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Citys community services grants go to 31 recipients

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Along with Saving Grace Maternity Home’s $3,000 grant, members of the city of Hillsboro’s Finance Committee and the city manager’s office allocated $97,000 to 30 other agencies last month through the city’s Community Services Grant Program.

Youth Contact ($7,000), Adelante Mujeres ($6,000) and Community Action ($6,000) took in the largest chunks of the overall grant funding, but a number of other social service organizations came away with $1,000-plus grants to help continue their programs.

n My New Red Shoes, a Portland-based organization that seeks to clothe impoverished children, received $1,000 to help “improve the educational experience and quality of life for 1,000 or more children” in 2016.

n To fund its second annual information panel, Elders in Action received $1,500 from the grant program. Elders in Action helps businesses and individuals to consider the needs and issues most commonly related to aging persons through four different but related programs. With its grant, the nonprofit organization will collaborate with other like-minded organizations to help teach people in the 60 and above age group about fraud and identity theft issues. Last year, the group saw 50 attendees.

n Open Door Counseling Center, which provides education and assistance to those needing affordable permanent housing and runs a day shelter for homeless individuals, received $3,000.

n To help continue its work rebuilding and repairing homes for low-income homeowners, Rebuilding Together Washington County received $3,500. Rebuilding Together focuses on helping those with disabilities, the elderly, veterans and families with children.

n Chess for Success, which provides a no-cost after school chess program at nine Hillsboro elementary schools and at total of 81 sites in 21 districts across Oregon and Southwest Washington, received $2,000 from the grant program.