“Child Abuse Reports Rise in Lincoln County, Oregon.” You can help! Vote “YES” on Measure 21-151!

Vote “Yes” on Measure 21-151!

Child abuse reports rise in Lincoln County, Oregon by Rick Beasley, News Times  Quote from this article…

“LINCOLN CITY — Reports of child sexual abuse in Lincoln County increased by 25 percent in 2012, a staggering jump that, by one measure, is good news.”

Childrens Trust of Lincoln County

“The Children’s Trust of Lincoln County will be Measure 21-151 in the upcoming May election. It will authorize a 5-year property tax levy of 19 cents per thousand of assessed value, which will provide approximately $1.2 million per year in grants for children’s programs throughout Lincoln County. A citizen Fund Distribution Committee will review the grant requests from children’s programs and determine where the money will be spent.”

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Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon(NFK) and other childrens’ advocacy organizations in Lincoln County are challenged every year to pay for the day to day operating costs to sustain highly valued and positive after-school programs and other services we provide to K-12 kids in our community.  We complement and partner with public schools…and with Oregon Coast Community College.  In my work as a board member and vice chair for NFK, my heart aches for the kids that are not able to or are prevented from taking advantage of the programs provided in after-school programs in Lincoln County.  We make a huge difference during the hours from 3:00pm to 6:00pm each and every day of the work week and during summer camp as well.  This is the time of the day when kids can get special attention in academics to help them during the regular school hours.  This is the time when kids receive extra love and mentoring from the volunteers and staff.  This is the time when kids are provided with a healthy meal and some organized recreation.  This is the time when kids engage with each other and adult mentors to build interpersonal communications skills.  We also offer arts and music for the children who are passionate and gifted to be creative.  After-school models like Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon represent the future of providing our kids that extra edge to grow up as healthy, happy, and productive adults.  Vote “YES” on Measure 21-151!

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

Resident & Home Owner, Lincoln County Oregon

Vice Chair
www.neighborsforkids.org

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