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City council awards $30K in Community Enhancement Project grants to local groups

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose City Council listens to a speaker at a pre-COVID meeting. The City Council recently handed out $30,000 in grants to 11 different community organizations. Scappoose City Council has awarded almost $30,000 in grant funding to community organizations.

Local groups apply for funding each year. This year, 11 groups will receive funding. Many of those groups have received funding in the past years, but the specific requests look different amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scappoose Sprouts Learning Garden at Grant Watts Elementary — $2,916. Previously managed by school staff, ownership has been transferred to the Grant Watts Parent Organization because of looming budget cuts to the school district. The garden offers sensory learning opportunities, exploration of bird and insect habitats, information about watersheds and farming, and an outdoor classroom space.

Scappoose Community Club — $3,316. The Scappoose Community Club has received funding for a variety of projects in the past, but this year, funding will offset the loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The club has hosted the local farmers market, the Sauerkraut Festival, annual Clean Up Day event, Christmas holidayPMG PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - A long line forms for the famous Scappoose Sandwich being sold by the Scappoose Community Club at the 2019 Sauerkraut Festival. lighting in Heritage Park and other events, all of which have been postponed, canceled or are at risk of cancelation due to state restrictions related to the pandemic.

"Unless we can find significant financial support this year to supplement the Community Club funds, at years' end we will not be able to support continuation of the many events mentioned after this pandemic is behind us," the group's grant application explained.

Scappoose Youth Recreation Center — $2,364. Operated by the Scappoose Kiwanis Club, the center has typically operated a summer camp for kids between fourth and eighth grades, but won't be able to offer the program this summer due to COVID-19. The group is hoping to host field games for kids a few times each week, but will not charge the usual member fee of $20. The grant funds will pay for snacks and equipment.

"This has been a confusing, sad, and scary time for our youth. It is our hope that we can still provide some form of 'normal' for the kids this summer," the applicants wrote.

St. Wenceslaus Food Pantry — $3,000. Operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the food pantry was the only program to receive the full amount requested. The food pantry in Scappoose is a partner of the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

Amani Center — $3,790. The Amani Center is Columbia County's child abuse assessment program. After children are removed from abusive situations, Amani Center staff conduct medical assessments and interviews, and connect children and family with resources. Last year, 67 of the 350 people served by the Amani Center were Scappoose residents.

CASA for Children — $4,106. CASA for Children trains volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system, visits with children, attends court dates and connects children with resources. There were 141 children from Columbia County in foster care last year, according to CASA for Children. CASA for Children aims to serve 16 children in Scappoose and a total of 125 children county-wide over the next year, an increase from its goals last year.

Scappoose VFW Post 4362 — $2,269. The VFW will use its grant money for restoration projects on two local memorials, including pressure washing and moss removal, and refinishing black tiles at the Heritage Park memorial.

Scappoose Community and Senior Center — $3,431. The senior center will use its grant money to replace siding on exterior walls of the aging building.

Watts House Museum — $2,015. The Watts House was awarded funds for ongoing operations at the volunteer-run historical museum.

Scappoose Public Library — $643. The library will use its grant to continue its free group ukulele lessons. The program started last year and had 15 to 30 students per lesson before COVID-19.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose Public Library Though the library reopened earlier this month, group meetings have not restarted. The library is currently offering the class through Zoom, but hopes to relaunch live lessons by August.

Scappoose Middle School — $2,036. SMS will use its money for the annual Holiday Feather Bazaar. Throughout the fall, Scappoose Middle School students can earn "feathers" for good behavior, which can later be used to purchase gifts at a bazaar in December; the event allows students to give holiday gifts to loved ones regardless of their family's financial situation.

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