Helping Works

School starts soon. Homeless kids need help getting ready

Youngsters from across the community, like this past resident at Interfaith Sanctuary, will be heading back to school at the end of August. The Boise Rescue Mission has started a backpack, school clothes and school supply drive to make sure every student goes to school with the items they need. There are lots of ways to help local shelters.
Youngsters from across the community, like this past resident at Interfaith Sanctuary, will be heading back to school at the end of August. The Boise Rescue Mission has started a backpack, school clothes and school supply drive to make sure every student goes to school with the items they need. There are lots of ways to help local shelters. Idahostatesman.file

The Boise Rescue Mission’s annual backpack drive is up and running in anticipation of the first day of school in a few weeks. There are lots of ways to help homeless kids get ready for the big day. A donation of $21.52 will pay for a backpack and all the essential school supplies to go inside. You can donate online at boiserm.org.

The organization also oversees the Back to School, a.k.a. B2S, program through which sponsors step up to provide new school clothes and other items for a specific child. For more information about this program, call 208-343-4680 or email a member of staff at sarahe@boiserm.org, janes@boiserm.org or womenandchildren@boiserm.org. Those who can’t afford to be full sponsors can buy single items to contribute or gather a group together to make a cash donation.

Donors can also drop school supplies at the City Light Home for Women and Children, 1404 W. Jefferson St. in Boise, 208-368-9901. Here’s a list of needed items: zipper binders; adult non-themed backpacks; flash drives (2 to 4 GB); calculators (graphing or scientific); mechanical pencils; dry erase markers; 1-3 inch binders; clear view binders; lined index cards; black, red, blue pens; sharpies; hand sanitizer; Fiskars scissors; facial tissue; sanitizing wipes; pencil sharpeners; compass and protractor; washable markers; two-pocket folders; earbuds; zip-close bags (all sizes); multicolored highlighters; colored pencils.

Here are items the shelter does NOT need: crayons, glue/glue sticks, #2 pencils, themed backpacks, spiral wide-ruled paper, pink erasers, rulers, pencil top erasers.

Questions? Call Sarah Eisenberg at 208-343-4680 (extension 1412).

We checked in with Julie Jones, director of the Women’s & Children’s Ministries at the mission, who told us that currently 57 children are living in mission shelters. They range in age from infants to kids in their last years of high school. Thirty-seven of the children are of school age.

Several other families have recently moved out of shelters and into their own homes, but are still getting settled and living with few resources. They also rely on the mission to supply needed items like school clothes.

Interfaith Sanctuary still needs sandwich makings

Here’s how you can help. The shelter, which serves men, women and children and gives out around 300 sandwiches each weekend, needs donations of whole-grain bread, deli meats and cheeses, peanut butter and jelly.

If you, your company, your church or temple wants to donate, contact Jodi Peterson at jodi@interfaithsanctuary.org. You can also drop items (loaves of bread, jars of peanut butter, etc.) at The Interfaith development office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or directly at the shelter after 6 p.m. each night.

Here are the addresses you need:

Development office: 3350 W. Americana Terrace, Ste. 320, Boise.

Shelter: 1620 W. River St., Boise (heading south on 16th/Americana, turn in front of A2O Fitness and pull into the main gates. Ask for the shift manager on duty.)

Have some wisdom to share? Boise Community Ed seeks volunteer teachers

Boise Community Education is recruiting volunteer instructors for the fall session (Sept. 12 through Oct. 20). Class topics include business and finance, gardening, cooking, travel, arts and crafts, health and fitness, fly fishing and photography and more. Diversity of topics is key, say organizers, so feel free to pitch your ideas for cool new classes.

Find a volunteer instructor application and class proposal form online at boiseschools.org. Call 208-854-4047 or e-mail communityed@boiseschools.org for more information.

City of Boise calls for ‘Good Neighbor’ award nominations

Of all the stories of the year, the city’s annual Good Neighbor awards is a guaranteed feel-good thing, the chance for neighbors to pay tribute to their fellow neighbors’ good works, selfless acts and generosity.

The city is now accepting nominations for the Mayor’s Awards to Good Neighbors that will be presented during the Energize Boise Celebration the evening of Thursday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Boise City Hall, Council Chambers.

Submit nominations online at EnergizeOurNeighborhoods.org. Nominations are due by Thursday, Sept. 1.

During the first hour of the celebration on the 22nd, people who attend the ceremony will be able to learn more about ongoing neighborhood projects throughout the city and learn how to use the new online Neighborhood Toolbox (to be revealed this fall) that will provide all kinds of educational materials for neighborhood leaders on a range of topics.

Tour the iconic Boise Depot

Historic train expert Eriks Garsvo will lead guided tours of the Boise Depot at noon and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. Garsvo’s tour will cover the depot’s history and the evolution of rail service to Boise, from the rail’s arrival, to the depot’s construction in the 1920s to the many years when travelers rode trains through the Treasure Valley on their way to destinations across the U.S. Attendees will see building inside and out and learn about the 1990s restoration that returned the building to its original splendor. The tour will finish with a trip to the bell tower.

Operated by Boise Parks & Recreation, the Boise Depot is at 2603 W. Eastover Terrace. The depot is open for free public drop-in from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Mondays.

Space is limited for Garsvo’s tour. Register online to hold your spot at Eventbrite.

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