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A north Idaho non-profit is getting help to bring its message about child passenger safety to rural communities in the Inland Northwest.

Brian Rauscher and his colleagues at Safe Start of Coeur d’Alene sometimes climb in Rauscher’s truck, rent a U-Haul trailer and take child car seats to small town events. They occasionally give seats to families that can’t afford them and then show parents …

The statistics are sobering: Children in rural communities are five times more likely to die in a car crash, and those children are likely to be using incorrect seat restraints.

A new program plans to help teach proper car seat installation in remote areas of Eastern Washington, North Idaho and western Montana.

Safe Start, a Coeur d’Alene-based nonprofit focused on child health and safety, will use a “mobile safety lab” to visit 24 rural …

COEUR d’ALENE – Brian Rauscher knows car seats.

The director of operations for Safe Start based in Coeur d’Alene has a degree in petroleum engineering.

“There’s a ton of engineering that’s built into these car seats,” Rauscher said Wednesday at the nonprofit’s mobile safety lab ribbon-cutting celebration.

He said studies show that a properly installed car seat …


Buckle Up for Life funds rural outreach vehicle purchase


This year in Sun Valley, Idaho at the Idaho Child Passenger Safety Program’s Tech Update, Safe Start Director, Brian Rauscher, was surprised with a HERO award from state coordinator, Carma McKinnon.  The award was present to Brian in recognition of all the accomplishments Safe Start was able to make in 2022!




bank cda presents:  Night Under the Stars 2022

An amazing night for an incredible organization.  

For table purchases please call 208.557.4371


Date : August 9th, 2023
Time : 5:00 PM - 9 PM
Elk Point Estates, 4176 E Potlatch hill road, CDA, ID
Event : Fundraiser, Dinner, auction, live music
NUTS event

This year’s bank cda presents Night Under the Stars Gala event is officially sold out!  Thanks to all our returning partners and our new partners who helped up sell out this event over 3 months early.  This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.   A very heartfelt thank you to our naming sponsor, bank cda an incredible local institution that has been with us every step of the way.  Also returning this year was the incredibly popular Critical Power Products and Services Happy Hour which featured an amazing huckleberry margarita last year.  We would also like to thank Northwest Specialty Hospital for being our dinner sponsor, Idaho Central Credit Union for being out Cut the Deck Sponsor, Next Gen Electric for being our Auction Sponsor, Elk Point for being our venue sponsor, Lancaster Market for being our beverage sponsor, Kootenai Health for being our Program Sponsor, Inland Pump for being our water bottle sponsor, R&J Landscaping for being our volunteer sponsor, TDS for being our Entertainment Sponsor, Perfection Tire Post Falls and CDA for being our desert sponsor, P1FCU for sponsoring our centerpieces and Fairmount Memorial Association for sponsoring our memorial area.  




Run for the Angels 2023

5k Memorial Run/Walk & Family Day


Date : October 8th, 2023
Time : 11 Am to 3 PM
McEuen Park, 420 E Front Ave, CDA, ID
Event : Memorial Event, awareness, support

Join us at McEuen Park in beautiful downtown CDA for our 10th annual Run for the Angels 5k.   The event opens at 11 AM and features “Memory Lane” where you can send a message to an angel, create a personalized luminary and much more.  The remembrance ceremony starts at 1 with the 5k run/walk to follow.  If you’d like to have your child included in this year’s ceremony please call Liz at 208.557.4371.