PACIFIC NORTHWEST OPPORTUNITIES GRANTS
The projects listed below were recipients of the PNWOF grant for the 2017-2018 term.
School: Clackamas High School
Amount received: $1000
To provide low-income families with food and gifts for the holiday season. Many families cannot afford to give their children gifts during the winter holiday season. Winter Rage tackles this problem by providing welcome food and gifts for children to low-income families.
Beginning in 1997, Winter Rage has helped hundreds of families. By collecting donations from the community, between 150-300 families annually have been provided food, clothes, furniture and toys. This year, with the increased funds from PNWOF, over 500 children and 175 families were helped by Winter Rage. This is a huge increase from the single family that was helped in 1997. We intend to continue Winter Rage as a tradition to help more families and change lives.
Jojo Fairgrounds Cleanup
School: Grants Pass High School
Grant awarded: $425
To assist the fairgrounds by beautifying the grounds prior to the busy tourist season. We intended to perform simple tasks such as trimming and pruning, raking and weeding.
The GPHS High School made a major impact on our community by performing a fairgrounds cleanup, as well as cleaning the horse stalls. We exceeded our original plan of just doing the grounds cleanup, and were able to beautify a beloved community resource, the Josephine County Fairgrounds.
Food Box Project
School: Corvallis High School
Grant awarded: $1000
To provide supplemental food boxes to low-income families. In the Corvallis School District, many families have little to no money left for food after paying rent. One family that was brought to our attention had to sell their washer and dryer to provide food for their children. Other resources available for low-income families were not available because this family was not homeless.
Of the 9 families helped, 8 of them responded to our survey and indicated that they had utilized 75-95% of the food delivered to them. Even more importantly, many reported that the food allowed them to eat together as a family more often. Research has shown that sharing meals as a family helps children in so many ways, including better performance in school, improved test scores and grades overall, higher self-esteem, as well as lower rates of depression and tobacco consumption. To date, 35 volunteers have worked to assemble the supplementary food boxes and by the end of the project this year, approximately 6,000 lbs of food will have been delivered.
School: Robert Bateman High School
Grant awarded: $800
To replant trees in an area near the high school that suffered damaged during a winter storm.
The grant funds were used to purchase native and hardy species. With enough funds to purchase the trees, volunteers were able to successfully restore the damaged area. In addition, the trees will help control the invasive Himalayan blackberries, which in turn will allow other plants to grow.