2010 Grants


Alternative Youth Activities, Inc.

Grant Amount: $7,200
Project: Grow and Know Gourmet Mushrooms
Year: 2010
Location: Coos Bay, OR
About:

Combined two hands-on school programs to benefit the programs, the school, and students who have not found success in public school and are at risk of dropping out of school.  The mushroom project is an ongoing educational and skills-building project that is fairly staff-intensive.  By bringing the video class students in to create videos about the various stages of the mushroom growing process, both classes gained, and the videos can be used by future students to ensure that the mushroom growing program is more sustainable in the future.



Bradley Angle

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: Youth Services Program
Year: 2010
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Provides individual support, youth advocacy, safety planning, abuse prevention, communication skills, support groups, and age-appropriate activities to children and youth who have been victimized by domestic violence to assist them in their recovery.  Activities are designed to help young people express their experiences and feelings in a safe environment, and are centered around non-violence and safety.  Youth Services helps to ensure that young survivors of domestic violence improve their physical and mental health; succeed in school; reduce their likelihood of drug use and developing a life of crime; and stop the cycle of abuse.



Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, General Support

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: General Support
Year: 2010
Location: Pendleton, OR
About:

Mission is to provide educational, economic and social opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.  This grant provided printmaking workshops, residencies and traditional native arts workshops attended by 169 individuals of all ages.



Family Stepping Stones, Operation 8

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Family Stepping Stones Start-Up "Operation 8"
Year: 2010
Location: Gladstone, OR
About:

This grant helped to enable Family Stepping Stones to open their first two therapeutic classrooms for eight highly at-risk children each in a temporary location.  Although they had a building that was being prepared as part of the Gladstone Center for Children and Families, there were children and families needing service before the building was ready. This grant helped Family Stepping Stones to provide needed services ahead of the opening of their permanent site.



Farmers Ending Hunger

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: $5,000 Website Enhancement, $5,000 Transportation or direct food procurement operations
Year: 2010
Location: Salem, OR
About:

The objective of this project is to enhance the Farmers Ending Hunger web site to the point of making it an effective marketing and fundraising tool.  By adding personal stories about the farmers who contribute, it helps to illustrate  what Farmers Ending Hunger is doing.  By adding online donation capabilities, fundraising can be enhanced, adding to the sustainability of this important organization that donates food and processing to the Oregon Food Bank.  Half of the grant was directed to transportation or general operations, as there are many hidden costs involved in getting  food from farmers to the Oregon Food Bank where it can be used.

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Friends of Zenger Farm

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Neighborhood Food Innovation Project
Year: 2010
Location: Portland, OR
About:

The Neighborhood Food Innovation Project (NFI) will create direct linkages between urban food production and low-income households in outer SE Portland. As a result of NFI, these households will have access to high quality healthy food and food education, and an empowered sense of community involvement. NFI project components include the development of an urban low-income CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), serving 70 households, a community garden serving 50 families and community education on cooking on a budget and gardening.

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Heart of America Northwest Research Center

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Protecting the Columbia River and Future Generations from Hanford's Contamination
Year: 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
About:

Supports the public education about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup of High-Level Nuclear Waste tank leaks before they spread to the Columbia River and prevention of the federal Department of Energy using Hanford as a nuclear waste dump site.  This grant is for strictly educational purposes, providing citizen guides and educational workshops and providing resources for news coverage.



Integral Youth Services

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Heating and Air Conditioning Refurbishment
Year: 2010
Location: Klamath Falls, OR
About:

The specific objective is to replace the 21 year old heating and air conditioning equipment on the top floor (8000 sq. ft.) of the Main Street Integral Youth Services building with a new, high efficiency heating and air conditioning system to allow students and staff to be able to concentrate more on their work than on their discomfort.  This system would allow the occupants (5-70 people daily with a maximum of 115, depending on the time of year) precise control of individual rooms.  Occupants include students grades 4th through 12th, teachers, teacher aids and other program staff.  A secondary goal is to reduce utility costs, allowing money to be appropriated to programs rather than overhead.



Neighborhood House, Inc.

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Senior Food Box Program
Year: 2010
Location: Portland, OR
About:

The Senior Food Box Program is the Portland area’s first food pantry program targeting the needs of seniors.  The program, developed by seniors and staff at the Neighborhood House Senior Center, works to fill nutritional gaps not addressed by other existing food assistance programs.  It stocks foods that best meet the nutritional and lifestyle needs of older adults.  These include low salt/low sugar options, fresh produce and calcium-rich dairy products for good health.  Microwaveable meals are available for seniors who no longer cook, or lack full kitchen facilities.  Our objective is to meet the need for food assistance among low-income seniors in our community.



Oregon Food Bank

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Oregon Food Bank West Learning Garden
Year: 2010
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This grant will support the OFB West Learning Garden in its new location at Five Oaks Middle School.  In addition to providing thousands of pounds of produce each year to those in need of emergency food assistance, approximately 1,200 middle school students (mostly low-income) and 300 adults (some low-income) tend to the garden throughout the year, learning how to grow their own food and rely less on emergency food sources.  In addition, the science teachers use the garden as an outdoor science laboratory for the students.

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p:ear

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project: General Operating Support
Year: 2010
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This grant supports reaching over 500 homeless and transitional young people, ages 15-24, a year.  p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.  p:ear helps homeless and transitional youth see themselves beyond homelessness.  To truly exit the streets, homeless and transitional kids must develop the internal strength, skills and foresight to make healthy life choices.  p:ear provides a safe environment in which youth are trusted to outgrow unproductive and harmful behaviors and to rebuild the bridges between themselves and their future and themselves and a supportive, broad community.



Pioneer Relief Nursery

Grant Amount: $12,000
Project: Parenting Education, Website Development and General Operating support
Year: 2010
Location: Pendleton, OR
About:

This grant provides for a new parenting education curriculum, a nationally recognized evidence-based 25 session curriculum for parents and their children birth to five years.  The family-based approach helps prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting families at the time when they need it the most – at times of great stress.  Website development creates an online presence for the nursery, making it more available to the public and to those it serves.  General operating support helps to direct funds where they are needed most while providing services to some of the most vulnerable families in Umatilla County.



PlayWrite, Inc.

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: General Operations
Year: 2010
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Using the power of performance in art to transform the lives of youth at the edge.  This work empowers marginalized youth with creative tools for self-expression; in play writing workshops, young writers build a solid foundation of competence and self-confidence.  A three-week residency brings young people together with coaches from the Portland performing arts community who are trained by PlayWrite.  Students work one-on-one with coaches, learning and honing the tools for creating a play.  In the process, they learn to trust, manage, and heal their own emotional experiences; to work collaboratively; and to contribute positively to their communities.



Salem Leadership Foundation

Grant Amount: $9,600
Project: West Salem Edgewater - Programs for Kids and Families
Year: 2010
Location: Salem, OR
About:

Expands the capacity of two “CaN” (Churches as Neighborhood) Centers to serve kids, families, and the homeless living in West Salem. A primary focus will be on the Edgewater District, West Salem’s most distressed area, which includes Walker Middle School.  CaN centers provide a range of asset-building services including out-of-school programs, literacy support, homeless outreach, block parties, community gardens, foster-family supports, food and clothing banks, school partnerships and neighborhood revitalization.



Sunshine Pantry

Grant Amount: $6,100
Project: Annual Holiday Celebration Events
Year: 2010
Location: Beaverton, OR
About:

The Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanza holidays are always difficult times for families having economic or other issues – while they are opportunities for most families to be close and celebrate, the struggle to survive often overwhelms any joyousness, adding to the stress already being experienced.  Our objective is to reduce this stress and foster family celebration by providing some of what is needed to make special occasions, including food, toys and warm clothing.   This year, the number of families relying on us has increased as more are impacted by the economy.  At the same time, we have seen reductions in food donations as grocery stores try to cut inventory, leaving less for food pantries, resulting in the need to purchase more food.


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