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 $11 million annual budget is 69% funded by public sources (state and federal contracts to provide services) and 31% 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."
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 Claudia Vorse, Donor Relations Manager, 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, please contact Claudia Vorse, Donor Relations Manager, 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 Duran, Director of Development, 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 Duran, Director of Development, 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! 503.566.2132
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
Small dollhouse with dolls, house parts
Toddler hopper balls with handle
Child’s riding wagon
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe cars (two)
Small light table
From fundraisers 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!
To become a program or event sponsor, conact Julie Duran at 503.566.2132.
Volunteers are an integral part of Family Building Blocks' ability to support over 1,300 children and 850 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.
Therapeutic Classroom Assistant
Weekly Support/Clerical Assistance
Special Events Team
Clothing Closet & Food Pantry
Young Leaders Council
To become a volunteer, the first step is to sign up for a tour!
Our monthly community tours are the best way to become more acquainted with Family Building Blocks. Join us for an in-person tour where you'll learn about the services Family Building Blocks provides to children and their families, observe a classroom, and have an opportunity to speak with staff about your area of interest. Tours are held the third Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at our Chelsea's Place location, 2425 Lancaster Drive NE. Staff will be availalble until 12:30 pm to speak with attendees who have additional questions. Click here to sign up!
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 administration 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!