Thanks to Citizens Bank volunteers
Connections365.org in a news release thanked Citizens Bank for sending volunteers to help remove a tree, cut wood and clean up the damage from the ice storm.
“The youth at Connetions365 live on site were not allowed to walk around the therapeutic path or gardens until Jim Vu and his team volunteered their bodies, minds in a spirit of teamwork, collaboration and just hard work into our campus,” the nonprofit stated in the release.
Connections365 serves youth age 7-20 through therapeutic foster care, mentoring, residential services and mental health counseling.
PacifiCorp awards local grants
PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, is donating more than $525,000 across the six states it serves. The funding will go to 209 safety and wellness grants as part of the most recent round of quarterly grants. The next grant cycle is now open through June 15; organizations may apply online.
The following grants were given to Willamette Valley organizations providing safety and wellness programs:
- Boys and Girls Club of Albany for kitchen upgrades so the facility can feed as many children while schools are closed.
- CASA of Marion County to support adapting recruitment and training of volunteers to a virtual model to ensure every foster child in the county has access to a court-appointed special advocate.
- Community Outreach to support the Transformational Housing program that provides men, women and families a place to sleep as well as medical care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, childcare and life-skills classes.
- Dallas Food Bank – Emergency Food Corp. for replacement of a commercial freezer to help the food bank meet the growing need for food assistance in the area.
- Family Building Blocks to support the relief nursery therapeutic early childhood program in Santiam Canyon, which ensures children at risk of abuse and neglect receive the supports needed to meet developmental milestones and also helps parents.
- Hand in Hand Farm for the purchase of a wood chipper that will help in providing vocational skills training to youth and adults.
- Liberty House to ensure mental health support is available to meet the escalating numbers of Polk County children who have been the victims of sexual and physical abuse.
- Old Mill Center for Children and Families for cleaning and safety supplies so that, during the pandemic, the center can continue to safely provide in-person mental health services.
- PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center Foundation for its Patient Dignity Fund, which helps patients pay for medical supplies, equipment, medication and other expenses not covered by insurance.
- Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center for STEM equipment and furnishings to be used in two new classrooms.
- South Lane Mental Health Services for mental health care for vulnerable, low-income clients.
Salem Electric celebrates 80 years
Salem Electric, a cooperative owned by its member-consumers, celebrated its 80th anniversary in April.
Salem Electric was founded in 1938 by Harry Read, the owner of a local radio station. As a young entrepreneur, Harry approached his electric utility to inquire about a discount on his electric bill, but was turned away. Harry began speaking to other Salem business owners and decided to form an electric cooperative. Salem Electric’s lines were energized in 1941 to serve 22 members.
Today, Salem Electric delivers electricity to nearly 19,000 members in its 17.5-square-mile service area. Salem Electric has 48 employees and is governed by a seven-member board of directors elected by the membership.
“We’re proud to celebrate 80 years of delivering clean, affordable, reliable electricity to the Salem-Keizer community and look forward to the next 80 years,” general manager Tony Schacher said in a news release.
Carvana launches in Salem
Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, is now offering “as-soon-as-next-day” touchless home delivery in the Salem area.
Carvana officials said customers can shop more than 30,000 used cars for sale, secure auto financing, purchase, trade-in and schedule as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery on the platform.
Customers can also sell their current vehicle to Carvana and receive an offer without purchasing a vehicle.
“Carvana can save customers valuable time and money by skipping the dealership and shopping from the comfort of home or on the go via their mobile device,” company officials said in a news release.
Carvana vehicles are Carvana Certified, meaning they pass a 150-point inspection, have never been in a reported accident and have no frame damage.
Disaster loans available
Small nonfarm businesses in 18 Oregon counties, including Marion, are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans are intended to assist with losses caused by drought.
The Oregon counties are: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Lake, Lane, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler.
Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million.
“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3 percent for businesses and 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West said.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
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