They say this is the “Season of Giving” and this year the Upper Rogue Community Center will be able to give the gift of warmth, of light and of health.
How? This year Santa’s Elf arrived at the URCC cleverly disguised in a black pea coat and tan slacks, his name is Curt Burrill and he represents the Oregon Community Foundation. He carried with him a certificate verifying the URCC will receive a $13,000 grant for their Emergency Services program.
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is “To improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy.” and they’ve been doing so for 37 years and currently have assets of 1.1 billion. Monies for the foundations many grants and scholarships come from various funds; i.e. family funds, individual donations etc. The OCF manages 1,600 funds in total. They viewed the URCC’s application as one worthy of support.
The URCC’s Emergency Services program pays for things like: rental fees, utilities prescription costs ,up to $100 – payable to the provider, and overnight hotel stays in case of fire or similar happening.. The grant will surely go a long way to help the URCC help the community; and the timing is positively perfect.
If you wonder if happy endings are really possible in these troubled times: think of the URCC and the OCF and know that sometimes holiday miracles really do happen.
By Christy Pitto
Of the Independent