Apple A Day Campaign

Apple A Day

Oregon is a large and beautiful state. From the gorgeous coastline to the mountaintops of eastern Oregon, and all the geological wonders in between, Oregon has it all. Most of us assume that if we have a medical emergency while we’re out exploring our wonderful state, help is just a 9-1-1 call away. That is true, but what you may not realize is that in many rural parts of this state the people who respond to that 9-1-1 call are volunteers. Without these volunteers the response to a 9-1-1 call could be hours away. 

These volunteers take time off work and away from their families to become Emergency Medical Responders (formerly licensed as First Responders) and EMS Providers (formerly licensed as EMTs). They pay out of their own pockets to get the training needed to respond when you call — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But more and more, these volunteers simply can’t afford the ongoing tuition and related travel costs. They need your help.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health, through its Apple A Day campaign, raises funds to help these volunteers pay for their EMS training. We have had great success and through the end of 2015 have made 205 individual grant awards to rural Oregon EMS volunteers for their continuing education costs and 34 grant awards to rural EMS agencies to conduct local trainings for their staff — a total of $186,154.90 distributed! The 2015 campaign raised over $13,000 which will be distributed during calendar year 2016.

You can help us make the 2016 Apple A Day campaign the most successful one yet. Contribute today and help ensure that no matter what corner of our state you visit, you can expect a prompt response if you ever need to dial 9-1-1. Individuals and organizations can make contributions all year long right here on our website. If you want additional information or want to find out other ways you can contribute, contact our office at 503-494-4450.

The OHSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is the repository for all private grants and charitable donations in support of OHSU. The Taxpayer Identification number is 23-7083114. 100% of donations to the Apple A Day campaign go directly toward the rural volunteer EMS grant program.

Apple A Day Rural Volunteer EMS Grant Cycles

Individual Grant Eligibility Requirements

Please see this for the eligibility requirements.

2016 individual grant cycle dates are as follows:

Cycle 16

  • Applications distributed: Monday, January 11
  • Applications due: Monday, February 8
  • Award notifications: Friday, February 26 (checks received roughly 3 weeks later)

Cycle 17

Contact Lindsay Flick | | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376 | if you would like to add your name to the list of people who automatically receive Apple A Day grant applications at the beginning of each cycle.

Apple A Day 2016 Rural EMS Agency Training Grant Cycle

If you represent a rural EMS agency that would like to conduct an in-house training for your staff, and perhaps invite other EMS personnel from surrounding communities, this grant is for you! These funds may also be used to send staff to training that cannot be offered locally.

Please note that you must be located in a rural area and recognized by the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Systems Program as an organization that participates in Oregon’s 9-1-1 response system. You may request funding for any training class or exercise you plan to complete within the next 12 months.

2016 Cycle Dates

  • Applications distributed: Monday, February 1
  • Applications due: Monday, February 29
  • Award notifications: Friday, March 18 (checks received roughly 3 weeks later)

Contact Lindsay Flick | | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376 | if you would like to be included on the mailing list for future Apple A Day Agency Training Grants.

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