President's Message: A Time for Helping Others

On behalf of myself and the entire PAT leadership team, we wanted to wish you a happy and restful break.

We also wanted to remind you of the OEA Foundation, a wonderful organization to support, as well as a way to help any of your students who may be in need.

Established in 1995, the OEA Foundation provides educators with up to $100 grants to help students meet basic, urgent, and immediate needs so they can succeed in school. Cash grants from the Foundation fill needs unmet by any other source.

Since the beginning, the key source for these critical grants has been donations from OEA members and staff. The OEA family continues to be generous in their support, through payroll deductions, cash and online donations. You can give just $1 or $2 dollars a month!

The Oregon Education Association funds all of the administrative costs of the Foundation, which allows all donations to be used to provide direct assistance to students.

The OEA Foundation has purchased countless pairs of eyeglasses, provided many students with winter coats, paid for dental work and doctor visits, fitted new shoes on lots of feet, and even replaced a broken bedroom window.

When all is said and done, the OEA Foundation works to ensure that the physical, social, and emotional needs of students do not stand in the way of success in school.

If you know of a student you can help, apply now.

Find out more information, donate online, or apply for a grant.

In Solidarity,

Suzanne Cohen
PAT President