"To improve the quality of life in the Sweet Home community."
We encourage people to “Give Where You Live” Your support helps us to accomplish our mission of organizing and helping charitable groups and projects for the residents of the Sweet Home Oregon area. Your giving allows us 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 many other organizations. Tim is also an original member of SHCF Board.
The Treasurer for Sweet Home Community Foundation is Jennifer Hill. Jennifer is employed at Holley Christian Church as an Administrator and also volunteers there in her free time.
The Board Secretary for Sweet Home Community Foundation is Wendy Younger. Wendy grew up in Sweet Home and works with the Linn-Benton Housing Authority helping low-income families to build assets and move off of public assistance.
Gina Riley, Community Services Officer with Sweet Home Police Department. Gina is an active community volunteer with several organizations and former President of Kiwanis Club of SH.
Kim Seiber, licensed Real Estate Broker with Oregon Real Estate Professionals, LLC. Kim was born and raised in Sweet Home and has a strong desire to see the Sweet Home community flourish.
Julie Fisher works as Administrative Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Sweet Home. Julie has volunteered with the Oregon Jamboree and helps with many City events.
Tami Nightingale, a retired Dental Assistant currently works as a contracted Safety Glasses Optician. Tami is involved in her son’s school and has a desire to give back to the Sweet Home Community.
Trisha Van Eck works for the Sweet Home School District and is involved with the Oregon Jamboree, Sweet Home Police Department, Sweet Home Elks, Trees for Scholarships, and Toys for Tots.
Brandon Neish is the City of Sweet Home’s Finance Director (January 2018). Brandon is new to working in the community and joined the SHCF Board to get more involved.
The Sweet Home Community Foundation (SHCF) allows up to 15 Board Members and we are looking for new board members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Board application and to find out what it takes to be a member of our Board.