Seashore Family Literacy Center visionary Senitila McKinley and her group of family and childrens services providers are getting much needed support from the Oregon Community Foundation. The foundation awards funds to organizations statewide that preserve what’s great about Oregon and keeps it all going. The foundation recently issued a handsome grant to the Pacific Marine and Heritage Center on Newport’s Bayfront.
But in this case, Seashore Family Literacy Center won a $20,000 grant to begin funding a director for the center with a provision that welcomes additional grant applications for two more years amounting to another $34,000.
Seashore’s Senitila McKinley said their recent take-over of the gym and kitchen of the old middle school has allowed them to dramatically expand their after school programs which includes everything from homework assistance and additional educational opportunities to music, dance and other recreational activities.
McKinley said she has enjoyed the growth of her center over the years and to this day very much enjoys her continued direct contact with families and their children. The Tonga Island nation native says it’s time for Seashore to employ a full time director to help the organization grow as they expand family education and enrichment programs.
McKinley said she would like to have a new director on board by the first of September.