Western Lane Community Foundation awards $78,524 to local nonprofits

Over 30 organizations received grants through WLCF

March 16, 2019 — Community members representing 32 local nonprofit organizations, the Board of Directors of the Western Lane Community Foundation (WLCF) and the Rotary Club of Florence met on Tuesday, March 12, at the Florence Events Center to witness the WLCF 2019 Foundation Grant Awards Program.

WLCF President Jim Grano and Grant Program Chair Nancy Walker introduced each recipient and presented the various nonprofit organizations with their checks. These checks represent the WLCF’s ongoing mission of supporting projects or programs providing needed services or facilities for which public funds are not available, or insufficient, and to contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, or social betterment of our community. Their intent is to award large enough sums to make a significant and visible impact on a demonstrated need in our Western Lane community.

The Foundation was founded in 1974 and is a community trust, private non-profit organization attracting, administering, and distributing private charitable resources for the benefit of residents of Western Lane County. Only the income generated by invested Foundation assets is awarded as grants each year. Current assets are over $7.5 million under the auspices of Oregon Community Foundation, and thus more than $300,000 will be awarded this year for designated giving, scholarships and discretionary grants.

This year, $78,524 in discretionary grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Beacon of Hope Alano Club for Alano Club furnishings; Boys & Girls Club for the Teen Center kitchen expansion; Boys & Girls Club Florence Air Academy for the Summer Aviation program; CASA of Lane County for its Rural Outreach program; CROW for the “Spreading Our Wings” program; Early Childhood CARES for playground equipment; Fair Grove Cemetery Association for cemetery trails and rails; Florence Farmers Market for signage and local foods access; Florence Food Share for warehouse freezer repairs; Florence Habitat for Humanity, Inc. to replace & install computers; Food Backpack for Kids for its school break foodpack extension; KXCR Community Radio Partners for 2019 Community Connections; Lane County Court for Western Lane Co. Mediation Program; Lane Senior Support Coalition for its emergency support fund; Mapleton Elementary School Rolling Readers for students books; Mapleton Elementary School for youth sports activities; Mapleton Food Share for food purchase; Mapleton middle and high schools for their student-run, school-based business; Mapleton School District #32 for its Permaculture Food Forest; Mapleton School District for a community preschool; Oregon Coast Emergency Repeater, Inc. to upgrade firehouse emergency center; Oregon Coast Military Museum for a storage building; Oregon Trail Council Boy Scouts of America for radio communications for Camp Baker; Rods N Rhodies, Inc. for low income transportation solutions; Siuslaw Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society for its rhododendron student art project; Siuslaw Education Foundation #1 for an online reading program; Siuslaw Elementary School for a book room rejuvenation; Siuslaw Elementary School for classroom supplies; Siuslaw Outreach Services, Inc. for the emergency voucher program; Siuslaw Pioneer Museum for modernization of its display area; Siuslaw Watershed Council for 2019 summer camp; University of Oregon Foundation Center for Prevention of Abuse & Neglect for the Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign.

Congratulations to all of these fine organizations!

Should you have any questions or wish more information regarding how to leave a legacy or contribute to an existing fund, contact Gayle Waiss at 541-997-1274 or email her at [email protected]


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