by: Submitted Photo - Submitted Photo A donation check was recently awarded to Kevin Hormann, Juniper Junction Community Council chairman, at right, by A.J. Losoya, Home Federal Bank vice president, on left, and Tena Jackson, Home Federal Bank Madras operations manager.

   Kevin Hormann accepted a check for $2,000 for the Juniper Junction Relief Nursery from the Home Federal Foundation at Home Federal Bank's Madras branch on Monday, Dec. 10.
   Hormann is chairman of the Juniper Junction Community Council, the governing body of the Juniper Junction Relief Nursery.
   One of the requirements for obtaining a grant from Home Federal is to have one of its employees participate as a volunteer in the effort.
   Tena Jackson, Madras branch operations manager, is that employee. Jackson serves on the Juniper Junction Board of Directors, and is active in both the budget and fundraising committees. On average, she gives eight hours per month to the organization.
   The Juniper Junction Relief Nursery program offers a therapeutic classroom for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years, from families with a large number of risk factors for abuse and neglect.
   The focus in the classroom is on social/emotional development, and also provides for all areas of development and prepares children for school.
   The focus of the program, however, is on the family. The program builds on family strengths, and celebrates all family successes.
   The Juniper Junction Relief Nursery is one of 15 relief nurseries in the state of Oregon.
   The mission of the Home Federal Foundation is to make a positive difference in the communities in which Home Federal Bancorp and its subsidiaries do business, by providing monetary grants to organizations focused on:
   . Improving the quality of life for families and individuals.
   . Providing educational opportunities for children and adults.
   . Building the infrastructure of the community through capital campaigns and economic development projects.
   Home Federal Bank in Madras has been doing business since 2000.
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