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Vulnerable populations to benefit from $250,000 grants


Clackamas County Commissioners have announced the recipient organizations of $250,000 for the 2017 Small Grants Program. This is the ninth consecutive year that Clackamas County has offered this critical program to financially assist local nonprofits that provide services to vulnerable populations living within the county. Select recipients and projects include:

Projects selected for funding demonstrate either the ability to become self-supporting or are a much-needed one-time expense. This year, 46 groups were selected for grants ranging from $1,600 to $15,000. 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 41 awardees, and their respective funded projects, are:

  • 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church ($1,600):
    Funds for mobile dental clinics.
  • American Military Encouragement Network ($5,000):
    Support for unemployed and struggling military families.
  • Angels in the Outfield ($10,000):
    Homeless prevention for families transitioning from abusive situations.
  • Autistic Community Activity Program, Inc. ($6,500):
    Funds for activities for children and adults with autism.
  • The Canby Center ($2,500):
    Kitchen remodel.
  • CASA of Clackamas County ($5,000):
    Training court appointed special advocates to serve foster children.
  • Central City Concern ($5,000):
    Basic needs for families in recovery.
  • Children's Center ($3,000):
    Delivery of Spanish language child abuse prevention training.
  • The Children's Course ($5,000):
    Mentorship for 10 Latino youth.
  • Clackamas County Council of PTA's Clothes Closet ($2,500):
    Funds to purchase a washing machine, supplies, and socks/underwear for children.
  • Clackamas Fire ($10,000):
    Funds to assist the community paramedic outreach to the homeless community and assist them in establishing a path toward being housed.
  • Clackamas Service Center ($14,960):
    Improving client services with a shopping-style food pantry.
  • Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine ($7,360):
    Funds to provide eye care services.
  • Colton Helping Hands, Inc. ($5,000):
    Purchase of food to supplement their pantry.
  • Edwards Center, Inc. ($9,000):
    Edwards Center Milwaukie renovation.
  • Exceed Enterprises, Inc. ($7,500):
    Upgrade of technology to streamline processes and services.
  • Father's Heart Street Ministry ($5,000):
    Provide an additional 1,856 showers including toiletries and new underwear.
  • Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart Inc. ($3,000):
    Making and filling Christmas stockings for those less fortunate.
  • Foothills-Molalla Adult Community Center ($4,000):
    Aiding the isolated.
  • Friends of Estacada Community Center ($5,000):
    Retrofit community center doors.
  • Gladstone Food Pantry ($3,000):
    Gladstone Food Pantry flex fund.
  • Gleaners of Clackamas County ($2,000):
    Commercial stove acquisition.
  • Good Roots Community Garden and Food Bank ($3,500):
    Purchase of fridge and freezer, food, supplies for community garden and repair of pantry floor.
  • Growing Gardens - Programa de Huertos ($4,000):
    Program to provide 30 Latino families with lessons and supplies to start and maintain a home garden.
  • Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry ($3,600):
    Shelter improvements.
  • Life Christian Center ($5,000):
    Funds to purchase additional food for pantry and toiletries.
  • Lions Foundation of West Linn ($2,000):
    Shoes and socks for kids.
  • Love INC of Clackamas County ($3,000):
    Non-food pantry/cleaning and personal hygiene expansion
  • Northwest Family Services ($5,000):
    Emergency assistance such as utilities and rent to families.
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives ($5,000):
    Emergency financial assistance for families to avoid destabilization of housing.
  • Oak Hills Presbyterian Church ($3,000):
    Purchase of food for children to have over the weekend for Lot Whitcomb & View Acres Elementary Schools.
  • Oregon City Chamber of Commerce ($7980):
    Cost for materials to run entrepreneurial courses for 40 vulnerable people.
  • Rivers of Life ($6,000):
    Employing at-risk youth and homeless to rehabilitate Clackamette Cove wildlands.
  • Sandy Community Action Center ($3000):
    Replacement of worn-out equipment.
  • St. Philip Benizi ($3,000):
    Funds to increase food pantry inventory.
  • St. Aloysius St Vincent de Paul Estacada ($4,000):
    Funds to purchase hygiene products, tarps, and sleeping bags for the homeless.
  • Turning Point Church ($2,000):
    Tool purchase for community pantry.
  • Two Rivers Church Two Rivers ($4,500):
    Individualized assistance to homeless.
  • A Village for One ($5,000):
    Funds to allow youth to meet their basic needs such as food to avoid sexual exploitation.
  • West Linn Food Pantry Org ($2,500):
    Purchase of food to supplement pantry.
  • Wilsonville Community Sharing/Food Bank ($5,000):
    Utility/food relief.

More information is available online about the Small Grants Program.

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