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Community helps choose winners of CU's GROW grants
PORTLAND, Ore. (7/7/14)--Advantis CU turned to the Portland, Ore., community to help decide which of 12 nominated nonprofit groups should be the beneficiaries of grants from its $50,000 GROW Community Fund.
The six winners were determined by more than 37,000 votes cast on Facebook and the $1.1 billion-asset credit union's website.
This year's grant recipients are:
  • Cafe au Play, Portland, will receive $10,000 to support the Barista Training Program, which provides free job skills training to local high school students.
  • North Clackamas Education Foundation, Clackamas, will receive $6,500 to purchase musical instruments to help provide all students with equal access to music education.
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art will receive $3,500 to fund the youth programming portion of its Time-Based Art Festival Sept. 11-21.
  • Rose Haven, Portland, will receive $10,000 to purchase paint and furniture to refurbish the facility, which supports homeless and abused women and children.
  • The Pixie Project, Portland, will receive $10,000 to build three permanent shelter kennels for dogs awaiting adoption.
  • Trillium Family Services, Portland and Corvallis, will receive $10,000 to support access for its mental and behavioral health clients to safe recreation including new basketball hoops and pouring new concrete sport courts.
"Supporting the communities we serve is an essential part of Advantis' commitment to being a local credit union," said Senior Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer Wendy Edwards. "We share the same passion for these organizations that our members and communities do."

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