The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $193,289.76 to 46 organizations on Feb. 1 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 $12.5 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $16.3 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:
- Siletz Tribal Royalty — airfare, lodging, rental car and parking to attend Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in Albuquerque ($3,000).
- Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay, Newport — books and materials for Inspired Writers Project, author to visit sixth-grade classes in Newport, Toledo, Siletz, Waldport and Lincoln City ($2,900);
- Sam Case Elementary School, Newport — fee for student inquiry activity and visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center science lab ($195);
- Toledo Public Library — “Userful” cloud-based technology to manage library access and patrons’ use of computers ($2,500).
- Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center, Siletz — scholarships for therapeutic equine sessions ($5,000);
- Lincoln County Master Gardeners Association, Newport — GreenBed raised garden beds and soil to make Yachats’ community garden more accessible to elders ($3,000).
- Lincoln City Warming Shelter — food and three months’ rent for emergency weather shelter and homeless resource center ($5,200);
- Lincoln County School District — adaptive swimming program at Toledo, Lincoln City and Newport pools for students with special needs ($3,733.10);
- Northwest Wahines Surf Collective, Waldport — surfing equipment to grow the Wave Warrior and Siletz Surfer Girls programs ($6,994.97)
- Siletz, Eddyville, Toledo Baseball Association — baseball and softball equipment for estimated 20 teams for ages 4-15 years ($7,341.86);
- Taft High School, Senior Parent Group, Lincoln City — alcohol- and drug-free graduation celebration ($500);
- Taft Tiger Boosters, Lincoln City — buses for north county middle school sports ($3,000);
- Toledo Grad Night — alcohol- and drug-free graduation celebration ($500).
- Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County, Newport — Meta-Interview and Meta-Scope software to improve child abuse forensic information and case management ($10,000);
- Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport — four sets of high-coverage tactical body armor for SWAT response ($9,400).
- Centro de Ayuda, Newport — Spanish/English resource guides to serve Latino students and community ($1,750);
- Logsden Community Club — flooring material and installation in community ($10,000);
- Oregon Coast Community College — water bottle-filling stations at OCCC’s campus sites ($4,251.40);
ª Siletz Valley Schools — continue roofing repairs on elementary wing ($49,500).