Our Community Health Fund
In 1998, Legacy's Board of Directors authorized a $10 million fund designated for major health initiatives in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Members of the Legacy Board, faith groups, the health professions, and the community oversee the fund, which focuses on projects that are collaborative with Legacy and not solely based on cash donations.
Approximately $500,000 is available each year for projects that address unmet needs in education and literacy, early childhood development, and mental health. The projects include both intervention and prevention, and metropolitan-wide as well as specific geographic and racial/ethnic populations.
Current grants include:
- A HEALTHY COMMUNITY STARTS WITH YOUTH: PREVENTING OBESITY
Designed by the African American Health Coalition in collaboration with the Peninsula Children's Center, New Seasons Market, and the Food Bank of Oregon, AHCSWY works to reduce the risk factors associated with overweight and obesity.
- CHILDREN'S COMMUNITY CLINIC / DIRECT IMPACT
A nonprofit safety net clinic serving North and Northeast Portland children without health insurance and on the Oregon Health Plan.
- FLOURISHING IN TIGARD (FIT) FAMILIES PROJECT
Provides the rental subsidy necessary to enable five families earning below the minimum of 30% of median income to meet the rental fees and support basic needs such as transportation, health and mental health needs.
- HUMAN SOLUTIONS: RENT TRANSITION ASSISTANCE
Provides the rent assistance and case management services needed to move 40 families annually out of motels into affordable, stable housing, and connect them to community resources.
- NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE: MIDMINO FAMILY RESOURCE PROJECT
The primary human service organization for African refugees and immigrants in SW Portland, which has offered culturally-specific African programs for nearly ten years.