Ninety-nine Girlfriends Awards MetroEast $17,666

Posted by Metro East on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Securing More Community Program Funding at Rockwood DIY

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MetroEast Community Media is thrilled to receive $17,666 as a Finalist Award Winner at the Ninety-nine Girlfriends Impact Awards! Ninety-nine Girlfriends is a local organization harnessing the collective power of women to award funding to non-profits doing transformative work in the community. MetroEast CEO, Martin Jones, MetroEast Head of Production, John Lugton, and MetroEast Director of Community Relations, Monica Weitzel were there to accept this award last month.

Ninety-nine Girlfriends engages women of Portland and Southwest Washington in giving back to their community through collective action. They are a group of women who learn about the needs in their community, come together, and pool their funds and resources to make a significant impact through a collective gift which will help address local issues in a big way.

Together they examine the community’s needs, review opportunities, and select two groups to receive a $100,000 grant and three groups to receive a $17,666 grant to be spent on furthering their mission through work which requires significant funding. MetroEast was proud to make it to the final five from 153 total applicants.

Other local funders that have awarded grants to MetroEast’s Rockwood DIY in 2017 include V&B Philanthropy; City of Gresham Arts and Culture; U.S. Bank Community Foundation; and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission.

The primary focus of MetroEast’s work in Rockwood is digital equity and inclusion for all East Multnomah County residents. MetroEast provides access to broadband connectivity, computers, and training in the  4,000-square foot digital lounge located in the heart of one of the most diverse communities in Oregon. During the first year of part time operations, they’ve managed to serve over 400 Rockwood residents through multiple programs including adult computer literacy, video game coding, music video production, and smartphone training.

MetroEast CEO Marty Jones stated, “these new grants, and the continued support of the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission will have a transformative impact on our programming at Rockwood as we seek full time funding in support of this vibrant and diverse community.”

MetroEast is working closely with the City of Gresham and its priority urban renewal project, Rockwood Rising, to open a permanent digital inclusion and youth (DIY) facility. The development’s mission is to bring our neighborhood revitalization without displacement and empowering residents to build prosperity for themselves and their families.

MetroEast’s mission is to use media to invigorate civic engagement, inspire diverse voices and strengthen community life. In addition to their staff programming, MetroEast offers low-cost media workshops for the community at large. Offered in both English and Spanish, their media training covers everything you need to know to make your own television shows. Using their state-of-the-art video gear and latest technology, you can create professional-looking video to share your story on their channels as well as on the web. When you get involved at MetroEast, you can say “I CONTROL THE MEDIA.”

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