The Monument Senior Center kitchen renovation was such a success story, we have to revisit it. This time is to acknowledge and express gratitude to the many foundations who granted nearly $100,000 to the project.
The Charis Fund was first in with a grant for a convection oven. The Ford Family Foundation came in next to help replace the refrigerator/freezer compressors and evaporators. Grants from the Collins Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation and the Shelk Advised Fund went toward a new range, griddle, water heater, dishwasher and commercial mixer.
With the kitchen complete the Gorge Community Foundation and the Joyce Miller Owens Charitable Foundation topped off with large grants to upgrade the building entrance with a new ramp, ADA railings and exterior lighting, repair damage and replace the floors in the entry hall and meeting room, and bring the restroom fixtures and floors up to date and ADA accessible.
Thank you to the funders who answered the need in this remote town with a population of 125. You recognized a project that was well-planned and vital to the local community – the building is used more than 200 times a year. Last year alone 56 people volunteered 3,476 hours and drove a combined 15,555 miles to help operate the senior center, maintain the building, and host events and programs. Your dollars were put to good use!