Serving the most vulnerable

Serving Oregon and Southwest Washington, Albertina Kerr empowers people experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), mental health challenges, and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential. To cast your vote, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If they reach 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10,000!

Kerr has been caring for Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens since 1907. Today, the nonprofit offers children and teens struggling with life’s challenges crisis psychiatric care and outpatient mental health services. Kerr also provides safe and supportive 24-hour residential care for individuals experiencing I/DD, and employment services for adults with I/DD.

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Three members of Durham & Bates attend the 24 Hours of Kerr fundraiser in 2019 to help raise money for the nonprofit.

From agency to dedicated partner

Durham & Bates began its relationship with Kerr in 2007 when the agency was hired to help manage the nonprofit’s insurance needs. After seeing the positive impact Kerr was having on the community, Durham & Bates was inspired to do more, and its staff was soon volunteering in multiple ways.

 

For example, employees have joined Kerr’s Grant a Wish holiday gift drives since 2007 and worked on a variety of other fundraising efforts and events as well. The agency has also been a high-level financial contributor since 2013. Additionally, Durham & Bates provides its associates with 12 hours of paid volunteer time each year, which many associates use to sort donations and make phone calls at Kerr. Today, 15 agency employees are actively involved with the nonprofit.

 

“Albertina Kerr events are beautiful, memorable evenings full of warm people, kindness, and true friendship,” said Durham & Bates CEO Jeremy Andersen. “A spirit of real service, charity, and good works fills the halls and the events are unlike any others we attend.”

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Among other programs, Albertina Kerr matches client employees who are experiencing I/DD with local businesses who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, to provide an integrated workplace setting where their clients can grow and thrive.

A personal connection

One former Durham & Bates producer developed a special relationship with Kerr. As the mother of an autistic child, she is passionate about securing resources for children experiencing mental health issues. This led her to help fundraising and outreach efforts ranging from galas to golf tournaments. She recognized the transformative power Kerr’s work has on families like hers and wanted to help more people benefit from its services.

 

Albertina Kerr events are beautiful, memorable evenings full of warm people, kindness and true friendship.”

– Jeremy Andersen, Durham & Bates CEO

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Durham and Bates Associates assemble kits to be mailed to the 2021 Rip City Race for the Roses participants, one of Kerr’s signature fundraising events.

Consistent support brings lasting results

Kerr and Durham & Bates have collaborated for nearly 15 years to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission. “We love being able to support Albertina Kerr,” said Andersen. “The organization is led by talented people with high standards of service, and everything it does reflects this winning approach. We are proud to support its critical mission in any way we can.”

 

Mary Ann “Miki” Herman, Kerr’s Interim CEO, attests to this power of this partnership. “The dedication the people at Durham & Bates have shown to us and the people we serve is inspiring,” she said. “Whether helping at one of our many events or making financial contributions as an agency, their consistent support allows us to reach more people in need.”

“Whether helping at one of our many events or making financial contributions as an agency, Durham & Bates’s consistent support allows us to reach more people in need.”

– Miki Herman, Interim CEO, Albertina Kerr

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Durham & Bates associates sort and deliver gifts donated by staff members for the Grant a Wish program at Kerr in 2020.

Removing barriers and improving lives

Kerr continues to develop new ways to help people experiencing I/DD and mental health challenges lead richer, more independent lives and to develop the skills needed to thrive at school and in life. If awarded, a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would contribute to adding a clinical supervisor and three mental health therapists to Kerr’s Children’s Mental Health staff as well as extend telehealth services. This support will help ensure that mental health care is available to all children in need.

 

To vote, share this story using the blue icons to the left, comment below or both. Every vote or comment gets Albertina Kerr closer to a $10,000 donation, which will allow the most vulnerable among us to survive, thrive, and lead more fulfilling lives. Visit Albertina Kerr and Durham & Bates to learn more.

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Rachel White
21 days ago

Albertina Kerr is a wonderful organization that does so much to help those in need. Please comment and share so they can earn additional funding!

Joe Condino
21 days ago

Thank you for supporting an organization that betters the lives and provides opportunities to so many worthy individuals.

David Hearns
21 days ago

An amazing group of people doing ESSENTIAL work in our community!

Rachel
21 days ago

I am proud to volunteer at Albertina Kerr!

John Zweig
21 days ago

Such a worth cause and I admire and appreciate Durham & Bates for their support

Jessica Cleeton
21 days ago

Albertina Kerr is a valuable Organization within our Community.

Katrina Green
21 days ago

Albertina Kerr fills such an important role, providing dignity and empowerment to members of our community. I’m happy to be part of this effort to help.

Adrienne Fazi
21 days ago

This is fantastic! Thank you for all you’re doing in your community.

Lacy Zweig
21 days ago

I’m thankful for organizations like this one. Doing work that matters from people that care.

Kristin Swanson
21 days ago

This is an AMAZING organization! Thank you Durham & Bates, for all that you do in your community and to support Albertina Kerr!

Molly Smith
21 days ago

Thank you Durham & Bates, for all that you do in your community and to support Albertina Kerr!

Susan Even
21 days ago

Albertina Kerr is an important community resource and I applaud Durham & Bates for their support.

Alex Zweig
21 days ago

Excellent cause, thanks for supporting a great organization like Albertina Kerr!

Benjamin Zweig
21 days ago

Thank you Albertina Kerr !

Sherry
21 days ago

This group provides a needed service to children and families! They have compassion without judgement and you can tell they truly enjoy their work!

Kathi
21 days ago

A very worthy organization

Brian Itami
21 days ago

Wonderful organization doing great things!

Jennifer Edman
21 days ago

Albertina Kerr provides essential services that are even more critical now during the pandemic! Thank you Durham and Bates for supporting Albertina Kerr!

Ingo Wittig
20 days ago

Albertina Kerr does so much good in our community and helping people who need it most.

I am proud to work for a company that goes above and beyond to support such a worthwhile organization.

Thank you Durham & Bates and thank you Albertina Kerr!

Kristi Calvin
20 days ago

Thank you Albertina Kerr for all that you do in our community. It is just amazing!

Heather Ziegenbusch
20 days ago

Great story & contributions!

Kara Drechsler
20 days ago

Great work Durham & Bates for doing so much with this great organization!

Kathy Straub
20 days ago

What a fabulous way to support your community! Thank you!

Kathleen Starostka
20 days ago

Great organization

Evelyn Sorenson
20 days ago

It is amazing that Albertina Kerr has been providing essential care to those in need for over 114 years! Thank you, Albertina Kerr!

Becky Karns
20 days ago

What a wonderful company and amazing work you do!

Andy Thorp
20 days ago

Fantastic work!! Thank you to Durham & Bates and Albertina Kerr for giving back to your local community.

Kyle Baisch
20 days ago

Great work Brian, and awesome job D&B to support Albertina Kerr!

Laurine Apolloni
20 days ago

Albertina Kerr is an amazing organization– providing much needed services to our community!!!

Betty Ann McKay
20 days ago

Albertina Kerr is a worthy organization that makes life better for so many people.

Chloe Scdoris
20 days ago

THANK YOU to everyone at Durham & Bates for being fantastic volunteers, and for their longstanding support of Kerr and the people in our care!

Nancy Unis
20 days ago

Great work! Thank you Safeco for helping to support this worthwhile cause.

Melissa Schellinkhout
20 days ago

Way to go D&B Team!

Anne Adler
20 days ago

Thank you, Durham & Bates for your extraordinary support of Albertina Kerr’s work to benefit children and teens facing mental health challenges and children and adults experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Jay Greening
20 days ago

I applaud Durham & Bates for supporting AK’s good work in so many Oregon communities!

Kristi Scdoris
20 days ago

Thank you, Albertina Kerr, for your wonderful work in the community.

Scott
20 days ago

Please support the important and goid work that Albertina Kerr does in our community

Naomi
20 days ago

Albertina Kerr does amazing work! So grateful to be a part of it.

Shannon Kerwin
20 days ago

Thank you for supporting the great work that Albertina Kerr does for our community! Every little bit helps!

Shawna Davis
20 days ago

What a wonderful organization! Blessings and abundance!

Pam Kirkham
20 days ago

Thank you Durham & Bates for supporting Albertina Kerr centers.

Mary Lago
20 days ago

Most of us simply cannot imagine having a child in desperate need of support and being told that no resources exist. Albertina Kerr needs support to close the gap between the needs of our community and the capacity Oregon has to provide these services.

Sarah Costello
20 days ago

Albertina Kerr is a lifeline for vulnerable young people!

Kari Seals
20 days ago

Thank you for your support!

Aaron
20 days ago

What a great mission and support to their services! Go AK + D&B!!

Anita L Stacey
20 days ago

Such a valuable and important organization!

Carol Gregus
20 days ago

This is FANTASTIC! Albertina Kerr is a great organization and I would love to help with getting them additional support. Thank you, Durham & Bates Staff!

Lynn Baker
20 days ago

Such a wonderful organization. Let’s get you to 500 votes!

Catalina Chavez
20 days ago

Thanks for caring and helping organization like Albertina Kerr reach more people in need

Dave Manning
20 days ago

Albertina is amazing in so many ways. Helping others in need

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