The Vernonia Health Center Board had much to be thankful for this November. Two grants towards the rebuilding of the clinic out of the flood-way were awarded. Meyer Memorial Trust announced a commitment of $300,000 to move the project forward. The second grant of $35,000.00 comes from Oregon Community Foundation. Both foundations have been instrumental in supporting this community’s recovery from the flood. Oregon Community Foundation was a contributor to the new schools and Meyer Memorial Trust provided matching funds for local families to raise their homes. These two grants bring the Vernonia Health Center Board very close to their $1.3 million dollar goal. Ground breaking is planned for after the first of the year.
In the meantime, the VHCB continues to plan for ways to expand services beyond basic primary care. As part of their planning process they are asking community members to participate in a short online survey. Whether you are a current client or not they are interested in your ideas and how to work toward meeting the greater needs of the community. You may access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B2RY67L
The survey will remain online through December 30th. In response to suggestions so far, they are partnering with Pacific University and the Vernonia Senior Center to offer free Community Education classes beginning in January. The series will be on Healthy Living held at the Senior Center and open to all in the community. Specific dates and times will be announced in this paper, via informational posters and on the Facebook Community Page.