The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has distributed $123,344.29 to 38 organizations as it continues its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. Due to the current conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, the reception originally scheduled for Nov. 5 was canceled.
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 $15.4 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $19.7 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 fundraisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.
The next deadline to submit applications is Dec. 1. 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, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, OR 97380-0549. Applications can be submitted via email at email@example.com.
The following Lincoln County organizations received funding in this latest round of disbursements:
Lincoln City Cultural Center — sponsorship of nationally known traveling exhibit Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea ($5,000).
Eddyville Charter School — spiny dogfish sharks for facilitated dissection activity to learn about body systems ($600);
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport — reduced admission fee program for Lincoln County residents and school field trips ($2,500);
Oregon Coast Community College, Newport — replace desktop computers in computer lab ($5,000);
Siletz Valley Friends of the Library — liability insurance for members and volunteers ($670);
Toledo Elementary School — The Inquiry Project: Investigating Earth Materials curriculum kits for fourth-grade classes ($1,492.08).
Environment & Natural Resource Preservation
Elakha Alliance, Siletz — stipends for two to four Native youth interns, software, supplies and supervision-related costs to elevate the youth voice in sea otter restoration ($5,000).
Coastal Range Food Bank, Blodgett — food to assist people within the service area ($2,000);
Siletz Community Thanksgiving Dinner Committee — food boxes with turkeys and other supplies to cook a Thanksgiving meal to distribute to families in need ($3,170).
North Lincoln County Historical Museum, Lincoln City — purchase and install signage and acrylic donation boxes ($1,859.71).
Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay, Newport — Project School Bell program to provide emergency clothing, shoes, coats and hygiene products to Lincoln County schools ($4,000).
Central Coast Fire and Rescue, Waldport — firefighting hoses of various diameters ($2,500);
Yachats Rural Fire Protection District — firefighting turnouts, boots, gloves, thermal imaging camera and hose nozzles ($4,500).
Central Coast Humane Society, Newport — subsidize rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats ($5,000);
Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild, South Beach — batting/filling for handmade quilts to be presented to Lincoln County veterans ($2,000).