A philanthropic fund distributing grants to local non-profit groups working to secure social change.
In just Five years, Helios has distributed 37 lane county grants to 23 local organizations. That's $26,000 in donations! Our goal is to do more than provide grant money. We want to increase the impact of the grants we make. Helios works to increase public support for worthwhile projects, and help develop the fundraising capacity of grantees.
When a non-profit starts our program, they have 3 months to raise $500. When they succeed, Helios donates an additional $500.
These green "Network for Good" links (above) will take you to an online merchant that will collect your payment. Network for Good is a non-profit with a secure payment process. During the payment process, you will be asked "To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose, please enter a description of how you'd like your donation to be used." Type in the name of the Grant Applicant you want your money to go towards. If that group raises $500 in 3 months, Helios will match your donation!
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Grant Started: April 23rd, 2012
Total Funds Raised!: $105
Funds Left to Raise: $395
The School Garden Project is a nonprofit organization that helps schools create and sustain gardens where hands-on learning connects students with their environment and local food system.
School Garden Project staff, University of Oregon BuildOn volunteers and Howard Elementary School students, families and staff will work together in a series of planning sessions and work parties to build a new school garden at Howard Elementary in the Eugene 4J School District over the summer 2012, so that the School Garden Project can implement after-school and “between the bells” garden sessions at the site. The goals of the project are to 1) To promote healthy eating and exercise through gardening activities; 2) To foster a connection to the natural environment; 3) To empower students by giving them the skills to grow their own food and provide food for others; 4) To extend and reinforce classroom ecological studies in the real-world garden setting.
The School Garden Project (SGP) will work with Howard Middle School Staff and buildOn members to design the garden. School Garden Project (SGP) will provide consultation on garden design and will secure materials needed. SGP will supervise the work party utilizing their experience with garden design and construction as well as volunteer coordination, ensuring that the garden at Howard Elementary is functional and ready for Howard Elementary students to use in the fall.
Grant Started: March 26, 2012
Total Funds Raised!: $1,050
MECCA is dedicated to diverting scrap materials from the waste stream and into the creative endeavors of our community. MECCA provides access to low-cost arts programming in an inclusive environment that enhances the cultural life of Lane County.
Last year MECCA launched our pilot summer day camps program with a focus on art as well as reuse/recycling. It was well received and this year we've further developed this program, expanding to 9 weeks of camps. We're offering 4 different camps inspired by reuse artists, Nick Cave and Andy Goldsworthy and providing education and encouragement of sustainable practices by teaching DIY skills and opportunity to become a Recycle Scout. Our week long camps are for children age 8-12, cost $150/week and run from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday. This grant, and community support, will allow us to provide scholarships for our camps, both full and partial, thereby giving more Lane County children the opportunity to attend one of our uniquely creative camps. Part of MECCA's mission to to provide high-quality, low cost arts programming that provides opportunities for our youth to explore and develop creative problem solving skills, especially as they pertain to the stewardship of earth and the sustainability of our culture. The funding provided by this grant will help us to fulfill this part of our mission.
Grant Started: February 6th, 2012
Total Funds Raised!: $1,100
The mission of the Eugene Peace Choir is threefold: excellence in singing; the support of peace, social justice, and environment; and the maintenance of a choir community based on these principles.
The Eugene Peace Choir would like your help in our efforts to encourage the work of community choirs supporting peace, justice, and the environment in Eugene and the Pacific Northwest. We are putting together an exciting multi-choir concert in Eugene on February 19, at the United Methodist Church. It will bring nearly 100 singers to Eugene, and feature the Eugene Peace Choir, the In Accord choir, the Rogue Valley Peace Choir, the Portland Peace Choir, and the Val Rogers African Movement and Song Workshop. Any funds remaining after expenses will be divided between the EPC scholarship program and the funding of new choral arrangements of songs on peace, justice, and environmental themes. Our multi-choir concert will be open to the public on a donation basis: no one turned away. Our goal is to offer a great singing experience, and to encourage exchange of repertoire among choirs, as well as communication and cooperation in support of community causes. We expect it will substantially improve networking among the various choirs and singing groups, benefiting their morale, energy, and effectiveness in supporting progressive activism. Exchanging repertoire, and adding new arrangements of peace and justice songs, results in more musical diversity for all progressive community choirs. Support for the scholarship fund means we can continue to include people of all income levels on an equal basis. The overall result is furthering the maintenance of an active and diverse community of choirs supporting peace, environment, and economic and social justice.
Grant Started: February 6th, 2012
Total Funds Raised!: $1,035
Our mission is to educate local activists and the general public about how to reclaim community sovereignty over local interests and to eliminate the excessive influence of moneyed interests that now govern our politics, distort our priorities and remove common sense from our domestic and foreign policies. We began our work hosting public teach-ins and circulating a petition for a non-binding resolution by the Eugene city council that reads, "Resolved, the City of Eugene calls for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate influence by amending the U.S Constitution to establish that: 1) Corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights granted to persons; 2) Therefore, regulating corporate political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech." This summer we will hold a retreat to establish future strategies including some binding resolutions and to restructure our mission statement to reflect our educational emphasis.
These funds will be used to pay fees and other costs related to our obtaining a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Obtaining a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status will open more foundation funding options to us as well as provide an added incentive for the public to contribute to our work. We are an educational organization with objectives to educate local, state and national activists and the general public about issues related to corporate rule including review of effective local ordinances nationwide that counter corporate rule and the history and mechanics of corporate personhood and the recent Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
Grant Started: June 9th, 2011
Total Funds Raised!: $1,000
Eugene Summer of Solutions is a project and local chapter of the national nonprofit Grand Aspirations. Eugene Summer of Solutions (SoS) is a summer-long community organizing program that partners youth and community members in discovering and implementing their own solutions to climate change, economic insecurity, and social injustice. In the spring, program leaders work on a listening project, in which they go door to door in the selected neighborhood (for 2011, this is Jefferson Westside), and have conversations with neighbors about their desires to make a positive environmental and social impact on their neighborhood. Program leaders gather project ideas, and at the start of the summer, host a gathering in which neighbors and community members synthesize ideas and discuss their capacity, available resources, and assets for various projects. Projects might include anything from starting a community garden; investing in a communal set of weatherizing, gardening, or food preservation tools; starting a neighborhood carpool, and so on. Program leaders will train youth interns to assist community members, both in organizing and in doing hands-on work on summer projects. By the end of the summer, youth will gain experience in a sustainable green job, and community members will be empowered to realize their collective vision, as they fully take over leadership and implementation of the project.
The outcome of the project is twofold. Eugene SoS seeks to have a positive impact on two distinct but interconnected communities. The first community is Jefferson Westside. Eugene SoS hopes to assist the residents of Jefferson Westside in cultivating their vision of an environmentally, economically, and socially healthy and just neighborhood. Eugene SoS will accomplish this by gathering ideas and project proposals from residents, and working with them to select pilot projects for the summer. These projects will address residentsÕ needs, as well as encourage them to work together, thus building community and social capital in the neighborhood. Eugene SoS is working with Jefferson Westside Neighbors, the neighborhood association, to cross-advertise both organizations and promote engagement in the association. Eugene SoS will also provide periodic skills trainings for neighborhood residents, on topics ranging from leadership development, transformative communication, goal setting, and fighting oppression in their communities. As well as more hands-on skills related to specific projects. Eugene SoS hopes to pass on leadership of the project to interested neighbors by the end of the summer. The second community that Eugene SoS hopes to benefit includes youth leaders. The Eugene SoS team is made up of program leaders and participants whose commitment ranges from full-time to volunteer status. Eugene SoS program leaders will train these participants, as well as offer opportunities for participants to share their own skills and expertise. Participants will attend both a regional and a local program orientation and numerous training workshops on similar topics as those mentioned above for community members. (Ideally, some of these will be joint trainings, with both youth participants and community members in attendance.) Youth will be trained, inspired, and empowered to work on future Summer of Solutions projects, both in Eugene and across the nation, helping to build the green economy from the ground up.
Grant Started: May 5th, 2011
Total Funds Raised!: $1,000
Our Vision is the creation of an effective Environmental Advocacy Group that harnesses Star-power and Science to effect positive change on the planet, by using Entertainment & the Arts to focus Public Attention on the best scientific answers for a broad array of important environmental challenges. We intend to create a unique and effective way to empower audiences, and inspire people into taking action to help create a paradigm shift that moves us toward a more sustainable world. Each particular Environmental Action Project we undertake will be accompanied by a major Public Outreach & Advocacy Campaign centered around our 'Artists4Action' website platform. Viewers are offered Educational Background information on the campaigns and specific 'Action Steps' they can take to bring about positive change.
Even such major environmental challenges as Endangered Species, Toxic Pollution and Global Warming can be addressed by focusing public visibility on urgent problems and 'do-able' solutions. We hope to attract a broad array of Artists to help by contributing their time and various talents to support our on-going efforts and move our Environmental Action Campaigns into the 'Center Stage'. Visitors to our website will also be able to see what actors, writers, musicians and other artists are getting involved with our Collaborative Artworks, and we can offer viewers a way to directly support the worthwhile causes that some of their favorite artists are already supporting.
Grant Started: March 1st, 2011
Total Funds Raised!: $1,080
We wish to receive a matching grant for our public education program, "Dissent and Democracy," which is a well-established part of our larger operations. Our "Dissent & Democracy" program uses education to proactively challenge attacks on our civil liberties and rights. Our "Know Your Rights" training is our most regular and widely held educational event, with each workshop tailored to the needs of the participants. We have substantially increased the diversity of trainings we provide, including but not limited to, youth rights, parental rights, immigration rights, landlord-tenant rights, workers' rights, explanation of the arrest-to-sentencing procedure in the criminal courts, activist rights, and trainings for future trainers. Additionally, under our "Effective Communities Campaign," we pair with individual activist groups to walk them through their First Amendment rights and the rights of the entities they are protesting.
In addition to the "Know Your Rights" workshops, we frequently give workshops and presentations on topics such as legal observation of public events, grand jury procedure and history, public access to government documents, and contemporary police misconduct issues. We also provide education presentations on federal and state laws, or pending bills, with the potential to restrict the constitutional rights and liberties of activists or at-risk communities. Recent examples include presentations on USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, the Real I.D. Act, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. In addition to providing educational presentations, we also provide media interviews, newspaper editorials, and email action alerts to inform the public and our members regarding these issues.
Grant Started: September 11th, 2011
Total Funds Raised!: $500
As of Autum 2011, this is an emerging group. Donations to this group are not tax deductible.
The charge of our committee is as follows (approved by the NLCCS, City of Eugene):
This is our vision statement:
Two Time Grant Winner
Grant Started: March 1st, 2011
Total Funds Raised!: $1,085
The purpose of this application is to request funding for training for two separate projects:
1. To provide training for the Executive Director in micro enterprise creation in order to develop a micro enterprise program related to food and agriculture.
2. To provide additional cooperative business training for members of the Small Farmers' Project.
The project meets the criteria of sustainability by training one individual who will, in turn, train a large network of individuals and families, with whom she has already worked and formed bonds of trust and understanding. The project addresses economic justice by providing families living at or below the poverty level with the start-up capital and expertise necessary to open their own business.
Grant Started: April 29, 2010
Total Funds Raised!: $1,029
The Spencer Creek Community Growers Market is committed to providing a venue for neighbors to sell their locally produced agricultural items with an emphasis on sustainable and healthy growing practices, while encouraging and supporting local food production efforts through the fellowship of community.
The goals of the Spencer Creek Community Growers' Market are twofold: to provide a forum for local gardeners/hobby farmers to meet and share their knowledge and skill base with one another, and additionally, to provide fresh, sustainably raised produce to the local community at a low price. This market is unique in that the vendors are hobby farmers, and do not need to meet the often astronomic overhead costs associated with running a small commercial farm. In turn they can ask lower prices, encouraging a wider customer base. We intend to simplify and support the "buy local and sustainable trend" for our community, while encouraging and supporting local, small-scale food production efforts.
While the Spencer Creek Grange is providing its time-honored and historic venue at very low cost, funds are needed for: 1, an advertising campaign to recruit a wide base of growers, 2, a general liability insurance policy for the market, and 3, a state-inspected scale to be shared amongst the growers. The intended outcome of this project is a local market with a grower base of 50-100 growers, ensuring that there will always be 15-20 growers attending any given market day. The market will meet Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 5th through October 9th. Through the spirit of voluntarism, sharing, and celebration, we acknowledge and honor our dependence on a healthy ecology, and endeavor to create food independence in our local community.
Grant Started: June 13, 2005
Total Funds Raised!: $1,000
The DELVE Children's Program will provide primary school aged children with a rich environment in which to grow in mind, body, and spirit. At Lost Valley Educational Center in Dexter, Oregon, children will have access to three unique gifts that are not commonly found in early childhood education programs. These are direct access to nature, participation in projects focused on sustainable living, and the context of an intentional community. Lost Valley Educational Center is home to 87 acres of land, including a recovering forest and creek and their wildlife inhabitants. Children in DELVE learn directly from nature through stewardship, restoration, habitat building, exploration, meditation and play. LVEC has agreed to allow DELVE children to participate in portions of the adult programs offered which may include such projects as natural building, organic gardening, and non-violent communication. LVEC is also the home of 25 intentional community members and interns who model a way of life that is consensus-based and committed to sustainability. Several members have expressed an interest in developing ongoing one-on-one relationships with children in the form of mentorship. Both as a model and as an interactive experience, the community creates a tribe-like setting in which to encourage children to develop their own places within a sustainable societal structure. Children in the DELVE Program will have ample opportunities to explore their surroundings and follow their own natural curiosities, which many agree to be the most effective form of learning.
Grant Started: May 27, 2005
Total Funds Raised!: $1,000
For over a decade, Amigos Multicultural Services Center (formerly Amigos de los Sobrevivientes, or Friends of the Survivors) has been a volunteer-driven, Eugene-based organization aiding victims of political violence, including torture survivors. Most have arrived here from Latin America. In response to emerging needs in the Eugene/Springfield area, we revised our organization's mission in early 2005. While continuing to serve victims of political violence, Amigos is extending support services and advocacy to other immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers, irrespective of their national origin or ethnicity. In addition, while maintaining key programs in Eugene (a residence for families undergoing healing; transitional housing for young adults; and Juventud Faceta, a youth group), we are shifting our main office to Springfield to better serve that community's immigrant population. It is vital that we prepare new and updated brochures that describe Amigos' revised mission and services. Our movement into Springfield must be widely communicated to effectively reach people there who can benefit from Amigos' programs. Amigos also wishes to increase general public awareness of its programs and the contributions they make to the community. Informational brochures are vital in helping to attract community support, raise funds for the organization, and recruit Amigos volunteers. Amigos is seeking a grant in the amount of $500. We will pay a bilingual consultant a $100 stipend to design new brochure materials and use $400 for paper and printing. Public donations, when matched by Helios, will enable Amigos to obtain the brochures that we need.
Grant Started: February 25, 2005
Total Funds Raised!: $555
AWE is a grassroots effort to build a stronger community and promote an environmentally and socially sustainable local economy for Cottage Grove, Oregon. Driven to find another way to live in society, and inspired by the creative and resourceful community in Cottage Grove, AWE believes in supporting our neighbors by buying as locally as possible. In 2004, AWE published the first Made in the Grove Directory, a listing of more than 100 environmentally and socially conscious local businesses, non-profit groups working to build community, and individuals with skills to offer their neighbors. 1000 copies of the directory went fast and dozens of folks called to say what they are doing for a sustainable Cottage Grove. AWE is now preparing the next edition which will include many new listings and serve even more of the community. We plan to distribute at least 2500 copies this year. More directories should equal more Grovers connecting with each other and buying local, sustainable goods and services.
Grant Started: January 28, 2005
Total Funds Raised!: $500
The Eugene chapter of the Northwest Earth Institute offers a series of six discussion courses in workplaces, homes, centers of faith, education centers, and other locations. The courses include: (a) Choices for Sustainable Living, (b) Discovering a Sense of Place, (c) Voluntary Simplicity, (d) Exploring Deep Ecology, (e) Globalization and Its Critics, and (f) Healthy Children - Healthy Planet. Total course enrollment in the US has now surpassed 60,000. The courses build awareness, inspire change on a personal level and engagement on a social level, create connections among like-minded people, and build a critical mass for larger social change. The grant will help pay for a part-time coordinator to ensure continuity and build up a volunteer base. Local volunteers will help start up courses through contacting potential initiators, help with promotion, give presentations to groups interested in joining a course, assist with facilitation at the first meeting, and stay in contact with and assist the group if/when needed. The Eugene chapter receives training, advice and other (non-monetary) support from the Northwest Earth Institute in Portland. See more information at www.nwei.org.
Grant Started: February 1, 2005
Total Funds Raised!: $500
LCFC plans a new edition of its Lane County Food Directory: where to find local foods in Lane County this April to coincide with Earth Day. An initial directory published in 2003 will be updated and expanded as part of the LCFC's "Buy Local, Buy Lane" campaign. The food directory links consumers, restaurants and institutions to local farmers and food processors for their mutual benefit. The directory includes listings for farmers markets and farm stands, consumer supported agriculture (CSA) opportunities, and restaurants that feature locally grown items as well as listings of individual farms and their produce available to consumers and institutions. Many of the farms and products featured are organic and preserve genetic diversity. We currently are gathering information from growers, farm markets, wineries, restaurants, retailers and processors. The 32-page tabloid publication will be printed by the Eugene Weekly, with 10,000 copies distributed to its readers and another 15,000 placed at locations around Lane County and Oregon.
Grant Started: January 26, 2005
Total Funds Raised!: $620
In 1996, Eugene voters said "YES!" to a Community Toxics Right-to-Know program that would track toxics chemicals that are imported and released within the city limits. The Oregon Association of Industries lashed out in fear at the emergence of a community program that gave the public information on levels of air and water emissions from major polluters. They acted by convincing then Governor Kitzhaber to issue an executive order to BAN any other Oregon city or county from implementing a Toxic Right-to-Know law. OTA came into existence in 1999 as a progressive response to the Governor's unwarranted decision to restrict the ability of citizens to understand the nature of possible contamination in their neighborhoods. Again, Eugene's Toxic Right-to-Know program is under attack from members of the "old guard" as evidenced in a Register-Guard editorial "Unfairness is Toxic Too" (January 18, 2005). The editors question whether the law has any value and should continue to exist! The objective of OTA's project is to do outreach to Eugene citizens about the benefits of the Toxic Right-to-Know law. Our goal is to create grassroots community support for expanding the program to include a more realistic spectrum of businesses that use and emit toxics. OTA must create strong community support as a bulwark against those forces that would like to keep the public ignorant about emissions to our local air and water. OTA will accomplish this outreach through a capacity-building media project that makes use of a letter-writing campaign, opinion pieces, a newsletter and flyers that will go out to members and non-members alike. OTA must gear-up now in order to build the necessary level of support for public hearings and a possible voter referendum.
Grant Started: December 1, 2004
Funds raised!: $415
With Measure 36 and a strengthened religious right, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBTQ) people live amid hostility. CALC will intensify gay rights support, challenging bigotry and institutionalized oppression experienced by LGBTQ people. Objective: greater safety, acceptance for LGBTQ community. Implementation plan: 1. What Does Family Look Like? --- CALC's new photo exhibit portrays diverse loving families, including LGBTQ families. We'll schedule ten locations in 2005. Outcome: Broader acceptance of LGBTQ, other non-traditional families. 2. LGBTQ-friendly Schools CALC's Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER) is building a Safe Schools Network (with PFLAG, students/staff). Personnel from 12 Springfield schools involved already; we want contacts in each school. Objectives: offer support, safety for students/staff, information, resources, workshops, briefings; support Gay/Straight Alliances; link community groups with school personnel; ensure appropriate responses to harassment. Outcome: More support for LGBTQ students. 3. Understanding of Gender Identity Issues CALC's Back to Back: Allies for Human Dignity (B2B) will build understanding of transgender issues, reduce trans phobia through presentations, workshops; collaborate with City's Gender Identity Work Group; organize a transgender group to gain a strong voice; push to amend Eugene city code to protect transgender individuals. Outcome: A safer environment for trans individuals. 4. Counter Hate Activity CALC will counter and lessen impact of hate groups with information, education, hot line, email reporting, research, counter-leafleting, media. Stop Hate! enlists local businesses as Hate Free Zones, individuals as "eyes and ears." Stop Hate! will mobilize responses when haters target LGBTQ community. Outcome: Less room for hate. This grant will cover costs for printing program flyers and for the Stop Hate Hot Line and Springfield phoneline.
Grant Started: December 3 , 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $530
Skipping Stones promotes creative writing, multicultural awareness and nature appreciation in children and youth. When young people read our magazine, they realize that their lives, their challenges and successes, their ideas are worthy of consideration. When children begin learning about and communicating with people of different backgrounds at an early age, they incorporate that understanding into the way they treat others and carry it into their decision-making as adults. The Project: We propose Sept. 11th as a National Day of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue. We would like to see schools and communities everywhere remember Sept. 11th as a day to connect with each other, to understand our differences, to appreciate and respect the strands of diversity that exist in our human family. We'll send out informative brochures to promote this and use them to build a cooperative, unifying world for our children and their children. We hope that schools, organizations and communities will organize diverse events--presentations, dialogues, discussion groups, get-togethers, writing contests, articles and poems, and salon-style interactions between people belonging to the diverse segments in the community-- in their communities. We will help them by providing ideas and resources. Our website will also contain more information on the proposed National Day of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue. We'll send publicity material and organizing information and encourage youth of diverse backgrounds to participate in the National Day of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue with their ideas, art and creative writing.
Grant Started: August 27th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $525
The School Garden Project of Lane County (SGP) supports over a dozen K-12 schools in the 4j, Bethel, and Springfield school districts. This support takes the form of garden design and development, staff trainings and workshops, curriculum development, instructional support, volunteer recruitment and coordination, work parties, and garden maintenance. This work is conducted by two part-time staff members. In the fall of 2004, the SGP is looking to add three to five new partner schools. Additional financial support is needed to fund staff hours for these specific projects: á- Implementation of a native plant courtyard garden at Gilham Elementary á- Facilitation of kid-centered design process for new gardens at Corridor and Ceasar Chavez Elementary á- Staff in-service training day on garden curriculum planning and implementation.
Grant Started: August 27th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $575
ManiFest: Celebration and Reflection on Life, Death and Transformation ManiFest is the first annual celebration to commemorate the passing of Mani Shimada (Feb.8, 1987-Sep. 26, 2003). It is a celebration and manifestation of Mani's enduring qualities of compassion, courage and being in the moment. Honoring Mani's love of music and life, we would like to manifest Mani's spirit by being fully present in an event that has fun at its heart. ManiFest is also about those who have lost loved ones. We want a chance to remember our loved ones and express our sense of loss and its transformation. ManiFest will be a one-day event that will have music, various activities focused on healing, an open mike, poetry, theater and much more. Courageous Kids, a grief support program for children and teens, will bring us a theatrical presentation. A thoughtful celebration and open mike session is aimed at exploring the depth and meaning of life through openly expressing feelings of loss and transformation. We will learn ways of dealing with the death and grief through the sharing of individual stories and various activities led by experts. This portion of the event will also feature spiritual leaders, therapists and counselors from our community who have experience dealing with death issues and teenagers. We will learn how different traditions deal with death, and we hope to gain insights on how to approach life, death and transformation. All events will be aimed at teens, but people of all ages will be included and will benefit. ManiFest Celebration is Saturday, September 25, 11 am - 4 pm, at the Wellsprings Friends School, 3590 W. 18th, Eugene, 541/686-1223. The ManiFest Concert is Friday, October 8th at 7 pm, at the WOW Hall.
Grant Started: July 12th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $560
The project at hand is the first phase of the development of a biodiversity council. We have solicited input and interest from over thirty organizations in the Eugene-Springfield area in order to develop the framework for an initial workshop to take place in October 2004. This workshop will feature two speakers who are highly experienced not only in issues related to biodiversity, but also in starting networks such as the one we are proposing. A workshop organizing committee has been formed and has already completed many of the tasks that are necessary for the workshop to be a success. We are designing the program to include two key speakers as well as both small and large group discussion. By the end of the workshop we will have consensus on the underlying structure of the biodiversity council and concrete assignments to facilitate next steps in the council's establishment.
The outcome of this first phase is agreement on a structure for the biodiversity council and actions for next steps. The biodiversity council will greatly improve the ability of local groups to find information, share resources, develop collaborative plans, and magnify their own capacity to promote and conserve the natural heritage of the area.
Essentially all these funds will be used to pay for travel expenses for Laurel Ross, one of the presenters at the October workshop. The funds will be used to supplement contributions by organizations that participate in the October workshop.
Grant Started: June 21st, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $7,526
It is our intention to raise awareness about the power of Loving Kindness. In a world where isolation and violence have become too commonplace, we will gather together in joy and open-heartedness to celebrate the generosity and gentleness of the human spirit. The twelve hour marathon of yoga practice and meditation embodies compassionate service in action and will raise funds to benefit two local charities. The Loving Kindness Yogathon is a completely volunteer supported event.
On October 2, 2004 the yoga community of Eugene will participate in twelve hours (7am-7pm) of yoga and meditation. This interdisciplinary event's is to be held at St Mary's Catholic Church at 1062 Charnelton (11th and Charnelton - map) . The goal is to raise $10,000 to be divided between two local non profit organizations. This year's recipients are Healing Harvest and Birth to Three.
We plan to use the Helios and matching grant to help pay for printed promotional material. The $10,000 dollars will be raised through pledges acquired by folks participating in the twelve hour event.
Grant Started: May 24th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $500
The mission of Universal Healthcare for Oregon (UHCO) is to strive to ensure that people in Oregon have access to affordable, quality and comprehensive health care; particularly those populations who are under-served, such as low income families, members of minority groups, those who are uninsured or under-insured and those who have difficulty gaining access to health care.
To this end, we are requesting funds to pay for printing 5000 pamphlets. The original four-fold brochure was created by two of our Board member volunteers. it is informative and appealing, white with blue design. The cover has on it this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"Of all forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane".
Content includes a statement of the principles of health care which our organization promotes and other quotes about health care by people of note. There are also brief statements on affordability, accessibility, security, right of choice and quality, characteristics intrinsic to universal, single payer health care. There is a form for membership and a request for donations.
Our mission is to strive toward making it possible for everyone's health care needs to be always covered.
Grant Started: April 5th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $500
Skipping Stones proposes Sept. 11th as a National Day of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue. Already, last year the National Association for Multicultural Education adopted a resolution to this effect, on my request and initiative.
We would like to see schools and communities everywhere to remember Sept. 11th as a day to connect with each other, to understand our differences, to appreciate and respect the strands of diversity that exist in our human family. We would like to send out informative brochures to promote this positive way of remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and use them to build a cooperative, unifying world for our children and their children.
We hope that schools, organizations and communities will organize diverse events--presentations, dialogues, discussion groups, get-togethers, writing contests, articles and poems, and salons-style interactions between people belonging to the diverse segments in the community-- in their communites, to suit their needs and circumstances. We will help them by providing ideas and resources. Our website will also contain more information on the Proposed NAtional Day of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue.
With your financial support, we will send such publicity material and organizing information and thus encourage youth of diverse backgrounds to participate in the National Day of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue with their ideas, art and creative writing. This will help them feel more secure, build more self-respect within them and in their communities.
We believe that children and youth as well as their parents and teachers will benefit from this project. The project will increase a feeling of community and cooperation as well as self-esteem.
Grant Started: April 9th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $515
Huerto de la Familia is located in Eugene, Oregon at the Churchill Community Garden operated by Food for Lane County. This year we will provide space and services for eight to ten families. Each family may choose to garden in either a 15' by 10' plot or a 30' by 20' plot. Families prepare, plant and tend their gardens and harvest their fruits and vegetables for their own use.
Our New Children's Program In the previous five gardening seasons Huerto de la Familia has focused on reaching the adults and has only occasionally provided their children with activities at the garden. This year our goals include a structured, ongoing children's program to be implemented at the garden during the time that their parents are meeting for classes and tending their gardens. The new children's program would include:
The four outcomes of the children's program will be that the children will learn:
Huerto de la Familia and the children's program will benefit the participants in the following ways:
Grant Started: March 5th, 2004
Total Funds Raised!: $530
CWP works to protect and restore the forests, waters and wildlife of the Cascadia Bioregion, with a particular emphasis on the central Oregon Cascades. We use a variety of tools to advance our conservation goals, including monitoring and litigation, outreach and education, and advocacy work. The CWP's Community and Workforce Program is an important part of our outreach and education efforts, which highlights successful examples of natural resources management on federal forests, creates dialogue between traditionally hostile constituencies, helps resolve long-standing controversy surrounding the implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan, and builds support for innovative new forest practices on federal lands in Oregon. Its goal is to simultaneously protect the ecological integrity of Oregon's irreplaceable old-growth forests and to preserve the economic and social integrity of rural communities.
In 2003 we made a number of in-roads with traditionally hostile constituencies through outreach in rural areas. We also built relationships with organized labor by working in coalition with the AFL-CIO, Carpenters Union and Western Council on the Oregon Quality Jobs InitiativeÑa successful legislative effort to encourage high-skill, high-wage jobs in the state of Oregon through restoration contracts.
The centerpiece of our Community and Workforce Program, and the main focus of our work in 2004, will be field tours that we sponsor and plan in conjunction with partners that we've identified through our outreach work. Partners and participants typically include agency representatives, representatives from the timber industry and organized labor, watershed councils, local community economic development organizations, elected officials, the media, and others. In 2003 we sponsored two different field tours and community forums that highlighted watershed restoration and restoration forestry on federal forests in western Oregon. In 2004, we hope to sponsor 3 to 4 field tours. One of these tours is already tentatively scheduled at a restoration forestry project on the Willamette National Forest for June.
This grant will help us in our efforts to outreach in rural areas, with a special emphasis on eastern Lane County, build relationships with labor unions that have traditionally opposed forest protection, and engage stakeholders in a vision that works by showing them how restoration forestry can move agencies away from conflict associated with old-growth logging and get forests back to work.
Grant Started: September 15th, 2003
Total Funds Raised!: $545
Oregon Toxics Alliance is a grassroots organization working to eliminate contamination and unnecessary toxics use and the harm they cause to human health and the environment. OTA supports citizens' efforts to avert the dangers of toxics use in their communities throughout Oregon.
Toxic rail yard contamination exists here in Eugene where initial investigations by the State's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in 1995 led to the discovery of groundwater contamination from chemicals Ð diesel fuels, solvents and heavy metals - that can cause severe health problems. OTA has brought together a coalition of concerned Eugene residents from River Road, Bethel, Trainsong and Whiteaker neighborhoods to understand and address health hazards caused by contamination at the Eugene rail yard. This coalition represents over 20,000 people. The objective of the OTA's work is to assist Eugene residents to play an active role in key decisions about protecting the health of local families threatened by toxic contamination from the rail yard. OTA believes that Eugene residents should have a role at the table along with state agencies, the City, and Union Pacific Railroad to develop a viable clean-up plan for the Eugene rail yard.
Support from Helios and our matching donors will enable OTA to prepare plain-language summaries of the lengthy and complex health risk assessment prepared by Union Pacific Railroad for review by the Rail Road Pollution Coalition and the neighbors. The coalition can use these summaries to determine if the assessment truly measures the health threats to the neighborhood. OTA will then assist the coalition make scientifically sound recommendations to the Department of Environmental Quality for additional air and water sampling to safeguard human and environmental health.
Grant Started: November 19th, 2003
Total Funds Raised!: $510
WETLANDS is working to stop the West Eugene Parkway by monitoring the Environmental Impact Statement process, preparing a federal lawsuit, and taking citizens on tours of the West Eugene Wetlands. The WEP is one of the most illegal highways ever proposed in the US, and WETLANDS has done extremely detailed work to document the legal obstacles to its approval by the Federal Highway Administration (currently slated for mid-2004).
WETLANDS has crafted a land use, transportation, energy and environment alternative to the highway that is posted on our website (http://www.efn.org/~wep) The WETLANDS alternative would transfer the land purchased for the road to the West Eugene Wetlands restoration efforts, fix existing roads (particularly West 11th, Beltline and Highway 99), add a few modest roads, bring Bus Rapid Transit routes to west and north Eugene, zoning shifts for mixed use neighborhoods, and improve bicycling conditions.
This grant would allow us to publish color maps of the alternative and an accompanying detailed report to distribute it to neighborhood organizations, environmental groups, elected officials and transportation officials.
The alternative was developed by reviewing the history of the WEP (which dates to the 1950s), attending official meetings where critical details were disclosed, extensive field work along the route, input from numerous citizens, groups, and participants in the official process, examining history of successful and unsuccessful highway fights in other communities and federal legal issues on transportation and environmental impacts. Printed publication will facilitate review of these suggestions by the broader community.
Ultimately, cancellation of the WEP will force a serious, regional discussion of sustainability that involves the entire community at the very least, it will force a major revision for long term planning for the region.
Grant Started: December 18th, 2003
Total Funds Raised!: $500
The objective of the River Road Repair project is to beautify and "repair" a somewhat depressed neighborhood commercial strip. We hope it will inspire other similar improvements throughout our neighborhood. Why a mural? Beautifying the commercial strip benefits businesses, residents, and the neighborhood as a whole. Businesses benefit because the mural helps create a more desirable ambiance in the immediate area. Residents gain something nice to look at on their way home. The mural has already become a focal point for neighborhood pride.
The backdrop of the painting depicts a vision of River Road that we'd love to see made manifest: a pedestrian-friendly urban scene with a small cafe, neighborhood center, food store, bike shop, and light rail car. The picture includes food crops, flower boxes, fruit and vegetables for sale, and people shopping, eating, and visiting. In fact, nearly every person shown in the mural lives in the River Road neighborhood. Drop by and see if you recognize someone you know.
At this time, about two-thirds of the project is done. The grant from Helios will cover half the cost of the "local grocery" section of the painting. When completed, the mural will cover the entire south wall of the Goodwill building, approximately 15 x 100 feet. The artist, Jan Spencer, plans to continue work when the weather permits (next summer). Individuals or businesses who donate $100 or more can have their name on the wall as part of the "community bulletin board."
Current Matching Grant Applicants
This group has 3 months to raise $500. When they hit their goal, Helios will donate an additional $500 to their cause.
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