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From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services, 503-655-8752

06-11-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Social Services Receives $18,000 Grant from Hugh G. Starkweather Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

The Social Services Division of the Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services Department was recently awarded an $18,000 grant to assist in the transportation of seniors and people with disabilities throughout the county.

These funds, which came from the Hugh G. Starkweather Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, will support the expansion of services for Clackamas County Volunteer Connection’s Transportation Reaching People (TRP) program.

“We are so grateful for these funds from the Oregon Community Foundation,” said Clackamas County Social Services Division Director Brenda Durbin. “We’ve had to scale back the number of volunteer rides that we can offer due to a lack of funds for mileage reimbursement and staffing limitations. Our program provides a truly meaningful opportunity for volunteers, many of whom live with fixed incomes and would not be able to volunteer in this way without the financial support provided through the mileage reimbursement program.”

The TRP program provides door-to-door transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities for medical appointments and other essential errands. The program, which provided more than 30,000 rides to people in 2014, uses both paid drivers and trained volunteer drivers to provide this service, which is a lifeline for isolated seniors and people with disabilities that are unable to access other transportation options. Funds received from the Hugh G. Starkweather Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation will be used to reimburse volunteer drivers for their mileage, increasing the number of rides provided by 20 percent.

The purpose of the Clackamas County Volunteer Connection (VC) program is to improve the quality and delivery of social services in our community through volunteer opportunities, public and private partnerships, faith-based and nonprofit agencies, advocacy, education and empowerment. VC strives to strengthen the community by increasing opportunities for individuals and families to become more self-reliant, healthier, safer and connected. VC is funded in part by Social Services of Clackamas County, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping individuals with low incomes when no other resources are available.

For more information about the Oregon Community Foundation, visit www.oregoncf.org.

For more information, members of the media may contact Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at sanderson@clackamas.us or 503-655-8752.

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