Washington Federal Foundation presented Family Access Network (FAN) with $2,500 in grant funds to support FAN services throughout Central Oregon. The Washington Federal Foundation facilitates direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving the needs of people with low-and-moderate incomes. “WaFd Bank is a valued supporter of FAN’s work to help children in Central Oregon thrive in school and in life,” said Lauren Olson, FAN Foundation Board Chair. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Washington Federal Foundation as our FAN advocates help low-income families overcome barriers to assistance and hope.”

According to Central Oregon Health Data, M.A. Lynch Elementary in Redmond is in one of the most food-insecure census tracts in Deschutes County. During the 2021-22 school year, the FAN advocate there served 118 individuals through work at M.A. Lynch Elementary, connecting them to resources such as food, clothing, school supplies, health services, rent/utility relief, and more. We are incredibly thankful to the Chambers Family Foundation for providing us a grant of $2,500 to specifically support FAN advocate services at M.A. Lynch Elementary School for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

FAN received a $5,000 grant from Herbert A. Templeton Foundation to support FAN advocate services in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties. This support for our regional program will connect low-income children and their family members to basic-needs resources. “We are grateful that Herbert A. Templeton Foundation recognizes the importance of FAN’s work in the lives of disadvantaged children in Central Oregon,” said Julie N. Lyche, FAN Executive Director. “Their commitment to strengthening Oregon communities is inspiring, and this grant will help many families have access to resources they need to flourish.”

Les Schwab Tire Centers is dedicated to “doing the right thing” and supporting communities at the local level. Our partnership with Les Schwab includes their staff coordinating a collection drive of essential items, a collaborative outreach booth at their concert series, and recently, providing a $10,000 grant to support FAN advocate services in Crook and Deschutes counties. “Les Schwab is a valued partner in our work to alleviate poverty in Central Oregon.” – FAN Executive Director, Julie Lyche