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United Way of Southwestern Oregon has awarded $45,500 to 11 Coos and Curry County organizations working to improve the health, education and financial stability of south coast residents. United Way’s 2021 annual grant cycle included three categories: annual awards to south coast nonprofit organizations; a special 2021 "community connections" award for nonprofits addressing social isolation and loneliness on the south coast; and a new "community partners" mini-grant award available to local community organizations

Funding for this 2021 grant cycle was made possible by Advanced Health and numerous local individuals. This grant cycle follows a COVID-19 emergency relief grant funding program (March 2020 - February 2021) where over $250,000 in funding was raised and distributed to 66 south coast organizations impacted by the pandemic. Advanced Health, AllCare Health, Dutch Bros Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, and local individuals contributed toward United Way’s COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.

Volunteers from Coos and Curry County participate in United Way of Southwestern Oregon's annual and ad-hoc Grant Allocation Committee. This committee reviews applications and provides funding recommendations to United Way's Board of Directors. To find out more about this engaging opportunity to get involved with United Way of Southwestern Oregon and learn about nonprofits and community organizations on the south coast, email info@unitedwayswo.org or call (541) 267-5202.

The award winners included:

$5,000 – Alternative Youth Activities (capacity expansion)

$6,000 – Brookings Harbor Community Helpers (Fresh Food for Seniors program)

$5,000 – Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern Oregon (Financially Fit Women program)

$2,500 – Harmony & Me Music Outreach (intergenerational online class support)

$3,500 – Lakeside Senior Center/Lakeside Feed the Need (food pantry support)

$2,500 – SMART Reading (volunteer-led reading sessions for pre-K through 3rd grade students)

$5,000 – The Devereux Center (winter Warming Center support)

$5,000 – The SAFE Project (Emergency Shelter program)

$5,000 – Waterfall Community Health Center (flex funds for Hispanic community members, a partnership with Coos Hispanic Allies)

$2,500 to Harmony & Me Music Outreach for their Care a Grams/Gramps program – videos from community members that are shared with seniors who reside in assisted living facilities or who are homebound

$2,500 to Little Theatre on the Bay for their Matilda community theater production originally scheduled for Spring 2020, now planned for Spring 2021

$1,000 to South Coast Together toward printing “Help that Helps” guides (English and Spanish) for their Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training participants.

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