Posts Tagged ‘Andy Batzer’

Batzer Moves Donated Playgrounds to Six Locations

Monday, November 14th, 2011

PB150708Batzer Construction Transports Playground Equipment to Multiple OnTrack Sites

Donated Equipment to Improve Lives for Kids of Recovering Parents

MEDFORD, OR—Monday, November 14th, at 9am Batzer Construction trucks delivered playground equipment donated by Kid Time to six OnTrack sites. From play structures to a frontier play house, digger tools, picnic tables and more, the equipment is intended to improve the lives of children whose parents are in recovery from addictions and related behaviors.

Batzer Construction, Inc. donated the logistics, manpower, trucks and equipment to pick up the playground items from the former Kid Time facility located behind the old Mouse Lodge on Ross Lane. The construction firm delivered the different pieces to the Whole Family Project on Holly Street, emergency housing facilities on King and 11th streets, the Home Program, the Dad’s Program and Stevens Place Apartments. Volunteers from the Dad’s Program assisted Batzer Construction  employees in the moving process.

“This is a cooperative community project,” said Andy Batzer, a Board Member of Kid Time and the Vice President of Batzer Construction. “The goal is to create a positive and safe environment for children whose parents are learning new life skills.”

According to Sue Densmore, OnTrack’s Outreach and Development Director, the project gained the support of several community partners and highlights the collaboration among many agencies and businesses, including the Batzer Construction Inc., Kid Time, the Family Nurturing Center, CASA and OnTrack.

Densmore also acknowledged the Medford Chamber Leadership Class who in 2006 raised the financing for the playground equipment, and she made note of the Medford Rotary Club who recently donated money to cover the purchase of indoor equipment for Kid Time.

“Our OnTrack families are learning how to parent, bond and play together,” said Densmore. “Meanwhile, our project partners have come together to model how communities are supposed to work. As a result, this project and the playground equipment will become a great a source of joy. Thanks to everyone who is making a difference in so many lives.”

OnTrack is a chemical dependency treatment center in Medford, Oregon. While services focus on recovery from addictions, its programs result in restored lives, re-created families and renewed hope for abandoned and neglected children.

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Andy Batzer working on Kid Time! Relocation

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Andy Batzer, Vice President of Batzer Construction, is extremely dedicated to projects that help Southern Oregon Children.   Andy is a board member at Kid Time! and has been a key player in setting up the new downtown Medford location for Kid Time!   This week, he offered his take on the new location to  the Mail Tribune newspaper.

Kid Time! board member Andy Batzer said the high school dropout rate affects everyone.

“For every dollar we invest in quality early childhood programs, we as a society see a return of $13,” Batzer said. “The bulk of that is in criminal justice savings. That doesn’t include the $325 million in lost lifetime earnings from the estimated 1,000 children that don’t graduate every year in Jackson County alone.”

Kid Time! will provide a space for younger children from nearby Kids Unlimited and offer free admission to families of grantees, helping repay their support, Spicer said.

In the old location on Ross Lane near McAndrews, the center lacked visibility and access to public transportation and “people didn’t understand what we were,” she said. The center now sits on bus lines.

Andy’s commitment to serving our community runs deep, he serves on many community boards and he is dedicated to making the Rogue Valley a great place for families.