BEND, Orfe. - The Family Access Network is the recipient of a $4,500 grant from U.S. Bank Foundation to help support a FAN advocate at La Pine Middle School, a high -needs school in Deschutes County.
The FAN advocate will connect over 250 children and family members to basic-needs including food, shelter, clothing, heating and healthcare.
Stacey Dodson, Region President of U.S. Bank was pleased to present the grant check, saying, "U.S. Bank has a long history of supporting Central Oregon charities that put the needs of children and families, front and center.
"FAN is one of those amazing organizations that provide critical services, ensuring children and their families have their basic needs met -- clothing, shelter, meals, medical and dental care. As our community has faced economic challenges, many working class families have struggled to maintain healthy stable home environments for their kids. It is our hope, that through our U.S. Bank Foundation, we can help stabilize more local families, thereby allowing their children to be ready to learn and thrive in our schools."
FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 43 public schools (K-12) and 3 early childhood sites. FAN's mission is to improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services. FAN is unique to Deschutes County, utilizing advocates to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, health care and other critical services.
To learn more about Family Access Network, visit www.familyaccessnetwork.org or call 541.693.5675.
The Family Access Network is committed to building a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need. During the 2012-13 school year, FAN advocates have improved the lives of over 8,200 people in our community.
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