Heartsafe Community members display one of two new Automated External Defibrillators, purchases made possible through a grant awarded by The Common Good Community Foundation. Pictured, from left, are Darren Beatty of PDH, Plumas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Satterfield, Karen Lichti from the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, Sam Blesse of Care Flight, Tina Venable from Public Health, Zoe Stancer of PDH, and Robbie Cassou from the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department. Photo submitted

Common Good awards grants

Life-enhancing efforts by three different Plumas County nonprofits were given a boost when they received grants from The Common Good Community Foundation during the group’s spring funding cycle.

“One grant will literally help save lives,” said the foundation’s founder and president, Colleen McKeown, “One will improve the quality of life for some of our special citizens, and the third will enhance the life of ourcounty by assisting our tourism effort.”

Sam Blesse, chairman of Heartsafe Community, said the grant received will cover the cost of two potentially lifesaving automated externaldefibrillators.Thanks to the 47defibrillators already in service,five people have been successfully resuscitated in the past three years in Plumas County. The new defibrillators will be placed in areas of the county that do not have adequate coverage.

A well-known and well-loved county program,Horses Unlimited,received funding for scholarships that will cover the cost of riding lessons for three special needs students.Horses Unlimited’s mission is to provide equine therapy and activities for the disabled and special needs population of Plumas County.The riding program is designed to give each rider the opportunity to expand the limits of their abilities in a safe environment.

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Local residents and tourists alike have enjoyed barn quilt tours.The grantreceived by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commercewill be used to cover tour advertising.“Our county economy benefits greatly from tourism,” said McKeown, “and the quilt tours are a popular outing for folks from out of the area.”

To make a difference in the life of Plumas County, consider supporting The Common Good Foundation.Donate atthe foundation’s website, www.commongoodplumas.org, or call 394-8389.