A number of local non-profits and community-oriented programs recently received financial awards from the Taubert Foundation and Healing Matrix, which have worked together for almost a decade to promote activities and partnerships that improve all aspects of health for community members.
Infusions of cash during these challenging times will help programs that are struggling with too few resources and too many needs.
The grants cumulatively totaled over $65,000.
The award recipients, along with the amount awarded and a brief description of the intended use of the funds, includes:
• Bohemia Food Hub ($11,500) — Support the BFH’s efforts to broaden opportunities for rural food entrepreneurship among underserved groups by providing low-risk exploration of food business ideas.
The funds will help a physical makeover of part of the Bohemia Food Hub (S. 10th St) to develop three storefronts that will serve as a restaurant pilot area, host pop-up food events, and host teaching demonstrations.
• Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council ($4000) — Support ongoing nature-based experiential environmental learning for middle-school students, including monthly hands-on lessons and capstone stewardship projects.
• Cottage Village Coalition ($10,000) — Support ongoing development of Cottage Village, Oregon’s first rural tiny-house village.
• McKinney-Vento ($20,000) — Provide $75 emergency grocery gift cards to each of the more than 250 houseless students in the South Lane School District.
• Senior Center foot care ($1,000) — Provide Registered Nurses with the supplies and equipment need to provide foot-care services for seniors at the Cottage Grove Senior Center.
• Soil/FoodWeb consultant ($3,850) — Funding a community member to complete a Soil Food Web course in regenerative agriculture; after this two-year program is completed, the trainee will share the knowledge with others throughout the community via info booths at the Farmers Market, presentations (e.g., at Science Pub), and visits to local schools.
• Soup’s On ($5,000) — Replace old refrigerator and freezers, and provide additional storage, to enable Soup’s On to continue to provide a free community dinner every Sunday night at the Community Center in Cottage Grove.
• South Valley Farmers Market ($7,000) — Enable the market’s continuing service. (Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets.)