Friends of the Hood River County Library Receives $250,000
Challenge Grant to match donations until June 30
A private charitable foundation has made a $250,000 challenge grant to supporters of the Hood River County Library for donations to the Pat Hazlehurst Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation for all contributions made until June 30, 2019 up to $250,000.
This challenge grant Is a unique opportunity to build the Pat Hazlehurst Fund, located at the Gorge Community Foundation, to provide ongoing operating support to the Hood River County Library.
The library operates branches in Cascade Locks and Parkdale, in addition to the main library in Hood River, and has expanded outreach to Odell. The Friends of the Library provides financial support for annual library programming, including Hood River County Reads. This year’s Hood River County Reads selection is Temperance Creek by Pamela Royes.
Hazlehurst, a retired librarian and enthusiastic supporter of the library, brought the concept of distributing a book throughout the community to the Friends of the Library. She developed the Hood River County Reads program in 2006 and chaired the program until her death in 2010. Friends and family started and continue to support an endowment fund in her name at the Gorge Community Foundation to provide ongoing operating support for the library and its programs.
How to participate
By June 30, 2019, area residents who value the library and its services to Hood River County are encouraged to participate and double the impact of their contribution. Gifts may be made online by credit card at www.gorgecf.org (gifts designated to the Pat Hazlehurst Fund); by mail to the Gorge Community Foundation, PO Box 1711, Hood River, OR 97031; or by bringing a check made out to “Pat Hazlehurst Endowment” to the Hood River Library circulation desk. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
About the Gorge Community Foundation
Founded in 2001, the Gorge Community Foundation’s assets total over $6 million and the Foundation manages nearly 50 designated funds and 30 donor advised funds. The foundation makes grants and scholarships totaling over $120,000 each year and has granted over $1.3 million to Gorge organizations and students since 2003. The foundation is managed by a 10-member Board of Directors led by board president Gil Sharp that includes representation from Gorge communities on both sides of the river. More information is available at http://www.gorgecf.org/.
About Friends of the Library
Friends of the Hood River Library was founded in 1977. Donations, membership fees, and the sale of books fund their efforts. Through the years, the Friends have made large and small contributions to the library. In 1998 the Friends gave $10,000 in seed money to start the Library Foundation, which raised funds for the library renovation and expansion in 2003 and ran an Early Open Campaign in 2011 that allowed the library to reopen six months early. Members of the Friends also volunteer in the library by covering, processing, and shelving new books; assisting the children’s librarian with craft projects; organizing adult and children’s programs; supporting staff development; co-sponsoring the Hood River County Reads program; and providing additional Library funding as needed. The Friends meet at noon on the second Tuesday of most months at the Hood River Library. The public is invited to attend.