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BMCF announces more COVID-19 fund recipients


Blue Mountain Community Foundation has announced nine more grants to eight local nonprofits as part of its COVID-19 Response Fund.

This is the second round of funding from the foundation. The latest grants total $118,200. Combined with the first round, the response fund's total contributions to Columbia and Walla Walla county charities are $256,660 since April 2.

Recipients, their allocations and their plans are:

Children's Home Society, $39,000, for emergency financial assistance for people in need living at Valle Lindo over a three-month period.

Walla Walla Senior Center, two grants — one for $26,000 for its increased number of  nutritious meals for the elderly in Walla Walla County for four months, and $7,200 for increased meals in Columbia County for four months.

Comprehensive Mental Health, $15,000, for technology needed to better serve clients.

SOS Health Services, $10,000, for increased services and technological needs for its free health clinic.

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, $8,000, for technological needs.

YWCA of Walla Walla, $5,000, for additional cleaning supplies and services for safety and health of residents.

Providence St. Mary Foundation, $5,000, to meet emergency needs of patients served by Population Health. 

And Blue Mountain Counseling of Dayton, $3,000, to help meet emergency needs for clients in Columbia County.

Grants were made with the assistance of a 25-member advisory committee, the release noted.

Recent donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund have included $100,000 from the Cape Flattery Foundation, and $75,000 from the M.J. Charitable Trust.

"We are deeply appreciative of this support," Executive Director Kari Isaacson wrote in the release.

Donations are accepted at

Jedidiah Maynes is a reporter for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin covering a variety of topics including local court cases. He enjoys making music and puns.

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