St. Charles Health System awarded more than $50,000 in Your Life Matters suicide prevention grants to organizations that work to normalize mental health and build resiliency through education, prevention and intervention. This year’s recipients include Human Dignity Coalition, United Way of Deschutes County, Council on Aging of Central Oregon, Redmond Park and Recreation District, Central Oregon Medical Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

City of Bend and The Environmental Center have secured matching grant funds of $50,000 from Oregon Community Foundation donors, completing the fundraising needed to move forward on creating a community climate action plan for reducing Bend’s fossil fuel consumption. The grant meets the requirement to obtain a $50,000 grant from national funder Partners for Places, which invests in local projects to promote a healthy environment and a strong economy.

FootZone, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend and Cascade Relays Foundation joined forces and raised more than $40,000 for Girls of the Run of Central Oregon and NeighborImpact. The newly combined I Like Pie event, formerly hosted by FootZone alone, increased fundraising efforts by 62 percent compared to last year when they were separate events.

Redmond Police Department has been approved for approximately $8,000 in funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation for expenses related to expanded holiday DUII patrols.

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