Funding helps organizations deliver essential programs for vulnerable families, youth and communities
Across Oregon, Washington, and California, community safety and well-being often begins with some of the hardest working organizations, those focused on delivering services and programs that provide food and shelter. accessible health care and mental health support, and disaster relief. and public safety programs. Their work supports the region’s most vulnerable communities, many of which have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of its quarterly grants, the Pacific Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, announced new funding of $314,952 to directly support community organizations in the three states it serves. These Safety and Wellbeing Grants are HYPERLINK “https://www.pacificpower.net/community/foundation.html” one of four grant cycles offered by the foundation year after year.
“We are proud to work with our communities to build a strong and resilient future together,” said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power. “These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to neighbors in our communities, and we are honored to support their work.”
The following grants were awarded to local organizations in central Oregon:
The 1017 Project to help distribute fresh beef to serve food-insecure individuals and families through more than 40 food banks and community kitchens in central Oregon.
The Center Foundation to support sports medicine program services and education that help protect the health and safety of high school students in central Oregon.
Transportation options for the Safe Routes to School helmet project which supports bicycle safety education, helmet fitting and free bicycle helmets for students.
Central Oregon Council on Aging to help meet the nutritional needs of food-insecure seniors and people with disabilities with drive-through meals and post-COVID in-person meal sites.
Destination Rehab for expanding the Peak Fitness program that allows adults with neurological disorders to develop a personalized exercise plan and experience outdoor adventures.
Family Kitchen for food and supplies to help serve 7,000 meals each month to fight hunger in the community.
High Desert Food and Farm Alliance to fight hunger and increase access to fresh food for local farmers and gardeners.
Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon for the purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and protein to improve nutrition for people struggling with loss of income due to COVID and related economic hardship.
KIDS Center for SafetyNet, an Internet safety training program for adults and students.
Lines for Life to add capacity and train other teen volunteers for the expansion of Central Oregon YouthLine to help youth struggling with mental health issues such as bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Mosaic Medical for ergonomic desks and chairs to help keep mental health providers healthy as they work to help community members with mental health issues.
MountainStar Family Relief Nursery to support therapeutic classrooms, child assessments, home visits, transportation services, emergency food boxes, and referrals for mental health services for at-risk families.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County to provide emergency assistance to low-income families in need of financial assistance for housing, emergency shelter, transportation, or other needs.
The Shield to support effective mental health services for veterans and first responders in central Oregon, which are typically underserved, especially in rural communities.
Treehouse Therapies Associates to help provide low-barrier access to pediatric physical, occupational and behavioral health therapy for children with special needs.
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