GROW: The Advantis Community Fund
GROW: The Advantis Community Fund, is a $50,000 grant fund designed to provide nonprofit and service organizations with financial resources to address a wide range of needs and tackle challenges in the community, one project at a time.


Since 2011, the Advantis GROW Community Fund has contributed $200,000 to local organizations and funded more than 27 projects including creating community gardens for elementary students, refurbishing a home for foster children and providing kitchen equipment to an organization that feeds low-income adults with mental illnesses.

2015 GROW Grant Recipients 

Nonprofit organization: Funds requested for:

Children’s Book Bank

Children’s Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank collects tens of thousands of gently-used and new books and engages hundreds of volunteers to clean, repair, sort, and deliver  books to children in need. To ensure the books reach those most in need, The Children’s Book Bank distributes books through schools, clinics, and other social agencies that support literacy development for low-income children and families.

Grant will support children’s language development by providing low-income families of color and English language learning families with culturally specific books.

Oregon Tradeswomen

Oregon Tradeswomen
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. dedicated to promoting the success of women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. OTI has worked consistently to educate low-income women and girls about opportunities in the trades, create safe workplaces for women, and enable fair access for women in apprenticeship training.

Grant will provide low-income women “Ready to Work” safety gear, including measuring tapes, hard hats, safety glasses, rain gear, gloves, tool belts, and bus passes to prepare pre-apprenticeship students for employment in high-wage construction trades careers as well as transportation assistance for access to job interviews and job sites.

Raphael House
Raphael House 
The mission of Raphael House is to engage the entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, and community outreach, and by providing a safe haven from domestic violence. Each year nearly 100 families are served in the emergency shelter, more than 2,000 callers utilize the housing access line, an additional 400 survivors receive non- residential services, and over 3,000 people are served by the organization’s education program.
Grant funds will create an outdoor structure and enhance the courtyard at the emergency shelter for women and children, providing spaces where families can safely enjoy being outdoors, together.

SnowCap

SnowCap
SnowCap's mission is to feed and clothe low-income people in East Multnomah County. Each month, volunteers help nearly 10,000 people within the East Portland, Gresham and Troutdale areas.

Grant will replace the freezer in the organization’s shopping-style pantry, increasing access to healthy frozen foods for those who are unable to afford it.
Store to Door

Store to Door
Store to Door supports independent living for Portland area seniors and people with disabilities by providing a low-cost, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service. The organization serves more than 500 seniors and adults with disabilities annually with deliveries of food, medications, and household items so that they main remain healthy and in their own homes.          

Grant will provide four new call stations which will be used by volunteers to take grocery orders and provide friendly outreach calls to clients.

The Feral Cat Coalition

Feral Cat Coalition
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon's mission is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education. They are the only organization in the area exclusively caring for free-roaming cats.

Grant will provide a new phone system for the organization that receives nearly 10,000 phone calls annually and relies on volunteer assistance to connect with caregivers. An expanded system will allow for a stronger volunteer force, providing better services for cats and caregivers.