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Sherwood Trust Awards $1 Million in Local Grants

WALLA WALLA -Sherwood Trust will disburse more than $1 million in competitive Core grants to 11 local organizations, CEO Brian Hunt announced. The Trust also announced $226,101 in noncompetitive grants to three organizations.

"We continue to be both amazed and delighted at the great work being done in The Valley with the intention of thriving and flourishing for all," said Sherwood Trust Board President Kazi Joshua.

Sherwood Trust is a private foundation founded in 1991 to continue the legacy of Donald and Virginia Sherwood's efforts to make the Walla Walla Valley a better place. With this year's grants, the Trust has invested over $38 million to strengthen nonprofits and improve communities in Walla Walla and Columbia counties in Washington and Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

"We know our nonprofits are seeing more need for services that support area residents," said CEO Brian Hunt. "We are grateful that Sherwood Trust funding continues to work toward our vision that everyone here has a sense of belonging and can thrive."

2023 Core grants were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:

• $70,015 to Blue Mountain Health Cooperative to support strategic rebranding for the behavioral health walk-in clinic.

• $115,563 to Carnegie Picture Lab to support creative expression and art education in Milton-Freewater.

• $18,000 to Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington to support a collaborative, youth-centered strategy to end youth homelessness.

• $150,000 to Christian Aid Center to support the construction of a new facility to serve men in homelessness.

• $100,000 to the City of Walla Parks & Recreation to support the installation of a new, accessible playground in Pioneer Park, with an additional pledge to match the city's 2025 contribution of up to $150,000.

• $135,00 over two years to Communities in Schools of the Blue Mountain Region to support truancy interventions in Walla Walla Public Schools.

• $17,000 to Milton-Freewater Neighborhood Senior Center Inc. to support interior painting and maintenance.

• $160,000 to STAR Project to support its reentry services for justice-impacted people.

• $100,000 to Trilogy Recovery Community to support its peer-to-peer addiction recovery services.

• $15,000 to Tri-State Steelheaders to support strategic planning.

• $58,621 to Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless to support its construction of on-site laundry service.

In addition to the competitive Core grant awards, Sherwood Trust committed $226,101 to Invitational Grant partners.

• $101,101 to Rural Development Initiatives to provide Community Leadership and Civic Engagement programs for this year.

• $75,000 as the third installment of a three-year commitment to support Commitment to Community, a grassroots community engagement program at Blue Mountain Action Council that serves specific Walla Walla neighborhoods.

• $50,000 as the third installment of a three-year commitment to Community Council, a regional nonprofit that engages people through dialogue, inquiry, and advocacy to build a vibrant region,

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