FOUNDATION INITIATIVES 2017
The Calaveras Community Foundation is very proud of its relationships with both its generous donors and worthy charitable grant recipients. Since its creation in 2000, the Foundation has distributed over $1,400,000 in scholarships, grants and assistance to help Calaveras County students/residents pursue their dreams and to support a wide range of projects improving the quality of life throughout our County.
Building on this experience, the Foundation has begun a new effort to focus its fund raising and financial support in the following very worthy areas.
Support the learning of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
American students seem to be less interested in the “hard sciences” than students in other countries, leaving many good jobs unfilled and putting the United States at a competitive disadvantage. The Foundation wants to encourage and support programs for our County’s students that will increase their interest in STEM and open up career opportunities for them. Possible uses of these funds are numerous, but might include grants for specific local school activities, science camps or fun learning experiences like model rocketry or building soap box derby vehicles. The possibilities are endless.
Support services to allow senior citizens to remain in their homes
Our County has a large senior community, many of whom are isolated and financially fragile. The Foundation has supported seniors for years, funding senior center improvements, food programs and transportation services. The Foundation wants to work with local and regional senior service organizations to expand these efforts, focusing on services such as nutrition, transportation, mobile dental services, socialization and home repairs that will allow our seniors to remain in their homes and to age with health, safety and dignity.
County Youth Initiative
The Foundation will be seeking grant applications for projects that focus on unique extra-curricular projects for County Youth, grades 1st through 8th, designed to enhance their development in preparation for challenges they will meet in their ongoing education.
Community Enrichment Initiative
What projects would enrich your community?