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Wood River Women’s Foundation Awards a Quarter Million Dollars Plus for Local Projects
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The Blaine County Recreation District built a new bicycle pump track and flow trails in Quigley last summer. The Wood River Women’s Foundation is giving the BCRD a grant to help with even more infrastructure in the new Quigley Trails Park this summer.
 
 
Saturday, April 17, 2021
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

The 350-member Wood River Women’s Foundation is awarding grants totaling $287,928 to 20 local nonprofits in 2021.

The grants will help students get back on track following the pandemic, help build infrastructure in Quigley Trails Park, and provide a new bus for senior transportation, among other things.

Since its founding in 2005, the Foundation has awarded 173 grants surpassing $3.2 million to nonprofits throughout the Wood River Valley.

“This past year has shown us with even more clarity the extent of philanthropic assistance needed across Blaine County,” said Terri Bullock, WRWF president. “We are honored to support those doing the work to deliver services throughout our community, especially given the extreme difficulties of this pandemic.”

“Our grant-making process provides members a window into the important work being done by nonprofits in the valley, as well as equipping them with the technical tools necessary to evaluate grant proposals,” added Patti Zebrowski, WRWF Grants Co-Chair. “This year our team saw requests from a number of nonprofits that have never applied for WRWF funding.”

Sandy McCullough said the organization could not be more excited to support the emerging work being done by Blaine County Charitable Fund for their Emergency Assistance Program, The Alliance of Idaho supporting the legal assistance needed by their clients, Blaine County Housing Foundation for grants in housing needs, and the Wood River Trails Coalition to help fund a deep pool of volunteers to take care of our valley’s fabulous trail system.

"In addition, WRWF members again stepped up to fund education initiatives, voting to award $100,000 in education-related grants this year alone," she added.

 

WRWF is a collective of women who pool their contributions in order to achieve greater community impact while advancing their philanthropic skills. All women are welcome to join and participate in assessing the dozens of applications received each year, and vote on the awards. Visit https://woodriverwomensfoundation.org for more information.

Here are the 2021 grantees:

BLAINE COUNTY CHARITABLE FUND—$25,000 for Emergency Assistance Grant Program, which provides financial aid for housing, utilities, transportation and healthcare to Blaine County residents experiencing hardship due to an unanticipated crisis.

BLAINE COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION—$25,000 for Back on Track Support program to compensate teachers and staff for afterschool tutoring and enable students to access resources online to catch up from pandemic-related learning loss.

BLAINE COUNTY HOUSING FOUNDATION—$11,000 to help households pay rent or mortgage.

BLAINE COUNTY RECREATION DISTRICT—$25,000 to fund access and infrastructure improvements at the south end of Quigley Trails Park.

FRIENDS OF THE HAILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY—$25,000 to fund Expanded Program Space Initiative, which installs moveable furniture that library can use for larger audiences for story time, lectures and other presentations.

GIRLS ON THE RUN—$9,940 to help fund two eight-week sessions of interactive lessons and running games for 65 girls ages 8 through 13 from three Blaine County schools.

I HAVE A DREAM FOUNDATION-IDAHO—$25,000 to help sponsor 60 first-grade students from Alturas and Bellevue elementary with academic and social-emotional learning.

LEE PESKY LEARNING CENTER—$25,000 to help fund a reading specialist and four tutors providing reading instruction to 25 incoming first-grade English language learners.

LITTLE WOOD RIVER DISTRICT LIBRARY—$10,000 to fund installation of an outdoor patio, establishing a new community gathering place.

SWIFTSURE RANCH THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN CENTER—$15,664 to replenish the footing material in the main indoor arena to ensure the safety of horses, participants and volunteers.

THE ALLIANCE OF IDAHO—$25,000 to support a contract with a local attorney to provide legal support for asylum seekers, those seeking citizenship, DACA renewals and those needing resources when their primary wage earner has been detained.

THE SENIOR CONNECTION—$15,228 for matching funds to secure funding from the Federal Transportation Administration to purchase a new 14-passenger bus.

WOOD RIVER COMMUNITY YMCA—$25,000 to help fund the five-week, summer academic and enrichment program designed to mitigate summer learning loss for first- and second-graders.

WOOD RIVER TRAILS COALITION—$22,460 to employ a seasonal volunteer coordinator who will train eight Trail Bosses to organize 200 volunteers assist with three major maintenance events this summer.


 

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