A decidedly adult version of Christmas arrived in Newport on Thursday as the Oregon Community Foundation generously awarded grants to two local non-profit organizations: The Sea Lion Docks on the Bayfront and South Lincoln Resources in Waldport.
In a packed exhibit room at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center on the Bayfront, the Oregon Community Foundation awarded $20,000 to the Sea Lion Docks Committee, a non-profit group restoring and enhancing the Sea Lion Docks at Newport’s Port Dock One. Stan Pickens accepted the donation for the committee which also includes local historian extraordinaire Bob Ward. Ward says the funds will replace the old wooden docks with refurbished concrete docks currently in use in Florence. Ward says the sea lions prefer a hard surface to lay and sleep on. Sea Lions that transform rock jetties into pinniped condos clearly illustrates the point. He says they hope to have the new docks installed by July.
Ward says the remainder of the project, which is mainly the public viewing area add-on to Port Dock One, will be the next step. He says they’re still seeking funding for that final portion of the project.
The Newport Sea Lion Docks over the years have become an iconic stop-over point for tourists and locals alike who enjoy a nearly up front and personal face-to-face experience with the barking, growling, gurgling, trumpeting and comical antics of the pinnipeds.
The other Oregon Community Foundation award went to South lincoln Resources, a non-profit group based in Waldport that has become something of a United Way on steroids providing a kaleidoscope of human services to the south county area – including furniture and appliances, durable medical equipment, clothing, bedding, towels, washcloths, food for low income residents, utilities assistance, Holiday Food Baskets and Needy Children’s Christmas Present Program.
The $25,000 grant award to South Lincoln Resources will go to pave the area between two buildings that the non-profit uses to store donated materials. Badly needed parking and more convenient access to the buildings will be the main benefit made possible by the OCF grant.
The Oregon Community Foundation is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary of its creation by those who had a vision of making Oregon an even more special place by sharing the wealth and goodwill of its citizens. Its mission is to improve life in Oregon and to promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $65 million annually in grants and scholarships. With over $1.6 Billion in assets, the OCF and its 1,800 separate donor funds, have gifted nearly a billion dollars over the last forty years to worthy causes throughout Oregon.