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The Canby Center
Project: Backpack Buddies CollaborativeYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Canby, OR
Support the Backpack Buddies Collaborative to source and provide weekend food backpacks to needy students in all six Canby elementary schools and the Barlow Head Start program and to create a manual for the program, making it easy to replicate.
Project: Healthy StartYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR
Supports the Healthy Start program, which supports and educates first-time, at-risk parents with children ages 0-3 in Multnomah County. Promotes positive parent-child relationships and healthy childhood growth & development.
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Project: NAYA Learning Garden ProjectYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR
Support to expand and sustain the established NAYA Learning Garden, an interpretative native learning garden and vegetable garden, as a multi-faceted resource for our youth and the community.
Project: Safe Kids (CAP) ProgramYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: McMinnville, OR
Supports the Safe Kids (CAP) Program, an in-school child abuse prevention/intervention education for all Yamhill County public elementary school children in K-5.
Good Neighbor Center
Project: Children's ProgramYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Tigard, OR
This grant provided after school and summer programming for children living with their families at Good Neighbor Center, an safe emergency housing shelter that provides supportive, empowering services to families. The Children’s Program runs four days a week and serves all school-age children staying in shelter. After school there is a Homework Club followed by activities for the children. During the summer when school is out, the Summer School Program consists of tutoring, physical activities and daily field trips and includes children from transitional housing as well.
Family Relief Nursery
Project: Infrastructure ExpansionYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Cottage Grove, OR
The economy crash had a particularly potent affect on this area, resulting in experiencing a tidal wave of need. Family Relief Nursery decided the best way to address this need was to increase staff time from 3/4 to full time and to add a Program Manager. These moves have made an enormous, positive difference. They have been able to provide much better service, and staff are more effective for the children who come from families experiencing an average of 18.5 risk factors, including such things as homelessness, abuse and food insecurity.
Door to Grace
Project: General Operations - Staff BuildingYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $18,000 Location: Portland, OR
This grant was used to hire 2 professional staff to begin to perform the operations required to carry out the organization’s mission, to open safe home(s) in order to shelter minor girls rescued from sex trafficking. This is a young organization that is creating an uncharted program. During the grant period, their vision underwent a metamorphosis, which allowed them to more clearly see what was realistic and appropriate in accomplishing their mission. Plans were put in place to open a day center while they continued working towards their original mission. Note: Closed in 2019. See Safety First.
Community Transitional School
Project: General Operating Support for 2011-2012 school yearYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Portland, OR
Community Transitional School teaches Portland area children who are at risk for school failure due to their families’ unstable lives of poverty, transience and homelessness. The school provides many of life’s basics: breakfast and lunch, clothes, school supplies and bus rides to and from school, no matter how often students move around the metro area.
The PreK-8th grade school’s goal is to provide a stable learning place for these children so they can begin to see that they have choices, and so they can begin to gather the skills they need to make them. Almost all of the students come with large gaps in their education. This general operations grant allowed the school to meet their budget and continue to serve an increased number of homeless children and youth. The 2011-2012 school year saw a huge increase in the number of students served, as well as those on the waiting list, highlighting the need to expand.
5th and 6th graders wrote free-form poems titled “Wishes I Keep to Myself.” Here are excerpts from four of them:
Wish I was a normal girl
in this world
Someone who has
a dad, lives in a house
and has a friend.
Wish I didn’t have to worry
if me and
my family will find somewhere
to sleep tonight.
Wish to be appreciated for the way I am —
the guy who likes the
opposite of everyone else.
Wish mom had a job
to care for us,
and to have money to live
in this heavy town.
Community Connection of NE Oregon, Inc.
Project: Wallowa County Food Bank ProgramYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: LaGrande, OR
This grant made it possible for the two food banks in Wallowa County to have adequate food and supplies throughout the year, including off-season and off-holiday times, to assist an average of over 285 people per month. In addition, they were able to purchase meat processing for donated beef, which greatly added to the amount of protein-rich food available, and they were able to pay more attention to providing healthy food choices. In addition to much-needed food, the food bank program helps with necessary staples that food stamps does not pay for. (Such as toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toiletries, etc.)
Building Healthy Families
Project: Transportation Project to increase access to servicesYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Enterprise, OR
This grant enabled the purchase of a very nice, low-mileage 9 passenger van that has been a pivotal factor in serving the needs of children and families participating in all of Building Healthy Families’ programs, including: transporting students on science and after school field trips, client transportation (including weekly parent education classes), and aiding in making events possible for community partners. The van provided the missing link in making programs accessible to more of the community and better serving the neighboring counties of Baker and Union.
Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center
Project: Salmon cooking station and Joseph Interpretive Exhibit TipisYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $9,000 Location: Wallowa, OR
The Nez Perce Homeland Project is a grass roots endeavor to develop a place in the Wallowa Valley where the Nez Perce people can once again celebrate their traditions and customs. It aims to connect a new generation of Nez Perce people, local community members, and visitors from around the world with stories of the past and a vision of the future. This grant furthers that mission by: 1) construct a rock salmon cooking station beside the traditional dance arbor in Wallowa to be used during the annual Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Feast; 2) replace the two aging Nez Perce style tipis, decorated by Nez Perce artists, at the Homeland Project Interpretive Exhibit in Joseph.
Project: 25th Anniversary Summer Fishtrap Workshops and GatheringYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Enterprise, OR
Summer Fishtrap 2011 was a celebration of 25 years of gathering writers (both established and beginners) for workshops designed to deepen engagement with those interested in writing in and about the West. The theme “Catch and Release: what we hold on to, what we let go and the one that got away” will help participants develop the ability to tell their own stories and cultivate their imagination and creativity. Fishtrap cultivates creativity and imagination and encourages reading, writing and sharing.
Oregon East Symphony, Inc.
Project: Playing for Keeps, comprehensive youth music educationYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Pendleton, OR
The Playing for Keeps project includes: a youth orchestra, a beginner orchestra, a youth chorus, provision for instruments for young musicians, a summer camp for kids, music lessons for children and youth, a young people’s concert, performances and master classes in public schools, scholarships for youth who play with the OES, a young musician’s competition and opportunity for winners to solo with OES. Over the past 15 years, these activities have exposed thousands of young people in the region to orchestral and choral music.
Janus Youth Programs, Inc.
Project: Village Gardens - Food Works Youth Summer Leadership ProgramYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $7,350 Location: Portland, OR
The Food Works Youth Summer Leadership Program is an 8-week leadership training program for multiple crews of 10 teenagers, ages 14-18, living in low-income North Portland neighborhoods. Youth gain hands-on experience working on the Food Works Farm, at community garden sites, volunteering at hunger relief organizations, and participating in socially oriented and agricultural workshops. Social workshops engage youth in discussions on issues in their community and create a safe environment to build self confidence, self knowledge, and life skills.
Janus Youth Programs, Inc.
Project: Village gardens - Village Market Healthy Kids Snack CornerYear: 2011 Grant Amount: $8,650 Location: Portland, OR
Healthy Kids Snack Corner. The neighborhood kids learned about nutrition, helped select product and decorated the space. Since this market is at the hub of the neighborhood, kids can easily stop by after school for a healthy snack.