The Oregon Community Foundation hosted an Eastern Oregon Rural Partnership Summit on June 20 and 21 at Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton. Representatives from 12 foundations joined nonprofit leaders and OCF volunteers and staff to discuss efficient and effective ways to support Eastern Oregon youth.
OCF's Eastern Oregon Leadership Council invited the foundations and nonprofit groups in order to share information about the mentoring and enrichment programs that are serving youth throughout Eastern Oregon and discuss ways to further that work.
Jess Nowland and Les Minthorn from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Tim Mabry, OCF board member, welcomed the group. Steve Corey and Tiffany Hegarty presented the unique challenges facing Eastern Oregon youth. These presentations were followed by a panel discussion that included representatives from Lost & Found Youth Outreach, Boys & Girls Club, Building Healthy Families, McNary Heights Afterschool Program and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The foundation representatives enjoyed a tour of the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, a Wild West Show at the newly remodeled Pendleton Round-Up grounds and a traditional prime rib dinner at Hamley’s Restaurant. Foundations attending were the Barbara Emily Knudson Foundation, Grantmakers of Oregon & Southwest Washington, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, John & Linda Shelk Foundation, JW & HM Goodman Family Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, the Lamb Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation, the Pendleton Foundation Trust and the Wildhorse Foundation.