Vulnerable populations to benefit from $250,000 grants

From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Commissioners have announced the recipient organizations of $250,000 in grant funds to support homeless people, hungry people, foster children, veterans in need, and other vulnerable populations.

This past summer, commissioners set aside $250,000 from the county's General Fund to support the Small Grants Program, now in its eighth year. The program assists local nonprofit groups with projects that serve some of the most vulnerable populations of our community.

Select recipients and projects include:

  • Angels in the Outfield ($7,000): Prevents homelessness for 14-20 families escaping abusive situations.
  • Building Blocks 4 Kids ($10,000): Provides training, tools and financial support to children aging out of the foster system.
  • Candlelighters for Children with Cancer ($7,500): Provides emergency financial assistance to families with children who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer.
  • Lake Oswego Veterans of Foreign Wars ($8,000): Secures a trailer to store and transport survival bags for homeless veterans.
  • West Linn Food Pantry ($2,500): Provides emergency food boxes.

Projects selected for funding demonstrate either the ability to become self-supporting or are a much-needed one-time expense. This year, 40 groups were selected for grants ranging from $1,250 to $12,748.

Clackamas County will start distributing grants later this month. Organizations receiving grants are required to show how funds are used. This continual evaluation includes reviews of service levels and performance measures.

This year's additional 35 awardees, and their respective funded projects, are:

  • 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church ($2,000): Helping Other People Eat project
  • AntFarm ($10,000): Learning Garden project 
  • The Canby Center ($5,000): Harvest Share expansion
  • Child Advocates, Inc. ($6,000): Volunteer advocate training program
  • The Children's Course ($3,000): THRIVE mentoring program
  • Christ the Vine Lutheran Church ($3,500): Food and toiletries for hungry people
  • City of Sandy ($10,000): Meals for homebound individuals
  • Clackamas Community College ($5,000): Emergency transportation for students
  • Clackamas County Children's Commission ($8,000): Resources for vulnerable children and families
  • Clackamas Fire District #1 ($12,748): Paramedic outreach to the medically fragile and vulnerable
  • Clackamas Service Center ($10,000): Community Nutrition and Resource Connection program
  • Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine ($7,000): Expansion of patient services
  • Clackamas Women's Services ($7,000): Camp HOPE Oregon
  • Clackamas Workforce Partnership ($5,996): Pathway to Caregiving program
  • Colton Helping Hands, Inc. ($5,000): Supplemental food program
  • Educating for Peace, the Wholistic Peace Institute ($6,000): Weekly check-ins for homeless high school students
  • Feed the Hungry, Inc. ($1,250): Provides kitchen tools
  • Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart ($2,500): Fills 100 stockings
  • Folk Time, Inc. ($10,000): Oregon City workshop
  • Friends of Estacada Community Center ($4,000): Kitchen equipment replacement
  • Gladstone Ministerial Association ($2,500): Kids closet flex fund
  • Gleaners of Clackamas County ($7,500): Building/equipment repairs
  • Good Roots Community ($3,200): Emergency food distribution
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Clackamas County ($2,050): Ending the Silence outreach
  • Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation ($7,500): Financial empowerment services for survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Northwest Family Services ($7,500): Services for children with incarcerated parents
  • Oak Hills Presbyterian Church ($3,000): Backpack Buddies program
  • ReFit, Remodeling for Independence Together ($8,000): Home modifications for homebound individuals
  • Aloysius St. Vincent de Paul ($4,000): Brown Bagg program for homeless
  • John the Baptist Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society ($10,000): Rent/utility assistance for low-income families
  • Thelma's Place ($5,616): Transportation for Alzheimer-suffering and memory loss seniors
  • Two Rivers Church ($7,000): Hope 4 Life Project
  • VFW Post 1324, Oregon City ($7,000): Memorial building upgrades/repairs
  • West Linn-Wilsonville School District ($6,140): Arts & Technology High School student support
  • Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon ($10,000): Assets programs

More information is available online about the Small Grants Program.

Members of the public seeking more information can contact Caroline Hill in the County Administration office at 503-655-8261.

For more information, members of the media may contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at 503-742-5917.

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