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TWST in Central & Eastern Oregon – Condon
I headed northward into Gilliam County to visit with the folks in Condon. This meeting was held at the North Central Education Service District office, which also houses other nonprofit agencies that serve this community of 720 residents.
A dozen folks showed up to share some wonderful chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. Sorry, but I didn’t remember to take a photo of these yummies. We had several groups serving seniors and disabled individuals with meals, transportation to services, assisted living support, and a retirement community. Organizations also represented a range of work including skin cancer prevention, childcare services, education, 4-H, gardening, the library and government services. Some organizations have been around for years and others were emerging. Our conversation was more like ones we have had with groups who are unfamiliar with the Meyer Trust. We had questions about whether we fund libraries and schools and our grant cycles. And, "Do we fund start-ups?" We were happy to answer these questions, and it gave me an opportunity to tell them that the answer to just about every question they had could be found right here on our website. (This is the best resource to learn about the Meyer Trust.) I hope a few more of these groups will become more familiar with MMT through our grant programs. Bunny and Darla, director and board member of a retirement and assisted living facility called Summit Springs Village, were talking about the new Alzheimer’s facility they are building.
Darla has lived here all her life and wears many hats in this community. In addition to supporting many nonprofit agencies, she is also the proprietor of Country Flowers-- a flower shop, bookstore, and sandwich shop.
The day was long, and the sun was setting. Before I headed out, I had a very nice dinner at the Hotel Condon, a renovated historic hotel located on Condon’s Main Street. Thank you for a lovely visit Condon!
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