Monday, May 24, 2021

Wildhorse Foundation Grant to the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall for the Catherine Creek Community Center

 The Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall operating the Catherine Creek Community Center in Union Oregon is excited to announce that the nonprofit has received a generous grant from the Wildhorse Foundation.  Funding from the Wildhorse Foundation, operated by The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will be used for the Catherine Creek Community Center Roof Repair.


The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is a modern Tribal Government representing the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people, who have lived in this region for thousands of years. Each year the Wildhorse Foundation makes grants to eligible organizations in the  homeland area now known as northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties in Oregon and Benton, Columbia and Walla Walla Counties in Washington, along with Native American organizations in the Pacific Northwest region.


The Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall acknowledges and thanks the Wildhorse Foundation for the opportunity to support the preservation of this historic brick structure. This grande building formerly known as the Union United Methodist Church was built in 1905 and has been a home for religious services as well community gatherings and events since its construction.


Wildhorse Foundation dollars will support a large percentage of the repair of the steep gabled roof system.  The Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall will be organizing fundraising activities over the next few months to help raise the additional dollars needed to complete the roof repair and secure the building for future generations. 


You can view more information about upcoming fundraisers, The Wildhorse Foundation and the roof project at www.CatherineCreekCommunityCenter.com or view our exterior display when you come to Union for the Eastern Oregon LiveStock Show the first full week of June or the Union County Fireworks display on the Fourth of July. 



Sunday, May 23, 2021

Food Pantry Coming Soon to The Catherine Creek Community Center

 The Catherine Creek Community Center will soon provide a Food Pantry at the 667 N Main Street Location!

The volunteer group has participated in Food Handlers Training, had a site visit and is now finalizing requirments to begin operation. 

To assure a continuation of services, volunteers from Catherine Creek Community Center visited the Union Food Pantry operated by the Union Baptist Church at 1531 S Main St. Union OR 97883.  The Union Baptist Church opens the Food Pantry once a month for services and has been orperating at the location for eight years. 

Opening date for Union Food Pantry at the Catherine Creek Community Center will be announced. 



Community Resource Center at The Catherine Creek Community Center funded by Oregon Community Foundation

 


The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall operating the Catherine Creek Community Center in Union Oregon is pleased to announce that the organization has received an award by the Oregon Community Foundation.  


The grant request, for a Community Resource Center, will be an asset to the local community of Union Oregon.  The grant request will include staff, three computers, resource literature and bookshelves for public use.  The Catherine Creek Community Center Community Resource Center will be open Fridays from 9:00-2:00 beginning June 2021 with extended hours posted later this summer. 


Terra Richter, Board President writes, “The Oregon Community Foundation dollars will allow our organization to provide a needed service to our community.  Union residents can use our computers, printers and staff to access local and regional services.”


The funds that supported the Oregon Community Foundation Grant are: the Glen and Jean McKenzie Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, Robert W. Chandler Fund of Oregon Community Foundation and the Northeast Oregon Heritage Fund of Oregon Community Foundation.  


The Catherine Creek Community Center is now open for booking.  The historic Union Main Street location hosts an impressive Chapel with grand stained glass windows. In addition to Chapel rental for weddings and family events, the building includes a meeting hall, office desk is available for rent as well as an approved kitchen facility.  For rental and contact information see our website at www.CatherineCreekCommunityCenter.com


The Community Resource Center at the Catherine Creek Community Center, funded by Oregon Community Foundation dollars,  is one of several programs that the Board of the Catherine Creek Community Center has been developing.  Additional programming will include a Food Pantry, Memorial Wall and a Community History Project located at: Union Community History Project  As the volunteer program develops, Covid-19 restrictions are addressed and resources are sought, the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall will continue to bring responsive programming to Union Oregon.   Community input in program development is encouraged.    


The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall has worked to  address access to all.  The Community Resource Center will include a desk designed to compliment wheelchairs, access to our newly enlarged ADA Bathroom and existing wheelchair ramps. 



Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall, Inc. shall be to: Foster community relationships, Provide and encourage par...