The Oregon Community Foundation
The Family Access Network (FAN) is the recipient of $15,000 in grant funds from The Oregon Community Foundation which will be used to increase funding streams that support eight Redmond FAN advocates at thirteen public school sites, including one early childhood site. The eight FAN advocates will connect disadvantaged children and families to basic-need services such as: nutritious food, warm winter clothing, a safe place to sleep, heating assistance, comprehensive healthcare, and more.
FAN received $15,000 from three different funds through The Oregon Community Foundation: the Robert W. Chandler Discretionary Subfund ($13,500), the F.J. Hodecker Family Fund ($1,000), and the Morrison Family Fund ($500). In the 2016/17 school year, FAN served 2,401 Redmond children and family members and is projected to serve a similar number of individuals in 2017/18.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support from The Oregon Community Foundation. Children living in poverty do not have the same opportunities as their peers. These grant funds will help us close the opportunity gap for Redmond area children by increasing support from the Redmond community and by connecting children to critical basic-need services, giving them the opportunity to thrive,” Julie Lyche, Executive Director.
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. In 2016, OCF awarded more than $108 million in grants and scholarships.
Unique to Central Oregon, FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 52 public school (K-12) and early childhood sites to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families to critical basic-need services such as: food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and more. FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring that all children in Deschutes and Crook Counties have access to basic-need services.
The Family Access Network is committed to building a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need. In the 2016/17 school year, FAN advocates have improved the lives of over 9,000 children and family members in Central Oregon.