A Memorial Fund operates through a community foundation so the memory of a loved one(s) can live on forever. The FUND represents and supports those ideals and passions of the loved ones.

Where it began...

The Zelma Taylor Memorial Youth Fund was developed by Dean Hatfield in September of 2006, following the death of his mother, Zelma Taylor, who was the grandmother of two special needs youth. The fund was established to focus on the special needs of disabled children and young adults in Douglas County. The intent of the fund is to support and help establish programs that allow this special population to develop physically and emotionally to their fullest potential. The Memorial Fund was renamed, to the Taylor/Hatfield Memorial Youth Fund, when Dean's wife Jeanne Hatfield died in September 2008, after a ten year battle with cancer. She had been an elementary school teacher in Douglas County for over 25 years, and an avid volunteer for 20 years with the Douglas County Special Olympics program. The fund today is supported by private donations and several Fundraising events held in Douglas County. The Memorial Fund is a non-profit partner fund with the Mercy Foundation.

Memorial Fund Dollars at Work....

Supported Programs

          ESD / YMCA Partners Sports Camp (formerly Camp Shriver)

          Sports Camp is two weeks of day camp held at the YMCA of Douglas County focusing on various sports. "Athletes" are paired with volunteer students from local Junior and High Schools, and participate in such sports as Boccie ball, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, soccer, swimming, hiking and fishing.

          ESD (Douglas Educational Service District) Motor Activities Training Program

          (MATP) enables severely disabled youth with mobility issues to participate in a day of sports that are geared especially for them. Many of these students are wheelchair bound. All students accompanied by non-disabled students or a peer partner from surrounding schools.

          W.I.S.H. (Working for Independent supported Housing)

          A program that helps disabled young people transition to independent housing accommodations.

          Mercy Foundation Healthy Kids Outreach Program

          The Healthy Kids Outreach Program helps improve the basic health of children in Douglas County in two ways:

          • HEALTHY EDUCATION --The Healthy Kids Outreach Program provides comprehensive health education at area schools, teaching kids how to stay healthy and make healthy choices. Educating kids on the fundamentals of personal and dental hygiene, communicable disease prevention, nutrition, exercise and heart health, and character development ensure a healthier community long into the future.
          • CONNECTION TO CARE -- The Healthy Kids Outreach Program provides connection to appropriate community health care resources for children and families right at school, removing barriers that many of our families face. About half of our Douglas County children and families live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline, and about half of our kids don't have health insurance. Many of our families face transportation and financial barriers that HKOP helps overcome in our rural school communities.


          The Healthy Kids Outreach Program helps Douglas County kids be at their very best; happy, healthy and productive citizens of the future. The health attitudes and behaviors of kids have already improved in the four short years HKOP has been in our schools.

          Umpqua Valley DisAbilities Network

          UVDN has been operating in Douglas County for over 20 years. It has been a resource to our community and works closely with other programs that benefit the independence of persons with a disability. Examples of their efforts would be: addressing mobility issues for individuals, locating services that would enhance an individual's ability to access community resources, counseling toward meaningful employment and removing obstacles in the community that hinder a person's ability to benefit from community activities.

          Douglas C.A.R.E.S. (Douglas Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services)

          Oregon's Child Abuse Intervention Centers (CAIC) were created to minimize trauma for child abuse victims by focusing on the fundamental needs of the child.

          By working in partnership with child protective services, law enforcement and other medical and mental health providers, CAICs have been designed to provide services, based on each child's needs, in a neutral, child-focused environment and to be a resource for the child and their caregivers.

          Casa De Belen

          A homeless shelter located in Roseburg for teens and families, some having special needs children.

          Bowman's Pond

          A privately owned man made pond that is equipped with sidewalks and rails, handicapped bathroom, and picnic gazebo for easy accessibility. Located in Ollala, Oregon, the pond is dedicated to special needs youth and the elderly of Douglas County, providing them with a day of fishing and picnicking in a park like setting.

          Boy's and Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley

          In every community, an increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys & girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow - all while having fun.

          S.T.E.P. (Special Talent Enrichment Program)

          The Special Talent Enrichment Program (S.T.E.P.) is in their first year as a non-profit training effort. The goal being assistance toward gainful employment for their workers. Many work at different job sites but, for now, their efforts are mostly seen at The Wildlife Safari. They currently have over 35 trainees and are receiving more referrals on a regular basis. Almost all of these trainees have been associated with Douglas County Special Olympics, now or in the past.

          Roseburg Rotary's River Forks Park Playground Project

          Rotary exists because of relationships, and the three Roseburg Rotary clubs took the existing relationship of their shared community service area to a new level by partnering in 2011-12 on a large, multi-phase community park project. Parks are important elements of cities and provide environmental, esthetic and recreational benefits to a cities. An assessment determined Douglas County had lovely parks but only one of them had playground equipment that was accessible to children with special needs, and even then, was minimal.

          The Roseburg Rotary Playground Committee was born as the three clubs came together in a challenging joint venture! Rotarian talent was joined by a broad cross-section of equally passionate non-Rotarian community leaders, businesses and local government representatives. All projects need a source of funding and this one was no different. Rotary in the Vines, was conceived and cases of wine were collected for a raffle to provide initial funding for the project.


          August 1, 2015 Georgia Stiles cut the ribbon at River Forks Park's ceremony for the new playground equipment for disabled children.