Community Health Foundation Awards Nearly $250,000 in 2020

The city of Hermiston received a $50,000 grant from the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation for the Funland Playground rebuild project. (Photo by Michael Kane)

The Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 in grants and scholarships despite the challenges of a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring and fall grants were given to 21 separate organizations in 2020.  The largest grant contribution of $50,000 was made to the city of Hermiston to help rebuild the Funland Playground.  Other funding was approved for medical health devices, security locks, community fitness centers, health education programs, community gardening projects, youth activities and services, foster care equipment and supplies and health exams and eyeglasses.

Medical scholarships were awarded to 22 local students attending 17 different colleges and universities in various states throughout the west.  These scholarship funds were approved for students enrolled in 12 various medical disciplines that will lead to medical degrees or enhanced training to help the communities in which they serve.

The Foundation aims to support programs and projects which will help the underserved of the local communities.

For more information, call 541-667-3419 or email  Go to to make a charitable donation to the foundation.