Identifying Social Resources
The resource that I have chosen to identify today is called Children First for Oregon. It was created in 1991 by a small group of volunteers and was funded by small business owners. The main thing that the organization has tried to do has been to strategically influence political policy through investments and social pressures to promote policies that will help Oregon's kids.
Their mission statement states that they will work to “make Oregon a place where all children thrive. We educate and engage Oregonians to promote programs and policies that get results for kids.” From what I've been able to gather about the organization, it really seems to be following along with this statement as well. The organization's website is littered not with the desperate pleas for donations that many such organizations are known for but with information on the actual problems facing children and families in the state of Oregon. It even includes a map of the state which allows you to get information on how kids are doing on a county – by – county basis. This information includes family financial stability, Child welfare(i.e. Data on victims of abuse and neglect), children's health, and other things. The website (at http://www.cffo.org/) also includes little factoids on the sides of the page about how over 100,000 children in the state of Oregon are currently uninsured and how 16.8% are living in poverty and so on. I think these help because it encourages people to read the actual material that they offer on these numbers by shocking you with such verifiable and relevant data.
In addition to educating and engaging their fellow Oregonians though, they have many ideas to help people who might be facing some of the difficulties they are attempting to make better. This help is mostly given by providing links to organizations designed to meet these specific needs but nevertheless, Children First is an excellent resource for people in Oregon and beyond....