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PacifiCorp Foundation aids local groups

The PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded $525,000 in grants across six states served by Pacific Power. AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli

The PacifiCorp Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, has awarded grants to a dozen local groups in support of community safety and health.

The safety and wellness grants to Southern Oregon and Northern California groups are part of $525,000 in grants the foundation recently awarded across the six states served by Pacific Power.

Organizations that serve communities are seeing unprecedented demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 wildfires, PacifiCorp Foundation officials said.

“We celebrate these heroic organizations that have continued to reinvent and reimagine ways they can help our communities’ most vulnerable,” said Christina Kruger, Pacific Power regional business manager for Medford. “Although we see brighter days ahead, Pacific Power remains deeply committed to supporting the work of these organizations, helping to fortify our communities, so they are strong and resilient.”

The following organizations in Southern Oregon and Northern California received grants:

  • Asante Foundation for the purchase of clothes washers and dryers and new linens for the Francis Cheney Family Place, a guest residence for out-of-town patients and family members who are receiving care at Rogue Regional Medical Center.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon to provide credit counseling to low-income residents to help them overcome poverty.
  • Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin for essential mentoring services for at-risk children during the pandemic to help them become strong, resilient community members.
  • Great Northern Services for helping supply free summer lunch services for children in disadvantaged communities throughout Siskiyou County.
  • Hornbrook Community Association for American Disability Act restroom improvements as they rebuild a community space after the area was devastated during a wildfire.
  • Illinois Valley Family Coalition to help maintain essential services, including emergency food boxes, for the community that has been affected by the pandemic and wildfires.
  • Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center for supplying nutritional support to seniors through Meals-on-Wheels and critical transportation services.
  • Klamath KID Center for a new water heater for the facility, which has provided essential day care services for the area, even during the pandemic.
  • Pregnancy Hope Center to initiate a car-seat program and a safe-sleep program for low-income families to help reduce Klamath County’s high infant mortality rate.
  • Siskiyou Family YMCA to help renovate and refurbish the gymnasium, which in addition to providing a space for recreation also serves as space for community events and a child care program for frontline workers.
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center’s Klamath-Lakes CARES program for crisis response to at-risk children, especially during COVID-19 restrictions.
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry for purchase of a generator and food supplies so the pantry can continue to help families and individuals in Jackson County who are struggling with food insecurity.
  • Upper Rogue Community Center for an emergency backup generator for the center, which serves as an emergency Red Cross disaster shelter for the Shady Cove area in Jackson County.
  • Wilderness Trails to provide camping experiences to help the health and well-being of at-risk and foster youth from Southern Oregon.

The PacifiCorp Foundation awards grants in cycles during the year. Grants generally are less than $10,000 with most between $2,000 and $5,000.

Grant applications for community and environmental programs are due June 15.

Apply for grants for arts and cultural programs by Sept. 15.

Grants applications for safety and wellness are due Dec. 15.

For more information on what types of programs are funded and how to apply, see www.pacificpower.net/community/foundation.html.