Press release from Wild Rivers Community Foundation and Humboldt Area Foundation:
Summer activities for youth abound in Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry counties – and many of these programs have received mini-grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 from the Humboldt Area Foundation and the Wild Rivers Community Foundation (HAF+WRCF).
The Summer Youth Mini-Grant Partnership Program — with support from the McLean Foundation, the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation, and Providence’s Community Health Investment — distributed $36,047 to 27 nonprofits and agencies. Grants will support a variety of programs and needs, including language and cultural education, outdoor stewardship activities, recreational equipment, scholarships for low-income participants and more.
In Curry County, a grant will pay for bike helmets for dozens of 5-year-olds participating in the Safety City program. In Humboldt County, a grant will cover the cost of training future camp counselors at the inclusive Lost Coast Camp. In Del Norte County, the funds will help tribal youth learn about their culture.
“By partnering with regional funders and donors, collectively we can have a greater impact in communities across our rural and indigenous lands,” said Craig Woods, Director of Grantmaking. “The program is a wonderful example of this collaboration, allowing the partnership to provide mini-grants to many charities who all work to provide important summer programs for vulnerable youth in our area.
Retired police officer Dan Palicki, who has organized Brookings’s Safety City for 24 years, said the program provides dozens of 5-year-olds with a week of learning about pedestrian and bicycle safety and d ‘other abilities. “The grant helps us greatly in providing children with life lessons and skills to keep them safe at home and on the streets,” Palicki said.
In Humboldt County, Lost Coast Camp will use its grant to fund a week-long junior counselor training camp for ages 14 to 16, who will learn skills such as first aid, camping and environmental leadership. hope to become a future camp. advisers.
“The camp’s mission is to help teens make friends and learn how to help others,” said Josie Brown, Petrolia Camp Executive Director. “We offer kids who can’t afford to go to camp the opportunity to swim in the river, hike, and do arts and crafts.”
In Del Norte County, the California Tribal TANF Partnership program will use its grant for an annual summer cultural camp where children and youth will spend several weeks learning about tribal traditions and skills such as storytelling, basketry and history.
“The grant helps us tremendously – we couldn’t do the program without it,” said Misty Brown, site manager for TANF’s Crescent City office.
Grant funding comes primarily from donors, including:
- Providence, investment in community health
- McLean Foundation
- The Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation
- Arlene J. & Richard D. Hess Endowment Fund
• South Fork/Big Flat Expendable Fund
• R. Baird and Jane Rumiano family fonds
• Janssen Family Fund
• Perrett Family Fund
2022 grant recipients:
Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods: Summer Camping Trip
Brookings Harbor Community Helpers, Inc.: Youth Snack Program and Bob the Bus
Brookings Police – Safety City
Cal Poly, Humboldt State University Center: TRIO Upwardbound Big Lagoon Aquatics Day
California Tribal TANF – Del Norte: Youth Snack Program and Bob the Bus
CASA – Del Norte: making memories
Chetco Activity Center, Brookings: Life jackets for the Rotary Club of Brookings Harbor
Town of Arcata: Recreation Division Summer Camps
City of Blue Lake: Camp Périgot
Town of Fortuna: Kiddie Kamp and Summer Fun
Del Norte Indian Education Center: 2022 Summer Program
Friends of the Lost Coast: Summer Adventure Camp
Hmong Cultural Center of Del Norte County: Family and Community Connection Program
Humboldt Arts Council: Summer Art Camp at the Morris Graves Museum of Art
Humboldt County Library: Summer 2022 Challenge – Reading Beyond the Box
Humboldt NeuroHealth Therapy Services : Humboldt NeuroHealth Therapy Services
Lost Coast Camp: Teen Leadership Camp 2022
Mattole Valley Resource Center: Summer Soccer Camp
Open Door Community Health Center – Crescent City: Summer Sprout Scouts
Oregon 4-H Foundation: 4-H Camp
Port Orford Public Library Foundation: Reading Beyond the Beaten Path
Redwood Discovery Museum: Pal Camp
Smith River Baptist Church: Travel Basketball Team
South Humboldt Family Resource Center: Summer Recreation Program
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation: Youth Summer Employment Program
Willow Creek Youth Partnership – Dream Quest Youth Summer Program