San Juan Nature Institute was awarded a $1,500 grant to provide funding for science activities for K-1st graders during Island Rec’s Summer Program, Camp Eagle Rock. Science activities are provided to two groups, one day a week for ten weeks. Areas of study include salmon, marine invertebrates, solar power, island watersheds, soils, botany, and PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids).
Spring Street International School was awarded a $17,000 grant to fund startup costs for a Summer Marine Science Program. This program will be an immersive 8-week long summer program devoted to marine sciences and maritime ecology pursued in conjunction with scientists and educators affiliated with the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs, SeaDoc Society, National Parks Service and Northwest Maritime Center. After initial startup costs, Spring Street expects this to be an ongoing and self-sustaining program
The EMT Association was awarded a grant for $5,500 which will be used for Wilderness Training. This training provides local EMT with supplemental skills to handle medical situations in more remote island areas. This will positively affect outcomes for community members in need of EMS services.
Leadership San Juan Islands was awarded a $3,000 grant to broadcast the TEDx San Juan Island speaker presentation to a broader community audience through an internet simulcast. The videographer and live streaming allowed greater access to the speaker presentations. An additional 150 people who might not have otherwise have had an opportunity to attend, watched the live event and participated in community conversations.
The Mullis Senior Center was awarded a $3,500 grant which will be used to bridge funding sources for the Unpaid Caregiver Support program which enables the continued support for unpaid caregivers. This program provides support with a group facilitator, education materials and on-site respite caregivers for those attending the support group.
San Juan Nature Institute was awarded a grant of $4,800 for their Introduction to Watersheds program. This SJNI program will develop a strong sense of responsibility and stewardship for kids in Grades 1-6 through thematic lessons about watersheds, soil and water conservation. This project is a part of the San Juan Island school program “Partners in Science”.
The Madrona Institute has received funding to provide Wilderness First Aid training offered through the local San Juan Island EMS to the SJI Conservation Corps high school crew and its team leaders. Local youth crews work on local lands for two months over the summer learning environmental stewardship, leadership and job skills. Certification in WFA will enhance leadership skills. The grant award also includes funds for a tablet to aid in crew field monitoring.
Due to changes by the NW Interscholastic Sailing Association, the San Juan Island Sailing Foundation is seeking to replace their current sailing fleet of Vanguard 15s with Flying Juniors (FJs) dinghies. These new boats will provide the San Juan Island high school sailing team with the opportunity to competitively practice their sailing skills. In addition, islanders and summer residents will be able to sail FJs though the sailing lessons program offered through Island Rec. The Community Foundation is funding the acquisition of one new FJs sailing dinghy.
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.