The annual CommuniCare Program Grant Recipient Award Ceremony was held Monday, May 16th, 2016, 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 $880,000 has been granted by students to in-school programs and nonprofits in their communities.
This year’s CommuniCare Program granted a total of $78,500 for nonprofit organizations doing great work in our community and $12,662 for school programs. The participating schools and the organizations that each chose to support are as follows:
Catlin Gabel School (Pictured above, with Jordan D. Schnitzer): Causa ($1,500), Catholic Charities ($3,500), Hacienda Community Development Corporation ($3,500), Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization ($2,500)
Girls Inc.: Financial Beginnings ($2,000), Friends of Outdoor School ($1,000), Harper's Playground ($2,500), Portland Youth Builders ($1,000), Southwest Community Health Center ($2,000), Girls Inc. ($2,610)