County non-profits get boost in funding from grants

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- 10 non-profit organizations in Coos County are getting big help from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.

Nearly $65,000 went to the groups, twice as much as the county usually receives from the foundation.

Officials say that Coos county showed that there was a particularly high need this time due to the recession.

Crossroads Community Cafe received one of the larger amounts, getting $7,500, but they say something else they received is more important than the money: the Martha Young Award.

"I had the opportunity to meet Marty when I worked for another non-profit, so to me, this really touched home," said Susan Fox of the Crossroads Cafe.

Ethel German says the grant shows that what they do there has gotten people to pay attention. "It means that we are making a difference in our community and other people see that too," German said.

The money is given to organizations focused on children, families and diversity.

Carma Mornarich of the Umpqua Indian Foundation says they feel the work that Crossroads does is very important. "We really feel like Crossroads Community Cafe, they're doing it, they're on the ground, they're working hard, they're bringing people together over food," said Mornarich.

They will use the money to bring nursing students from SWOCC to the cafe to meet people they may treat in the future.