By Mary Owen
Three local nonprofits received a helping hand from the Pacific Power Foundation last month.
“At Pacific Power, we’re proud to be a part of the communities we serve and we’re committed to keeping them vibrant, strong and safe places to live and work,” Alan Meyer, regional business manager for the Stayton company, said.
The Pacific Power Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pacific Power, Meyer explained.“Our mission, through our charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of our communities,” Meyer said. “In 2015, the Pacific Power Foundation awarded $1 million to local nonprofit organizations.”
The Foundation awarded $2,500 to Santiam Hearts to Arts, based in Mill City, “mainly to support their chorus,” Meyer said.
The Santiam Heritage Foundation received a $3,500 grant and the Santiam Historical Society, a $500 grant.
Santiam Historical Society President Diana Maul said the Santiam Historical Society is excited and thankful to the Pacific Power Foundation.
Maul said the $500 grant will be used to digitize early copies of local newspapers and to share the copies with the public on the Historic Oregon Newspaper website, http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu.
“This site preserves material from the early print copies of local newspapers,” Maul said.
Currently, Maul said the website provides issues through 1922. Local area newspapers that need to be digitized include issues from The Stayton Mail, The Stayton Times, The Stayton Standard and The Stayton Sun, she added.
“The print copies of these Stayton area newspapers are over a century old,” Maul said. “Their physical condition is deteriorating, and without undertaking preservation procedures, the wealth of information contained within them could be lost to future generations.”
The Santiam Heritage Foundation’s grant will be used to further restore the Historic Charles and Martha Brown House’s first floor hallways, hall ceilings, stairway walls, and the second floor staircase banister.
“We made wonderful progress restoring and rehabilitating the house in 2016, and this grant gives us the ability to take a huge step toward even more progress on Stayton’s grand ol’ gal this year,” SHF President Wendy Stone said.
“This is an example of local support for rehabilitating the house on such a prominent corner of town” Stone added. “We want to thank Pacific Power Foundation and the community for their support, as we work to make the house available for memory-making events in the future.”
Santiam Hearts to Arts Grants Manager Sherri Cardwell said she is delighted to be chosen by Pacific Power to receive these grant funds.
Cardwell said the grant funds were applied for and will be used to fund arts and music instruction, support of the Community Arts Center and KYAC community radio.
“It’s so exciting to have a partner such as Pacific Power Foundation to provide the Santiam community with opportunities to learn about music and art, and supporting SH2A’s mission,” President Tom Peters said.
He added the SH2A thanks the Pacific Power Foundation for “their generous contribution to further our mission: To preserve, present and promote the fine and performing arts in the Santiam Canyon.”
Based in Portland, Oregon, Pacific Power provides electric service to 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California.