WCCCF divides $74,350 among six WC agencies

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The Wallowa County Commission on Children and Families (WCCCF) has selected six applicants for $74,350 in funding for the 2009-11 biennium.

In all, WCCCF board reviewed nine applications requesting a total of $108,966.

Programs chosen to be funded were:

Building Healthy Families - Exploration After School Program, $38,350 ($45,566 was requested).

This is a collaborative effort of partners that also includes Wallowa School District, OSU Extension 4-H program, Wallowa Resources and other volunteers. The program provides a safe place and enriching atmosphere for children in grades 1-4 during out-of-school time, including Fridays and holidays. Grades 5-12 receive tutoring services and individual mentoring.

Building Healthy Families - Parent Education, $10,000 ($15,000 requested).

The parent education program enhances parenting skills and improves family relationships through high-quality, family focused parent education classes.

Wallowa County Youth Services - Girl's Circle/ Boy's Council, $2,000 ($2,000 requested).

Girls Circle provides a structured support group for girls ages 10-16 with an emphasis on younger girls who are developing their adolescent thinking patterns. Girl's Circle will be offered at each of the three school districts during class time or after school. Boy's Circle provides services for boys that are similar to those of Girl's Circle.

Community Connection - Lifespan Respite, $5,000 ($3,000 requested); WCCCF board requested that funds also be used for Developmentally Disabled Respite.

The Lifespan Respite program housed at Community Connection provides vouchers for short-term respite care to families identified as at-risk or in crisis with priority being given to families with children with special needs.

Community Connection - Summer Food Program, $4,000 ($4,000 requested).

The Summer Food Program provides a free, nutritious lunch when school is not in session to any child ages 1-18.

Wallowa County Library - Training Wheels and Up & Away, $15,000 ($20,000 requested.)

The Training Wheels program provides interactive theme-based literacy programs in family day care homes, preschools, Head Start and other sites serving children. The Up & Away After-School program is offered at the Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa City libraries and provides enrichment opportunities for school-aged children focusing on literature, science and art.

Applications not selected included a $10,400 request from Wallowa County Training and Education for a Child Care Enhancement program; a $5,000 request from Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness for Developmentally Disabled Respite (which was incorporated into Lifespan Respite) and a $4,000 request from Wallowa County Youth Services for a youth restitution and community service program.

The money funneled for dispersal through WCCCF comes from a variety of state and federal funding sources.

The Wallowa County Board of Commissioners ratified distribution of the money as approved by WCCCF at its Sept. 8 meeting.

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