The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation recently donated $405,593 in grants to 83 nonprofits and school programs throughout Oregon. These grants were made possible through CommuniCare, a year-long leadership program that gives Oregon high school students an opportunity to learn about issues affecting their communities and facilitate a deeper commitment to social activism.

CommuniCare will host a virtual grant awards ceremony on KGW Channel 8 on Saturday, June 13 from 7:00-7:30 p.m. with special guest appearances, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Timber Joey, and many more! An extended version of the grant award ceremony will also be made available on the CommuniCare website on Monday, June 15.

During the fall and winter months students are challenged to raise up to $1,500, which is matched 10:1 by the CARE Foundation. 31 grantmaking groups from 28 Oregon schools, totaling 632 students, spend the year becoming independent grantmakers – establishing their own mission statement, reviewing nonprofit applications, conducting interviews, and making final decisions.

“My late parents established this program 23 years ago. The idea was to help high school students become grantmakers and encourage them to learn about nonprofits and the needs in their community,” said Jordan D. Schnitzer, Director of the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. “Giving back to the community is a critical part of life. We care about each other in our community. When you reach out and hep others it makes the community a bigger and stronger place.”

The full press release is linked here.