The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation invites nonprofit organizations with innovative, creative approaches and solutions for community challenges to apply for the next round of grants. The organization anticipates granting an estimated $165,000 in the foundation’s 2015-2016 cycle.
The first step for applicants is submitting a letter of inquiry by noon Thursday, Oct. 8.
The letter of inquiry form, selection criteria and more information are available online at idahowomenscharitable foundation.org.
Applicants and potential Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation members should also plan to attend information sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 15. There will be time slots available throughout the day. Online registration for the sessions begins Aug. 6.
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Over the past 14 years, foundation members have invested more than $2.5 million in nonprofit organizations serving communities across southwestern Idaho. Recent projects have addressed child sexual abuse prevention, a safety net for hungry children, expressive writing for at-risk youth and teens living with cancer. Other grants have provided sewing equipment for refugees and a van for transporting Idaho Shakespeare Festival productions to schools.
Nonprofits working in cultural arts, education, environment, financial stability or health in any of the 10 southwestern Idaho counties (Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington) may apply. Projects, programs, services or items that address demonstrated needs are eligible for consideration. Endowments, scholarships, individuals, annual funds, general operations and general capital campaigns do not qualify. Requests will not be considered for funds to lobby officials, to be re-granted, or that require faith-based participation.
In May 2015, the foundation awarded grants to six applicants from the pooled fund of $163,500. Members also made individual designations of $500 to one or two nonprofits of their choice.
Call 343-IWCF for more information.
Idaho Veterans Network wish list
The Idaho Veterans Network does some of the most important work in the Valley — supporting veterans as they work to reintegrate into civilian society. The group began meeting in 2005 as a response to the number of local veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other physical and mental wounds.
The group, which works closely with local law enforcement and service organizations, provides mentoring, advocacy, referrals, ongoing support and friendship to veterans and their families.
To continue its work, the group needs cash donations to pay for PTSD treatment, help with transportation including bus passes, bikes, gas cards and auto parts, employers who are willing to hire veterans, volunteers willing to provide dinners for weekly meetings, grocery and restaurant gift cards, a website designer, or donations to pay someone to help, and last but not least, a facility where veterans can relax, watch TV and hang out.
Make a donation online at idahoveteransnetwork.org or call 440-3939.
Metro Meals on Wheels seeks drivers
Volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of home-bound seniors in Ada County should consider becoming drivers for Meals on Wheels. Drivers are needed to deliver meals in Boise and Meridian each weekday. Many delivery routes are just once a week or every other week, and take one to two hours.
Metro Meals on Wheels delivers more than 500 hot meals each weekday and serves an additional 400-plus meals daily at senior centers throughout Ada County.
“Home delivery is an extremely important part of our service to homebound seniors,” stated Grant Jones, director of Metro Meals on Wheels. “The volunteer delivery driver may be the only friendly face the client sees each day, and the fact that someone cares is as important as the nutritious food the volunteers deliver.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer delivery driver must possess a valid driver’s license, complete a volunteer application, available online at metromeals.net and pass a background check.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Cheryl Johnson, services and volunteer coordinator, at 321-0031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhodes Skatepark unveiled
Big plans are underway to turn Rhodes Park into a premiere skate boarding destination. The public will get its first look at designs for the park at a free barbecue and skate demo on Wednesday, July 29, at Fort Boise Park (Fort and Reserve Streets).
The festivities, including skate demos by The Boardroom and Prestige Skateboards and music from DJ Herrera, will begin at 7 p.m.
The party celebrates the transformation of Boise’s Rhodes Park by Seattle designer Gridline Skateparks. The new 33,000-square-foot park will include concrete terrain suitable for all ages, abilities and skate styles.
For more information call Lori Wright from the Boise Skateboard Association at 841-9679.
Cool collaboration benefiting kids in need
United Way recently hosted a Pop-V (pop-up volunteerism) project with CITI Group’s national executive team. The team was in Boise last week and worked with United Way to assemble 100 literacy kits and 100 hygiene kits for children in the local community. Numerous businesses and organizations, including Albertsons, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s, Delta Dental, Willamette Dental, ShopKo, Idaho Commission on Libraries, Valley Regional Transit, the WCA, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline and more, contributed to the project.
The kits will help families work toward the goal of having their children ready to start school with basic skills and prepared for learning. The literacy kits contain alphabet cards, crayons, coloring books, literacy guides for parents/caregivers, Mr. Potato Head play sets, books, book marks, My Plate healthy eating mats and more. The hygiene kits will go to high school counselors in the area to give to homeless high school students in their schools. The kits include shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, hair supplies, wipes, deodorant, lip balm, sun screen, bus information, abuse and suicide resources and more.
Many of the items in the kits were donated by the organizations listed above. CITI donated more to fill in the gaps.
Don’t miss the library’s Comic-Con drawing contest
Calling all creatives: There are just a few days left to enter Boise Public Library’s Library Comic-Con drawing contest. Here’s what you do. Draw or paint your favorite comic book, television, or movie character, or, better yet, invent a character of your own. Pick up an entry form at any Boise Public Library branch or download one online at boisepubliclibrary.org, then submit your masterpiece by 5 p.m., Friday, July 31.
The contest is open to all ages. Contestants don’t have to have a library card to enter. Entries should be original work. They can be drawings or paintings, black and white or color. They should be no larger than 11 by 17 inches and should not be in frames or in glass or acrylic holders. Limit of one entry per person.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners for entries in the adults, teens and kids categories. Depending on the age distribution of entries, prizes may also be awarded for additional age categories. Winners will be notified by phone. Winning entries will be on display at Library Comic-Con on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Main Library. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be announced during the event.
The four Boise Public Library locations are the Library! at Cole & Ustick, 7557 W. Ustick Road in the Library Plaza; the Main Library at 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in downtown Boise; the Library! at Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road in the Hillcrest Shopping Center; and the Library! at Collister, 4724 W. State St. in the Collister Shopping Center.