Foundation Initiatives 2019
The Calaveras Community Foundation is very proud of its relationships with both its generous donors and worthy charitable grant recipients. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has distributed over $2,200,000 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 continues to focus its fund raising and financial support in the following very worthy areas.
Projects that provide our County youth with challenges to enhance their understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math are critical as technology evolves around us. Activities designed to prepare young adults for challenges they may experience in their ongoing education are paramount. Examples of proposals from the past include: Lego Robotics, science camps, youth mentoring program, gardens, electronics, art and musical endeavors. The possibilities are endless.
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, mobile dental services, socialization, and home repairs and so much more that will allow our seniors to remain in their homes and to age with health, safety and dignity.
Community Enrichment Initiative
Does your community have projects waiting in the wings for lack of funds? The grants awarded in 2017 & 2018 represent good examples of the kind of efforts that reflect Community Enrichment. Examples are: Rehab of the Braille Trail at Calaveras Big Trees, “Voices of Wisdom”, a collection of stories and memories of Calaveras County seniors, and Repairs and upgrades to the facility at The Black Bart Playhouse. Consider arts and cultural enhancement for children and adults in the areas of music, fine arts, dance, theatre and similar activities. Educational activities to restore, protect and enhance the natural environment of Calaveras County might be a possibility. Use your imagination!