2017 Recipient Agencies

Bridgeway House

recipient agencyGreat Rotary Duck Race funds will be used for Bridgeway House’s Home Therapy Program, which helps prevent and intervene in child abuse and also provides important education and services to children and families affected by autism. Bridgeway House is the only nonprofit in Lane County offering Individualized in-home therapy for children with autism regardless of the child’s age. In addition to the individualized therapies provided to the children in the program, education and support is provided to their parents to help them with the challenges of raising a child with autism which reduces family stress levels and helps prevent abuse and neglect. bridgewayhouse.org


recipient agencyCASA will use the Great Rotary Duck Race funds to increase awareness and recruit CASA volunteers in rural areas. 423 children had a CASA in 2016 with a goal of reaching a sustainable capacity to help 600 children from all areas of Lane County. Studies have found that these children are significantly less likely to re-enter the system, spend less time in foster care and are more likely to return home or be adopted. They also have improved academic success, greater self-esteem, are able to control deviant behavior, have a positive attitude and work well with others. CASA makes a difference. Children with CASAs have better outcomes and their advocacy saves money in our child welfare system. casa-lane.org

The Child Center

recipient agencyCAP IT (Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention & Treatment Project) aims to stop child abuse at the root cause. At-risk and abused children start treatment and their parents are provided free Collaborative Problem Solving parent education classes to gain skills to build positive relationships with their children. For abused children, recovery results in being able to develop healthy relationships with others and confidence to succeed in having a productive and happy life. This wrap-around approach of prevention, intervention, and treatment is what is needed to end child abuse, one family at a time. thechildcenter.org

Family Relief Nursery

recipient agencyGreat Rotary Duck Race funds will be used for a new Therapeutic Infant Classroom Program in an effort to improve parent/infant interactions and lower parental stress. Through weekly classes and home visits, new, expectant or adolescent parents in South Lane County will learn how to interact with their babies in a positive manner. These interactions will also allow professionals to assist an infant’s development and make early referrals. Children with developmental delays are at increased risk of lifelong problems in learning, drug abuse, mental health and behavioral issues. Interventions within the first three years of life have lifelong positive effect on a child’s development. frncg.org

Parenting Now!

recipient agencyMaking Parenting A Pleasure (MPAP) is an evidence-based parenting education curriculum that serves vulnerable families with children at risk for school failure and at greater risk for abuse and neglect. MPAP groups will be provided at low-income housing settings in collaboration with Cornerstone, St. Vincent de Paul and Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County. In addition to the regular MPAP curriculum there is a culturally adapted Spanish language version and a version for teen parents. The goal of these onsite parenting education groups is to improve parenting skills, mitigate daily and long-term stress and reduce the risk of child neglect and abuse. parentingnow.org/