Helping Works

Anna Webb, Helping Works: A grant for the Ada Boys & Girls Club; a big book sale; and more

Anna Webb.
Anna Webb.

The Meridian Boys & Girls Club is expanding its home at the corner of Pine and Meridian Road in Downtown Meridian. The nonprofit recently got the good news that the Micron Foundation is awarding $100,000 to the project. The donation will help pay for a new technology center, teen center and gymnasium. The existing facility has been cramped, say staffers, with summer waiting lists often exceeding 100 children and teenagers.

Previous donations, including $1 million from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, have also supported the expansion. The club held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 20.

Habitat for Humanity/CBH Homes project needs help

Readers may remember eight years ago when a group of community partners and the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” television program built a house for the Stockdale family. Their four children were ill with a rare blood disease and their old home was in disrepair.

This month, CBH Homes, one of the participants in the Stockdale project, is partnering with Habitat for Humanity on another project — building a house for the Archuleta family in Nampa. The five-person family is living in a travel trailer parked on their parents’ land.

The “blitz build” for the Archuletas will take place from June 8 to June 12. Participants will build a new home in five days, from start to finish.

CBH Homes has put out the call for volunteers, spectators to cheer on the builders and donations. Find more information online or write

Have 50 cents? Get a book and help your local library

The Friends of the Boise Public Library holds its third annual Summer Reading Porch Sale on the front porch of the Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6. Everything will be priced at 50 cents. Cash or checks preferred. Sale items will include adult and youth paperback fiction, plus some nonfiction titles, music CDs and VHS movies. Volunteers will restock during the sale, so you’ll want to shop both days.

All the money raised will help the all-volunteer Friends group buy materials for new branch collections, support major library projects and events for all ages, including the Summer Fest Reading Program and Library Comic Con. To learn more about the sale, about donating books or about joining the Friends organization, call 384-4198.

Be a summer ‘refuge ambassador’

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge seeks summer volunteers to help educate Lake Lowell visitors about the Refuge and its wild residents. “Refuge ambassadors” will interact with visitors and lead hands-on outdoor recreation and wildlife monitoring activities. Volunteer shifts are on weekends and weekday evenings in June, July and August.

The ideal volunteer will be comfortable approaching visitors to initiate conversations, comfortable with public speaking and comfortable being outdoors in the heat. Volunteers should also know, or be interested in learning about wildlife and habitat, nature photography, birding, fishing, terrestrial and aquatic insect collecting and more. Teaching skills and an ability to speak Spanish are a plus.

Contact Mackenzie Tietjen at 467-9278 or for more information. Follow Deer Flat on Facebook.

Know your Capital City Kiwanis

Residents interested in public service founded Boise’s first Kiwanis club in the early 1920s. Capital City Kiwanis was founded in 1950 as an offshoot from the original Boise club. According to club member Wes Seideman, at that time, members helped clear walking trails along the Boise River that eventually became the Greenbelt.

Projects planned or completed for this year include donations of diapers and other items to City Light, the shelter for women and children, to the Baby Steps program at St. Michaels that teaches parenting skills and to the Marian Pritchett School for pregnant or parenting teens. The club has led outings to pick up garbage along a stretch of roadway between the Crow Inn and Discovery Park, has participated in Rake Up Boise, and helped with the Boy Scout food drive. Other activities include ringing bells for the Salvation Army annual fundraiser, acting as judges for the Academic Decathlon and more.

The club welcomes new members. Call 375-0009 for more information.

Quick takes: Bright news

•  Caliente clothing drive: For the month of June, Caliente Full Service Salon at 605 S. Americana Blvd. in Boise, will hold a clothing drive for people staying at the Boise Rescue Mission’s four shelters, River of Life, City Light Home for Women and Children, Lighthouse, and Valley Women and Children’s Shelter. Needed items include blouses, slacks, nice jeans, pants, suits, dress shoes, children’s clothing and more. Drop donations at the salon. Call 378-8561 for more information.

•  “Groceries for Good:” Rosauers Supermarket program placed boxes in the front lobbies of local schools to collect Rosauers grocery receipts during the school year. Rosauers recently donated $10,000 to the schools based on their share of receipts. One example, Pioneer School of the Arts in Meridian received $1,346 to help support its programs.

•  1st Annual Walk For Wishes: Axiom and host the walk on Saturday, June 6, at Axiom Fitness, 801 E. Parkcenter Blvd. in Boise. Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. There is no registration fee, but organizers ask that each walker raise $100 for the cause. Register



•  A heartening collaboration: Saint Vincent de Paul, VFW Post 1173, Direct TV, the Boise Veterans Administration, Boise Rescue Mission and the Idaho Division of Veterans Services got together to provide 900 personal care kits (light-weight backpacks filled with items like soap, Q-tips, toothbrushes, etc.) for people in need. Saint Vincent volunteers distributed the kits during home visits, through their dining hall and food pantry program and other channels.

•  During their Cookies from the Heart program, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage provided 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for nonprofits across southern Idaho including the Idaho Foodbank, the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank, the Twin Falls Senior Center, the Jerome Library and more. The program is for people who want to support the scouts by purchasing cookies, but don’t want to keep all their cookies for themselves