Casino revenue helps Washington County nonprofit with funds
A Beaverton nonprofit is getting thousands in funding from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.
In a press release on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, the fund announced that it awarded 15 nonprofit organizations in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties $297,323 in grant awards.
In 1997, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde formed the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, dedicating 6% of all casino revenue to nonprofit organizations in an 11-county area of northwest Oregon, according to the announcement.
One of the recipients is the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Beaverton, which received $35,472 in funds.
"SARC was thrilled to receive funds towards our primary prevention programming," the Sexual Assault Resource Center said in a statement. "Spirit Mountain's continued support of our work is an invaluable asset in our mission to eradicate sexual violence."
The center will use the funds to support staff in research, review, development and facilitation of training rooted in prevention strategies guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with a state task force.
"With this funding, SARC will be able to ensure our curriculum remains relevant and up to date in a rapidly changing social climate," the nonprofit added. "We are also able to expand our services to provide support to teachers and school districts as they navigate distance learning and other COVID related challenges."
SARC says prevention efforts have historically been difficult for agencies to get and maintain. Grants are often aimed at providing relief and immediate support to those in crisis, added the center.
"Crisis intervention is imperative work but playing a role in preventing someone from ever being assaulted to begin with is invaluable and deserving of our time and efforts as well," SARC stated.
According to the community fund, it has awarded nearly $85 million in grants since its inception to nonprofit organizations in northwest Oregon.
"We are thankful and grateful to our nonprofit partners who work tirelessly to provide pivotal services for children and families during this very challenging time," said the fund's executive director, Mychal Cherry. "Now, more than ever, it is critical that we continue to work together to support our most vulnerable communities."
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