"To improve the quality of life in the Sweet Home community."
To accomplish our mission our goals are to organize and help provide charitable programs and services for the residents of the general region around Sweet Home, Oregon, in order to provide better health care services, better educational opportunities, more accessible housing, and food for low-income people and related services, and to lessen the burden on local government in providing adequate programs to meet these basic human needs.
For more detailed information check out our "Leave a Local Legacy" handout that was recently updated.
How do we accomplish our mission?
Each year the Sweet Home Community Foundation opens an annual grant cycle and accepts applications. The grant cycle opens in January and closes the last day of February. Board members review and score all applications based on a set criteria (see application) and meets as a group to make final decisions on which grants qualify and will be funded. Grants are awarded in April of each year and recipients must complete their projects before the next grant cycle starts.
Building Our Future Together
After many years of discussion, the Sweet Home Community Foundation (SHCF) was organized to receive and disburse funds for the benefit of the greater Sweet Home community. The Sweet Home Economic Development Group (SHEDG) sponsored the establishment of the foundation. SHEDG felt the long term benefits of a foundation, providing grants from the annual interest earned on a significant endowment fund, to be very important to the Sweet Home Community.
Our Board of Directors
The governing body of Sweet Home Community Foundation is the Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers representing a wide cross-section of community leaders.
The president of Sweet Home Community Foundation is Robert Burford. In July 2013, Bob retired of Chief of the Sweet Home Police Department after 27 years of service with the City. Bob is an original member of the SCHF Board since its inception.
The Vice President of Sweet Home Community Foundation is Timothy McQueary. Tim is a retired Wah Chang department manager, and a former Mayor of the City of Sweet Home, Oregon. Tim also serves a volunteer with other organizations. Tim is also an original member of SHCF Board.
The Treasurer for Sweet Home Community Foundation is John Kuhns. John is retired from the United States Air Force. He has served as the Coordinator and Treasurer for Sweet Home Gleaners and also is active in the Boy Scouts of America. He is one of our local entrepreneurs with an on-line business.
The Board Secretary for Sweet Home Community Foundation is Wendy Younger. Wendy grew up in Sweet Home and worked for the City of Sweet Home for 9 years. Wendy currently works with the Linn-Benton Housing Authority serving low-income families who are working to build assets and move off of public assistance.
Kristin Adams the Coordinator for Sweet Home Schools is another of Sweet Home Community Foundation's Board members.
Gina Riley, Community Services Officer with Sweet Home Police Department – Gina is an active community volunteer and former President of Kiwanis Club of SH
Kim Seiber, licensed Real Estate Broker and rental agent with Ames Creek Reality in Sweet Home.
Julie Fisher works as Administrative Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Sweet Home.
Kristie Stockman is the branch manager for Key Bank in Sweet Home. She has always been involved in the community and is the current treasurer of the Sweet Home Rotary Club.