ROSEBURG, Ore. — A host of charitable organizations and non-profits in Southern Oregon have received an influx of funding, thanks to the philanthropic endeavours of the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation. The Foundation has given money to community organizations in the area since its beginnings in 1997.
According to the Foundation, their priorities are to ensure that no-one in our area goes hungry, that every child should feel safe, that education builds character, and that healthy bodies and minds translate into healthy communities.
During this round of giving the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation donated a total of $496,550 to local organizations. It donated more than $1 million over 2018, and has donated upwards of $17 million since 1997.
Below are all of the local non-profits that benefited from the Foundation's philanthropy this time around:
Jackson County - $107,250 to Nineteen Non-Profits
1St Phoenix Community Center: $5,000 to purchase protein items for the food pantry in Phoenix, Oregon that serves 800-1000 people per month.
Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre: $3,500 to provide operational support for Southern Oregon’s only Hispanic Youth Dance Troupe.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation: $7,500 to assist with the rebuild and restoration of the Butte Creek Mill and Ice House.
Community Works: $7,500 to provide emergency assistance for clients in the Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth.
Heart and Hope Musical Ministries: $7,500 to provide therapeutic music experiences to low-income elderly and disabled people.
Jackson County School District #6: $3,000 to help construct the Hanby Hillside Natural Playground at Hanby Middle School, making usable outdoor space for younger students.
La Clinica del Valle Family Health Care Center: $7,500 to support a Mobile Health Unit in Jackson County serving children, teens, and families.
Medford School District - Project Dove: $5,000 to help underwrite Project Dove, an in-school support group for students at the elementary and middle school levels in Medford who live in an unstable home environment.
Miracle Theatre Group: $3,000 to help support Teatro Milagro’s residencies and performances in Southern Oregon.
Peace House: $7,500 to provide operating support for Uncle Food’s Diner that provides community meals and services to those in need in Ashland.
Rogue Valley Chorale Association: $3,250 to provide students with concerts presented by children for children including transportation.
Rogue Valley Mentoring: $7,500 to assist in providing one-on-one mentors and mentoring groups to at-risk youth in Jackson County.
Rogue World Music: $4,000 to support low-cost singing and dance classes for children in low-income schools.
Set Free Christian Fellowship: $5,000 to provide operating support for Set Free Community Services that provides food, clothing, and personal services in West Medford to those in need.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church: $7,500 to provide whole foods for those in need in West Medford.
Talent Maker City: $5,000 to purchase equipment needed to open Talent Maker workshop providing facilities and equipment for collaborative hands-on learning for all ages.
The Neighborhood Food Project: $3,000 to provide incentives for school teams in the Student Hunger Strike Force.
Ashland Family YMCA: $7,500 to provide financial assistance for youth and families utilizing the Ashland YMCA resources and activities.
Rogue Valley Family YMCA: $7,500 to provide financial assistance for after school programs.
Josephine County - $30,000 to Four Non-Profits
Grants Pass Museum of Art: $5,000 to provide exposure to art history and the fundamentals of art for 5th grade students in Josephine County.
Siskiyou Community Health Center: $10,000 to work with at-risk families in the Healthy Families Program in Josephine and Jackson Counties screening families for risk factors and providing home visits to monitor progress and assist families to improve their lives and reduce cases of abuse.
St. Vincent de Paul Our Lady of the Valley Council: $7,500 to provide emergency assistance with rental and utility costs to families in need.
The Salvation Army: $7,500 to provide emergency food bags and basic hygiene items through The Salvation Army food pantry.
Klamath County - $42,500 to Five Non-Profits
CASA for Children of Klamath County: $10,000 to reduce numbers of unserved foster children on the CASA wait list and to recruit and train new volunteers.
EagleRidge High School: $5,000 to help underwrite a construction course for students at EagleRidge High School in Klamath Falls.
Integral Youth Services: $7,500 to help pay for installation of a HVAC and camera security system at Exodus House, a shelter for homeless, foster, and runaway youth.
Klamath & Lake Community Action Services: $10,000 to prevent child abuse by building family skills and self-sufficiency.
Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center: $10,000 to provide meals, health classes, other programs and assisted transportation to seniors.
Multiple-Counties - $49,000 to Seven Non-Profits
Asante Foundation: $10,000 to support the development of trauma informed Sanctuary Model education modules for training staff and community partners to better care for mentally ill individuals.
Eugene Science Center: $5,000 to provide access to the museum for low-income families, as well as outreach and marketing to increase awareness of this opportunity.
Josephine County Foundation: $7,500 to assist this student run foundation to provide clothing, hold vision clinics, and offer after school training of middle and high school students.
Muscular Dystrophy Association: $5,000 to help provide a summer camp experience for children living with Muscular Dystrophy.
Sanctuary One: $6,500 to support for an internship program at the care farm.
The Dental Foundation of Oregon: $12,000 to provide dental care to children throughout Oregon with a mobile dental van staffed by dentists and hygienists.
Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon: $3,000 to provide scholarship assistance to reduce economic barriers for the participation of serious young musicians in the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon.