Common Good Community Foundation awards grants

Plumas Grief Support facilitator Sharon Taschenberg (right) happily receives a check to support the program from Common Good Community Foundation President Colleen McKeown. Photo submitted

Performing arts, film, emergency services, grief support, youth development — these were the diverse areas supported by the Common Good Community Foundation during its December funding cycle.

“The Board of Directors looks to fund a variety of programs within Plumas County during each funding cycle,” stated Colleen McKeown, founder and president of the organization. “We were very pleased with the diversity of the grant requests received this time around.”

Friends of Plumas Wilderness received a $1,500 grant for expenses related to the distribution and promotion of the film, “Visions of the Lost Sierra.” The film was produced by the local organization and has been accepted by the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. If selected as an On Tour film, it will be shown at 200 events and seen by over 57,000 viewers. 

Darrel Jury, president of Friends of Plumas Wilderness, stated that the film is the organization’s primary tool for outreach and education about the Feather River watershed and the importance of protecting public lands.


The Common Good Foundation also awarded $1,200 to Plumas Grief Support, a program administered through Plumas Rural Services. Plumas Grief Support seeks to provide hope and support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Facilitated by Sharon Taschenberg, a trained grief support specialist, group meetings will be offered at no cost to participants.

“We were pleased to provide funding to support those who are grieving in our local communities and to have a trained grief specialist like Sharon Taschenberg to lead the groups,” stated McKeown.

Additional grants were awarded to Peninsula Fire Sirens for ambulance supplies and equipment, to Plumas Rural Services to cover registration fees for the Girl’s Rite REACH Youth Development Conference, and to Plumas Arts for the Quircus performing arts group.

Because the Camp Fire was so devastating to neighbors in Butte County, The Common Good Foundation also made a $1,500 donation to the North Valley Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Fund.


“The Common Good Community Foundation received almost $7,000 in donations in December,” McKeown noted, adding, “It is only due to the generosity of our donors that we are able to support local organizations and programs within Plumas County.”

If you want to keep your donations local, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made on the foundation’s website at