The Calaveras Community Foundation provides support for a wide range of community programs. Here is feedback from a few grant recipients about the impact these grants have made on their organizations and from donors who put into words why they chose the Foundation to “responsibly and respectfully achieve charitable goals”

“We’re so grateful to the Calaveras Community Foundation for making our senior veterinary assistance program possible. Hundreds of low-income local senior citizens have been able to receive help with veterinary care for their beloved pets thanks to CCF’s generosity.”

— Dee Dee Drake, Executive Director, Calaveras Humane Society

“One of the major benefits of living in a rural county like Calaveras is knowing your charitable contributions to local non-profits can have a positive direct impact on the lives of your friends and neighbors.  As satisfying as this is, with many worthwhile groups employing a variety of fundraising efforts at various times of the year, it is difficult to know whom to give to and when to give it. You can respond, “We give through the Calaveras Community Foundation”.

You can decide how much you want to give and when you want to give it. Write one check, or a series of checks, to the CCF and they will see that your gift is distributed wisely to serve Calaveras residents.

We are fortunate to have the Calaveras Community Foundation in our community and have donated to it for many years.”

— Bob and JoAnna Reagan, Murphys CA

“In setting up the Bob Bach Memorial Scholarship, our family sought an organization that could provide fund management, organizational integrity, efficient financial reporting and the personal and professional service that is the marked difference of operating in a small town. The service-based focus of the Calaveras Community Foundation is unmatched in all of these areas. The comfort of knowing the funds are wholly directed to the stated charitable purpose, coupled with the personal investment by the Board Members administering each project, provided confidence that this ongoing relationship would serve the community in the best possible way – with accountability and compassion. The guidance we have received from the Foundation was expedient and informative, allowing us to achieve operational efficiency in record time. The community connections the foundation offers, provided seamless and streamlined communication between all involved organizations and individuals, while the integrous financial reporting was already in place to ensure compliant processes.

For anyone seeking a resource to responsibly and respectfully achieve charitable goals, we would not hesitate to highly recommend the Calaveras Community Foundation as a service that transforms needs into action and results. Additionally, the Foundation is a way to give to the community with the confidence of knowing the funds will directly impact our neighbors and meet the needs that surround us.”

— The Bob Bach Family, Calaveras County

“How do you put a price on the happiness you see on a senior citizen’s face when they see the extra food they are receiving? What about the tears of joy and gratitude from a single mother who worries about having enough food for her kids? The grants the Copperopolis Community Food Pantry has received from the Calaveras Community Foundation in the last three years have enabled us to provide more nutritious food to our clients. With the first two grants we focused on giving meat and other protein foods such as eggs, peanut butter and tuna, which can be too expensive for someone struggling on a tight budget. Our current grant is helping us give more food to seniors and help them with their particular nutritional needs. Since our number of clients keeps increasing instead of decreasing, these extra funds are helping our community in a big way. The volunteers at the pantry are so very grateful for the help we’ve received and the opportunity to provide the ingredients for good meals to our clients. The Calaveras Community Foundation is really making a difference in peoples’ lives.”

— Lorraine Crawford, Co-Chair, Copperopolis Community Food Pantry

“We are very grateful to the Calaveras Community Foundation for providing a grant to get our grassroots organization, Highway 4 Teen Center, off the ground and running. With this funding, we are able to move forward to create a teen center to serve youth from Arnold to Copperopolis and attract the community support needed to make this dream a reality. The true beneficiaries will be all the local teens who are seeking a safe haven and place to find positive, creative ways to express themselves and make the right choices through art, music and sport play.”

— Highway 4 Teen Center Steering Committee: Sue Funkey, Tim Hildabrand, Jan Hovey, Michele Rugo, Tim Saunders, Lloyd Schneider, Tim Smith

“This grant means so much to the Central Calaveras Fire District. We applied, hoping for a grant to purchase the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) equipment. This equipment allows us to use an existing SCBA to rescue any individual during a house fire and for them to share air during that rescue. This is important to the health of our community and firefighters. Thank you again for seeing the importance of this very vital equipment!”

— Joanna Tedder, Central Calaveras Fire Protection District

“The Calaveras Community Foundation grants have helped Calaveras Arts Council to provide live musical, dance, and storytelling experiences at local K-8 school assemblies. For many, it is the first time in their young lives that they live performances.

It is difficult to measure the benefit of the arts programs because of the esoteric nature of the arts but if a young boy finally tells his friends that he plays violin because he saw a performing artist play the fiddle, or a young student calls out “Are they real?” when he sees a live dance performance, then we are successfully bringing more of the world alive to them. We’ve unlocked another door to learning.

The Calaveras Community Foundation has been instrumental in introducing students to the arts through their generous grants within the Calaveras Arts Council’s Arts in Education Program, Performing Artists in the Schools.”

— Mary Jane Genochio, former Executive Director, Calaveras Arts Council

“Soroptimist International of Calaveras County sincerely appreciates and values CCF’s financial support as we both strive to give back to our local communities. CCF’s grants to SICC truly are saving lives of women and girls through SICC’s “Take Women to Heart Program”. Since 2005, SICC with their partnership with Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital has provided free comprehensive cholesterol testings including a risk evaluation for heart disease to over 3000 Calaveras County women.This program is on-going and free testings are available to all women each spring. Visit our website:”

“The Calaveras County Senior Center has benefitted greatly from the generosity of grants received from the Calaveras Community Foundation. Grants received over the last several years have helped contribute to the safety and comfort of the building. The front doors were upgraded to comply with safety regulations thanks to a grant from CCF. Two of the Heating/Air Conditioning units were replaced with the help of partial funding from CCF thanks to the Foundation’s willingness to be flexible in the funds they awarded the Center. The most recent grant helped the Center’s Re-Roofing Project to completion just in time for winter rains. The Calaveras County Senior Center’s Board of Directors appreciates and values the commitment to the community that the Calaveras Community Foundation has presented over the years.”

— Sharon Neckel, Treasurer, Calaveras Senior Center Board of Directors