Oregon Department of Human Services Director's Message
July 24, 2009 DHS Director's messages on the web
To: All DHS employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director
Taking care of ourselves and others
"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am on vacation with my family this week, so the weekly director's message is on hiatus as well. But I wanted to take a moment to encourage all of us to take good care of ourselves -- and that includes taking some time off occasionally using the vacation time we have earned.

The work all of you do is important to the people of Oregon. It's especially important now, when the need is so great. We owe it to our clients and communities to do our best, and we can only do that when we're at our best.

I also want to take a moment to encourage you to help save lives this summer -- by donating blood. Summer vacations and other factors have caused the region's blood supply to drop to low levels. Each donation can help save up to three lives.

If you work in the Salem area, there is a Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Human Services Building. We need 30 more people to meet our donation goal, so if you can, please go to www.givelife.org and schedule yourself (the sponsor code is DHSSalem).

Elsewhere in the state, you can also go to www.givelife.org to find a blood drive near you. If it's your first time or if you have questions, contact Joy Frisbie via e-mail at joy.frisbie@state.or.us or call her at 503-269-7868.

Thank you again for all that you do, and I'll be back with you soon.

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