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Newberg Morning Rotary Club donates $10,000 for a new bus for the relief nursery

A Family Place relief nursery benefited from a surprise $10,000 grant from the Newberg Morning Rotary Club recently that will go toward the purchase of a new bus.

The McMinnville-based organization still must raise an additional $17,500 to fund the full cost of the bus.

The gift comes at a good time because the organization's three busses are older and require regular, oftentimes expensive maintenance to keep them at the standards set by the Oregon Department of Education's Child Care Division for transporting minors.

"Transportation is a huge barrier to a struggling family's ability to access services," Joi Bailey, community engagement manager, said in a press release.

"Families in recovery may be trying to earn back their right to drive. A mom struggling with depression may not be able to get out of bed to transport her child to their classroom on time. We don't want children to suffer in isolation because of issues their parents are experiencing."

The donation came in just days before the start of Child Abuse Prevention month in April.

"Many clubs and organizations reach out to us during the month of April when they are hearing about the long-term impact of child abuse and want to know how they can help," Bailey said. "This is one way an organization could have a huge impact on our community."

A Family Place transports children from high-stress homes to their therapeutic classrooms two mornings each week and also transports parents and children to parent education classes.

Donating diapers is another option to help and are being accepted by the McMinnville Soroptimist Club and at Les Schwab in Newberg for the month of April.

Diapers can be dropped off at the McMinnville Public Library, McMinnville Senior Center, McMinnville Community Center and the Delphian School as well.

Organizations that are interested in helping raise the remaining funds for the bus may call Bailey at 503-472-4020, email her This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.familyplacerelief.org.

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