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Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donations to help children

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Donations go to nonprofit abuse intervention Children's Center in Oregon City and Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program in Milwaukie

On Friday, April 14, the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donated to the nonprofit abuse intervention Children's Center in Oregon City and Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program in Milwaukie.

PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS FIRE - Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton (left) and Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation President Don Trotter present a check for $5,000 to Tom Soma, executive director of the Childrens Center, which supports and medically assesses children in Clackamas County who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect. The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation "has been a critical partner in our intervention and prevention efforts for more than 12 years," said Tom Soma, Children's Center executive director. "The Foundation's gifts — which now surpass $50,000 — have helped to ensure the prospect of healing for hundreds of children whose lives depend on it. On behalf of all these children, we are deeply grateful."

Children are referred to the Children's Center by law enforcement agencies, child protective workers, parents, teachers, health care providers and others concerned for their welfare.

Every day, the Children's Center faces a reality that most people prefer to avoid. "To victims," Soma said, "Children's Center offers comfort, care and hope. To the community, we convey confidence that this serious challenge won't be ignored."

Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton and Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation President Don Trotter presented the second check on April 14 ($4,000) to Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program. Evan King, the school's social worker began the program in 2011 to provide free, nutritious snacks to more than 600 students each school-day afternoon. With no extra money in the school budget, King reached out for help from area organizations and churches.

The program's mission is to eliminate hunger during the school day, and through "partnerships like these, we can make sure that our students have what they need to succeed," said Greg Harris, principal of Rowe Middle School.

The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation consists of emergency service agencies within Clackamas County and provides assistance to people who've been affected by disaster, tragedy, injury or other adversities.

"It is an honor to be able to support these two programs that are focusing on the well-being of children within our community," Charlton said.

To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation and or to make a donation, visit clackamasfire.com/emergency-services-foundation.

For more information or to learn ways that you can donate to the Children's Center, contact Development Director Ronecca Norvell at 503-655-7725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To learn more about the Food for Success program or to donate food, money or school supplies at Rowe Middle School, contact Evan King at 503-353-5741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..