Home Federal Bank is awarding grants to non-profits and has selected the Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center as one of the regional participants

by: JASON CHANEY - ABOVE: Senior Center director Melody Gibson (center) looks on as (L to R) John Reuser, Jack Fisher, Beaver Bristow, and Bill Everest play a game of cards at the center. BELOW: The Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center serves meals to seniors as well as being a place for them to gather to exercise, quilt, play cards, and many other activities.

If you “like” the Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center, now is the time to let them know.

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Home Federal Bank, is sponsoring an innovative online campaign to help support the charitable causes in the markets they serve.

“My Community Cares” is Home Federal Bank’s social giving promotion, the bank’s way of applauding the nonprofit organizations that do great things — from providing a helping hand to those that preserve the arts.

Invitations were sent to select organizations’ headquartered within one of three regions where Home Federal Bank has branches — Idaho, Central Oregon and Western Oregon.

Here in Prineville the Soroptimists Senior Center has been selected as one of the regional participants.

The Home Federal Foundation is giving away $25,000 in grants to the nonprofits who receive the most votes on their Facebook page, during the voting phase of the “My Community Cares” campaign, which will run from Oct. 1 through Nov. 3, 2013.

Melody Gibson, Director of Prineville’s Soroptimists Senior Center, was thrilled to be chosen as a participant.

“This grant would mean so much to the Soroptimists Prineville Center. In light of the upcoming federal government sequestration changes, Older American Act funds may be drastically cut.”

The Senior Center serves between 70 and 120 in-house meals and 50 home-delivered meals each day Monday through Friday. And many seniors also use the facility for other activities such as cards, dancing, exercise, seminars, quilting, and community gatherings.

The Center is currently supported by sales from the Neat Repeat Thrift Store and donations. Financial assistance is also received from the Older Americans Act through COCOA (Central Oregon Council on Aging.)

“This grant would definitely help us in keeping our current programs operating in spite of the cuts we may face. The Soroptimists Senior Center is a valuable asset to the seniors in our community and anything we can do to keep it operational is important,” added Gibson.

The most overall votes will receive the $10,000 grant. And for the most votes within each of the three regions, non-profits will receive $5,000 each. The overall winner cannot win both the $10,000 and a regional prize of $5,000.

Voters will need to have a Facebook account and will also need to “like” the Home Federal Bank Facebook page in order to vote. People may vote only once per nonprofit, but can vote for as many different nonprofits as they wish.

Mike McKay, Home Federal Bank’s Prineville Branch Manager, is excited about helping non-profits accomplish their missions. “Campaigns like this reinforce our commitment to the communities and people that we call our friends and customers.”

Through the end of 2012, Home Federal Bancorp, Inc., through its Home Federal Foundation, has distributed more than $758,000 in grants to worthy organizations and programs.

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