The annual CommuniCare Program Grant Recipient Award Ceremony was held Monday, May 4th, 2015, at the Portland Art 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 $740,000 has been granted to over 160 local area nonprofits, and over $125,000 has been granted to school programs.
This year’s CommuniCare Program granted a total of over $68,000 for nonprofit organizations doing great work in our community and over $13,000 for school programs. The participating schools and the organizations that each chose to support are as follows:
Tualatin High School: Friends of the Children ($2,560), Friends of Trees ($2,500), Good Neighbor Center East Washington County Shelter ($2,500), HEAT Oregon ($2,500), Tualatin School House Pantry ($1,150), Willowbrook Arts Camp ($990)