BEND, Ore. (KTVZ)-Across Central Oregon, community safety and well-being often begins with some of the most active organizations, those focused on delivering services and programs that offer accessible food and housing, health care and mental health support. , as well as 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 grant-giving, the Pacific Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, announced $ 314,952 in new funding to directly support community organizations across the three states it serves. These safety and health offerings are one of four giving cycles offered by the foundation each year.
“We are proud to work with our communities to build a strong, vibrant future together,” said Matt Chancellor, Pacific Power regional business manager for Central Oregon. “These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to the neighbors in our communities, and we are honored to support their work.”
The following 15 grants valued at $ 31,500 were given to local organizations in Central Oregon:
- The 1017 Project -$ 1,500 to help distribute fresh beef to serve food insecure individuals and families through more than 40 food banks and community kitchens throughout Central Oregon.
- The Center Foundation – $ 1,500 to support Sports Medicine Program services and education that help protect the health and safety of Central Oregon high school children.
- Commute Options – $ 2,000 for the Safe Routes to School Helmet Project which supports bicycle safety education, helmet fitting, and free bike helmets for students.
- Central Oregon Council on Aging -$ 2,500 to help meet the nutritional needs of the elderly with food insecurity and people with disabilities with drive-through meals and post-COVID personal food sites.
- Destination Rehab – $ 2,000 for the expansion of the Peak Fitness program that empowers adults with neurological conditions to create a personal exercise plan and experience outdoor adventures.
- Family Kitchen – $ 2,000 for food and supplies to help serve 7,000 meals per month to overcome community hunger.
- High Desert Food and Farm Alliance -$ 4,000 to fight hunger and increase access to fresh foods from local farmers and gardeners.
- Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon – $ 1,500 for the purchase of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk and protein to improve nutrition for people struggling with income loss due to COVID and related economic hardship.
- KIDS Center – $ 3,000 for SafetyNet, an internet safety training curriculum, targeted at adults and students.
- Lines for Life -$ 2,000 to increase capacity and train more teen volunteers for the expansion of the Central Oregon YouthLine to help youth struggling with mental health issues such as bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
- Medical Mosaic – $ 2,500 for ergonomic tables and chairs to help mental health providers stay healthy as they work to help community members with mental health issues.
- MountainStar Family Relief Nursery – $ 1,500 to support therapeutic classrooms, child assessment, 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 – $ 1,500 to provide emergency assistance to low -income families in need of financial assistance with housing, emergency shelter, transportation or other needs.
- The shield – $ 2,500 to support effective mental health services to Central Oregon veterans and first responders, who are often poorly served, especially in rural communities.
- Treehouse Therapies Associates – $ 1,500 to help provide minimal barrier access to pediatric physical, occupational and behavioral health therapy for children with special needs.
About the Pacific Power Foundation:
The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility that serves 2 million customers in six Western states such as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The mission of the foundation, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since it began in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has provided more than $ 60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.