The Peace Island Medical Center Cancer Care Center has received funding to launch a support group for cancer patients and survivors on San Juan Island. The “Our Common Bond” program addresses the needs of cancer patients and survivors, giving them the opportunity to gather in a supportive and caring environment over shared meals. It is anticipated this program will introduce participants to one another and create an on-going social and supportive network outside of the clinical setting.
Launched in 2013, the Friday Harbor Film Festival has presented both island residents and tourists with documentary films that entertain, enlighten, and inspire. This year, the Friday Harbor Film Festival will be establishing the FHFF Film Society, a membership-based program to enable self-sustainability of the annual festival and its programs into the future. This grant provides funding for the direct mailing portion of the Film Society program.
The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has received funding for a pilot project that will provide household cleaning and personal hygiene supplies for 50 vetted low-income families with young children. This new program will also serve as an information gateway to assess the family needs for other services such as free/low cost health insurance, parenting support, and transportation assistance that are provided by the SJI Family Resource Center.
WA Vocational Services has been providing workforce development services in Washington State since 1976. Dream Builders will offer transition services and career education for Friday Harbor Middle School special needs students and their parents. Students will learn to communicate and understand their own needs and goals, as well as those of others. Parents will also gain support as their child navigates to adulthood.
This grant supports a San Juan Island Family Resource Center program to provide emergency funding for prescription medications for uninsured and low-income residents. At the time of assistance, clients are also helped to enroll in low-cost or discount prescription plan for their needed medication, when available.
This program, administered by the SJI Family Resource Center, provides low-income island residents with a one-time emergency rental assistance in situations of homelessness or potential eviction. This program receives annual funding from the SJC Housing Bank. In 2015, funds available from the Housing Bank will be diminished by $4,000. This grant will help alleviate that shortfall.
The UW Friday Harbor Labs has developed a set of hands-on projects specifically designed to complement and enhance the current science, technology, and math curriculum at local schools. This grant provides funding for the support of two marine science education programs for high school students, and one program for fourth graders.
The San Juan Island EMT Association has received funding for a program to conduct a real-life enactment of a DUI (driving under the influence) motor vehicle accident and involve all high school juniors and seniors. This exercise, patterned after the nationally recognized “Every 15 Minutes” program, challenges the students to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility to make mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, and others in the community. This program is presented every three years to ensure all Friday Harbor High School students participate in such a valuable experience.
Hospice of San Juan has received funding for monthly education programs about self-care and the care of people with life-limiting illness. The yearlong training is open to hospice volunteers and the at-large community. Hospice leaders believe that ongoing training and education has a positive impact on end-of-life experience and use of the health care system and will best serve this community.
Wow!! What a year for the Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund! This group of over 95 women in our community pool their resources and in 2014 through active grant making, have supported the following community programs with grants totaling $25,000:
- Musical instrument repair and purchase for Band Families and Friends
- Safety and communications equipment for the Madrona Institute Conservation Corps
- Stair Lift for limited mobility visitors for the Whale Museum
- Training & community programs for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
- Critical safety project for the Friday Harbor Elementary School
- Facility weatherization and repairs for the Family Resource Center
- Outfitting Brickworks
- An English language learning & children’s enrichment program at the San Juan Island Library
- A critical training drill for Islands Oil Spill Association on the West Side of San Juan Island
- Emergency prescription and rental assistance for the Family Resource Center
- Comprehensive training for Hospice of San Juan
- “Every 15 Minutes” Program – DUI accident re-enactment for high school students with the EMT Association
- Science outreach program for the Friday Harbor Labs
- Dream Builders program by Washington Vocational Services benefiting special needs students at Friday Harbor Middle School
The Women’s Fund is structured as a pooled donor advised fund of the Foundation with a minimum donation of $100. Members have the opportunity to broadly review grant applications that cover all areas of community need and vote to recommend funding.
To learn more, call the Foundation office at (360) 378-1001 or visit the Women’s Fund website – sjiwomensfund.org.