Grady Britton Awards $25,000 Grant to Oregon Partnership to Help Publicize its Military HelpLine
Award Marks Third Annual Grant of Marketing Services to Local Non-Profit AgenciesPortland, Ore. (August 2, 2010) – Grady Britton (GB) is proud to award its third annual $25,000 Grant for professional services to Oregon Partnership, a statewide non-profit based in Portland working in the field of substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention. Grady Britton will work with Oregon Partnership on a program to promote its new Military HelpLine––1-888-HLP-4-VETS ––that provides confidential advice and referrals for returning military, veterans, and their families.
According to Oregon Partnership, mental health issues and suicide among veterans are escalating problems. Data indicates that there are 18 suicides a day nationwide among this population. Such statistics prompted the introduction of a bill in Congress earlier this year. The bill required the Veterans Administration to conduct a study to understand the factors contributing to veteran suicides, and to identify steps to prevent future tragedies. At the request of the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon Partnership was asked to begin operating a private and confidential help line for returning military personnel and their families, offering referrals to counseling and other resources. Grady Britton will provide creative services to help the Oregon Partnership publicize the Military HelpLine in all corners of Oregon, especially in rural areas where veterans may feel cut off from information and support groups which exist primarily in the Valley core.
“Those who have served in the military and their families often face a myriad of problems that sometimes seem overwhelming. That’s why we see an urgent need to get the word out about the new Military HelpLine,” said Peter Jurney, Development Director of Oregon Partnership. “Grady Britton’s grant couldn’t have come at a better time. The award will enable us to reach our service men and women and their families to let them know help and support are just a phone call away.”
Oregon Partnership teaches prevention of substance abuse and suicide at the elementary and secondary level; manages statewide campaigns against underage drinking and prescription drug abuse; works with community drug-free coalitions around the state; and operates four 24/7 crisis lines: Oregon’s suicide LifeLine; Drug and Alcohol HelpLine; YouthLine, staffed by teens; and the new Military HelpLine. Oregon Partnership takes more than 36,000 crisis line phone calls each year, half of which are suicide calls. It saves lives every day through referrals to counseling and resources, and when necessary, by doing suicide rescues.
“We were overwhelmed and humbled by the number of wonderful organizations that applied for this year’s Grady Britton $25,000 Grant. After careful consideration, we chose Oregon Partnership because of the outstanding work they do in the areas of education and prevention for youth and the community. We also saw the immediate need to support our military and their families, many of whom put their lives on hold and now need our help,” said Grady Britton President Frank Grady. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to work with this remarkable organization, and look forward to supporting them and other Portland non-profits making a positive impact on the lives of others.”
Any Portland-area 501(c)(3) organization was eligible to apply for the $25,000 professional services grant through Grady Britton’s Web site, which the agency plans to award yearly. Grady Britton looks for a recipient that is working to make a difference in our community.
This is the third year that the grant has been available, and the agency saw a 100 percent increase in applicants, a list that included a variety of organizations ranging from children’s charities to recreational facilities to social services. The 2009 GB Grant recipient was The Dougy Center, for whom the agency created a refreshed identity, including redesigning a brochure and website, as well as developing web banners and a radio spot. All work focused on helping The Dougy Center spread its message of hope for children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and to grow its network of supporters. To learn more about the work Grady Britton produced for The Dougy Center, visit http://gradybritton.com/category/showcase/gb-grant-showcase/the-dougy-center-gb-grant