Neighbors for Kids…Annual Gift Appeal… “Megan’s Story…”

Neighbors For Kids has provided quality after-school and summer programs for school-aged youth in Lincoln County for over 15 years. Click image for larger view…
Neighbors for Kids…click image for expanded view…

Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon  Please go to the highlighted website and make a DONATION…

“Neighbors For Kids is an equal opportunity provider”

Neighbors For Kids, a 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 93-1262846

November 27, 2015

Dear Family, Friends, and Followers,

As the end of 2015 nears, we write to ask you to make an investment in the future of our local youth and include Neighbors For Kids in your year-end charitable giving. In addition to providing USDA-sponsored food programs, recreational activities and one-on-one professional tutoring in reading and math, our after-school and summer programs also offer a diverse array of classes, focusing on the STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).

These programs foster interest and engagement in the STEAM subjects and ensure that youth in our coastal communities have pathways to achieving college and career readiness in STEAM.  Many of your neighbors, family members, and friends everywhere are already supporting our programs, but we need your help as well if we are to further our mission and accommodate the needs of the additional youth who continue to sign up each month to take advantage of the life-altering programs we offer. Perhaps you think your gift won’t matter. If that’s the case, permit me to share with you just one of the many personal success stories that were made possible in part by the generous past support of other local residents just like you:

Megan’s Story…

Megan, who is now 13 years old, has attended our programs for the past four years. She joined NFK’s Kids Zone program at age 9 when she came to live with her grandmother Kim. Earlier in her life, Megan suffered child abuse. Her mother went to prison, and she was in foster care off and on. As a result, she had no stability in her early years, and, as her grandmother states, “She felt like she had no voice.” But happily, the Kids Zone program changed all that. Again, in Kim’s own words:

“Kids Zone was the first place to give Megan unconditional love and a place to be where there was no judgment. Before entering the program she was shy, withdrawn, depressed, and had very low self-esteem. The Kids Zone alleviated her anxiety, and she could finally speak her mind, her voice could be heard. She now realizes she has a voice, she values it and knows it matters. She has been able to develop confidence.” Megan now has all A’s and B’s in her classes. Although she is in the 8th grade, she is taking high school level classes. She is in the Talented and Gifted program, takes part in an extra curricular science club called GEMS (Girls Engineering Math & Science) and is part of Save Our Shores, researching and studying the ocean and behavior of whales along the Washington and Oregon coasts. She also surfs, plays volleyball and softball. When asked how she feels NFK’s programs have changed Megan’s life, her grandmother sums it up this way:

Neighbors For Kids gave her the right circumstances to not only thrive but also to excel in her life. She always knew she’d be safe and taken care of at the Kids Zone. She knows Kids Zone Afterschool Program is a consistent and  safe place to be, and it has been a second home for Megan.  She has been able to develop skills and passion for music, art and science. She’s been able to work on her intellectual side but also have opportunities to just be a kid and have fun!”

NFK’s nationally-acclaimed enrichment programs fulfill a critical need in our local communities by supporting the academic and social development of our area’s youth. Studies show that students who participate in effective afterschool and summer programs like those provided by NFK show an increased interest in school and express greater hope for the future. They earn higher grades, have improved attendance, develop better communication skills, demonstrate higher social competence and are more apt to graduate than youth who are left alone and unsupervised during out-of-school hours.

We hope you’ll make a tax-deductible gift to NFK this year so we can put your contribution to work helping other students like Megan develop the academic, social and personal skills they need to achieve their greatest potential.  Please take a moment right now and click on and make a donation.   Or, if you prefer, simply call 541-765-8990 to contribute.

Many thanks and best wishes for a happy New Year!


Bob Houston, NFK Chair

Steve Sparks, NFK Vice Chair

P.S. Your gift is essential to ensure the success of our programs and the impacts they have on the youth we serve. Please be as generous as you can.

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Child Advocate


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Neighbors for Kids and Kids Zone Presents “BeatlesFest” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City Oregon, Saturday Nov7th…Doors Open 630pm…

Neighbors for Kids 3rd Annual Music and Fund Raising Event “BeatlesFest” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, Oregon Saturday November 7th

Neighbors for Kids, “BeatlesFest” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center  Quote from this link…

Take some great songs and make them better at the Kids Zone BeatlesFest


Story & photos by Patrick Alexander

Oregon Coast TODAY

Let it be known that the sounds of the Beatles will fill the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, as Neighbors for Kids holds a fund-raising music festival honoring the Fab Four.

All you need is love in your heart, a spring in your step and $15 in your pocket to enjoy BeatlesFest, an evening packed with classic hits, great food and gourmet whisky tasting.

All proceeds go toward the group’s Kids Zone education enrichment program in Depoe Bay, where dedicated staff put in a hard day’s night eight days a week, providing supplemental art, music, math and science activities for kids of all income levels.


I could not be more proud of the work of Neighbors for Kids and our signature “Kids Zone” after-school program.  My 6 years serving on the NFK Board has been a heartfelt and personally rewarding experience to watch us grow and make a huge difference for the children and families of greater Depoe Bay and Lincoln County Oregon.

For a non-profit business enterprise, we must become great at fund raising along with value added program development.  Otherwise, we would be unable to sustain the operations expenses connected with providing excellent programming by retaining professional staff and the many volunteers who help us each and every day of the year.  The diversified funding from grant makers, individual donations, and fund raising events, like the upcoming BeatlesFest, including the tireless work of board members, staff, and volunteers is the “magic sauce” of our continued success.  We are kindred spirits with a common goal and passion to provide children in our community the very best in education, mentoring, and a healthy life style.

Thank you for your continued support!  Join us on November 7th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center for a fun evening for a great cause, Kids Zone…  Order your tickets to BeatlesFest from our website highlighted below, or just show up for the event.

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, and Child Advocate…

Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon

Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1&2…  Click the highlighted text for my author page…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Child Advocate


Neighbors for Kids “Kids Zone” Summer Camp… Rides Again!

Kids Zone Summer Camp 2015…click for larger view…

Kids Zone Summer Camp 2015!

To register for Neighbors For Kids’ awesome Summer Camp,

click on the registration link now!



Last summer was Kids Zone’s first crack at offering a full day summer camp, and we were thrilled with the high level of interest by the community, especially the kids who participated.  This year we invested much more time in planning this program, and anticipate a enthusiastic response from Depoe Bay and surrounding Lincoln County areas, including Lincoln City and Newport.

Please join us this summer starting June 22nd for what is expected to be a fabulous “Nine Weeks of Edutainment” for kids, adult volunteers, mentors, and teachers!

Best wishes for a healthy and active summer to all families in Lincoln County, Oregon!

Steve Sparks, Vice Chair,

Neighbors for Kids (NFK) 5th Annual Charity Golf Tourney at Chinook Winds Golf Resort on July 19th…Bid to play in Dan Fouts foursome…

Judy Sparks with Dan Fouts at Chinook Winds Golf Resort for “meet & greet” evening before NFK Golf “Fore” Kids Charity Tournament in 2011. Click photo for larger view…
Click here to register as a player or sponsor…
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Dan Fouts, HOF ’93 San Diego Charges & CBS Sports
Signed NFL Football Auctioned at NFK Golf Tourney in 2013.

Neighbors for Kids 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!  Click here to participate as a sponsor or player… Neighbors For Kids                                                           Contact:  Executive Director Toby Winn Depoe Bay, OR                                                                                                            541-765-8990 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             July 7, 2014 Neighbors For Kids 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament That time of year is here again! Sign up for Neighbors For Kids’ 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 19, at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Registration will begin at 8:00am, with a shotgun start at 9:00, for an 18-hole scramble.  Entry fees are $100 per player/$400 per foursome, which includes green fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, catered lunch, golf goody bag and an opportunity to win prizes and awards. Golf fans and NFK supporters came out in record numbers to last year’s event, and we look forward to a fun day of golf, friends, prizes, and more! Neighbors For Kids is excited to announce that NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts will be playing in the tournament this year.  Chinook Winds Resort will host a “Meet and Greet” reception with Dan on Friday evening, July 18, from 5:00 to 7:00.  Guests will have an opportunity to visit with Dan and place a bid to play on Fouts’s team. A putting contest will be held from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Men’s and women’s teams will be competing for KP, long drive and gross scores, and student teams, sponsored by Chinook Winds, will also be playing.  Offered again this year is the Hole-in-One prize of a custom-built Shelby Cobra Replica, sponsored by Duane Silbernagel of Waddell and Reed.  Other sponsors include: North Lincoln Sanitary, the River House Inn, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, WorldMark by Wyndham, and CoastCom. All participants will have the chance to bid on silent auction items at this fundraising event. Non-golfers are invited to join in for lunch at 1:30 pm at $22 per person. Beth Unverzagt, executive director of OregonASK, Oregon’s statewide network for out-of-school-time services, will be our luncheon Keynote Speaker this year. Organized by the Neighbors For Kids Board of Directors, the golf tournament is our largest fundraiser of the year, part of the annual campaign to raise funds to promote and support the educational and enrichment programs at Kids Zone, NFK’s signature after-school and summer programs in math and reading, visual arts, music, computer technology and science education; to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities; and to foster positive youth development through mentoring. Neighbors For Kids was established in 1999 by a group of concerned Depoe Bay citizens to provide youth with a safe and productive place to go after school.  For more information and to register individually or as a team, visit  and follow us on Facebook.

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Dan Fouts signed football as shown above sits in my office.  I enjoy being reminded of the many years Dan played for the San Diego Chargers and his record breaking passing game…”becoming the first player in history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.”  I rarely missed a Chargers game, especially when they played my home team, Seattle Seahawks…always an exciting shoot-out to the end… The best part is Dan Fouts  (click highlighted link) loves kids and our community on Oregon’s beautiful Central Coast.  He is a long time supporter of Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay and our annual charity golf tournament.  We are most grateful for Dan’s support and participation at this year’s charity event at Chinook Winds Golf Resort.  Dan will also be with us on Friday evening July 18th for a “meet and greet” at Chinook Winds Aces Sports Bar & Grill…5-7pm, including putting contest and prizes. See you all there for this great cause and charity event to help support NFK’s “Kids Zone” after-school program and the children and families of our community… Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1, and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story… Click the highlighted text for my author page… Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids