The San Juan Island Library provides English Language Learning to help students learn to speak, read, and write English as well as meet each student’s individual goals – such as U.S. citizenship, a driver’s license, or a better job. During classes, the Library provides children’s enrichment programs to help children with reading and homework so that their parents are free to focus on English. This grant provides books, interactive materials, and other supplies to support this program.
The west side of San Juan Island presents some unique challenges for responding to oil spills. Islands Oil Spill Association will hold a drill to specifically address crucial response training and site-specific concerns such as access points, open water booming, and rock bolt attachments.
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (Hazwoper) training is mandatory for oil spill responders. This crucial training provides Islands Oil Spill Association’s responders the required skills to respond and work on scene around oil and other environmental risks.
Several of the trailers used by the Islands Oil Spill Association to store vital oil spill response gear have been in service for over 20 years, and it is time to purchase a new Cargo-Mate 10’ x 6’ supply trailer for the Roche Harbor storage site. Supply trailers keep necessary equipment at the ready, and reduce valuable response time so that spills can be cleaned up most efficiently.
The Whale Museum’s orca adoptions and memberships have increased since the launch of their new website last year. The membership department has outgrown the single database license, and this additional license will allow two members to work simultaneously on registering new members and using the fundraising and reporting features of the software.
The Community Foundation was gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2014 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!
The Foundation, in turn, matched those donations up to 50% of the project’s goal amount, thereby allowing over $44,000 to be granted to the following projects:
• Animal Protection Society’s new shelter
• Islands Oil Spill Association’s new supply trailer
• Museum of History & Industry’s expansion project
• Community Foundation’s Scholarship Fund
• Islands Museum of Art’s new building
• Family Resource Center’s youth mentoring program
• SJICF Women’s Fund membership drive
• Band Families & Friends musical instrument repair and acquisition
At the conclusion of the 2014 San Juan County Fair, two-year-old Gabby Baisch reached into the glass jar that held names of all contributors at the Community Foundation’s booth – and drew out the name of Allen Rosenberg. That gave Allen the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,000 from the Foundation. He chose Islands Oil Spill Association to be the lucky recipient.
The Community Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all who made this annual event so enjoyable – and so successful.
Finishing touches for Brickworks – flatware, dishes, glasses, tables, chairs, etc. – will allow the building to become sustainable and provide a complete rental space for community events. The Agricultural Guild aims to advance the island’s healthy living with a variety of events, meetings, and classes, which require these basic supplies and equipment.
Professional training for Sheriff deputies and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault advocates. The training will cover victim assistance, how to respond to children at the scene, and building a community coordinated response to domestic violence.