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The Bloom Project receives $5,000 grant


The Bloom Project , a volunteer-driven nonprofit providing fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, has received a $5,500 grant award from The Hoover Family Foundation .

The grant supports the nonprofit as it provides donated flowers for patients receiving end-of-life care in Portland, Bend and the surrounding areas.

“We are honored to be awarded with such a generous grant from The Hoover Family Foundation,” said The Bloom Project founder and president Heidi Berkman. “Their contribution will help our organization as we continue to share the beauty of flowers with as many people as possible.”

The Hoover Family Foundation is dedicated to increasing the ability of organizations to provide excellence in their commitment to the community. Founders James and Katherine Hoover believe improving an individual’s capabilities and circumstances is possible at any age, and – through their foundation – recognize Portland and Indianapolis-based nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of individuals within their communities.

About The Hoover Family Foundation

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., The Hoover Family Foundation was created in 1992 by James and Katherine Hoover. Recently expanding to Portland, Ore., the foundation recognizes nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of others and the community. Grants are awarded to organizations that foster self-sufficiency, provide social services or improve educational opportunities at all levels. For more information, please visit: .

About The Bloom Project

Founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman in Bend, Ore., The Bloom Project is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients. Now with a location in Portland, Ore., which opened in 2013, The Bloom Project receives each of its flowers from donations provided by floral distributors, local stores, community members and special events. The flowers are repurposed by volunteers into beautiful bouquets ready to deliver to local hospice and palliative care patients. Volunteers come from all different backgrounds; many are retired or have no floral experience. Members of the team with floral design experience host training sessions, teaching new volunteers how to: care for the flowers, identify which flowers to keep and properly arrange a bouquet. Berkman and her team of volunteers are committed to sustainable business practices. Not only are they eco-friendly in their efforts to repurpose flowers from their partners, but also by composting floral waste. For more information, please visit: .

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