WRWF Awards Over $300,000 in Grants

By April 6, 2020 Press

Members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation (WRWF) have cast their annual votes and 17 local non-profits will be awarded a total of $309,280 in grants in 2020. “This year marks our 15th Anniversary and just like in year one, we are honored to support the hard work being done by non profits in this community,” Terri Bullock, WRWF President said. “More than 80 of our volunteers committed several months to this year’s grants process with both dedication and diligence, as well as great enthusiasm about participating in such a rewarding philanthropic project.” 

Each year, the Foundation awards grants based on a specific description of needs in each application. In light of the current Covid-19 crisis in Blaine County, WRWF has waived any restrictions on the use of this year’s grants. “While many grantees may still use the funds for the purpose requested, we felt it best at this unprecedented moment in time, to give our non profit partners the flexibility to decide the best use of our support to meet their organization’s mission,” Gina Wolcott, Patti Zebrowski, and Julie Brewer, Grants Committee Co-Chairs said.

Since its founding fifteen years ago, the WRWF pooled grants fund has awarded nearly $2.5 million to non profits throughout the community. In this year’s votes, the 350-member Foundation strongly supported youth and families through academic, food security, mental health, local environmental health and safe housing programs. 2020 grantees are:

  •  3rd Chance Inc / B & G Produce – “Good Food, Good Mood”: $1,433
  •  “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Idaho “Life Skills Initiative”: $15,000
  •  Advocates – Safe Housing First Phase II: $25,000
  •  Crisis Hot Line, Inc. – Enhanced Rural Community Outreach and Marketing: $25,000
  •  Education Foundation of Blaine County – School Scholarship Support: $1,433
  •  Hailey Public Library – Tech Time: $8,515
  •  Ketchum Community Development Corporation (Sustainability Advisory Committee) – There is No Away – Waste Management: $75,000
  •  Men’s Second Chance Living – Home improvements: $20,000
  •  NAMI -Wood River Valley, Inc – Powering Hope: Expanding NAMI-WRV Mental  Health Support Groups: $25,000
  •  National Forest Foundation – Redevelopment of the Penny Lake Youth: $1,433
  •  St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center – Saint Alphonsus Trauma Prevention Program: $25,000
  •  St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation – The Keith Sivertson, MD, Compassionate Care Program: $25,000
  •  Sun Valley Culinary Institute, Inc – Sun Valley Culinary Institute: $1,433
  •  The Hunger Coalition – Better Together: $25,000
  •  The Senior Connection – The Senior Comfort Zone: $18,600
  •  The Spot Sun Valley Inc. – Young Company Musical: $1,433
  •  Wood River Community YMCA – Power Scholars Academy Camp: $15,000

Wood River Women’s Foundation 2020 Grant Descriptions 

3rd CHANCE INC.,/B & G PRODUCE 

3rd Chance will provide drug court clients with produce grown by B&G Produce. The aim is to increase clients’ well-being and receptiveness to therapy, thereby improving their chances of continued recovery. 

THE ADVOCATES FOR THE SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 

With this grant, The Advocates will purchase appliances for 6 apartments that are under construction. Their units are at full capacity with a waiting list. WRWF helped fund the first construction phase of additional housing units to increase the number of survivors that can benefit from safe, temporary housing. The requested funds would be applied to the second phase and completion of the expansion project. 

THE HUNGER COALITION 

The Hunger Coalition grant will help fund the creation of a community room in the new Bloom Community Food Center for use by visitors and for workshops with the Food Center’s partners including The Advocates, The Alliance, St. Luke’s Mental Health Clinic. 

THE CRISIS HOTLINE 

The Crisis Hotline’s grant is to enhance and expand the “My Life Matters” program for middle school kids (ages 13-14). Idaho has the 5th highest suicide rate in the U.S. and Blaine County’s rate is in the top 10 in Idaho. “My Life Matters” provides education in the schools about signs of depression and suicide, help options that are available, and how to stay emotionally safe. 

EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BLAINE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT (BCEF) 

BCEF’s grant will help expand their highly successful Scholarship Fair which includes bringing in a speaker and extending staff resources.  

HAILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY 

This “Tech Time” grant will enable the library to buy 10 laptops, portable WiFi connectors, and new tables and chairs for the Technology Enrichment and Collaborative Help Project which includes a twice monthly technology training program for the community. In 2019, the Library provided 305 programs with a combined attendance of 4,374.  

I HAVE A DREAM FOUNDATION – IDAHO 

This grant will fund academic tutoring, guidance and learning about life skills, goal setting, and opportunities to give back to the community for 45 low-income students with the goal of preparing them for college or vocational school. 

KETCHUM COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. (JOINT PROJECT WITH SAC, SVI & ERC) 

This is a collaboration between Ketchum Sustainability Advisory Committee, Sun Valley Institute: A Center for Resilience, and Environmental Resource Center to create a lasting and effective countywide recycling and waste management program. The project will enable Blaine County to address global environmental issues at the local level.

MEN’S SECOND CHANCE LIVING 

MSCL has purchased a house in Hailey that requires extensive work to make it functional. This grant will fund repairs and upgrades to plumbing and go towards remodeling the kitchen.

NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS – WOOD RIVER VALLEY) 

NAMI requested funds to expand local support groups from 27 to 44 per month and to meet an increased demand for its services. Three schools will be added to the Bluebirds teen resiliency program which was developed by NAMI-WRV and is a one-of-a-kind program nationally. 

NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION 

This request is for funds to help rebuild the popular Penny Lake fishing platform located near the lower Board Ranch on Warm Springs Road which was destroyed in 2019 by a rare avalanche. The new platform will have a seating area and it allow safe, easily accessible and close to town fishing for children as well as people with mobility limitations.  

SAINT ALPHONSUS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER – SAINT ALPHONSUS TRAUMA PREVENTION PROGRAM 

This grant will help fund St. Al’s annual Ski and Mountain Trauma Conference. Of the 500+ attendees over 100 of those are Wood River Valley first responders including Sun Valley ski patrol, firefighters, EMS personnel, paramedics, and search and rescue personnel. The conference is the only conference of its kind in the country for first responders and healthcare professionals combining educational presentations with hands-on training taught by pre-hospital care experts.

LUKE’S WOOD RIVER FOUNDATION – KEITH SIVERTSON MD COMPASSIONATE CARE PROGRAM

The Compassionate Care Program helps low- or no-income patients in Blaine County pay for supplemental healthcare resources such as transportation, medical supplies, medications and other health related necessities. The program does not pay hospital or doctor fees. 

SUN VALLEY CULINARY INSTITUTE, INC. 

This grant will help fund the Institutes’ culinary education program which leads to a one-year technical certificate for aspiring chefs. The first class of 10 – 12 students will begin in October, with local applicants given first priority. 

THE SENIOR CONNECTION 

The Senior Connection’s grant will fund the replacement of HVAC equipment located in the original portion of their building. The existing 30-year HVAC equipment does not operate efficiently which adversely affects utility bills and the comfort of the 750 seniors regularly served at the Center. 

THE SPOT SUN VALLEY, INC. – SPOT YOUNG COMPANY MUSICAL 2020 

The Grant will support operating costs including performance rights, musicians’ fees and other similar expenses for the fall production of the Young Company Musical. The play will include artistically inclined local students. 

WOOD RIVER COMMUNITY YMCA – POWER SCHOLARS ACADEMY CAMP AT THE YMCA 

The Power Scholars Academy is a 5-week program designed to address summer learning loss for children with low achievement in academics. It is a targeted educational intervention designed to enhance overall youth development, academic performance and graduation rates while increasing student’s knowledge, self-esteem and confidence. The program has demonstrated measurable results with a 2 month gain in reading skills, a 3 month gain in math skills and improved student self-esteem.

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