Supporting kids in foster care

Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker insurance agency needs your vote by August 31 to win $10,000 for Project Never Again. Read about their amazing dedication to extending compassion and dignity to children in foster care by providing duffel bags for their belongings. Then vote for them by using the social media share buttons or by leaving a comment when you reach the end of their story.

Dignity through duffels

On top of the trauma children entering foster care may have endured comes an additional humiliation. When they move to a foster home, their belongings are typically placed in a trash bag, not luggage.

Seema Steffany founded Project Never Again in part because of her own experience as a child left roadside with her belongings in a small box. “It is not what my belongings were placed in but rather, how this experience made me feel is why Project Never Again exists.”

 

“How this experience made me feel is why Project Never Again exists.”

– Seema Steffany, founder and president, Project Never Again

 

Because Project Never Again is a small organization with no paid staff, nearly all of their funding goes directly toward getting duffel bags into kids’ hands. Hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life join in at events to prepare thousands of bags and write “courage cards,” personal messages of hope and inspiration inserted into all bags.

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Olivia Astrue, EPB&B personal lines account manager, creates a courage card to be tucked inside a duffel bag for an Oregon foster child.

About 10,000 kids are currently in the Oregon foster care system. They’ve typically experienced neglect or other traumatic experiences and may feel angry, fearful and a deep sense of loss when they move to a foster home. A duffel bag with a personal note, journal and luggage tag they can write their name on provides a sense of dignity and shows them someone cares about their well-being.

 

Caring for the most vulnerable

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EPB&B staff proudly present the proceeds of their 2021 virtual holiday fundraiser to Seema Steffany (far right), Project Never Again founder.

EPB&B insurance has been serving the Portland area for over 70 years. “Supporting our community is part of the culture at Elliott, Powell, Baden & Baker. It is in our DNA,”  says EPB&B’s president, Marc Baker. “We are always looking to support local, grassroots organizations that make a difference to those in need in our community, and Project Never Again hits the mark.”

Just one month after meeting Seema, Marc and his staff designated Project Never Again the recipient of the agency’s 2021 holiday fundraiser. Through the strong relationships the agency has built among customers, professional partners and staff, they succeeded in raising $10,600 to support Oregon kids entering foster care.

 

We are always looking to support local, grassroots organizations that make a difference to those in need in our community, and Project Never Again hits the mark.

– Marc Baker, president, EPB&B Insurance

 

 In addition to the holiday fundraiser, EPB&B staff have participated in courage card events and will be among 200 volunteers attending a duffel packing event in August.

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EPB&B staff were all smiles after participating at the May 2022 courage card event.

A duffel for everyone in need

A Safeco Make More Happen Award will allow Project Never Again to continue to purchase duffel bags, supplies for courage cards and luggage tags for children in foster care, with the hope that no child has to live with the shame of carrying their personal items in a trash bag. Additional funds would allow the organization to expand their outreach, recruit volunteers for courage card and duffel packing events, and pay for gas to transport duffel bags to Oregon Child Welfare offices.

How to Vote

Help EPB&B win the full $10,000 donation for Project Never Again by cheering them on with a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left!

If your agency volunteers with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, learn how you can win a Make More Happen Award here.

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Jessica
7 minutes ago

Yay!

Jessica
7 minutes ago

Good luck!

Jessica
7 minutes ago

You go guys!

Jessica Huyett
8 minutes ago

Love this!

Heather
10 hours ago

I voted

Deija
11 hours ago

I voted!!

Clay jones
11 hours ago

Epbb is the best to support this wonderful cause. They got my vote

Candace
1 day ago

Such a beautiful thing to do!

Ringo
1 day ago

Over halfway there….way to go epbb

Christine
2 days ago

An amazing organization to support.

Baker
3 days ago
Sherri
3 days ago

Let’s do this!

Rose
3 days ago

Voting!

Astrue
3 days ago

great cause

Olivia
3 days ago

Go EPBB!!

Hedden Melissa
3 days ago

The best organization we have supported in my opinion 🙂

Denice Nelson
3 days ago

Awesome project!

Kim Hawkins
3 days ago

EPB&B loves to support this charity!

Denice Nelson
5 days ago

I am blessed to work for EPB&B

Marni
5 days ago

I love Project Never Again!

Christine Harte
5 days ago

Great organization!

David
5 days ago

Awesome to see EPB&B support this great organization!

Janet
5 days ago

An amazing organization to support!

Jennifer French
5 days ago

Voted! Great cause!!

Al Nodarse
5 days ago

Awesome project. Lets keep “building a longer table”

Crystal
6 days ago

I appreciate this kind of dedication towards a real mission and one that impacts so many children.

Christina Evans
7 days ago

This is so inspiring.

PCampbell
7 days ago

This is so great!

Denice Nelson
7 days ago

Let’s do this!!!

Rick G
7 days ago

A great project for a great organization.

Debi Holl
8 days ago

Thanks so much for doing this!

Tracy
9 days ago

Great work!!

Gale
9 days ago

Cognition is awesome!

Gamble Velimirovic
10 days ago

EPB&B sincerely cares about their community. Good luck!

Phil Wallace
10 days ago

EPB&B rocks! They set the standard for corporate citizenship. “Never Again” is a great project; inventive and much needed.

Kristin Swanson
10 days ago

Thank you for all you do in the community!

Sherry Bridgewater
10 days ago

Our grandchildren love going to Cognition!

Christine Harte
10 days ago

Great charity!

Toni
10 days ago

Foster kids matter. Thanks for sharing information about this great project for them!

viki crays
10 days ago

epbb cares about the community and this program is just one more example of the heart of the company and one of the many reasons i admire them so much!

April Preston
10 days ago

Great work!

Candace
11 days ago

Thank you for caring for foster children

Janelle Bretz
11 days ago

Sounds like a great organization! Keep up the good work!!

Denice Nelson
11 days ago

Awesome organization to support!

Sue
12 days ago

Continue the fantastic work you do

mmjaw
12 days ago

Keep up the good work, EPB&B!

Leslie
12 days ago

Thanks for helping the forgotten children, especially when they exit the system at age 18.

Rick G
12 days ago

A nice way to help Foster Children

Donna jones
12 days ago

Epbb is so awesome supporting this great cause

Carmen
12 days ago

Project Never Again is the best! You guys are amazing. Thanks for everything You do.

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