BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Across central Oregon, community safety and well-being often begins with some of the hardest-working organizations, those focused on delivering services and programs that provide a 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 grants, the Pacific Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, announced new funding of $314,952 to directly support community organizations in the three states it serves. These Safety and Wellbeing Grants are one of four grant cycles offered by the foundation year after year.
“We are proud to work with our communities to build a strong and resilient future together,” said Matt Chancellor, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for central Oregon. “These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to neighbors in our communities, and we are honored to support their work.”
The following 15 grants totaling $31,500 were awarded to local organizations in central Oregon:
- The 1017 project – $1,500 to help distribute fresh beef to food-insecure individuals and families through more than 40 food banks and community kitchens in central Oregon.
- The Center Foundation – $1,500 to support sports medicine program services and education that help protect the health and safety of high school students in central Oregon.
- Route options – $2,000 for the Safe Routes to School Helmet Project which supports bicycle safety education, helmet fitting and free bicycle helmets for students.
- Central Oregon Council on Aging – $2,500 to help meet the nutritional needs of food-insecure seniors and people with disabilities with drive-through meals and post-COVID in-person meal sites.
- Destination rehab – $2,000 for the expansion of the Peak Fitness program which allows adults with neurological disorders to develop a personalized exercise plan and experience outdoor adventures.
- Home cooking – $2,000 for food and supplies to help serve 7,000 meals each month to fight hunger in the community.
- High Desert Food and Agriculture Alliance – $4,000 to fight hunger and increase access to fresh food for local farmers and gardeners.
- Central Oregon Hunger Prevention Coalition – $1,500 for the purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and protein to improve the nutrition of people struggling with loss of income due to COVID and related economic hardship.
- CHILDREN Center – $3,000 for SafetyNet, an internet safety training program for adults and students.
- Lines for life – $2,000 to add capacity and train other teen volunteers for the expansion of 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 desks and chairs to help maintain the health of mental health care providers as they work to help community members struggling with mental health issues.
- MountainStar Family Relief Nursery – $1,500 to support therapeutic classrooms, child assessments, home visits, transportation services, emergency food boxes and referrals to 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 for housing, emergency shelter, transportation or other needs.
- The shield – $2,500 to support effective mental health services for veterans and first responders in central Oregon, who are typically underserved, especially in rural communities.
- Associated with tree therapies – $1,500 to help provide low-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 public service foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 2 million customers in six western states like Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since its inception in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.