Leadership Clackamas County is an adult leadership and development program put on by Your Chamber to engage experienced and emerging business and community leaders to expand their knowledge and skills to better our community’s economic and cultural future. Each year the class completes a community service project. This year’s class is proud to team up with the Wichita Center for Family & Community to enhance the quality of services and structures at the center bettering the environment for developing healthier and happier children and families in the surrounding areas.
The Wichita Center was originally the Wichita School, educating and providing guidance to generations of children. After 100 years of service the North Clackamas Schools envisioned turning the building into a center to support families and community. In 2009, the Wichita Center was established and since then has become a thriving station for families seeking support. Some of the programs offered at the building include:
- Family Support Center – resources for homeless students & families facing hard times
- Backpack Buddies – weekend nutrition program for elementary kids
- Dental Health Solutions – dental hygiene, screening and critical care for children without insurance or access to a DMD
- Head Start – preschool for low-income children ages 3 & 4
- Community Services – Facility use, child care, driver education and SafetyTown classes
Leadership Clackamas County is going to support and enhance the Community Services area of programs offered at the Wichita center by installing a new play structure, renovating the existing play structure and adding a picnic table to the grounds. The new play structure and renovation of the existing structure will increase the area of total play structure on the grounds allowing for more children to exercise. The picnic table is a place for families to watch their children play and to have a healthy meal with beautiful surroundings of outdoors and life.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help our community and we CAN NOT do it without you! The Leadership Class will be working April 27th – 28th and May 4th – May 5th on the playground. They will be working Saturdays (27th & 4th) from 8am to 6pm and Sundays (28th & 5th) from 2pm to 6pm. To donate time, materials or cash to help the Leadership Class complete their project, please contact Emily Spall at 503.833.5197.