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Camp Fire USA Portland Metro Council Receives $340,000 Grant to Support After-School Youth-Development Programs

Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support programs at 12 Portland-area schools

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kristen Carter 
Camp Fire USA, Portland Metro Council
Phone: 503.224.7800

Portland, Ore. -- Camp Fire USA Portland Metro Council today announced it has received a $340,000, three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support its proactive youth-development program in 12 Portland-area schools.

“We strive to provide the highest level of services to Portland-area young people,” said Keith Thomajan, executive director of Camp Fire.  “Thanks to organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and our many dedicated individual donors and volunteers, Camp Fire can provide the services and support Portland-area young people need to grow into caring, successful adults.”

Founded in 1912, Camp Fire USA Portland Metro Council is a leader in youth development, serving young people in Multnomah and Washington counties. It offers proactive educational  and recreational opportunities and experiences designed to provide young people with the skills and motivation they need to become successful adults. The school-based program for 4th–12th graders includes academic and social enrichment, mentoring and opportunities for community service. Camp Namanu, a residential summer camp, offers traditional camp activities plus opportunities for leadership, teamwork and environmental stewardship. Camp Fire USA’s mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders.

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