When you give to your community through Family Building Blocks, whether it's your time, money, or goods and services, you are instantly helping - helping a child grow, helping a family stay together, and inspiring a community to follow your lead.
Family Building Blocks is a tremendous example of a public-private partnership. We are a private, independent non-profit organization that leverages support from both public and private sources to fund our prevention programs. Our $5.5 million annual budget is 60% funded by public sources (state and federal contracts to provide services) and 40% by private revenue (individual and business donations and foundation grants).
The need for our services is great. There is an incredible return on investment when giving to your community through quality, early childhood programs like Family Building Blocks. Please take a moment to review our donor privacy statement. Thank you for "Keeping Children Safe and Families Together."
“Family Building Blocks has made me a better parent. Thank you for supporting the program.” - Jeannie
Click on the image above to donate any amount of money to help keep children safe and families together. To learn more about giving opportunities, please contact Brandy O'Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director at 503.566.2132.
Clean, gently used children's clothing (infant to size eight), toys, and home goods are year-round resources for families in our prevention programs. To donate clothing and materials to one of our six sites, please contact Julie Hilty at 503.566.2132.
Consider naming Family Building Blocks as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan and ensure your legacy of keeping children safe and families together will continue for generations to come. To leave your legacy, contact Brandy O'Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director at 503.566.2132.
To ensure our families' basic needs are met during the holiday season and that they can create memories together for years to come, Family Building Blocks hosts Hope for the Holidays, a giving program where community members can purchase specific gifts for local children and families.
You can help provide needed materials including:
To purchase gifts for a parent and/or child, click on the image above or contact Julie Hilty at 503.566.2132.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and each year, Les Schwab hosts a Diaper Drive to benefit families through Family Building Blocks. Annually, Family Building Blocks changes over 25,000 diapers! We can accept new:
For a list of drop-off sites and for more information, please contact Julie Hilty at 503.566.2132.
If you are interested in donating specific items to Family Building Blocks, whether it is resources for our families or materials for our facilities, we have an ongoing wish list! We are so fortunate to have donors to help meet specific needs. Because our list is growing and changing with each family we support, please contact us today for an updated list!
We would happily accept the following hand-made items for our families. Please contact us for more details!
Quilts (Large enough size for three people to sit on quilt on floor. Prefer bright colors or solid patterns - unisex. Please no specific holiday fabrics)
Baby bibs and burp cloths
Knit hats for babies (especially in winter months)
Infant sleep sacks (contact Brandy for a sewing pattern)
Small dollhouse with dolls, house parts
Toddler hopper balls with handle
Child’s riding wagon
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe cars (two)
Small light table
Brandy O'Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director
From fundriaisers to community outreach initiatives, we have a robust high-quality events program designed to engage the community and unite Marion and Polk counties in our mission of keeping children safe and families together. Because of our event sponsors, we are able to ensure proceeds directly support our programs and services. We partner with businesses to help minimize our costs while providing an invaluable platform for brand recognition and customer acquisiton with our audiences ranging from 200 to 4,000. Thank you for investing in your community through Family Building Blocks!
Held at the Salem Convention Center in the heart of downtown Salem, the Sustainers Happy Hour is free to attend and focuses on the benefits of monthly giving, an integral part of sustaining our work with children and families in Marion and Polk counties. While sampling appetizers and local wines, over 400 guests are inspired by a program featuring family success stories. This evening activity is geared toward educators, medical professionals, and the business community who are typically unable to attend a luncheon program. To become a sponsor, please contact Julie Hilty, Community Outreach Manager, at 503.566.2132.
Held at picturesque Zenith Vineyard in the heart of Oregon's esteemed wine country, Uncorked Wine Auction is Oregon's premier wine auction benefitting Family Building Blocks featuring a Wine Maker's Reception, gourmet three-course meal, and silent and live auctions offering exclusive luxury experience packages. With over 400 guests annually, this first-class event has helped raise over $3 milion for Family Building Blocks since 2008. To become a sponsor today, please contact Sam Lewis, Event Manager, at 503.566.2132.
Family Nights are events where families strengthen their relationships with each other and with other families in the community in a safe and fun atmosphere. Hosted by Family Building Blocks in December and June, Family Nights provide free activities and a meal for all families enrolled in Family Building Blocks programs. We partner with local businesses to help create opportunities like this each year for our families and continue building our community of supporters to keep children safe and families together. To become a sponsor and learn more, please contact Brandy O'Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director, at 503.566.2132.
Our Mid-Summer Celebration honors and thanks our major donors and volunteers for their significant contributions to helping local children and families. These champions for our mission and our community are critical to our success in partnering with 750 families annually in their goals to be safe, healthy and happy. To become a sponsor, please contact Brandy O'Bannon, Senior Resoure Development Director, at 503.566.2132.
Held at Salem's Riverfront Park the first Saturday of each August, Riverfront Family Fest is one of the largest community events in Salem with nearly 4,000 guests each year. This health and safety resource fair is free to attend. With a range of family-friendly activities, Riverfront Park comes to life, providing a safe and fun place for families to spend time with each other and to build new relationships with other community members. To become a sponsor, please contact Julie Hilty, Community Outreach Manager, at 503.566.2132.
The Dream Builders Luncheon is our fall fundraiser held at the Salem Convention Center in the heart of downtown Salem. Each year, we welcome over 800 community members for a complimentary lunch and an inspiring program. The hour-long program showcases our prevention programs and introduces one of our families to share how Famly Building Blocks has impacted their lives. With over 30 sponsors in 2016, the Dream Builders Luncheon is a celebration of the community's commitment for caring for children and families. To become a sponsor, please contact Brandy O'Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director, at 503.566.2132.
Volunteers are an integral part of Family Building Blocks' ability to support over 1,000 children and 750 families annually. Because of our volunteers, we are able to ensure that each child in our therapeutic classrooms receives warmth, love, and critical nurturing attention; each family enrolled has the opportunity to access a full clothing closet and food pantry; and our offices and events have the support needed to function efficiently. Many hands make light work and we would not be the successful organization we are today without the generosity and commitment of our volunteers.
Our monthly community tours are the best way to become more acquainted with Family Building Blocks and to learn about the relief nursery model, and how it impacts the community. On these tours, you will receive an overview of our services, observe a therapeutic classroom environment, learn about our curriculum, watch inspiring family testimonies, meet FBB staff and other community members, and have a chance to ask questions. As you learn more about the importance of this work, you just might learn more about yourself along the way. Join us!
To become a volunteer, the first step is to sign up for a tour!
11:00 am-12:00 pm
2425 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, OR 97305
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Family Building Blocks. We have received your inquiry and will respond shortly. Thank you!
Please fill out and submit the Intern form to start. We look forward to finding the perfect fit for you!
“The best thing about my internship has been getting to be a part of Family Building Blocks and knowing how much we are helping families. I love getting to interact with the babies and learn about all of the different ways the teachers help the families. I love how helpful and welcoming the teachers have been to me, quickly answering any question that I have about their methods." - FBB Intern
• Gain skills that align with the student’s professional and educational goals
• Learn directly from prevention and non-profit adminstration professionals
• Build community with other interns, volunteers, staff, and community members
• Help keep children safe and families together
Join the team of over 100 staff and 400 volunteers to help keep children safe and families together in Marion and Polk counties. Internships with Family Building Blocks are customized to meet the needs and goals of the student while supporting the mission and needs of the organization and community.
• Working in the Therapeutic Classroom
• Supporting Development and Community Outreach
• Helping with Special Events
• Assisting with fundraising activities
• A minimum of one term or semester commitment
• A minimum of 50 hours completed
• Must be enrolled at a college or university
Thank you for your interest in applying for an internship with Family Building Blocks. We have received your inquiry and will respond shortly. Thank you!