the animals in your life increases the health and happiness of not just your own feline friend: you improve life for all cats. Consider the following spay/neuter benefits provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Swindells Resource Center will partner with George Fox University’s School of Education to host a discussion with two experts in youth behavioral challenges. Parents, your child’s bad behavior is trying to tell you something. Come find out what that is at this free event.
In the wake of a McMinnville city notice calling for the eviction of a group of homeless campers from the Cooperative Ministries Church lot in late 2014, opinions are divided on the next steps. A round table discussion this Saturday, the 21st pulls together the city, county, police, interested community members, and the COMPASS Center Steering Committee to discuss this issue.
In acknowledgement of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, Cascade AIDS Project in Portland will bring together experts, community groups and services, and key to it all: you and your family, for a grand gathering to share and learn about women’s sexual health. Join CAP during the Feb. 27-March 1 weekend for their fifth annual Women and Girls Health Conference.
Though it isn’t on people’s minds often, mental health is a serious issue. Take a moment to consider the negative effects that mental crisis or addictions have on the sufferer and those around them. Yet, unlike a heart attack, these crisis types are outwardly invisible. Similar though, is the need to prepare to handle crisis when it strikes. Here is where Youth Mental Health First Aid can help.
Setting realistic goals at the start of 2015 might help you take your New Year’s resolutions more seriously. If you are focusing on your health this year, let a free Fresh Start health screening from the Fresh Start Team in partnership with Linfield School of Nursing show you where you stand. From there, you can create measurable goals that fit your unique health profile.
Young siblings may not get along all of the time, maybe not even most of the time, but you as their parent gladly take your children for who they are as individuals and as siblings. You see their love for one another and the things they offer each other, though of course your children would never admit it!
On Thursday, Feb. 5, employers from General Labor & Industrial Staffing Services want to talk with you about a forklift driver job opportunity. The job site is at a lumber company, and wage is $12 per hour.
If you have a desire to serve your community’s homeless population by volunteering in a shelter, but a lack of training is getting in your way, The Red Cross in McMinnville has just the course for you. Their “Shelter Management Class” on February 10 is designed for anyone interested in helping in a shelter. This class starts at 7 pm at the McMinnville Police Department training room.
Why do you run? Is it due to health concerns or commitment to a proactive lifestyle? Both are great reasons! For those who aren’t as psyched to lace up those shoes and measure a good workout in terms of miles, Healthy Beginnings’ Grin and Bear It races and fun run raising funds for free health screenings for local children birth to age five, is a great reason to start.
February 15 is the last day to have your pick of health insurance options for 2015. This date marks the last chance to enroll in a private insurance plan. Are you and your family ready for that deadline? If questions or concerns about your options are getting in the way of enrolling, you are in luck!