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Project: Adelante Chicas Youth DevelopmentYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Forest Grove, OR
Adelante Chicas is the first program of its kind in Oregon to provide a comprehensive and proactive approach to empower Latina girls. Through working closely with the girls and their families through high school, encouraging and empowering girls towards secondary education, ultimately the goal is to develop young Latina leaders that contribute to societal well-being.
Project: Training Program for 2012 Camp Caldera StaffYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR
Trained 40 Camp Caldera staff on child development and management, relationship-based mentoring, safety, and team-building. Caldera provides professional mentoring, research-based arts and environmental education curriculum, and a unique camp experience that enables youth to think and learn through art, nature and creativity. The camp experience is the cornerstone of Caldera’s program. From sixth grade through high school, students from urban and rural schools come together at Caldera, a place that is magical and inspiring. The work that occurs at camp is carried through the year with weekly art/mentoring classes and week-long artists residencies at the schools the youth attend.
Children's Center of Clackamas County
Project: The Children's Center Foundations of Hope InitiativeYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Oregon City, OR
The Children’s Center’s Foundations of Hope initiative answers a critical community need by expanding our clinical team, allowing us to provide up to 600 child abuse medical assessments and related services per year, as well as drug screenings to children exposed to illegal drugs in their homes. This expansion effort enables us to provide workshops and education, resources and referrals for up to 30,000 community members each year.
Clackamas Service Center, Inc.
Project: Core Support - Food DistributionYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR
Core support allows them to provide improved client services and referrals. Funding allows replacement of depleted reserves of groceries and clothing, to provide more hot meals, and the ability to grow programs that serve the low-income community that has depended on them for over 40 years.
Family Relief Nursery
Project: Child Abuse Prevention ServicesYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Cottage Grove, OR
This grant allows Family Relief Nursery to continue to serve the increased need for child abuse prevention services in South Lane and North Douglas counties, providing adequate staffing levels to meet that need. The Relief Nursery model seeks to stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect through intervention that strengthens parents, builds successful and resilient children, and preserves families by offering comprehensive and integrated support services.
Farmers Ending Hunger
Project: Increase Commodity Donations by One Million PoundsYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Salem, OR
The mission of Farmers Ending Hunger (FEH) is to eliminate hunger in Oregon by increasing the amount of high quality food available to hungry local communities through a partnership of farmers, food processors, Oregon Food Bank and the public. This grant will support the initiation of a farmer and rancher recruitment effort that will result in an additional one million pounds of high quality food products delivered to Oregon Food Bank. Grower meetings will be held in three locations throughout the state concentrating on three identified commodities. We have targeted onions in Malheur County, potatoes in the Columbia Gorge and vegetables in the Willamette Valley as high priority commodities. We implemented a public awareness campaign in 2011 that has resulted in significant increases in donors and cash donations from both businesses and individuals. The increased awareness has positioned us to now concentrate on expanding the number of farmers and ranchers who donate and this greatly increases the amount of products delivered to Oregon Food Bank.
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Marion-Polk Food Share
Project: Marion-Polk Food Share Protein Burger: Fighting Hunger, Improving Nutrition, Rebuilding LivesYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $20,000 Location: Salem, OR
Protein is often the most expensive portion of an emergency food box. The MPFS Protein burger has been tested and provides a suitable, inexpensive protein option, and is easy enough for a child to prepare. Proposed Outcomes: 1) Produce 1 million burgers annually; 2) Distribute them to 35,000 low-income individuals monthly in Marion and Polk counties; and, 3) Provide skills/education to at least 20 incarcerated youth annually. This grant was a start-up grant. The original intention was to work with Oregon Youth Authority to provide an educational/vocational program at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility that allows youth to gain job skills and hope for their futures, while increasing the supply of affordable protein for emergency food distribution. Although in the end Oregon Youth Authority was not involved, the program opened the vocational training for young people who are looking to secure jobs in the food services industry. The Better Burger has been successful in more ways than they could ever have imagined at the outset of the project. Marion-Polk Food Share has expanded their partner horizons, is distributing the burger widely and holds out the vision of involving incarcerated youth when feasible in the future.
New Avenues for Youth
Project: Homeless youth Parent Support programYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR
Provided extended parent support services within safe housing for 60 homeless youth who are pregnant/parenting, including a parent/child literacy program and play groups, play therapy for children, and parent groups and housing/ready-to-rent education for parents. With a safe, stable and supportive environment, youth rise to the challenge and feel determined to break the cycle of abuse and neglect that for many of these parents is generational.
Oregon Food Bank
Project: UnrestrictedYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $4,000 Location: Portland, OR
Mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes – because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank builds food security and helps to feed hungry people in Oregon.
Oswego Heritage Council
Project: Plumbing RepairsYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $2,500 Location: Lake Oswego, OR
Helped to provide needed emergency plumbing repairs to the Oswego Heritage House, a local landmark and gathering place, and home of Oswego Heritage Council.
Project: Safe Space/General Operating SupportYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $15,000 Location: Portland, OR
p:ear creatively mentors homeless and transitional youth ages 15-24. Through education, art, recreation and transition programs, p:ear builds positive relationships with each young person to affirm personal worth and to create more meaningful and healthier lives. p:ear responds to the individual needs of each youth during the precarious and complex process of exiting street life and growing up without healthy, parental support. p:ear helps homeless and transitional youth see themselves beyond homelessness.
Portland Fruit Tree Project
Project: Expansion of outreach, harvest and fruit distribution services to low income families with childrenYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $9,700 Location: Portland, OR
Increase harvesting events that involve children, by establishing where there is the greatest need and food insecurity and partnering with organizations that serve those neighborhoods. An estimated 3000 families with young children received fruit in their emergency food boxes in 2012 due to Portland Fruit Tree Project. Over 50 children from low-income households also participated in harvest events.
Portland Rescue Mission
Project: Comprehensive Security System Upgrade at Shepherd's Door Women's and Children's ShelterYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $8,000 Location: Portland, OR
The comprehensive security system allows families to be safe within Shepherd’s Door Women’s and Children’s Shelter, which offers an opportunity to build a new life while fleeing domestic violence. The system allows only people who are authorized to enter and to gain access only to appropriate areas of the building.
Project: Community OutreachYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Eugene, OR
To keep between 10-20 children under age 6 free from abuse and neglect, by providing therapeutic early intervention and comprehensive family services to them and their families, as part of the established Relief Nursery Outreach Connections program. This program is designed to address urgent needs of those waiting to be admitted to regular programming.
Sexual Assault Resource Center
Project: Support for CSEC Intervention & Support ProgramYear: 2012 Grant Amount: $10,000 Location: Portland, OR
The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC),a strongly volunteer-based organization, has provided crisis intervention and social support for survivors of sexual assault for the past 36 years. Services include a 24-hour support line and in-person response team, case management, individual and group mental health treatment, culturally specific services for Latinas, and school-based primary prevention education. Additionally, SARC offers comprehensive services to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children in order to decrease barriers to support services and increase participation in their own recovery process, which in turn helps the youth move from victim to survivor to leader. The continued goals of the CSEC Intervention & Support Program include 1) training first responders about CSEC identification, 2) providing 24-hour crisis intervention, and 3) long-term case management and service coordination for the youth.