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Meyer Memorial Trust grants aid college, housing projects

Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 31 grants in April and May, totaling nearly $2.6 million for organizations across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The awards support efforts such as the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington increase participation among Latina girls, supporting college access for low-income Portland students and evaluating child abuse rates across the state to improve efforts to reduce and prevent abuse.

Grants totaling $300,000 are aimed at four Portland-based organizations that belong to the Oregon’s Communities of Color Leadership Development Project. Eleven grants totaling $532,000 target Habitat Humanity projects from St. Helens to Grants Pass and from Newberg to Sisters. Six grants, totaling $613,000, fall under the Willamette River Initiative and support the important work of watershed programs along the river between Portland and Lowell.

“There’s a common theme among these latest batches of grants approved by Meyer’s Trustees: Education, equity, access and the environment,” said Doug Stamm, the trust’s chief executive officer. “They reflect our focus of making Oregon a more fair and equitable place to call home.”

Meyer Memorial Trust, established in 1982, is one of the largest private foundations in Oregon, with assets of more than $795 million.

Here are the regional grants:

Columbia County

Columbia County Habitat For Humanity, St. Helens, $30,000 to build a Habitat home for a veteran’s family in St. Helens.

Marion County

Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Salem, $30,000, to build a new home in South Salem for a Habitat partner family.

Multnomah County

Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Portland, $175,000, for management of the Model Watershed and Regional Monitoring programs.

College Possible, Gresham, $135,000, to support college access and a success program for low-income Portland students.

Familias en Accion, Portland, $100,000, for general support of this organization, which provides patient navigation services for Latinos with chronic illnesses and culturally-specific training to health professionals.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Portland, $175,000 to build capacity for engaging Latina girls in troops and other leadership development programs.

Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, Portland, $46,190 to strengthen board leadership and fundraising capacity among Oregon Habitat affiliates through Targeted Training Initiatives.

Housecall Providers, Portland, $218,750, to add a home-based palliative care program to the suite of services provided by this organization serving seniors and people with disabilities in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.

IRCO, African Project Council, Portland, $75,000, for the Leadership Development Project of the African Project Council.

IRCO, Asian Pacific Islander Project, Portland, $75,000, for the Leadership Development Project of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Initiative.

IRCO, Slavic Project Coalition, Portland, $75,000 for the Leadership Development Project of the Slavic Project Coalition.

Native American Youth and Family Center, Portland, $75,000, to administer the Leadership Development Initiative of the Coalition of Communities of Color in Portland.

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Portland, $148,000, to hire a permanent executive director for this choral arts organization.

Profile Theatre Project, Portland, $60,000, for core support of this Southeast Portland-based theater arts organization.

Washington County

Willamette West Habitat for Humanity, Hillsboro, $40,000, to support a low-income home repair and revitalization program in Washington County over two years.

Yamhill County

Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, Newberg, $100,000, to build a 10,000 square foot ReStore building in Newberg using in-kind labor, materials and services.

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