Willamette Community and Grange Hall was among those receiving a Pacific Power Foundation grant. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Pacific Power Foundation recently announced several safety and wellness grants going to recipients in the Willamette Valley region, including those that serve Philomath and Benton County.

“We’re proud to collaborate with our communities to build a strong, resilient future together,” Cooper Whitman, Pacific Power regional business manager, Willamette Valley, said through a press release. “These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to neighbors in our communities, and we’re honored to support their work.” 

Among the grants to local and county organizations:

• ABC House to support child abuse assessment and intervention services for children in Benton and Linn and counties, including medical exams, interviews, family support services and trauma counseling.

• Community Outreach for the Transformation Housing Program that serves men, women and families in Benton County who need a safe and warm place to sleep by providing housing, medical and dental care, behavioral health services, childcare, case management, peer support and life-skills classes. 

• Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care for the Transitions program, which provides free assistance to community members living with life-limiting illness who are either not ready or not yet eligible for hospice care, helping them navigate the physical, social and emotional challenges so they can live fuller, healthier lives.

• Marys Peak Search and Rescue – Region Three K9 Unit to increase wilderness safety in the Willamette Valley by training a canine unit to become the first nationally-certified water search and rescue unit in Oregon.

• Old Mill Center for Children and Families for emergency supplies and supports for the many families in Linn and Benton Counties who continue to experience hardships due to the impact of the pandemic as well as high housing costs or unexpected bills.

• Willamette Community and Grange Hall Historic Building Foundation for the enlargement of a storage shed on the grounds of this historic building site that provides a location for the community to gather at outdoor events.