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DuckFunder projects target school supplies, child-abuse prevention

Two College of Education projects are among those trying to raise both awareness and support through DuckFunder, a University of Oregon fund-raising platform similar to Kickstarter, and are already making progress toward their goals. Click the headline links or images below to learn more about, or contribute to these worthy endeavors.

Preventing child abuse

The 90by30 program is a COE outreach unit working to reduce child abuse in Lane County, Oregon 90 percent by 2030. Their $15,000 goal would support activities related to Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Its purpose is to raise awareness that child abuse is an important local issue and will also connect county residents with concrete opportunities to support children and families in ongoing prevention efforts. A gift of any size, from $5 to $500, is critical to support this year’s efforts to turn a caring community into a force for change.

Jeff Todahl is an associate professor in couples and family therapy, and director of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, 90by30's research arm.

"I am asking for your help in spreading the word to the COE community and to friends of the COE," Todahl said. "With this, every donation counts. It’s about the support for sure, though it’s also about building on our momentum to demonstrate the power of a community-campus partnership toward a dramatic, research-informed improvement in a perplexing social problem."

Their campaign ends February 29, 2016.

School supplies for Promise Neighborhoods After-School Program

Students in the COE's service-learning program (SLP) have launched their own DuckFunder project to help buy school supplies for the Promise Neighborhoods After-School Program, which SLP has been staffing for the past three years at Malabon and Fairfield Elementary Schools. The after-school program is 100 percent volunteer-run and provides students with the academic, emotional, and social support they might not be getting elsewhere. In addition to helping these elementary school students, University of Oregon students receive hands-on experience working with kids. Unfortunately, those very students often have to buy their own supplies for activities themed around science, art, math, world cultures, the environment, and foreign languages. Their campaign ends March 4, 2016.