Another Fun Filled Week of Learning

May 27, 2016
05 23 16 Issue Pics

The week in pictures.

Well team – with the primary election under our belt and the celebrations complete, it is now time to dig back in and continue to tour my district and learn about the many programs our city has to offer.

Northwest Human Services and Wellness
Last week started off by meeting with Verna Wessell at Northwest Human Services on Edgewater street. I really wanted to learn more about what we as a community are doing for the people struggling with mental health issues. It was very clear to me that the staff at Northwest Human Services have a passion and concern for helping others. Thank you to all the workers that give 100% to their job. If you would like to learn more about the facility, I encourage you to visit their website encourage you to visit their website at http://www.northwesthumanservices.org

YMCA Holds Community Luncheon
My next outing was a fundraiser for the YMCA at Willamette Heritage Center. Who does not love the YMCA!!! A single mother who testified how much the YMCA childcare has provided for her and her family, and how her sweet daughter is exposed to so many different opportunities at the facility, including ballet. A Sprague High School senior, that has been confined to a wheelchair shared how she has been able to use the pool at the YMCA and it is the only time she is able to be out of her chair and do things like well bodied children do. It was incredibly touching and brave. Thank you YMCA for your years of service.

Ride-a-long With Local Police Proves to be Eye Opening
Later I went on a ride along with the Salem Police Department. I rode with Officer Stacie Metcalf and she was AWESOME. They didn’t let me carry a gun, chase or taze anyone, but we did get to respond to a “Code 3,” which allowed us to turn our lights and sirens and haul “who know what” for about 2 minutes. We have an amazing police force who are understaffed and overworked and never complain. They do a great job protecting our city and I am so incredibly proud of them. They see things that no one should have to see and they deal with issues that no one should have to address, and they do it day after day. Thank you Officer Metcalf for an exciting, educational night.

Raise the Roof Event Helps Support Vocational Ed
On Friday, I attended an event at the Salem Convention Center called Raise the Roof. Raising money to fund our Career and Technical Educational Center and encouraging our youth to pursue their passion for education in the manufacturing field. What a great event and fundraiser. I was so proud to see my sister Leslie Kampstra there she is co-owner of Cherry City Interior and Design and they were a major sponsor. So proud of you Sis!! Once again, I am seeing the community and local businesses come together and support our youth.

Capitol City Republican Women and the Keizer Iris Festival
Finally, I was honored to walk with my ladies from the Capitol City Republican Women Club in the Keizer Iris Parade Saturday morning. Luckily the rain held out and we had the best time. Our beautiful group was easy to spot as we were all dressed in red, and waving our American flags. This group of women love our country, state and community. We would love to have you join – here is the link to our page, http://www.orgsites.com/or/ccrw/

As you can see it was a full, fun week and I continue to be so incredibly impressed with our community. We are a great state and we have some amazing businesses that continue to give and pour back into our community and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Please consider getting involved in some small way. Whether it be with my campaign or volunteering at one of these amazing places, I promise you – you will be so glad you did. Have a great rest of your week, enjoy your long Memorial Day weekend and be safe my friends.

Keeping the Faith,

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