The Hermiston Senior Center recently received $20,000 from the Wildhorse Foundation — the maximum grant amount awarded by the organization.
The Hermiston seniors, who are building a new center, will use the money to purchase new kitchen equipment. Having commercial kitchen facilities assists the group in providing essential meal services for seniors and the Meals on Wheels program.
The foundation also announced other third quarter awards, which included 31 disbursements for a total of $303,584. Other local recipients and the purpose for the grants include:
•PENDLETON: Altrusa International of Pendleton, $10,000 for youth-focused projects, including Feed the Child and Kids At Risk Empowered; McKay Creek Elementary School, $10,942 for gymnasium renovation; Sherwood Heights Elementary School, $7,500 for Cycling To The Next Level, which utilizes exercise bikes to promote academic achievement in reading.
•ATHENA: Athena Elementary School, $6,000 for classroom Chromebooks; Athena’s Gem, Inc., $7,000 for theater addition exterior wall finish project; East Umatilla County Health District, $10,000 for a chest compression system; Weston-McEwen High School, $1,681 for band room remodel completion project.
•HEPPNER: Community Counseling Solutions, $2,000 for the Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic.
•MILTON-FREEWATER: Blue Mountain Community College - Milton-Freewater Center, $9,438 for a student lounge.
•UMATILLA: Umatilla Museum and Historical Foundation, $9,818 for museum energy upgrade.
•UMATILLA COUNTY: Start Making A Reader Today, $5,155 for SMART reading programs; Umatilla County 4-H, $600 for Attitudes for Success: Preparing for the Future.
•OTHER AREAS: Boys and Girls Club of Dayton, Columbia Walla Walla Fire District No 2, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siulslaw Indians, Confluence Project, Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, F. Maxine and Thomas Cook Memorial Library, Fort Walla Walla Museum, Friends of the Elgin Opera House, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, Hurricane Creek Grange, Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, La Grande High School, Liberty Theatre Foundation, Oregon Elks Children’s Preschool Vision Screening, Providence St. Mary Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children-Portland, Union Rural Fire Protection District, Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation.
The Wildhorse Foundation manages a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The board considers quarterly grant applications in the areas of public health and safety, education, the arts, historic preservation, gambling addiction services, salmon restoration, environmental protection and cultural activities. The next application deadline is Jan. 1.