The CommuniCare Program Grant Recipient Award Ceremony for Astoria and Warrenton High Schools was held Friday, May 16th, at the Barbey Maritime Center at Columbia River Maritime Museum. CommuniCare is a program that is designed to introduce young people to the importance of community service and the role of nonprofit organizations in the state of Oregon and in their local communities.
Through a collaborative effort between the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and each participating local high school, a “mini-foundation” is created representing the students. The students make grants to organizations that best address the critical concerns of their student body. The students are challenged to raise $500; if they are successful, the CARE Foundation awards a matching grant of $7,500 with up to $500 in additional money raised matched at a 5:1 ratio. If students do not meet their goal, the Foundation matches dollars raised at a 10:1 ratio. Since the program’s inception in 1998, over $700,000 has been granted to over 160 local area nonprofits.
This year, Key Club students at Astoria and Warrenton High Schools raised over $21,000 for nonprofit organizations. The organizations that each chose to support are as follows:
Astoria High School Key Club (pictured above): Advancing Clatsop Teens in Vocational Education,Astoria Baseball Foundation, Camp Kiwanilong, Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare, Clatsop County Historical Society, Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, North Coast Swim Club, Warrenton-Hammond Healthy Kids Inc