The Collins Foundation gave $55,000 grant to support MetroEast's focus on community

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: METROEAST COMMUNITY MEDIA - New grants will support MetroEast Community Medias pop-up location in Rockwood. MetroEast Community Media has received a $55,000 grant to help fund personnel for ongoing community programs and workshops at its pop-up location in Rockwood.

MetroEast, a leading nonprofit organization in the field of media production and digital literacy, received the funds from The Collins Foundation, which invests in nonprofit organizations across Oregon. It will support its Rockwood Digital Inclusion and Youth programming.

In addition, MetroEast has received a $25,000 donation for the second year in a row from V&B Philanthropy that will fund upcoming summer camps for local youths and young adults.

Other donors include the city of Gresham Arts and Culture, ninety-nine girlfriends, U.S. Bank Community Foundation and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission.

"These generous grants will be transformative for MetroEast and our neighbors as we focus on our mission to empower communities to express their culture, and knowledge to impact understanding and economic growth in Rockwood," said MetroEast CEO Marty Jones.

The primary focus of MetroEast's work in Rockwood is digital equity and inclusion for all East Multnomah County residents. MetroEast provides access to broadband connectivity, computers and training in the heart of one of Oregon's most diverse communities.

Through the grants and donations, they will offer several interactive camps for youth and young adults at Rockwood DIY. The camps include Video Games Camp, Podcasting Camp, Music Video Camp, and Make, Think, Media Camp.

MetroEast is working with the city of Gresham to open a permanent digital inclusion and youth facility at the proposed Rockwood Rising complex.

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