Submitted by Anna Webb on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 10:34am
A past story on this blog was about a local student, Emily Bridges, who decided to give up a traditional "sweet 16" birthday party to raise money for the "Invisible Children" organization instead.
Invisible Children, which is a documentary about the children who live in war-torn Uganda, grew into an ongoing philanthropic effort.
Over the last year, with the help of her school, iSucceed Virtual High School, Bridges organized a benefit concert for the organization.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 10:39am
On Friday, the Idaho Senate approved a bill that will add the Idaho Foodbank to the check-off donation options on your Idaho state tax form.
The House approved the bill earlier, and now it's off to Otter, who is expected to sign if.
Two other agencies, the Community Action Partnership Assn. and Catholic Charities, will work with the Foodbank to monitor and administer the money from the tax form donations.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 3:28pm, updated on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 10:32am
Graduating seniors: speak out on the Holocaust
Applications are now being taken for this year’s Aloise and Marie Goldmann scholarship, awarded to a graduating Idaho high school senior (or home school graduate) who plans to attend an Idaho college or university in the 2009-2010 academic year.
Applicants are to write an essay or research paper on a specific aspect of the Holocaust. The award is a one time prize of about $1,200.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 12:15pm
FACES, a program I admire a lot, is a partnership between Ada County, Boise Police and other service agengies. It provides a one-stop shop where victims of domestic violence can talk to police, counselors, criminal justice workers, even medical professionals, all in a safe and soothing atmosphere -- that modern-style building just north of The Flicks.
Well, a FACES benefit bake sale in the Ada County Courthouse lobby on St. Patrick's Day, brought in $1,270 (after taxes) for the program.
So thanks for showing up and buying all those green cupcakes.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 12:58pm
The Canyon County Juvenile Probation Department is in search of volunteers for the Canyon County Accountability Board.
The board works with first-time juvenile offenders, and addresses their "at-risk" behaviors individually, keeping them out of the court system.
The board takes a two-faceted approach, making young people be accountable for their actions, while helping them learn skills to become an active, healthy member of the community.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 4:56pm
Dr. Jane Goodall, who will celebrate her 75th birthday in April, is one of the world's great authorities on chimpanzees.
She's remarkable for that, and for the way her career began -- as a young woman who ventured to Africa to study the wild world in the 1960s.
This was a thing that was "so not done" at the time, that officials required Goodall's mother to travel with her as chaperone.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 12:10pm
Here's a sampling...know of others? Post them here.
Red Cross is looking for heroes
The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho is currently seeking nominations for an award to recognize people in the community who have taken action in time of crisis to help others and consistently show an “extraordinary gift for human compassion.”
Send your nominations soon...heroes will be recognized at an April 30 breakfast.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 5:18pm, updated on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 5:19pm
Ada County Preservation Council seeks County Treasure nominations
Each year, the council identifies six Ada County properties that have historic significance to Ada County history and honors the sites with a special sign, posted at each site for two months.
Nominations are due April 1.
Submitted by Anna Webb on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 10:46am
Wake up! It's Saturday morning! It might be spring! Or more so than it was last week!
Get down to the Knitting Factory to see law officers shorn for a good cause. Also in this blog: support your local pipers; United Way gets a nod for its creative team; Community Service award winners announced.
Boise police officers are helping the fight against childhood cancer Saturday (March 14).
Submitted by Anna Webb on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 5:57pm
Sisters with Wings, a local grassroots nonprofit, runs a mobile food pantry for people who are living in poverty and struggling to get by on food stamps.
Some of the people the Sisters help have transportation or language barriers that make their struggles all the more challenging.
The Sisters are taking an empathetic tack to raise money for their food project. They'll fast for 24 hours, and give local folks the chance to sponsor them.