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The Community Grant Program of the Sunriver Women’s Club funds projects being implemented by local nonprofit agencies that are designed to break the cycle of generational poverty in south Deschutes County. To learn more about generational poverty, click  Understanding Poverty in our Community.pdf.

Hunger Prevention

In 2022 the SRWC funded one grant focused on reducing hunger in our communityWhether providing nutritious meals and food boxes for under-resourced families, weekend food for children reliant on the school meals programs, or meals delivered to the doorsteps of our senior citizens, our grant funds are working to support food insecure individuals.

The Council on Aging used their grant to support seniors who are vulnerable to being isolated and hungry by providing meals and wrap around services.  During the height of the pandemic this agency had to pivot to try to find high quality meals to deliver to south Deschutes County seniors.  They moved to a new system of hiring a local chef to prepare the meals to deliver locally.  The grant from SRWC will help to fund the preparation of these higher quality fresh and frozen meals to be delivered to south Deschutes County seniors.

Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention

Providing a healthy and nurturing environment free from abuse and neglect is the goal of the two grants awarded in this focus area.  Our grant awards are working to prevent child abuse and neglect, intervening on behalf of children who have been abused and providing ongoing support so these children can not only survive but thrive.

The community grant to CASA of Central Oregon supported recruitment, training and ongoing support for community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected foster children in south Deschutes County. The CASA volunteer is often the only consistent adult in a child’s life during their time in foster care. Children with a CASA do better in school and find a permanent home sooner than those without a CASA.

Friends of the Children Central Oregon used their community grant to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles. Mentors are trained to stay in contact with an identified kindergartener in south Deschutes County for 12 years, helping the most under-resourced children develop the relationships, goals, and skills necessary to break generational cycles of poverty, abuse, and violence.

Education & Youth Development

In 2022, SRWC awarded three grants that were targeted at ensuring that all children have the support they need to succeed in school. From providing early education opportunities for low-income families, to ensuring that children are reading by third grade, providing the mental health supports needed to return from the pandemic or keeping high school kids engaged in school, our grant dollars are having a positive impact on kids in our community.

The community grant to the Assistance League of Bend supports a new pilot program of putting together book bags for students in south Deschutes County to keep at home. Research shows that children who have books at home are more likely to reach reading benchmarks.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon utilized their community grant immediately to open a program at the La Pine Senior Center!  They will meet each Wednesday from 11:30 -1 pm, and have Bigs and Littles play games, take cooking classes, art projects, etc.  This pilot program will begin with 10 matched mentor pairs. This mentorship program will impact students attendance in school, strengthen their mental health and make them much more likely to graduate from high school.

SMART Reading used their community grant to purchase and deliver fourteen books in a year for every Kindergartener in Three Rivers School, Rosland Elementary and La Pine Elementary. Research shows that access to books in the home will support those children in meeting the third-grade reading benchmarks in Oregon.

Secure Housing

Through our three grant awards in this category, the SRWC is working to ensure that families can stay in their home. Whether its rent assistance, health and safety repairs or providing survivor housing for victims of abuse, investing in secure housing helps stabilize families and children by providing security and personal safety.

The community grant to Habitat for Humanity of La Pine Sunriver Critical Home Repairs Program provided key health and safety repairs for families who could not otherwise afford to accomplish these tasks. These repairs ensure that south county households living below the poverty level can make needed repairs to improve accessibility and safety so they can remain in the home they already own.

Thanks to all who support the SRWC Community Grant Program through volunteering at SRWC fundraising events, event sponsorship and direct donations.

Together, we are building a stronger community!

The Sunriver Women's Club (SRWC) is a  501C (3) nonprofit community service organization that welcomes members from Sunriver and the surrounding communities. 

The essence of the SRWC is to be a caring partner to our neighbors, nonprofits in south Deschutes County, local businesses and visitors.

The majority of our members are from Sunriver, La Pine and Bend-everyone is welcome.  Members participate in social and philanthropic activities.  The membership year runs from October 1 through September 30, but you may join in any month. Click on JOIN US to start your membership process.

Sunriver Women's Club
PO Box 3334, Sunriver, OR  97707

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