County groups receive funding from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation awarded $425,539 to 58 Southwest Oregon nonprofit groups Thursday, including nearly $100,000 to 14 Jackson County organizations.
The foundation's executive director, Carma Mornarich, said 18 of the recipients feed the poor, reflecting the foundation's commitment to stopping hunger. Those 18 organizations received a little more than $136,000 of the total distributed.
Jackson County organizations receiving grants are:
- ACCESS: $10,000, to expand the Fresh Alliance food program.
- CASA of Jackson County: $10,000, to support the recruiting, training, supervising and support of CASA volunteers as they advocate for abused and neglected children.
- Eagle Point High School Boosters Club: $10,000, to finish construction of an all-weather synthetic turf field at Eagle Point High School.
- Hearts With A Mission: $10,000, to support life coaches for homeless youth in Jackson County.
- Medford School District 549C: $5,000, to provide Project Dove intervention and prevention programs for students who come from violent homes.
- First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix: $3,000, to purchase food for Phoenix Community Kitchen's bi-monthly free community dinners.
- Miracle Theatre Group: $3,000, to support a bilingual theater residency at Crater High School.
- Rogue Outreach Center: $6,125, to support an after-school enrichment program for middle school youths in Rogue River.
- Southern Oregon Child & Family Council: $7,500, to support Project LISTO that provides family literacy and education for 70 Latino families.
- St. Mark's Episcopal Church: $8,050, to provide food for the hungry in west Medford.
- The Arc Jackson County: $7,500, to provide respite care matching services and support to families caring for family members with cognitive deficiencies or a developmental disability.
- The Salvation Army: $10,000, to provide the Emergency Energy and Housing Assistance Program to 40 families of the working poor in Jackson County.
- Upper Rogue Community Center: $6,300, to support the Upper Rogue Youth Activities after-school program for the children of Shady Cove.
- Yoga Blue: $3,500, to provide weekly coping, stress-reduction and behavior modification skills to 40 teens at Community Works' Lithia Springs Residential Treatment Program.
Two organizations in Josephine County each received $10,000 grants. They are:
- St. Vincent de Paul Our Lady of the Valley Council: $10,000, for emergency food, rent and utilities for the needy in Josephine County.
- Women's Crisis Support Team: $10,000, to support a family resources advocate serving victims of domestic violence in Josephine County.
The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation formed in 1997 to allow the tribe to make philanthropic donations in lieu of paying state taxes on profits from the casino.
Mike Rondeau, executive director of the tribe, said the tribe prefers to keep its money in the community by contributing to nonprofit organizations in southwest Oregon.
"We truly believe that a high tide floats all ships," Rondeau said.
Roseburg News-Review reporter Carisa Cegavske contributed to this report.
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