The counseling that improves struggling parents’ interactions with young children and the expansion of Sutherlin Library services are among the local projects that will benefit from the most recent round of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation.
In total, seven Douglas County organizations will receive a total of $ 134,750 in grants, the foundation announced last week.
The Roseburg Family Development Center will receive $ 32,000, which will be used to create an interactive parent-child therapy program.
Family Development Center executive director Charlene Stutes said parents in the new program will receive real-time counseling from a therapist behind one-way glass while they play with their children.
“Parent-child interaction therapy uses an in-ear monitor to communicate or guide the parent as they play with their child. Our therapist has a little microphone, Mom has the earpiece in her ear, and the therapist is looking through the window. The kid doesn’t even realize the therapist is there, ”Stutes explained.
Stutes said the program will serve children 7 and under. Like all of the centre’s programs, its ultimate goal is to prevent child abuse and the need for foster care.
“It helps provide secure attachment to the child and parent, improve the quality of their relationship, change their pattern of interaction,” she said.
Stutes said the grant will make the new program possible, and the foundation gave them everything they asked for.
“They were able to fully fund our request and we were delighted to see that,” she said.
The Sutherlin Library received $ 20,250. Library director Patrick Lynch said the money would be used to buy new children’s books, DVDs and a touchscreen computer with programs designed for children aged 3 to 6.
“Usually this type of equipment is quite expensive and is a luxury in a library like ours, but it’s really a big plus to have,” he said.
The grant will also fund new computer stations and courses taught by high school and college students on the use of smartphones and computers.
The Sutherlin Library was once part of the Douglas County library system, but it, along with all other branches, was closed in 2017. Many libraries have been rushing for months to find solutions. The Sutherlin Library, however, was only closed for a day before it was reopened by volunteers. Today Lynch is the only paid staff member and the rest of the operation is run by a group of 40 to 60 volunteers.
This allows the library to get by with very little money, so the subsidy is important. It will represent about a quarter of the annual budget, Lynch said.
“When you apply for a grant, you are never sure of the outcome. We kind of told our story to the foundation and they responded. Really, we are very happy to get it. It’s going to make a difference, ”Lynch said.
Five other local programs also received grants.
The Friends of the Roseburg Library received $ 4,500 for a Dolly Parton Imagination Library book gift for children ages 4 and under. Children will receive regular book deliveries in hopes of encouraging early literacy.
The Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indian Tribe received $ 13,000 to purchase furniture and equipment for their Expanding Horizons Youth Center in Myrtle Creek. The center offers after-school tutoring and mentoring.
The Glide Booster Club will renovate the Glide School District athletic track with its $ 15,000 grant.
Low-income students at Reedport Elementary School will receive a $ 20,000 grant for a green learning program called Siuslaw Stream Team. The program is also aimed at students from Florence and Mapleton.
And the Oregon Business Council Charitable Institute received $ 30,000 for a blue zones project that aims to improve well-being in Roseburg.
Grants from the Oregon Community Foundation prioritize needs identified by local communities. Local grants are part of the $ 4.2 million awarded under the OCF Community Grants program.
“OCF’s Community Grants program is a unique statewide resource that gives nonprofits the opportunity to ask for what they think they need to better serve the community,” said Melissa Hansen , OCF Senior Program Officer, in a written statement.