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Feeding children at Independence's Colonia Amistad

Feeding children at Independence's Colonia Amistad

The First Lady and Governor serving meals at Colonia Amistad in Independence. The summer food service program at Colonia Amistad is a hopeful example of a well-performing meal site, feeding children in low-income communities.​​​​​

Discussing Oregon's Prosperity Initiative in Bend

Discussing Oregon's Prosperity Initiative in Bend

The First Lady speaking about Oregon’s Prosperity Initiative with the media at NeighborImpact's affordable housing complex in Bend. NeighborImpact is dedicated to empowering individuals and families to succeed and become engaged citizens in the community.​​

Oyster restoration in Chesapeake Bay

Oyster restoration in Chesapeake Bay

The First Lady touring oyster restoration work in Chesapeake Bay. Harvesting oysters is an important sector to Oregon's economy, and also very important to its ecosystems – one acre of healthy oyster beds cleans the water of 1600 pounds of excess nitrogen.

Oregon's Community Action Organizations Proclamation

Oregon's Community Action Organizations Proclamation

The First Lady reading Oregon’s state proclamation supporting community action organizations, "Community Action Agencies provide an essential contribution to all Oregonians by strengthening our communities through practical and cost-effective programs that put people back to work with the skill set needed for today’s economy."​​

Touring Newport's Hatfield Marine Science Center

Touring Newport's Hatfield Marine Science Center

The First Lady touring the Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of Newport's first Marine Science Day. Newport's world-class science and research industry is a large and growing economic driver in Oregon. She is seen here getting to know Pearl, the Pacific Octopus.​​

First Lady Cylvia Hayes

Governor John Kitzhaber and Cylvia HayesI feel blessed to live in Oregon. I love our state's warm, friendly people; magnificent mountains, deserts, and shorelines; and our proud history of pioneering innovation. It's an honor to serve as First Lady.

In this role, I am working to help make Oregon an even better place to live by focusing on an issue with which I have personal experience: overcoming the systemic challenges of poverty. It is unacceptable that in our state – with its rich natural resources and human ingenuity – so many people are struggling to make ends meet. It is time to turn this around, maximize our potential, and make Oregon a more prosperous place to live and do business.

I urge you to learn more about The Oregon Prosperity Initiative​ and our efforts to raise awareness of Oregon’s critically important network of organizations that provide services to families in need. I also hope you follow our work to address the root causes of poverty. The Governor is committed to reducing health care costs and improving education so that our investments as a state result in better care, a stronger education system, and a more prosperous Oregon for all.

Signature of First Lady Cylvia Hayes 
Cylvia Hayes

 

Read the First Lady's full biography here.​​​​​​​