Social Services For Youth & Children


The Portland Kitchen

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: General Operations
Year: 2014
Location: Portland, OR
About:

The Portland Kitchen offers free, comprehensive culinary after-school and summer programming to Portland high school youth, ages 14-18.  The mission is to empower urban youth to graduate high school with job skills and improved eating habits.

Annually, TPK runs two programs, serving 20-24 youth per program.  The school-year (after-school) program runs October through May, with students meeting Monday and Thurs afternoons for 2.5 hours each session.  The summer program is a concentrated version of the school-year program, running Monday through Thursday, for 3.5 hours each session, for seven weeks.  The Portland Kitchen’s rental kitchen is only blocks away from Parkrose H.S. and on a convenient bus route for Madison H.S. students.  These 2 focus schools each host a large free/reduced lunch population and low on-time graduation rates. Funding benefitted direct program needs & 2015 operating expenses.

All students earned a food-handler permit, increased their skills, experience and confidence in cooking, acquired valuable skills for gaining employment, and learned about nutrition and healthy eating.

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The Portland Kitchen

Grant Amount: $12,000
Project: Expanding Access to Culinary Skills Program for Low-Income Portland Teens
Year: 2016
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Doubles the number of teens served in the 2016 summer program as a pilot program, and, if successful, also the 2016-2017 School Year program.  The Portland Kitchen provides a free, comprehensive program to teach culinary arts, nutrition and health education, job skills development, community service, social and life skills to low-income, at-risk teens ages 14-18.



The Salvation Army – Salem

Grant Amount: $7,000
Project: Food coupons for Christmas meal
Year: 2009
Location: Salem, OR
About:

The Salvation Army Christmas/holiday food distribution program serves underserved families and individuals in Marion and Polk Counties with Christmas food boxes.  Many families this year have experienced employment issues, housing issues, medical and other bills and they are forced to choose between the “luxury” of a Christmas meal and paying the electric bill.   This grant was used to leverage other support.  Grocery Outlet offered to donate as well, resulting in holiday hams for 1300 families.  In all, 7,740 families received Christmas food boxes and vouchers.  The Christmas boxes provide three days of food and a Christmas meat.



Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery

Grant Amount: $12,000.00
Project: General Operations
Year: 2013
Location: Ontario, OR
About:

This grant helps make it possible for this relief nursery to provide free services to their clients, all of whom are living in poverty.

Key Objectives are:

1) To prevent child abuse and neglect by eliminating or significantly reducing the risk factors that often face parents living in “survival mode”.

2) To help clients improve their parenting skills and learn to set goals for their children and their families.

3) To recognize as early as possible any signs of developmental delays in the youngsters in our care so referrals to Early Intervention Services have the greatest effect.



Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Technology: customized database software, website improvements and services
Year: 2012
Location: Ontario, OR
About:

Funds were used to purchase a user-friendly database developed specifically for relief nurseries in Medford, OR that will allow TVCRN to track required information that can be easily compared to data from other relief nurseries and will yield meaningful reports to help further the work at TVCRN.  In addition, funds were used to create a web video and pay for upkeep of their website.



Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery

Grant Amount: $10,500
Project: Creating a Natural Playground
Year: 2017
Location: Ontario, OR
About:

At-risk toddlers will get to safely explore and play. Trauma’s negative impact on children is well-documented. Our play area will provide many opportunities for children to grow their imaginations, build their vocabularies, and learn about nature.

The natural playground………………………. A trike track…………..
and a balance beam donated by a High School senior volunteer.


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Treehouse Fund

Grant Amount: $12,500
Project: Graduation Success
Year: 2018
Location: Seattle, WA
About:

The goal of Treehouse’s Graduation Success Program is to help foster youth graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers. During the 2017-2018, we expect to serve 850-1,000 youth in foster care in Washington State.

Youth in foster care face an uphill battle academically due to lack of basic skills, frequent home and school placement changes and emotional upheaval.

Treehouse is involved in our most important work yet: helping foster youth graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future and launch successfully into adulthood.  After 5 years of success in Seattle/King County, Graduation Success expanded in 2016 to Tacoma and Spokane, this year expanding to an additional eight districts in Pierce, Spokane and Snohomish counties.  Treehouse is planning to expand the Graduation Success program statewide by 2022.



Tualatin Valley Gleaners

Grant Amount: $6,100
Project: Supplemental Food Program
Year: 2010
Location: Beaverton, OR
About:

As a community supplemental food program serving the Tualatin Valley, Oregon area, members glean (pick) food from fields and orchards and collect food/non-food items donated by stores, markets, and Oregon Food Bank.  The food is distributed once a week through the participating efforts of its members.

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United Cerebral Palsy of San Luis Obispo

Grant Amount: $2,000
Project: Parents of Joy All-Inclusive Playground
Year: 2017
Location: Atascadero, CA
About:

Supports the construction of a playground accessible to all children, regardless of ability. The playground will be designed to make social play easier for children with cerebral palsy and other special needs.  NOTE: this grant does not conform to Lamb Foundation’s usual guidelines.



United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Grant Amount: $37,500
Project: Census Equity Fund 2020
Year: 2019
Location: Portland, OR
About:

This is an unusually large grant for Lamb Foundation.  The directors felt that it was important enough that they devoted a large portion of Fall 2019 grants to join with fellow philanthropists to support this effort.  Census 2020 is extremely important because an accurate count of citizens determines many factors, including how much money is available to states for social services.  By supporting an accurate count, especially among those most in need of these services, funds will have an impact of further reach.

The Census Equity Fund is designed to concentrate funding and services for those who are hardest to count.  Among others, these include people living in rural, tribal or non traditional tracts, homeless people, people with language barriers, people without adequate internet connection or skills, and young children.  United Way of the Columbia Willamette is managing this fund to serve the entire state of Oregon.




Urban Gleaners

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: General Operating Expenses
Year: 2009
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Urban Gleaners is a small, mostly volunteer organization that picks up edible food from grocery stores, farmers markets, restaurants, and event sites and delivers it to local agencies that feed the hungry.  The mission is to help alleviate hunger and reduce the environmental impact of waste.  Since Urban Gleaner’s inception in 2006, we have grown from a one family operation into a network of donors and volunteers collecting approximately 40,000 pounds of food a month.  This is a simple concept that can be replicated with low overhead in any community.  Funds from this grant were used to: 1) hire a driver from the community they serve, enabling that driver to move out of transitional housing and into more  permanent housing; 2) purchase an additional refrigerator and small freezer and 3) contribute to rent and utilities.  Also during this grant period Urban Gleaners was able to initiate a new Food to Schools program, assisted by the new driver.



Urban Gleaners

Grant Amount: $20,000
Project: Food to Schools Expansion Project
Year: 2015
Location: Portland, OR
About:

Urban Gleaners provides weekly deliveries of fresh food for home consumption to children and families in high need in E Multnomah County through their schools and Section 8 housing. Urban Gleaners reduces waste and want.

 



Urban Gleaners, Food to Schools Program Expansion

Grant Amount: $14,000
Project: Food to Schools Program Expansion
Year: 2013
Location: Portland, OR
About:

The Food to Schools program brings food to more than 50 food-insecure families in each of over twelve schools during the school year and at least seven during the summer.  The addition of a refrigerated van will increase weekly food delivery to 250 additional families and reach more hungry children.  In addition, food can be gathered more from the source and kept fresh longer.  The purchase of the refrigerated van has made it possible to better serve the schools throughout the school year and into the summer months with ‘Free Farmers Markets’, as well as making deliveries to the low-income housing where students live.

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Wild Gift

Grant Amount: $10,000
Project: Marketing / Leader Development Program
Year: 2012
Location: Sun Valley, ID
About:

Half of this gift was used to improve social media outreach for Wild Gift, and half supported one new Wild Gift Leader in 2013.  Wild Gift helps to develop young leaders through an intensive wilderness experience and mentoring the leaders’  project designed to benefit their community/society.  Please see their website for more information.



YouthCare

Grant Amount: $20,000
Project: Barista Education and Employment Program
Year: 2016
Location: Seattle, WA
About:

YouthCare’s Barista Training and Education Program sets homeless young people on the path to obtain a job and educational credential, meeting each young person where they are with the support they need and giving them access to YouthCare’s full continuum of services: outreach, basic needs, shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment.  Participants gain hands-on barista and food preparation training, customer service training, and career exploration opportunities.


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