Celebrating 30 Years of FAN

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FAN received a grant of $18,500 from United Way of Central Oregon to support FAN advocate services in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties. “We’re excited to partner with United Way of Central Oregon to bring crucial basic-needs services to the children of our community,” said Julie N. Lyche, FAN Executive Director. “This grant will help many families overcome barriers to essentials, so kids can focus on thriving in school.”

FAN received the second distribution of $50,000 of a three-year commitment from the Tykeson Family Foundation. These funds will benefit Central Oregon families in need, as FAN advocates work directly in schools to connect low-income children to resources like food, clothing, heating, health care, and much more. This multi-year commitment will ensure families receive assistance as FAN families face hurdles that affect students’ ability to stay in and focus on school. 

Thank you, Tykeson Family Foundation, for your commitment to the FAN mission

To celebrate what would have been the 126th birthday of namesake Marie Lamfrom, the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation (MLCF) distributed grants to nonprofits in honor of colleagues, volunteers, leaders, or members at these organizations who demonstrated grit in their daily work.

Just seven of nearly 200 nominees were selected. Among those honored was Perla Ruiz, our FAN advocate currently serving Ponderosa Elementary School and Mountain View High School in the Bend-La Pine School District! To recognize her contributions to helping Central Oregon kids thrive, MLCF awarded FAN with a $12,000 grant.

FAN received a $50,000 grant from Roundhouse Foundation to support their work in rural Central Oregon communities during the 2022-23 school year. FAN advocates have already assisted over 5,000 children and their family members in need this school year, providing connections to basic essentials. “These grant funds have already assisted many rural residents, keeping families housed and keeping kids in school, equipped to learn,” said Julie N. Lyche, FAN Executive Director.