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Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools receives $6,000 grant

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 22, 2023, 5:43am

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools announced Wednesday it received a $6,000 grant from the Umpqua Charitable Foundation to help address “poverty-related barriers to learning and increase student and family engagement and resiliency.”

Vancouver Public Schools is the only school district in Clark County to have received such a grant for Umpqua, which awarded similar grants to 132 nonprofits across five states. To qualify, organizations need to have “demonstrated a shared commitment in improving economic success for under-resourced individuals, families, and/or small businesses.”

The foundation said in a release Wednesday that Vancouver was targeted for the grant in part because of its network of family-community resource centers that provide basic needs like food, housing assistance, medical care and more for its students and families.

“The local nonprofits receiving grants have shown unwavering passion in supporting communities in need through direct-service programing,” said Randy Choy, vice president of philanthropy programs and managing director of the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation. “We look forward to our partnership and the work we will do together.”