United Way of Lane County invests $300,000 in new grants

FROM UNITED WAY OF LANE COUNTY – Thanks to contributions from local donors, four coalitions now have substantial funding to tackle systemic challenges in Lane County, from housing and violence prevention to childcare and food security.

Be Your Best Cottage Grove, Hope and Safety Alliance, FOOD for Lane County, and Lane Community Health Council, each acting as the backbone for their respective coalitions, received a $75,000 grant from United Way on July 1, for a total of $300,000 in community donations going back to Lane County communities.

The funding comes from United Way of Lane County’s new “Community Change Coalition” grants, aimed at bolstering collaborative efforts that formed in response to recent challenges like COVID-19.

FFLC The Arc and Bethel School District staff and volunteers pose outdoors during a mobile pantry food distribution

NOTE: The cover photo was taken by FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) and features their partnership with The ARC of Lane County and the Bethel School District.

“Over the last two years, we’ve seen many local organizations really step to meet changing needs, forming new and diverse partnerships to better tackle community challenges holistically,” said Jared Pruch, United Way’s Director of Community Impact. “Coalition work is challenging, and often underfunded in the philanthropic sector. United Way wants to ensure these partnerships have the resources they need to be successful, so we’ve committed to investing in their work over the next year with these grants.”

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By Sarah Glass, Cottage Grove Sentinel