The award winners from the Boise area were the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council and the Idaho Guard and Reserve Family Support Fund.
The Silver Sage Council works with girls in southern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. The Guard’s Family Support Fund provides emergency financial assistance for members of the Idaho National Guard and their families.
Winners in other parts of the state are the First Judicial District CASA Program in Sandpoint, Idaho Operation Lifesaver in Pocatello, the Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Bellevue and the Latah Trail Foundation in Moscow.
Members of the public nominated 135 organizations for the award. A panel determined the winners. All the nominated nonprofits were recognized in a presentation at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Dinner on Sept. 15 with the six honorees recognized on stage and presented with the award.
Each organization submitted information about its work in addition to operational documentation regarding 990 tax filings and board governance.
Do you know a great volunteer? Nominate them as a ‘Brightest Star’
Serve Idaho, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, is seeking nominations for the 2016 Idaho’s Brightest Star Awards honoring outstanding volunteers throughout the state. The awards recognize Idaho’s “unsung heroes,” or those who quietly improve their communities through their good works.
Nominations are accepted in seven categories: individual, student, school, senior (age 55 or older), organization (nonprofit, government or service club), small business (fewer than 49 employees) and corporations. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 13. Find forms and more information online at serveidaho.gov.
An award ceremony will take place in Boise on Jan. 21.
Call for volunteers... and this is a fun one
The Idaho State Historical Society seeks volunteers for the 7th annual Frightened Felons event at the Old Pen on Oct. 30-31. That includes volunteers willing to dress in prison stripes or other historical garb, research an inmate’s story and portray that inmate for visitors. Shifts are also available for game attendants, haunted cell house team members who are willing to creep around and scare visitors, ticket takers and more.
Potential volunteers must attend an informational meeting at either noon or 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Old Pen, 2554 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise. Call Amber Beierle, education specialist, visitor services coordinator at 334-2844 for more information.
Open doors at the Boise Depot
Train expert Eriks Garsvo (one of the Canyon County historians guiding the train-car rehab project at the historic Nampa Depot) will turn his focus to the Boise Depot for two special tours at noon and at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.
The free tour will highlight the history of the iconic Boise Depot and take guests through the progression of local rail service, from the railroad’s arrival in Boise and the depot’s construction to its years of operation and renovation. The tour finishes with an up-close look at the bells in the 96-foot tower.
The Boise Depot, located at 2603 W. Eastover Terrace, is open for free public drop-in from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays. Space is limited for Garsvo’s depot tours. Reserve your spot online at eventbrite.
More library gold: ‘Adventurous Women in Idaho’
Learn about some of the remarkable women in Idaho’s history in this special series, Adventurous Women in Idaho, offered during September and October for National Archives Month. Programs start at 7 p.m. in the Marion Bingham Room of the Boise Public Library’s main branch.
• Wednesday, Sept. 30: Dr. Terry Ownby presents “Pioneer Lady Photographers in the Idaho Territory.” He’ll discuss Idaho’s first two female photographers, who emerged during the waning years of America’s Civil War. Topics will include social and cultural changes that helped the women establish business independence from their husbands’ affairs, and gender issues on the Western frontier. Ownby teaches photo media and history at Idaho State University.
• Wednesday, Oct. 7: Historian Barbara Perry Bauer presents “Building Boise Not for Men Only.” Over a period of roughly 40 years, Boise grew from a small frontier town to a bustling city through the efforts of several women leaders in business, medicine and the arts, including Dr. Mary Donaldson, Julia and Hester Davis and Agnes Aelfric.
• Wednesday, Oct. 14: Michal Davidson, archivist at the Idaho State Archives, will present “Augusta Fletcher’s 1901 Expedition.” In the summer of 1901, Fletcher set out with two other women and a man to survey Idaho’s flower and plant life, visiting Ketchum, Hailey, Shoshone Falls and Yellowstone National Park. Davidson’s talk will feature photographs from the trip as well as diary entries that tell the story of this summer journey.
• Wednesday, Oct. 21: Davidson returns with expert tips on digital preservation for family photos and documents.
For more information, call 972-8255.
Persian poetry at Boise Public Library
Boise Public Library is once again hosting its annual birthday celebration of mystic poet and philosopher Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the library’s main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. in Boise. All are invited to come enjoy an evening of poetry, conversation, Persian desserts and tea. Attendees are welcome to bring a Rumi poem to share.
For more information, call 972-8255.
Reminder: Preservation Heritage Homes Tour
Get your tickets now for this always delightful local favorite. The self-guided tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4. This year’s focus: the Kootenai Street historic neighborhood. All homes are within walking distance. Check-in is at the historic South Pool at 921 Shoshone St. on the Boise Bench. Find ticket prices and details online at preservationidaho.org. All proceeds benefit the organization’s many educational and preservation programs and efforts.
A volunteer’s story
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you’d like to share your own volunteer story, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a photo of yourself at your volunteer post (JPEG format).
By Whitney Chandler, Boise
I am currently an AmeriCorps VISTA at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho. I found Big Brothers Big Sisters through the AmeriCorps website, which has numerous opportunities to become a VISTA throughout the United States. I choose to stay in Boise for my service, rather than move out of state, because of the strong sense of community that I feel here.
During my time at Big Brothers Big Sisters, I have been welcomed with open arms and my work is very much appreciated. I volunteer in the marketing department here in aid of promoting Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to the public in hope of recruiting volunteers and donors of many capacities. Stories about the changes that we make in children’s lives in our community pass across my desk every day and that is thank you enough for the hours that I spend with the organization. We have volunteers that work in all different levels of involvement from mentors, to event coordinators, to simply helping spread the good word about Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Is this a volunteer fit for you? Find details online at bbbsidaho.org.