Mt. Hood Town Hall receives $20,000 OCF improvement grant

The Mt. Hood Town Hall Association has received a $20,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to continue improvements at the community center in the Upper Hood River Valley.

Kathleen Cornett, the foundation’s vice president of grants and programs, said this about the grant:

“OCF is proud to support renovations to the 100-year-old Mount Hood Town Hall. The association’s fundraising efforts have been impressive, bringing together countless community members to upgrade this important gathering place for rural neighbors to engage with their peers and improve the quality of life in the Upper Hood River Valley.”

The town hall continues to seek donations and grants to pay for the Centennial Renovation Project. The building was constructed in 1914 and after serving for 50 years as a four-room community school but then being neglected for many more, volunteers have created a vibrant community center while restoring the building and grounds.

The Centennial Renovation Project includes a new playground and other outdoor improvements, replacement of the old windows and frames, and a comprehensive preparation and painting of the building’s exterior.

Bob Danko, one of the town hall’s volunteers, encourages use of the building as a way to support the renovation.

“Every event rental and every class helps us restore the building and grounds. Thanks to the increased use, and so many donations and volunteer hours, the improvements over the last 15 years have been amazing.”

To rent the town hall or attend one of the many classes held there, or to donate to the Centennial Project, visit or call Nikki Stansel at 541-645-0341.

The Mount Hood Town Hall is located along Highway 35, 15 miles south of Hood River, in the community of Mount Hood.

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