Starker Forests has granted funding to 15 nonprofit organizations in Lane, Linn, Lincoln Benton and Polk counties. Separate from the Starker Philanthropy charitable program, and staff-driven, this was the first time Starker Forests made this application-based grant funding opportunity available to 501 (c)(3) groups that invest in arts and culture, youth, basic needs, science, education and the environment. Realizing that COVID-19 has exacerbated the need for basic items such as food and shelter, we were excited to offer this opportunity to our local communities.
One recipient was Business for Excellence in Youth, located in northern Lincoln County and serving the communities of Otis, Lincoln City and Depoe Bay. The grant will help their program simply, effectively, and discreetly provide food to school-age children.
The Corvallis Lions Club received a grant to help provide vision assistance. Adult & Teen Challenge, located in Linn County, operates a residential recovery program for those struggling with life controlling issues. Their grant will help them replace several small refrigerators with a new industrial cooler needed for food storage.
We are pleased to be able to support organizations that serve a range of populations near communities where we own forestlands.