Not too early to volunteer for TACE summer event at Coffee Creek

Coffee Creek event creates strong bonds between inmates and their kids.

Do you want to become a TACE volunteer? Rotary’s International Award winning Through A Child’s Eyes mother/child bonding program — in partnership with Coffee Creek Correctional facility — is scheduled for July 14 and 15, 2018. We are looking for volunteers for either day from 9:30-3:30 p.m. 

It is very heartwarming to see these children spending important bonding time with their inmate Moms. They experience a carefree day enjoying a barbecue, getting a family picture taken, and playing crafts and games together.  Warning!  You’ll be challenged to keep a dry eye when it comes time for the families to say goodbye at the end of the day.

Requirements to be a volunteer are: you must pass a simple background check, take a one hour class on a choice of dates, be a non-judgmental role model, and be willing to dispense unconditional love. You would be assigned a game or craft that kids and their Moms will engage in throughout the fun and active day.

This is the 15th year for this remarkable program held outdoors but within the prison fences. Many of the volunteers have been with us for over a decade.  If you are interested and would like more information, please talk to a Rotarian, or contact Doris Wehler at 503-682-0426 or

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