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Lions grant gives FISH $30,000 for new building

The Hood River Lions Foundation and the Hood River Lions Club have issued a “challenge” grant to everyone in Hood River County. The Foundation and the Club have chosen the construction of the planned FISH Food Bank facility on Tucker Road as a signature project.

A $30,000 grant has been awarded by the HRLF, and the Hood River Lions Club, to FISH Food Bank toward construction of the new building.

The Hood River Lions Foundation will not be accepting grant applications for 2012. The foundation, with the approval of the Hood River Lions Club, has chosen to award grants to ongoing Foundation/Lions Club sponsored projects.

The remaining grant funds have been awarded as a “challenge” grant to FISH Food Bank and the community of Hood River County.

Grant recipients were contacted by the Lions Foundation and grants were scheduled to be presented to the recipients on April 24.

The intent of the challenge grant is to apply for a matching grant from Lions Club International Foundation, according to Wayne Tengwall of Hood River Lions. The Lions’ initial fundraising goal is to raise an additional $45,000 and apply for a $75,000 matching grant from LCIF.

To qualify for the LCIF matching grant the HRLC must demonstrate community need, and community support of the project.

“The need is clear,” Tengwall said. “Working middle-class families in Hood River County have increasingly turned to FISH for food assistance over the past several years, and there is no immediate end in sight to this growing need.”

The Lions and FISH cannot raise this money without community support, according to Tengwall.

“The Hood River Lions Club and FISH challenge the citizens and businesses of Hood River County, and other fraternal and community service organizations, to help raise the money necessary to apply for the Lions International Foundation matching grant,” he said.

“We as a individuals, and as a community, have the unique opportunity to help our family, friends and neighbors that are in need, and possibly even ourselves, by stepping up to the ‘challenge’ and giving what we can to help reach this initial fundraising goal,” Tengwall said.

All donations are welcome. The estimated cost for construction, furniture, fixtures and equipment is $970,000. The community needs to raise at least half of the total cost to qualify for additional grants from outside Hood River County.

According to Tengwall, there is no donation too small or too large. Every dollar puts Lions Club and FISH one step closer to achieving this financial goal, and one step closer to better serving the needs our community.

To qualify funds for the matching grant from Lions Club International Foundation donations must be made through the Hood River Lions. Send your tax-deductible contribution to the Hood River Lions Foundation at P.O. Box 860, Hood River, OR 97031. Make checks payable to HRLF/FISH Construction Project.

Contact Tengwall at 541-308-6497 or Becky Bugge at 541-354-1902 with any questions on how to contribute or how to get involved.

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