Diaper drive under way to aid mommies

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Being a mom is a dirty job, and a local organization is helping mothers with one of the messiest parts.

The Moms' Network has kicked off a Diaper Drive to benefit Helpline of Walla Walla.

The moms membership organization will collect diapers for the social-service agency at more than four locations through June 19. Diapers and Pull-ups of all sizes can be donated at the Plaza Safeway, the Children's Museum of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Community College Parent/Child Center and Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Diapers can also be donated at The Moms' Network's booth at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market this Saturday, as well as May 29, June 12 and June 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In an announcement on the Diaper Drive, Amy Reed, a board member for The Moms' Network, said Helpline has a demand for diapers for babies and toddlers. She said new packages of diapers are accepted as well as open packages that kids may have grown out of.

The dropoff locations have free brochures with diaper-changing tips from The Moms' Network. For more information, call 301-0693, or e-mail Reed at: amyashreed@charter.net .

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Tom Uberuaga was elected as the newest board member for the Blue Mountain Humane Society.

Uberuaga of Pepper Bridge Winery will serve a three-year term on the board of trustees, according to an announcement from the Humane Society.

The election took place during the agency's annual membership meeting April 26.

In other changes to the board, directors Kathy Ruggeri, Nancy Nestler and Joanne Hair resigned their posts. Ruggeri and Nestler were elected to director emeritus status by fellow members in recognition of their longtime involvement with the Humane Society.

The organization operates a shelter at 7 E. George St., where its mission is to prevent cruelty and promote kindness to companion animals.

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A new survey of business operators wants opinions on Washington's work force.

More than 4,000 businesses in Washington will get a written survey or be called on the telephone for information about their experiences and practices in finding skilled workers. More than 2,400 employers will also be contacted via telephone to ask about their satisfaction with the skills of recently hired employees, according to the announcement on the survey.

The surveys are intended to act as a barometer on whether Washington has the skilled workers needed to succeed. The questions have been asked every other year since the 1990s, but answers are particularly important now because of the recession.

Surveys in the past have shown many employers have struggled to find enough skilled workers, even in a down economy.

The surveys were developed and will be analyzed by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the state agency that plans, monitors and works to improve the state's worker training system. The surveys are endorsed by the Association of Washington Business and the Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Survey results will be published in late fall. To view the 2007 Employer Survey results, visit: www.wtb.wa.gov/EmployerSurvey.asp

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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