Zions Bank now accepting Smart Women Grant applications

awebb@idahostatesman.comMay 21, 2013 

Usful Glassworks may have a new name — the organization began its life as Sustainable Futures — but the mission remains the same, providing job training for Idahoans and finding new and creative uses for glass that might otherwise end up in the landfill.


Zions Bank's Women's Financial Group is now accepting applications for its 2013 Smart Women Grants, which are micro-grants of $3,000.

The deadline to apply is June 28.

The program is open to anyone whose proposal promotes the empowerment of women or directly benefits women or low-income and underserved populations in Idaho and Utah.

The program will award six micro-grants in these categories: small business startup and expansion; community development; continuing education and teacher support; child and/or elder care; health and human services and arts and culture.

Last year's grant recipients included Susan Wright, a teacher at Reed Elementary School in Kuna who used her grant to add more than 600 books to her first-grade classroom to help counter school budget cuts; Victoria Savage of Care for Living, a Boise company that helps seniors remain independent and Marilyn Lysohire-Coates, owner of an artisan chocolate company, Cowgirl Chocolates.

Get an application online (link through idahostatesman.com) or call (800) 737-6586. Winners will be announced in September.


Usful Glassworks (formally Sustainable Futures) is a local nonprofit that makes usable glassware out of repurposed bottles. The production of the glassware is part of a work readiness program.

Usful Glassworks will be holding a bottle collection drive called Bottles uP! on Sunday, May 26, at its donation center, 5858 West Franklin Road in Boise.

Staffers will take donations from noon to 3 p.m. They need spirit and soda pop bottles as well as wine and beer bottles.

Donors will also have the chance to tour the facility and find out more about the organization. RecycleMyGlass.com, a local company that provides curbside glass pickup will also be on hand to share information about their service.

For more, contact Carlyn Blake, executive director, at 322-8272.


The Consulate of Mexico in Boise invites the public to participate in the 17th This is my Mexico Children's Drawing Contest.

This year's theme is "Wings of Mexi, Bringing Borders Together."

All children, ages 7 to 11, are eligible to participate, regardless of their nationality.

Last year, Brinn Waibel Sterline, a student at St. Mary's School in Boise, was one of 15 winners, selected from 4,000 applicants from around the world.

The deadline to apply is July 15. The winner will be announced in August. He or she will receive a work of art by Mexican artist Jorge Marin.

Contact the Press Attache of the Consulate of Mexico in Boise, Sebastian Galvan Duque at 954-8853 or sgalvanduque@sre.gob.mx; or Rafael Garza, community affairs officer, at 954-8854 or vgarza@sre.gob.mx for an application and specifics about entering the contest.


Curious about the writers' and readers' programs at The Cabin (formerly the Log Cabin Literary Center)?

Well, here's your chance to learn more. The Cabin hosts a special event, 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., to share more about what it does.

The evening will include music, snacks, prizes, tours, a chance to sign up for summer writing camp, meet teaching-writers and try out the open mic.

Come check it out. It's free and open to the public: 331-8000 or info@TheCabinIdaho.org for more.


Maureen O'Toole will serve as the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage's chief executive officer.

O'Toole is a retired military intelligence officer and public school teacher. She created and taught teen leadership classes and partnered with Idaho youth organizations to provide training.

She earned a B.A. in anthropology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, a B.A. in bilingual elementary education from Boise State University and a master's of organizational leadership from George Fox University, Idaho campus. She is also certified as a Franklin-Covey facilitator.

She served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves for 25 years, holding two command positions and earning the rank of lieutenant colonel. While in the military, she studied organizations and systems in depth in order to predict behavior.

O'Toole started her new job at the end of April.

"I see this position as a perfect intersection of my professional background and passion for helping youth reach their potential with the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place," she said.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage serves more than 5,000 girl members, 2,300 adult volunteers and 400 troops in southern Idaho and parts of eastern Oregon and northern Nevada.


The nonprofit Squaw Butte Back Country Horsemen host its 6th Annual Most Awesome Yard Sale Ever fundraiser, Saturday May 25, in the Key Bank parking lot on Washington Avenue in Emmett. The sale begins at 8 a.m.

Items will include furniture and appliances, household items, clothing, books, children's items, outdoor equipment, lawn mowers and yard items, craft items, and horse and tack stuff. Club members also welcome donations. Call Janine at 938-1213 or Bill at 830-4877.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help pay for tools and supplies used in backcountry-trail maintenance and educational outreach programs.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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