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Simple, yet effective tips for dealing with chronic pain [Southwest Washington]

By Matt Kinshella

My generation's grandparents, and in some cases parents, seem like they are all battling chronic conditions of one sort or another. It’s so hard on caretakers and those suffering alike.

However, I have also noticed that there are simple, yet impactful steps everyone can take to make quality of life better. Learning exercises, the in’s and out’s of dealing with hospitals/doctors or even how to properly use a walker has made a big impact for my family.

This class in Vancouver is designed to help with these small, but impactful things.  

With this resource, the future looks bright [Marion and Polk]

Matt Kinshella

We deal with a lot of crisis response here. There are so many people who are hungry or can't pay the bills or need emergency health care. They can't afford to dream about the future. They have to deal with now. 

So it's nice when something comes across my desk that focuses getting kids to college in order to build a better life for themselves and families. 

This college prep course is courtesy of Sue Bloom at The Boys and Girls Club.

Free breast and cervical cancer screening [Benton Co.]


Early detection could save a life. There's every reason in the world to check out this free health screening on Feb. 23.

Free pap smears and breast exams for uninsured women [Marion and Polk co.]


Thanks to Northwest Human Services for sharing info about their free pap smears and breast exams for uninsured women at the West Salem Clinic.


The best way to help your family afford what it needs [Jefferson Co.]


Thanks to Beckie Buss for the tip on the budgeting class below. 

L.I.N.C. Madras is offering a class once a month to help people with their finances. This class will be held the first Friday of every month at 10:30 at the L.I.N.C. Madras Resource Center

Free health and dental fair on Sat. Feb 9 in Estacada [Clackamas Co.]


This community resource fair Ffatures social and community services resource booths, basic chiropractic exams, vision and hearing screenings, a dental clinic, haircuts, kids activities and child care.

Some services available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hosted by Compassion Estacada in collaboration with Estacada churches. Volunteers, especially dentists and hygienists, are still needed.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat, Feb. 9. Estacada First Baptist Church, 29101 S.E. Eagle Creek Road, Estacada.

Looking for a new support network? Birth to 5 playgroups are here [Clackamas Co.]


Thanks to Wendy Hays of Healthy Start/Healthy Families of Clackamas County for information about ten Clackamas County playgroups. 

Playgroups are facilitated by trained volunteers & provide opportunities for both children & parents to socialize & learn from each other. Parents can share common experiences and concerns, develop lasting friendships, and form new support networks.

Learn the latest innovations in family caregiving [Washington Co.]


Please share these innovative programs with family caregivers you know. 

Make under $50,000? You could save up to $6000 on your taxes [Benton and Linn co.]

Matt Kinshella

Last week we told you about free tax preparation sites opening in every Oregon county. While you're at one of those sites, or while doing taxes elsewhere, make sure to check out your EITC eligibility. Every year 20 percent of people eligible for this tax credit don't claim it, leaving billions of dollars on the table. 

Every additional tax credit could be a huge help. Make sure you and everyone you know isn't missing out. 

Small business owners: Pick the brain of a CPA for free! [Douglas Co.]


Check out this free class to help small business owners complete their taxes.