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April News Brief

By April 2, 2019June 27th, 2019Newsletter

April 2019 News Brief

2019 Grant Awards Announced

“Over the River and Into the Trees” by WRWF Board Member, Margery Friedlander

And our 2019 Grant Winners are…

Over $15,000 Grants:

Blaine County Education Foundation (BCEF) – Programs and Growth – $35,000
BCEF seeks to increase awareness of local college scholarship opportunities by developing a scholarship database available to all Blaine County students and hosting a scholarship fair. The grant will also provide for teacher grants, high-needs support to at-risk students, and funding for a capacity building project to broaden community financial support.

Blaine County Hunger Coalition – Bloom Youth Project – $35,000
Funding for the Bloom Youth Project will provide for paid internships for 10 food-insecure teens. Through their work at the Bloom Community Farm, the interns will learn about growing, cooking and sharing good food, gaining life skills and work experience that can help them break the cycle of poverty.

Blaine County Recreation District – Aquatic Center Revitalization – $35,000
This grant is to support the restoration of the public Aquatic Center in Hailey. The funding will help update and expand the facility, which currently has over 20,000 visitors per year. The facility offers swimming instruction, swim team competition, aqua aerobics, lap swimming and leisure swimming.

Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley – Improving Our Workspace – $35,000
This grant will allow the Hospice to complete several repairs and improvements to their building – built in the early 1900’s – to improve the safety and efficacy of the space. The building is used to meet with families and support groups, train volunteers, provide office space, and store equipment.

Idaho Base Camp – South Valley After-School Program – $20,000
This grant will help fund a comprehensive after-school program for Bellevue and Alturas 3rd-5th grade students, by offering scholarships to students and compensation for a Lead Educator. The program, which includes transportation from school, will provide a healthy, positive environment and fill the current critical gap in south valley after-school programming.

“Aspens” by Margery Friedlander

Men’s Second Chance Living – House Start-up Fund & Renovations – $20,000
In November 2018, “MSCL” began operating a safe house for men recovering from alcohol and/or drug addictions. This grant provides for renovations to the house, as well as funding for the first year’s operating budget. The project helps support our community by enabling these men to rebuild their lives and transition to independent, productive, substance-free living.

NAMI Wood River Valley – Two Contractual, Part-time Staff Members – $23,448
Our local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hire two part-time staff members to assist in the oversight of the adult Family Education/Support Group and Bluebird Youth Support Group. NAMI’s goal is to double the number of students and families they assist. The organization provides advocacy, education, help with diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing support for youth and families in the Wood River Valley.

The Advocates – Safe Housing First – $35,000
The Advocates’ Safe Housing First project provides transitional safe housing for survivors of domestic violence, their children and their pets, incorporating a comprehensive program to help them achieve independence. This grant helps provide furnishings and fixtures for their transitional housing service center and 12 new apartments.

$15,000 and Under Grants:

Environmental Resource Center, Inc. – Youth Environmental Education Program Materials – $2,575
This grant will provide updated scientific materials for the ERC’s youth programs, including in-school and after-school programs, and overnight summer camps for pre-k through 12th grade students throughout the Wood River Valley. Through hands-on outdoor learning, the ERC empowers students to become the next generation of environmental stewards.

Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children – READY! for Kindergarten – $11,895
The Ready! For Kindergarten program conducts workshops for parents of 3 and 4-year-olds to enable them to engage their children in purposeful play that prepares them to enter kindergarten with grade school readiness skills. The program will reach 30 families, supporting parents in their role as their child’s first and most influential teacher.

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation – Keith Siverston, MD, Compassionate Care Program – $15,000
This program was created to address the financial hardships created by health crises and hospitalizations facing patients and their families, especially those who are uninsured or under-insured. The program resources include assistance with food, lodging, transportation, medications, medical supplies, and other items necessary for improving a patient’s health status.


Our Guest Artist, Margery Friedlander

Margery Friedlander is a board member of WRWF and award-winning creator of monotypes, etchings, and lithographs. She generously donated copies of some of her favorites for this News Brief.

“Baldy Panorama” by Margery Friedlander

Strategic Plan Steering Committee Named

Steering Committee members at work: Gina Wolcott, Kathleen Eder, Terri Bullock, Sandy McCullough (on the phone in front of Terri!)

After the hard work of creating and adopting a strategic plan, many non-profits report that, while their plans look good on their shelf, they tend to become dust collectors. To ensure the WRWF’s new two-year Advancing Mission- Building Sustainability plan doesn’t fall to that dusty fate, a new Steering Committee has been named. This group is tasked with creating sub-committees around each of the initiatives in the plan and supporting the work of those working groups in achieving the goals and timelines outlined.

“We look forward to working over the next two years to create the scaffolding necessary to support this growing organization and continue delivering on our mission,” Steering Committee Chair Terri Bullock said. “Simply put, these are the building blocks that will allow us to think more broadly about WRWF’s vision going forward.”

The Steering Committee consists of board members: Terri Bullock, Vice-President of the Board and committee chair; Kathleen Eder, Co-chair of Membership; Gina Wolcott, Chair of Grants; and Sandy McCullough, Chair of Communications.

Updates on the Strategic Plan work will be shared monthly through the News Brief and periodically via email. Please reach out to the Steering Committee if you have any questions.


“Severn’s Corner” by Margery Friedlander

Our April Meet & Mingle will be April 11, 5:00-6:30pm at The Ram Bar in the Sun Valley Resort. No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

May 2, Idaho Gives Day — Idaho Gives is a statewide, 24-hour giving day to celebrate and support the work of Idaho’s nonprofits. Idaho comes together; be a part of it!

Our May Meet & Mingle will be May 9, 5:00-6:30pm at the Ketchum Innovation Center. Bring your own beverage. No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

**Upcoming events are posted on our website’s calendar page here.**

Presidential Congratulations to our Grant Winners!

We applaud you! It has been our pleasure to learn about you, to study your project, to understand that a coat of paint may go a long way, to know how crucial it is to prepare children to enter their first day of school, and that a swim in a pool is the best exercise ever. We are honored by your presence. We are pleased to present you and your non-profit with your grant. It’s because of you our community will flourish. Thank you.

Peggy Grove, Ph.D.
WRWF President

Peggy Grove, President

Our Mission Statement

The WRWF inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members’ resources.

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Ketchum, ID 83340
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Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday, April 9th, 12pm
Panel Discussion by WRWF Board members for the Rotary Club
Rico’s Restaurant – lunch and panel discussion
RSVP to:

Thursday, April 11th, 5-6:30pm
Meet & Mingle
The Ram Bar at the Sun Valley Resort
No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

Thursday, May 2nd
Idaho Gives Day

Thursday, May 9th, 5-6:30pm
Meet & Mingle
Ketchum Innovation Center
Bring your own beverage. No RSVP necessary. Guests welcome.

Welcome New Members

Nancy Chapin
North Palm Beach. FL

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats
Sandy Shaw
Sandy McCullough


Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris