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If you have children of your own, you may be all too aware that only 12 percent of private sector employees in the US have access to paid parental leave, and one in four employed mothers return to work within just two weeks of childbirth. With an abundance of research and evidence showing that children’s health and overall wellness improves when parents are able to… er… parent, it’s no wonder Oregon and the country as a whole have lagged behind the movement towards policies that ensure family financial security and overall health. Portland has one of the highest childcare costs in the country, coming in at $11,322 for an infant in full-time care at a center, according to a 2015 report—so it’s no surprise that less than a quarter of Oregon families can afford childcare.  

Since 2009, Family Forward Action (the advocacy arm of Family Forward Oregon) has worked towards helping Oregon families overcome financial burdens during the ever-important caregiving years by securing their economic future with paid family leave, higher minimum wages, and affordable, quality childcare. (Maybe you remember a certain Oregon Woman we spoke to a few months ago, who founded the organization.)

Lisa Frack, communications director of Family Forward, explains the nonprofit’s mission is to “advocate for better public and workplace policies to help Oregon women and families survive and thrive.” Most recently, the organization celebrated a victory with the minimum wage increase bill signed by Governor Kate Brown, after weeks of cold calling Oregonians, asking them to put pressure on their representatives. 

This Mother’s Day (May 8), join Family Forward Action in the eighth annual Run Mama Run 5k, 10k, and free quarter-mile kids' run in Mount Tabor Park. In addition to the run, children can enjoy plenty of hands-on fun, from crafts and flower-planting to fire truck activities and family yoga. Bring the stroller, the dog, and the whole family to support Family Forward Action and start Mother’s Day off by doing something good for yourself and Oregon families.

What: Run Mama Run 5k, 10k, Kids' Fun Run
When: May 8, 8:30am
Where: Mt. Tabor Park (SE Salmon Way)
How Much: $49, register here

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