Keep Oregon Well is a public advocacy campaign designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health and stand with those struggling with theirs.

This ongoing volunteer spotlight blog series features some of the many caring, talented, passionate people it takes to spread the word about Keep Oregon Well throughout Oregon!

Volunteer Spotlight on the Children’s Farm Home Historical Society Volunteers

The Archives project is dedicated to preserving the long, rich history of the Children’s Farm Home and supporting and promoting Trillium Family Services.

Members include: Susan Fairchild, Judy Brazee, Joan Kundert, Camille Kucera, Bonnie Napier, Mike Moshofsky.

Why does mental health matter to you?

We feel that there is a great need for mental health services and are proud to be a part of an organization that is striving to meet that need in our community. We do what we can to help connect the community to our mission and raise awareness of the need for good mental health.

What initially made you want to volunteer with Keep Oregon Well or Trillium?

We really value children’s care and had a desire to learn more about the community. It is rewarding to see the stories from the past being told. The pictures we find help people connect to their history, to the stories being told. We also love the sense of community we find in being a part of a volunteer team.

Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience?

There are several that come to mind. Old School pictures are posted as part of our rotating displays of history in the main lobby area.  Once we ran into someone checking the pictures out and she noticed their Dad in a picture. Her sister was with her and this was the first time she had ever seen the father she had never known, all from a picture we had found and shared.

Participating in the Alumni Picnics has also been a lot of fun. We’ve gotten to meet a lot of people from the community whose history we are uncovering as well as hear many oral stories from them regarding Children’s Farm Home.

Another favorite memory is finding a picture of a corn dog eating contest. In the picture there are a bunch of kids but only one adult with a very intense look on their face. It was fun creating explanations for this interesting picture.

To close our chat today, do you have a favorite quote/s you would be willing to share?

We have two quotes to share!

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  Frederick Douglass

“If you don’t know [your] history, then you don’t know anything.  You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”  Michael Crichton


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