GEARs Education has awarded $5,000 in mini-grants to local organizations to promote bicycle education and safety. Recipients of the 2013 mini-grants are Safe Routes to School, the University of Oregon Outdoor Program, the City of Eugene "Sunday Streets" program, Sheldon High School, Head Start, Center for Appropriate Transport and the University of Oregon LiveMove. Proceeds from the Blackberry bRamble Ride fund the mini-grants.
Wells Fargo has donated $25,000 to St. Vincent de Paul for a new program called Rural Employment Assistance for Lane. The program will help Lane County's lower-income rural residents and recently returned military veterans find jobs. A computer lab will be used to build rsums, become certified in computer programs and apply for jobs on-line.
Hamilton Construction donated $10,000 to Northwest Youth Corps during a celebration at the newly renovated Northwest Youth Corps Center for Conservation Education.
The South Coast Folk Society received a $1,000 grant from Oregon Humanities for the Celtic Cultural Festival held on the Southwest Oregon Community College campus.
The Lane County Adult Drug Court received a $41,034 grant from the John Serbu Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. The grant will go towards providing treatment services for several participants and for training at the Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative.
Caregivers at Sacred Heart Medical Center donated $117,976 to Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation and an additional $153,783 to United Way of Lane County, funding programs that will improve community health for underserved adults and children in Lane County. Caregivers at Peace Harbor Hospital donated $73,139 and those at Cottage Grove Community Hospital and Clinics gave $24,388.
O'Hara Catholic Middle School Cookie Club, led by teacher Kris Kartub, donated $860 to Womenspace.
Students in UO's American Philanthropy freshman seminar voted to allocate a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo to KindTree in Eugene. KindTree plans to use the funds to start the Skills Training for an Independent Living Experience program this year.
Fourteen business women from around Lane County who recently participated in the first High Heels for High Hopes Fashion Show at the Kendall Toyota Showroom have donated nearly $30,000 to the Lane County March for Babies.
The Oregon Arts Commission awarded 18 grants totaling $349,014 in its multi-year Sustaining Oregon's Arts effort. Grant recipients included: Eugene Ballet Company, $25,000, to support the purchase of software to better convert single ticket buyers to season ticket buyers and contributors and to design of a new website; Eugene Symphony Association Inc., $15,000, to support the redesign of its website; the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, $18,625, to support an ecommerce extension to its website; and Lane Arts Council, $10,239, to support a rebranding project.