ACTS Oregon continues to provide education on ensuring the right use of car seats for children. Our program was faced wtih financial cutbacks and we partnered with community organizations to keep a monthly fitting station in the Portland Metro Area. We have confirmed for 2013 a fitting station within Multnomah County one time per month.
Our relationship with Washington County continues to grow. We have been able to increase our fitting stations there and now have almost one per week. The Washington County partnership continues to grow with outstanding support from Washington County Safe Kids Coalition.
Our program goal is to check more seats and provide more technicians this year then ever before. Currently we have classes and certification programs scheduled at a pace of 2 per month.
ACTS Oregon has found collaboration partners in the ever growing need for Car seat inspections. This has helped us not only expand our activities centered around Car Seats but also our activiities around education.
We are now partnering in expanding our educational outreach with two local hospitals as part of their new parent program. All of our car seat check up events included more educational activities. Our collaboration has led to greater expansion of our ability to participate in safety fairs and community safety events.
Our car seat program has benefited from this activity in the form of more volunteers and certified techs to assist us in reducing the number of children riding in improperly installed or incorrrectly sized car seats. To date we have been able to distribute over 5000 car seats to familes of low income. Our need continues to out pace our ability to distribute but we continue to serve as a vehicle for saving lives.
Our project continues to grow. The last special event was held at Kohls store in Portland. There were over 100 families in line waiting to have their car seats inspected. We distributed 39 seats to low income families and checked over 77 seats. There were 11 technicians and 4 volunteers from the Kohls store there to assist us in the distribution process. Unfortunately there were 33 families that were unable to receive our services that day due to their time constraints. The need continues to arise and we will be there to serve the community and help keep kids safe in cars.
To date ACTS Oregon has been able to reach over 27,000 families through this program. We have distributed over 230 seats to families that have low income. This program continues to be the most successful way to reduce injuries and prevent fatalities in automobiles in the state of Oregon.
ACTS Oregon is pleased to continue to provide children with new car seats based on donations from the Winter Challenge fundraiser. To receive the car seats, families attend a car seat check-up event getting education on the correct adjustment of the car seat to the child and correct installation of the seat in their vehicle. Donors included friends, families, child passenger safety technicians and families participating in car seat check-up events. We very much appreciate the efforts of our donors and volunteers keeping children riding safe in Oregon!
ACTS Oregon was pleased to receive support from 60 donors resulting in total donations of $2,375. With the average cost of a child safety seat at $40.00, we will be able to provide 60 children with new car seats. To receive the car seats, families attend a car seat check-up event gettingeducation on the correct adjustment of the car seat to the child and correct installation of the seat in their vehicle.
Donors included friends, families, child passenger safety technicians and families participating in car seat check-up events. Comments received from families attanding check up events included:
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