Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation Awards $99,000 in Grants

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Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation board representatives pose with members of the Heros Sportsplex project. (Photo courtesy of GSHCF)

Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation (GSCHF) will award $99,065 in spring grants to organizations in West Umatilla and Morrow counties.

The following organizations will benefit from this support:

  • Willow Creek Park District to repair their pool and building
  • American Youth Soccer Org. Hermiston to update and repair the restrooms at Funland Soccer Fields
  • Irrigon Jr./Sr. High School to turn the old gravel track into two grass practice fields
  • Umatilla High School Softball to purchase new bases and necessary hardware to install them
  • Riverside Jr./Sr. High School Track & Field replacing outdated and unsafe track equipment at Riverside High School
  • Made to Thrive/Heros Project to help build the Heros Sportsplex at EOTEC
  • Made to Thrive to support of extracurricular program expenses including fees, snacks, gear, equipment, and apparel
  • Boardman Fire Rescue District to purchase airway training mannequin to provide necessary hands-on training
  • Good Shepherd Children’s Center to build a shade structure for the Children’s Center Playground

Hermiston’s Made to Thrive organization expressed their appreciation for the recent grant funding of $2,500.

“We are very grateful for the continued support from the GSCH Foundation over the years.  This funding helps enroll families into athletic clubs, martial arts, and other activities to keep them healthy,” said Kriss Dammeyer, founder and executive director of Made to Thrive.  “Made to Thrive is a valuable resource to the children and families who find themselves in difficult situations in Umatilla County.  We believe that these opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities provides hope, life/social skills, awareness, confidence, friendships, and leadership for families about to be part of them.”

Made to Thrive also received a $25,000 grant for its HEROS Sportsplex project.

“We are extremely appreciative of this funding and it’s just another reflection of the great work our Foundation does, and we think it’s a really good match to make a safe place available for kids to experience sports,” said Josh Burns, one of the project leaders. The Heros Sportsplex is slated to be completed by this summer and will include six full-sized fields for lacrosse, soccer, flag football and other youth sports.

Grant funding is made possible by planned giving and community support, according to Foundation Executive Director Liz Marvin.

“Because we live in an area where the culture is to make our communities better, residents consistently give to the Health Foundation,” said Marvin. “The next grant cycle will close on July 31, and we encourage non-profit organizations to apply for funding.”

To apply for a grant by July 31, submit an online form.

For questions about grants,  email Marvin at lmarvin@gshealth.org or contact her by phone at 541-667-3419.  For more information about GSCHF, visit its website.

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