Who’s ready for some good news?
When I started my role as CEO at MetroEast almost a year ago, I had no idea what was to come. Little did I know when I took the reins that I’d be leading the organization through an unprecedented year of pandemic, civil unrest, and now, wildfires that are consuming some of the most beautiful areas of our country.
But in this year of chaos and uncertainty, there have been so many bright spots. Creating new partnerships. Building new projects. Reaching the community in new and more efficient ways. And one of the brightest spots of all, we received four major grants for our work to start our new fiscal year with a bang.
We are so grateful for the support from the MHCRC (Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission) and the Collins Foundation in support of our media education and inclusion work. We are using the generous $200,000 grant from the MHCRC to purchase a vehicle and outfit it with all the gear and technology in order to bring our media education programming to schools and neighborhoods all over East County. With a $50,000 grant from the Collins Foundation and a $5,000 grant from the Carol and Velma Saling Foundation, we will be able to create immersive learning experiences that leverage all this new equipment. The team at Collins is very committed to their funding being effective and we are excited to continue our relationship with this dynamic foundation.
We are incredibly honored to receive a $20,000 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission in support of Community Hotline, our longest running community television program and a vital part of our programming for years. This grant will allow us to make some much needed tweaks to the show and provide support for programming guests and content.
In these times of “what fresh hell awaits?” it can be hard to stay positive. But when our funders partner with us on programs we believe in, it makes it easier to find the silver lining in all these clouds. Stay safe out there!