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Foundation awards 20 Southern Oregon groups

Twenty Southern Oregon groups received grants totaling more than &

36;164,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The awards, announced in November, are part of OCF's efforts to strengthen charitable activities, organizers said.

Grants have been awarded to the following groups:

Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon, Medford,


36;48,000 from the William and Florence Schneider Fund to address high infant-mortality rates and related maternal-child health needs in Jackson County.

Kids Unlimited of Southern Oregon, Medford,


36;35,000 from the William and Florence Schneider Fund to sustain after-school child care and academic enrichment activities, summer programs, a youth arts collective and a teen dance club and social recreation center.

Jackson County Library Foundation, Medford, &

36;15,000 to support coordination of a capital campaign for library enhancements and technology.

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum,

Ashland, &

36;13,400 to support kindergarten through 12th-grade scientific literacy programs in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties and for general support.

Kids Health Connection, Medford, &

36;12,000 to complete a new school-based health site at Oak Grove Elementary School.

WinterSpring Center for Living with Loss and Grief,

Medford, &

36;12,000 to support peer education and group support programs for bereaved youth.

Southern Oregon University Foundation, Ashland, &

36;7,500 for the Konaway Nika Tillicum program.

Rogue Valley Medical Center Foundation,

Medford, &

36;6,500 for purchase of medical equipment for home care of Rogue Valley Medical Center Hospice patients.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival,

Ashland, &

36;7,000 for a capital campaign, for the Bowmer Society and for general support.

Bear Creek Greenway Foundation,

Medford, &

36;1,575 for the Greenway extension project.

Friends of Oregon Living Waters,

Ashland, &

36;1,000 for the Wild and Scenic Rivers program.

The Salvation Army of Jackson County, the United Way of Jackson County, the American Red Cross, Rogue Valley Chapter,

all Medford, &

36;1,000 each for general support.

Community Health Center, Community Works, Mercy Flights Inc., Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries,

all of Medford, &

36;500 each for general support.

For information about the Oregon Community Foundation, call 773-8987 or visit the Web site at .