The 2016 Charitable Checkoff Grant Application period is over. These grant funds are provided through Oregon taxpayers selecting Oregon Head Start (write-in code 2) as a recipient of all or part of their tax refund on their state tax form. This unique program provides funding for essential safety and facility improvements, which are not typically funded by Head Start.
The recipients of this year’s grant funds:
- Eastern Oregon Head Start was awarded $3,527.48 to replace aged tables and chairs.
- Head Start of Lane County was awarded $3,552.77 for lead testing, filtration systems, and water dispensers.
- Kidco Head Start was awarded $11,124 for an age appropriate outdoor play area at a site co-located with a public school.
- Klamath Family Head Start was awarded $5,000 for the development of an outdoor play area at a newly constructed location.
- Neighborhood House was awarded $6,930 to upgrade kitchen equipment.
The 2015 Charitable Checkoff Grant Application period is over. These grant funds are provided through Oregon taxpayers selecting Oregon Head Start (write-in code 2) as a recipient of all or part of their tax refund on their state tax form. This unique program provides funding for vital safety and facility improvements, which are not typically funded by Head Start.
The recipients of this year’s grant funds are South Coast Head Start and UCAN.
The South Coast Head Start project supports the health, safety and development by requesting grant money to build a steel structure which is needed to cover the playground during the rainiest days of the year, approximately 163 days. The playground gets muddy from all the rain and cannot be used by the children as frequently. The program also cites that the Oregon Center for Disease Control reports that Oregon is one of the top states in the nation for skin cancer, despite the rainy weather. The project directly impacts children and families, as it is a structure which will allow children to play more frequently on the playground at the new site with the steel structure. The program states that November-March are the wettest times per year, so approximately 180 children will have fewer days to play on the playground if the project is not completed by June 2016. This project will allow large motor play outdoors for a larger portion of the year and provide an area for wagons, bikes, trikes and dramatic play.
The UCAN project directly impacts children and families to allow for age-appropriate gross motor equipment. The project will provide 40 children at a site co-located with an elementary school to have an age appropriate gross motor area.
We are pleased to announce the winners of this years Charitable Check Off funds! This year our donations were much lower than the previous year. Please be sure to share part of your Oregon tax refund with the Oregon Head Start Association to help fund these awards. Read our full press release here.
Head Start of Yamhill County has been awarded $6,607.52 to make vital safety improvements to their outdoor play areas at the Michael Eichman Center. Safety and security in the outdoor areas became an issue after the Yamhill County Transit Center was placed across the street. Playground inspections occur multiple times daily and have uncovered drug paraphernalia, adult human feces, and the destruction of property. The grant funding will be used to improve the outdoor environment, including installing an unscalable fence.
Umatilla Morrow Head Start has been awarded $6,401.92 for safety improvements in the outdoor environment at their Punkin Center, formerly an alternative high school. Projects include renovating a former skateboard path into a bike path developmentally appropriate for preschool children, installing a fence to insure children do not enter the septic drain field, and installing a sunshade.
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Charitable Checkoff Grants Awarded
2013 was a good year for the Charitable Check Off Fund for Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Programs. As a result of your efforts to encourage donations through tax returns, over $44,000 was collected. OHSA received grant applications from 13 member programs requesting $163,491.45 for projects. There were many excellent and worthy projects, but funds were not available to cover the amount requested. An external committee reviewed the projects and made recommendations to the OHSA Executive Board.
We are pleased to announce the following awards for the Charitable Check Off Funds collected in 2013.
- Klamath Family Head Start- $13,580- Security fencing to protect the building, playground, and parking lot. The center has experienced many thefts and acts of vandalism. This will complete the second phase of a security project. The first phase was funded by the Ford Family Foundation.
- NeighborImpact- $5,000- Renovations to the outdoor environment at the South Bend Head Start center to bring it into ADA compliance, allowing all children access to outdoor activities.
- Clackamas County Children’s Commission- $18,000- Replacement of a play structure that has been roped off because of safety concerns.
- Salem-Keizer Head Start- $4,485- Installation of playground equipment at the Fruitland site that is developmentally appropriate for preschool children
- Mid-Columbia Children’s Council- $3,718.53- Installation of a safe age appropriate outdoor play space for infant/toddlers and preschoolers to improve their overall development while being protected from the elements.
We urge you to continue to make tax contributions and to encourage your friends, family and community partners to do so. Check the box on your 2013 Oregon tax return. Download a brochure about the charitable checkoff grant program.