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.
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 and our island is potentially at risk for such spills. This training provides Islands Oil Spill Association volunteer responders and staff with the required skills to respond to and address the dangers from an oil spill.
Several of the supply trailers used by the Islands Oil Spill Association to store critical oil spill response gear have been in service for over 20 years and a new trailer is desperately needed for the Roche Harbor site. Supply trailers keep critical equipment ‘at the ready’ and reduce valuable response time to get oil spills contained and cleaned up safely and quickly.
The Whale Museum’s orca adoptions and memberships have increased significantly since the launch of their new website last year and their membership database is stretched to manage this growth. An additional license will allow for greater efficiency and capacity for the organization.
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!
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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.