East County News Briefs - Rummage and Bake Sale for 'bargain hunters'
Bargain hunters are invited to attend a Rummage and Bake Sale hosted by Eastrose Fellowship Church, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the church, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave.
Along with homemade baked goods, shoppers will find great prices on games, children's toys, furniture and more.
Fundraiser created for family of drowning victim
A fundraiser has been established to support the family of a 33-year-old man who drowned at Oxbow Regional Park Saturday, July 10.
Jose Marcelino Castillo-Pacheco, of Portland, is remembered by friends as having a smile that would light up any room he entered. He was quick with a laugh, hardworking, and loved meeting new people.
He was seen struggling in the water by a teenage girl during a family outing to Oxbow, and later died at the hospital despite the efforts of two emergency medical personnel performing CPR at the park. The drowning occurred in front of his 8-year-old son and partner.
Now his former employer is helming an effort to fundraise in support of his family. Learn more and donate at bit.ly/3B3HLAv
Damascus high schooler gets $100,000 jab
A 14-year-old Damascus resident is being rewarded for "Taking his Shot" by receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Joshua Greco, an incoming high school freshman, was one of five youths chosen during a statewide drawing. He will receive a $100,000 scholarship to further his education goals.
"I'm incredibly grateful for our scholarship winners, and all the young Oregonians who took their shot to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their families from COVID-19," said Gov. Kate Brown. "If you have been waiting to get vaccinated and still have questions, call your family doctor or health care provider and get your questions answered today."
The scholarship prizes were the result of a partnership between the Governor's Office, the Oregon State Treasury, the Oregon College Savings Plan, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Lottery.
Greco will be able to use the funds for post-secondary education, including trade school, public and private colleges and universities, community college and apprenticeships.
Funds available for foster teens, young adults
Teens and young adults in Oregon who experienced the foster care system are eligible for a piece of a $2 million emergency cash assistance program.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 26 who were in foster care can apply online at FosterClub.com/ORHelp or by calling FosterClub at 503-717-1552 to apply for monetary assistance.
"The challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been especially difficult for children and young adults who have experienced foster care and who may not have stable family support," said Child Welfare Director Rebecca Jones Gaston. "This emergency cash assistance will support access to basic needs such as housing, food security, education, mental health, transportation and other needs that have been exacerbated by the pandemic."
The funds are part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed by Congress in December 2020. It includes provisions to support young people with foster care experience and were negatively impacted during the pandemic.
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