The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $180,141.89 to 57 organizations on Nov. 2 as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups.
The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $12.3 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $16.1 million through the charitable fund and other tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $6.5 million in cash and fundraising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.
The next deadline to submit applications is March 4, 2019. Eligibility for money from the charitable fund is limited to two categories:
- Entities and activities located in the Siletz Tribe’s 11-county service area (Lincoln, Tillamook, Linn, Lane, Benton, Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties);
- Native American entities and activities located anywhere in the United States
Applications and requirements can be obtained at ctsi.nsn.us/charitable-contribution-fund; by calling 800-922-1399, ext. 1227, or 541-444-8227; or by mailing Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, PO Box 549, Siletz, OR 97380-0549. Applications can be submitted via email at [email protected].
Funds in this latest round of disbursements that benefited agencies and organizations in Lincoln County were as follows:
- Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis — equipment for and production of 3-D video experience for Sitka Art Invitational ($4,900);
- Yaquina Art Association, Newport — replace roof on 104-year-old art association building ($7,500).
- Newport Middle School — 3-D printer for robotics and STEM projects ($2,500);
- Newport High School — set of “Plants of the Pacific NW” field guides ($900);
- Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport — support new changing exhibit, The Argonaut: A SteamPunk Powered Undersea Adventure ($5,000);
- Oregon Coast Community College, Library, Newport — 30 Chromebooks, plus education licenses for checkout to classrooms, events and students during library hours ($5,429.48).
Environment & Natural Resource Preservation
- Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, Neotsu — lab equipment and labware to study ocean acidification and water quality ($6,298.65).
- Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Corvallis — patient and family lodging for Lincoln County residents at Mario Pastega House ($6,000);
- North End Senior Solutions, Otis — food and supplies for nutritional meals and activities for adult day services ($2,400);
- Oregon Cascades West Council of Government, Senior Companion Program, Toledo — mileage reimbursement for senior companions assisting homebound elders ($2,500);
- North Lincoln County Historical Museum, Lincoln City — digital camera, computer, scanner and external hard drive to digitize museum’s collection ($1,451.98);
- Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, Toledo — lumber and supplies to build and install four-car railroad play structure at railroad museum ($3,767.50).
- Lincoln City Parks and Recreation — outdoor soccer goals and equipment for new youth soccer league ($5,140);
- Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Newport — training and conference for Siletz Valley Schools and Eddyville Charter School students ($1,950).
- East Lincoln County Emergency Responders, Toledo — supplies and instructor fee for emergency medical responder and CPR training ($3,398);
- Siletz Valley Fire District – operational costs for workers’ comp, employee assistance program, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance ($8,600).
- Central Coast Humane Society, Newport — support reduced cost of veterinary dental care for cats and dogs ($2,000);
- Greater Toledo Pool Recreation District — master plan tools, including architectural illustrations, 3-D models, posters and brochures ($7,200);
- North Lincoln Eagles #2576, Lincoln City — Christmas holiday food baskets, plus gifts for children ($6,000).