CCF Sponsors Vitalant Blood Drive September 28, 2021

CALAVERAS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

WHAT:            Vitalant (formerly BloodSource) will host the Calaveras Community blood drive to meet the community’s need for blood and blood products. The blood drive is sponsored by the Calaveras Community Foundation.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by going to donors.vitalant.org, then choose Advanced Search and use blood drive code SMFM399 or by calling Vitalant at 1-877-258-4825 and mention blood drive code SMFM399. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows.

WHEN:            Tuesday, September 28 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Note this extended time frame.

WHERE:         San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road, San Andreas, CA, 95249

 QUESTIONS: For eligibility questions contact Vitalant 1-877-258-4825.

ELIGIBILITY:  Whole blood donors must be at least 16 years old and there is no upper age limit. 16 year old’s must have a signed Vitalant parental consent form available online at Vitalant.org. Donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good general health and bring a photo I.D. Other donation types have specific eligibility criteria. Please visit vitalant.org/Donate/Donate-Blood-Overview for more information.

 

Calaveras Community Foundation presents 2021 Liz Darby Airola Scholarships for Nursing Students

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) recently presented two scholarships from the Liz Darby Airola Fund for Nursing Students to two Columbia College students. Jessica Ornelas and Stephanie Lichty will each receive $500 to help them complete their nursing training.

Calaveras Community Foundation administers the Liz Darby Airola Fund for Nursing Students. To learn more about donor advised and scholarship funds and about CCF, call the office at 736-1845 or visit the website at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Calaveras Community Foundation Competitive Grants Deadline 7/31/2021

July 13, 2021

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) announced in early-June the timing of the grant cycle for 2021.  Timing is of the essence with completed grant applications due by July 31, 2021.  Complete details, application guidelines and fillable forms are all available at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org. If you have further questions or concerns, call the CCF office at (209) 736-1845 or email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Applications began to be accepted on July 1, 2021 and must be submitted to CCF only via email by Saturday, July 31, 2021 to info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Career & Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarships for 2021 totaling $9,000 (6/30/2021)

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) awarded Career and Technical Training (C&TT) scholarships to a total of six high school students recently., Awards Nights were held in late May and early June. Three Calaveras High School students, two Bret Harte High School students and one Mountain Oaks student each received $1,500.00.

Calaveras High School students receiving scholarships and their fields of study are: Andrew Cragun-automotive technology, Dyana Granados-nursing and Andrew Henderson-computer science. Annaliese Hamari, Mountain Oaks School, is interested in becoming a medical assistant. Bret Harte students winning awards were: Edith Gomeznursing and Matthew LaRetteforestry/business/education.

The 2021 C&TT Scholarship recipients above plan to attend local schools including: Columbia Community College, and San Joaquin Delta College. 

“These well-deserving students receiving C&TT scholarships are to be commended! Many generous donations from individuals and local businesses make these sizable scholarships available to local students” states Linda Kangeter, CCF Scholarship Committee Chair.

CCF administers the fund that makes these C&TT scholarships possible. Since the C&TT Scholarship fund’s inception in 2011, over $113,500 has been awarded, thanks to the generosity of business and individual donors.

To learn more about Calaveras Community Foundation, call the office at 736-1845 or visit the website at: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

CCF Sponsors Vitalant Blood Drive (entered 5/11/21)

Vitalant (formerly Blood Source) is hosting a Calaveras Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. There is currently a critical need for all blood types especially type O blood.  This blood drive is being sponsored by Calaveras Community Foundation.

To ensure sufficient social distancing, donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling Vitalant at 866-822-5663 or go to donors.vitalant.org select Advanced Search and use blood drive code SMFM399.  Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows.

All donors are required to wear a mask or face covering.  Also, there is no deferral if donors have received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they know which vaccine was administered.

As a small token of thanks donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card which can be redeemed via email.  Here is an important item:  Vitalant will test all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 25 from 1:30—5:30PM

WHERE:  San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road, San Andreas, CA 95249

QUESTIONS: For eligibility questions, contact Vitalant 1-877-258-4825.

ELIGIBILITY: Whole blood donors must be 16 years old and there is no upper age limit.

16 year-olds must have a signed Vitalant parental consent form available online at vitalant.org.  Donors must weigh 110 pounds, be in good general health and bring a photo ID.  Other donation types have specific eligibility criteria. For more information or to schedule a donation. visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 (877-25VITAL).

Competitive Grants (2021 Grants -Timeline Shown Below) 1/15/21

Competitive Grants (2021 Grants – Timeline Shown Below) 1/15/21

The ability to apply for competitive grants is announced to the local media and through this website. A simple application form is then submitted by a specified deadline.

The Foundation’s Grants Committee reviews the applications and selects the most worthy for competitive grants that year. A simple written agreement is then executed between the recipient and the Foundation and funds must typically be spent within one year of receipt.

In general, the Foundation does not approve grant requests outside the normal grant review cycle.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications are submitted directly through the high schools. Please contact your respective high school to learn about the application process. In general, applications are submitted in the fall/winter and awarded each May.

Click here to view a list of scholarships currently administered by the Foundation.

  • GRANTS 2021

The competitive grant cycle for 2021 will begin in June 2021. Applications and criteria, for your use, will be posted here in early June. The application period opens on Tuesday, July 1st, and applications will be due by Saturday, July 31st.

Questions may be directed to the office email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Covid-19 Grant to Good Samaritan Community Covenant Church Food Bank by Calaveras Community Foundation (November 2020)

Jed Hollenbach, new Lead Pastor of Good Samaritan Community Covenant Church, in Valley Springs, recently had the opportunity to personally thank Terry Beaudoin, a board member of Calaveras Community Foundation for their very generous $5,000 COVID-19 grant donation to Good Samaritan Food Pantry. Since Calaveras Community Foundation’s inception in 2000, over $2,600,000 has been distributed to worthy causes through competitive grants, scholarships and assistance in Calaveras County.

COVID-19 grants from Calaveras Community Foundation were provided to nonprofits directly providing support to Calaveras County residents needing immediate assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most COVID-19 grant funding by Calaveras Community Foundation was related to the provision of food to those who had lost their jobs, seniors reluctant to leave their homes during the crisis and others with food scarcity issues. 

Pastor Jed stated, “On behalf of Good Samaritan Food Pantry and the many volunteers engaged weekly in various tasks preparing for food distribution, we give our sincere gratitude to the Calaveras Community Foundation for providing funding to help us feed our community in need.”

2020 Year End Report

2020 has been devastating to many in our county, in our country and throughout the world.  Calaveras County residents have experienced job loss, homelessness, shortages of food, needed supplies and personal protective equipment, business shutdowns or partial closures, and sheltering in place for months as we all continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even as our county has gone through so much, we at the Calaveras Community Foundation are impressed by the resourcefulness and spirit the Calaveras community has shown and by how individuals and groups step up to serve in this and every crisis we have faced.  We are honored to use the resources our donors have entrusted us with to help various non-profit groups in our county respond to the pandemic, as summarized in the attached letter from our president.  

Covid-19 Assistance Provided by Calaveras Community Foundation (8/4/20)

Through the generosity of our loyal donors, the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) was recently able to financially assist local organizations providing direct help to those Calaveras County residents who have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over $30,000 was provided to eleven (11) organizations including:

Calaveras Humane Society, Murphys Senior Center, Ebbetts Pass Women of the Moose, Child Care Resource & Referral—the Resource Connection, Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, St. Patrick’s Helping Hands Food Bank, Calaveras Senior Center, Good Samaritan Food Pantry, West Point Community Covenant Church Food Pantry, Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance, and Gardens To Grow.

Most grants were related to the provision of food for those who had lost their jobs, seniors reluctant to leave their homes during the crisis, and others with food scarcity issues. Other grants helped organizations needing assistance in providing personal protection equipment for their caregivers.

If you would like to contribute to CCF’s efforts to help Calaveras County residents, please mail your check to P.O. Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA. 95222 or donate using PayPal on our website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Beth Childs/Genna Hurst Scholarship Awarded by Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) (7/15/20)

The Beth E. Childs/Genna Hurst Renewable Scholarship administered by CCF was awarded recently. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, no Awards Night presentations were held. The 2020 Scholarship Committee is proud to award this 4-year $4,000 scholarship to Calaveras High School student Muriel Strange. The Childs/Hurst scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating student residing in the West Point/Wilseyville area.

Muriel has maintained an excellent GPA (4.1) and is one of the valedictorians of her 2020 class. She has been on the Calaveras Honor Roll all four years.  In her junior year, she became intrigued and motivated to enter the medical field and specialize in dermatology. As a senior, she participated in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Medical Science program as a student in the Physical Therapy Department at Mark Twain Medical Center. The University of Washington, in Seattle, is her school of choice where she will pursue a BS degree in Biology or Pre-Medicine, and then on to medical school to become a dermatologist.

A well-rounded student academically Muriel became heavily involved in and assumed leadership roles in Interact Club, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Marching Band and Symphonic Band, Tri-M Music Honors Society, Jazz Club, Multicultural Club and more. Team sports are where she excelled.   Volleyball, basketball and track and field are the sports she chose. Being awarded the All-League Character Award in volleyball and basketball in 2020 was a highlight of her year. 

CCF is confident that Muriel will approach her college years with the same determination that she has shown during her high school years at Calaveras High School.  Congratulations and Good Luck, Muriel.

Covid-19 Grantee Report (6/22/2020)

Names of those in the photograph (from left to right): Phil Melicker, Scott Freier, Jack Shaffer, Damon Bortz, Elaine Shaffer, Tess Leary, Diane Freier and Patti Corcoran (leaning in front of Diane)

On March 27, 2020, Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) announced local non-profit organizations could begin to apply for funds, from the Disaster Relief Fund (established during the Butte Fire). The purpose was to help offset immediate expenses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The preparation and/or delivery of food and supplies to those impacted, particularly county seniors and medical personnel, was given as an example of what would be an appropriate grant idea.

Ebbetts Pass Women of the Moose Lodge, in Arnold, were one of the early applicants. Their “Free Lunch Program”, a vision of Patti Corcoran & Scott Freier, was begun on March 23, 2020. Those lunches included a sandwich, fruit, potato chips and dessert. Their goal was to help fill a void for anyone having a difficult time due to being out of work due to Covid-19, particularly for county seniors and medical personnel. Lunches were picked up at the curb at the Moose Lodge or were delivered for those who were house bound & unable to drive.

The first day of the program, 34 lunches were provided (3/27). As a comparison, on 5/13 (nearly 30 days later), 157 lunches were provided! For this total period of time, the industrious volunteers had provided nearly 3,000 lunches! What an accomplishment!

CCF provided grant funds to help with this endeavor –and loyal volunteers helped to make this happen. Businesses in Arnold that were open and gave help along the way were: Ebbetts Pass Fire Department, CHP, Big Trees Market, Ace Hardware, Meadowmont Pharmacy, Dollar General, El Dorado Bank, Napa Auto Parts, Avery Transfer Station and many others. The Moose Lodge passes along their heartiest THANK YOU!

Other loyal volunters, not shown in the photo above, are: Laurie Ahlberg, Ian Aiton, Mary Ann Fabian, Donovan Hamanaka Sr, and Donovan Hamanaka, Jr, Pete & Nancy Murray, Kris Borta, and Susanne St. Charles.

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Career & Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarships for 2020 totaling $16,500 (6/10/20)

Calaveras High School students receiving scholarships and their fields of study are: Courtney Batterton-medical, Mackenzie Pekarek-criminal justice, Cole Heath-criminology, Elisabeth Marcellino-dental hygiene, Halee Theodore-radiology, and Ivie Gowen-nursing.

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) awarded Career and Technical Training (C&TT) scholarships to a total of eleven high school students recently. Graduation, Awards Nights and so much more have been disrupted during this Covid-19 pandemic to say the least.  Six Calaveras High School students, two Bret Harte High School students and three Mountain Oaks students each received $1,500.

Mountain Oaks students and their fields of study are: Benjamin Qualis- professional chef, Casey Taylor-auto mechanic, and Charles Clark-diesel mechanic.

Bret Harte students Chloe Cockshott and Jenna Leary were chosen to receive C&TT scholarships.  Chloe’s field of study is esthetics and Jenna will study emergency medical service.

C&TT Scholarship recipients above plan to attend a variety of schools including: Butte Community College, Columbia Community College, Consumes River College, Contra Costa Community College, Delta Community College and The Paul Mitchell School.

“These well-deserving students receiving C&TT scholarships are to be commended! Many generous donations from individuals and local businesses make these sizable scholarships available to local students” states Linda Kangeter, CCF Scholarship Committee Chair.

CCF administers the funds that make these C&TT scholarships possible. Since the C&TT Scholarship fund’s inception in 2011, over $104,500 has been awarded. Business partners who earmark their generous donations to benefit the C&TT fund are Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation.

Update-The Arnold Rim Trail

This update came out in Mid May from the Arnold Rim Trail Association to answer the question, “Is the Arnold Rim Trail open? In summary, this is the answer: “We are following the Covid-19 safety instructions for the Stanislaus National Forest since the Arnold Rim Trail is locate there.
At this point, the Forest Service has announced that all organized activities, plus campgrounds, and the Forest Service roads are closed. However, Forest Service is allowing individuals to use the trails (respecting social distancing of course) and that includes the Arnold Rim Trail.”

In the same article was a recent report on how the Arnold Rim Trail Association was progressing on installing new signs with distances added and directional information. “This past fall and winter, we installed eighty additional posts both on the Arnold Rim Trail and also new loop trails that we are developing for future use. There remains several hundred more signs to install. Then, the next phase of the project will be the placement of “You-Are-Here” maps. These maps will assist in orientation when out on the trail. ”

Additionally, the Calaveras County Foundation (CCF) who issued a grant to the Arnold Rim Association, in 2019, making this signage buildout possible, were acknowledged and thanked.

The photo above shows many of the dedicated trail and sign workers that have helped make these upgrades possible.

CALAVERAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF COVID-19 GRANTS

In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has established a program to provide grants to local non-profit organizations providing support in this time of need. For more information, non-profit organizations may contact CCF via email at: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org, or by phone: 209/736-1845.

CCF is also seeking donations to help support this effort. CCF was very grateful for the support during the Butte Fire and donations received during that time were turned into grants, helping many residents get back on their feet. Our hope is to again be able to give out many grants through the generosity of those living in the County who are able to financially assist us.

You may donate either by sending a check to CCF at: PO Box 1436, Angels Camp, CA 95222, or via PayPal through our website. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. CCF’s tax ID number is 68-0472056.

If you have questions or if your organization would like to apply for an assistance grant, please contact CCF. Please remember that only non-profit groups may apply, as CCF is prohibited by the IRS from giving money directly to individuals.


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BRENT HARRINGTON OF THE CCF


 

JACKSON RANCHERIA DONATES $10,000 TO CALAVERAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Jackson, CA – The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians in late December 2019 donated $10,000 to the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF). These funds directly benefit the CCF competitive grants program – now in its final stages for 2020.

A dedicated, loyal supporter and business partner, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort continues to bolster CCF in meeting their commitment to support grassroots community groups and charitable causes within Calaveras County. Grants, scholarships, and general assistance are the vehicles used. Over the past years, Jackson Rancheria has donated over $110,000 to the Foundation.

“On behalf of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, it is a privilege to have the ability to contribute to the Calaveras Community Foundation,” said Crystal Jack, Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Rancheria. “It is our sincere hope that these funds will be used to positively impact our local communities and to provide important services to those who need it most.”

Calaveras Community Foundation salutes the Rancheria for their continued support and ongoing commitment to help the Calaveras Community Foundation bridge the gap for those who might otherwise have to forego continued education or pursuit of goals.

With on-going generous donations from donors like the Rancheria and others, CCF has been able to provide over $2.4 million in grants, scholarships and assistance since the Foundation’s creation in 2000.

The Calaveras Community Foundation is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that manages over 40 charitable funds and fiscal scholarships. Individuals and businesses can establish funds or channel their charitable contributions through the Foundation.

For more information, call (209) 736-1845 or visit CCF’s website www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians own and operate Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, which includes the Casino, Hotel, RV Park, General Store & Gas Station. Jackson Rancheria is one of the largest employers in Amador County, with more than 1,000 employees in a county with a population of only 35,000. The tribe is committed to supporting charitable programs, protecting the environment, and contributing to the county. The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians was first recognized by the Federal Government in 1898.

Calaveras Community Foundation Competitive Grants Deadline 06/01/2021

Competitive Grants (2021 Grants – See NOTE below)

The ability to apply for competitive grants is announced to the local media and through this website. A simple application form is submitted by a specified deadline.

The Foundation’s Competitive Grants and Scholarships Committee reviews the applications and select the most worthy for competitive grants that year. A simple written agreement is executed between the recipient and the Foundation and funds must typically be spent within one year of receipt.

In general, the Foundation does not approve grant requests outside the normal grant review cycle.

Scholarships

Scholarship applications are submitted directly through the high schools. Please contact your respective high school to learn about the application process. In general, applications are submitted in the fall/winter and awarded each May.

Click here to view a list of scholarships currently administered by the Foundation.

  • GRANTS 2021

The competitive grant cycle for 2021 will begin in June 2021. Applications and criteria, for your use, will be posted here in early June. The application period opens on Tuesday, July 1st, and applications will be due by Saturday, July 31st.

Questions may be directed to the office email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Celebrating 20 Years of Serving the Community

Twenty years ago, it all started with a wish, a wish to help charitable foundations and non-profits that serve Calaveras residents in their own individual missions. This wish was a dream the heart makes, as the old song says, and this dream became a reality when two local businesswomen from West Point stepped out, putting their own money forward to give their wish wings to fly.

It was 1999, the Star Wars reboot was just hitting the theaters joined by Toy Story 2, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys topped the charts, every child had to have a Furby and the must read was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And, in the far corner of Calaveras County, Genna Hurst and Beth Childs took a look around their community and saw a need, the need to help charitable groups and non-profits with their own projects throughout the County.

“I wanted to give to the needy,” Hurst told the Union Democrat at that time. “I believe in this. I believe it’s a wonderful thing.”

“This” was the creation of a Community Foundation for Calaveras County. Taking inspiration from the Sonora Community Foundation, both Hurst and Childs began to look into what it would take to form a Community Foundation for Calaveras. In doing so, they formed a planning group that showed that there was the need, and perhaps more importantly, the support for a foundation in Calaveras. The two also put up $15,000 of their own money as seed money for the Foundation, with $10,000 going into an annual scholarship fund and $5,000 for administrative startup costs.

The Sonora Area Foundation that serves all of Tuolumne County, helped the fledgling Calaveras Community Foundation get off the ground while bylaws were adopted on January 13, 2000 and articles of incorporation were filed with the State. By April of 2000 the very first all volunteer Board of Directors for the Calaveras Community Foundation met, and in April 2001, the Calaveras Community Foundation was officially recognized as a public benefit, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

20 Years Strong, the Foundation’s Mission Remains the Same

The Calaveras Community Foundation is dedicated to improving Calaveras communities by providing grants to partner organizations, assisting donors, and providing leadership in addressing charitable causes.

Now, 20 years on, the Foundation is still served by an all volunteer board and has become the largest, general purpose charitable organization in Calaveras County. It has given over $2.4 million to organizations that serve the Calaveras community through competitive grants, scholarship funds and directed funds.

The Foundation has raised funds to help its philanthropic cause in a variety of ways through the years, by sponsoring partnerships like Chairs for Charity, being the recipient of events like golf tournaments, as well as being a place where those who want to make charitable donations can give their money knowing that it will go back into the Calaveras community.

 “The Foundation focuses its attention on giving within the community,” said past Board President John Holleman to the Union Democrat in 2002. “It’s an advantage to people who want to make charitable donations. They have some assurances that everything they give will stay in the county.”

What Holleman said was true then, and is true now, the Foundation has awarded money to the Calaveras County Senior Center, Common Ground, the Calaveras County Humane Society, Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, various food banks and pantries along with the HRC Food Bank, the Calaveras Arts Council and many more organizations through the years.  

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Calaveras Community Foundation, its Board decided to increase the possible award amount for its 2020 competitive grant cycle from a possible award of $10,000 to a possible award of $25,000.

In doing so, the current Board members desire is to continue and expand the dream of the Foundation’s founders two decades ago.

“That’s our whole purpose – to do good,” said Hurst in 2000.

Today’s Board President Linda Kangeter agrees.

“We are very proud of what the Calaveras Community Foundation has accomplished in its first 20 years. We want to build on those accomplishments and continue to be a supportive bridge to financially help non-profit organizations in our County fulfill their missions, to help young people pay for their secondary education or training and start on their paths to a brighter future through scholarship assistance, and to help our donors who have set up donor advised funds make their visions of helping Calaveras County a reality,” she said.

“In doing this,” Kangeter continued. “We honor the dream of Genna Hurst and Beth Childs, as well as all those who have served on the Calaveras Community Foundation Board in the past 20 years, and that dream, in a nutshell, is to improve life and increase opportunities for our county residents.”

Calaveras Community Foundation Increases Grant Maximum for 2020 (December 3, 2019)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF),
the Foundation Board has announced an expanded competitive grant process
for 2020.

“In the Foundation’s first 20 years, we have been able to award over
$2,400,000 in grants and scholarships to Calaveras County non profits
and students,” said Board President Linda Kangeter. “We look forward to
increasing that amount significantly in 2020.”

To celebrate this anniversary, CCF is looking to expand their support of the community by increasing the maximum grant award from $10,000 to $25,000. Calaveras County non-profits are encouraged to submit an application especially those who may have not previously applied because of the limits for funding.

For more information, visit CCF’s website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org. Explanations of the grant criteria and guidelines, as well as the application forms are listed there.

Applications will not be accepted before Wednesday, January 1, 2020 and must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020. They may only be submitted via email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

The Calaveras Community Foundation is grateful for the generosity of their corporate partners and individual donors.  Without this support, they would not be able to improve the lives of individual residents and non-profit groups through the awarding of their annual grants.

To learn more about the 2020 grants cycle, please call (209) 736-1845 or visit the website above.

 

 

 

Calaveras Community Foundation Adds Sarah Lunsford to Board of Directors (September 2019)

Sarah Lunsford recently was welcomed to the CCF Board of Directors.

Sarah has been a fulltime member of the Calaveras Community for over twenty years. Coming to the area for a great many years prior to that, this almost makes her a Calaveras County native.

Writing articles about a wide variety of topics ranging from government, travel and local happenings, she has shared her talents as a freelance journalist. Although, Sarah still takes writing assignments, she is now focusing her time on her real estate career. She brings her vast social media talents and expertise to the CCF Board to incorporate new ideas and approaches to the day-to-day successes the Board has enjoyed.

Sarah has worked at the local Calaveras County Public Access TV Studio where she has served in various capacities for the past sixteen years. A behind-the-scenes type of volunteer, Sarah has sat on many local boards including the Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District Board for a decade with an eye to making the Murphys Park Veterans Memorial a reality. The Calaveras Visitors Bureau Board had the benefit of her experience. Sarah believes that communities are made stronger through involvement and is honored to sit on the Calaveras Community Foundation Board.

Calaveras Community Foundation, soon to celebrate 20 years, is very proud of accomplishments made during that time. As of August 2019, more than $2,400,000 has been distributed and awarded in scholarships, awards and assistance to Calaveras residents and students.

Sarah Lunsford Joins CCF Board of Directors.jpg

 

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Career & Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarships for 2019 Totaling $18,000

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Career & Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarships for 2019 Totaling $18,000

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) awarded Career and Technical Training (C&TT) scholarships to a total of twelve high school students during recent award night events. Three Calaveras High School students, seven Bret Harte High School students and two Mountain Oaks students each received $1,500.

Calaveras High School students receiving awards and their fields of study are: Johnathan Arbuckle – fire science, Zachary Nordahl – construction, Brenden Burkhardt– fire science. These students will be attending Columbia Community College and Truckee Meadow Community College.

Bret Harte High School students granted C&TT awards and their fields of study are: Ryan Buchanan – nursing, Brianna Tyre – forensic psychiatry, Cole Mellera – animal care, Madeline Schwartz – fire tech/EMT, Isaac Jarman – screenwriter, Brooke Nord- nurse practitioner and Nathaniel Ratkovich – drone mapping. Six of these students will attend Columbia Community College and one student will attend Cabrillo College.

Mountain Oaks students Rachael Wiley and Kasha Godoy were awarded C&TT scholarships. Rachael’s field of study is paramedics. Kasha will study emergency medical service. Both will attend Columbia Community College.

“These well-deserving students receiving C&TT scholarships are to be commended! Many generous donations from individuals and local businesses make these sizable scholarships available to local students” states Barbara Boyd White, CCF Scholarship Chair.

Photos of BHHS students, Mountain Oaks and Calaveras High School students appear on the CCF website (under News & Events)– web address below.

CCF administers the funds that make these C&TT scholarships possible. Since the C&TT fund’s inception in 2011, over $88,000 has been awarded. Business partners who earmark their generous donations to benefit the C&TT fund are Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation. 

To learn more about Calaveras Community Foundation, call the office at 736-1845 or visit the website at: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

C&TT Scholarship winners from Mountain Oaks 2019: Kasha Godoy, Rachael Wiley and CCF Presenter, Merita Callaway

Calaveras High School C&TT 2019 Scholarship Winners: Brenden Burkhardt, Johnathan Arbuckle and Zachary Nordahl. Not shown: CCF Presenter: Liz Gimble

Bret Harte High School 2019 C&TT Scholarship Winners: (R-L) Nathaniel Ratkovich, Cole Mellera, Madeline Schwartz, Isaac Jarman, Brooke Nord, Brianna Tyre & CCF Presenter, Chyrl Hillis. Not shown: Ryan Buckanan

 

Beth Childs/Genna Hurst Scholarship Awarded by Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) (6/10/19)

The Beth E. Childs/Genna Hurst Renewable Scholarship administered by the Calaveras Community Foundation was presented during awards night at Calaveras High School in late May. The 2019 Scholarship Committee selected two recipients to receive this award, Sylvia Hood and Mason Anderson. The Childs/Hurst scholarship is a 4-year $4,000 renewable scholarship awarded annually to a graduating student residing in the West Point/Wilseyville area.

Sylvia Hood, Calaveras High School senior resides in West Point. She has maintained an excellent GPA throughout her high school years. Spending her elementary school days involved in 4-H, she learned responsibility, work ethic, efficiency and the importance of participating in her community. A well-rounded young lady, Sylvia has been involved (and held leadership roles) in many clubs and groups including Interact Club, Calaveras Scholarship Foundation and Spanish Honors Society. Sylvia, as a senior, joined the Calaveras Career Technical Education program (a medical science course) with hands on experience at Mark Twain Medical Cancer Center. Here she learned that caring for people was her calling. She plans to attend CSU Chico in the pre-nursing program to obtain her degree with the eventual dream of becoming a medical doctor.

Mason Anderson also resides in West Point and has maintained a consistent 3.8 GPA throughout his high school career at Calaveras High School. He excels in math and his interest in architecture, design and building is leading him to a career in engineering. While at CHS, Mason has been active in six theatre productions, as Stage Manager. Participation in water polo, wrestling and swimming has filled Mason’s free hours. After graduation, attending Folsom Lake College for his general education degree is Mason’s plan. From there he will transfer to University of California, Davis to earn his BS in Engineering with a focus on Civil Engineering. Determination and dedication will be the driving force as Mason moves forward to reach his career goals.

Mason Anderson and Sylvia Hood, Childs/Hurst Scholarship Winners for 2019

Calaveras Community Foundation Receives Donation from Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has received a generous $5000 donation from Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation. This donation benefits the Career and Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarship Fund. This marks the ninth year in a row that the C.A.R.E.S. Foundation has supported this scholarship program for local high school students.

“We are very proud to give back to the Calaveras community,” expresses John Romine, Save Mart store manager. “The Calaveras Community Foundation is a great community partner that aims to provide opportunities to students in technical and vocational careers In our community.”

Founded in 2011, the C&TT scholarship fund is administered by CCF, and supports the belief that high school graduates must have options in pursuing training/further education aside from the traditional four-year college. Many job opportunities exist in our local region for youth seeking associate degrees/certificates that can lead to technical or vocational career paths. Since the inception of this fund, 64 local students have received monetary awards with total dollar amounts over $79,000.

Scholarships awarded in 2018 benefited ten high school students from Bret Harte, Mountain Oaks and Calaveras High Schools. Each recipient received $1500. Anticipated fields of study for these students include: nursing, EMT/paramedic, fire science, welding, diesel mechanics, auto technology and cosmetology.

Generous donations like The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation donation assist in raising the consciousness of other local business partners in supporting the youth of our community. As these and other funds continue to grow, CCF will be able to award more and higher dollar scholarships to C&TT applicants.

CCF, a 501 C 3 non-profit organization, welcomes donations from like-minded businesses and individuals who see the challenge ahead of making scholarship funds available to students pursuing technical or training career paths.

To learn more about the C&TT scholarship fund and other funds that administered by CCF, call 736-1845 or visit the CCF website www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

The Save Mart Companies C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is Save Mart’s charitable giving foundation that is dedicated to giving back to the communities stores serve. C.A.R.E.S. stands for Community, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports and focuses on improving lives under these categories. For more information, please visit www.SaveMart.com, under the Community tab.

Chyrl Hillis, Publicity Chair, CCF, Angels Camp Save Mart Store Manager, John Romine and Brent Harrington, CCF Treasurer.

 

 

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Grants for 2019 Totaling over $110,000

The Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded twenty (20) competitive grants for 2019. The combined total of these grants equals over $110,000. The three initiatives for 2019 were: Seniors Initiative, Youth Initiative and Community Enrichment Initiative.

Eleven groups serving Calaveras County’s aging senior population were granted over $66,000. Four community food pantries in Valley Springs, Copperopolis, and Angels Camp received funds to continue providing local seniors with nutritious food. Common Ground Senior Services’ Meals-on-Wheels program delivers meals to seniors. Calaveras Humane Society offers seniors preventative/emergency veterinary care for their pets. Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation’s project offers health screenings for men. Central Calaveras Fire Protection District will install smoke alarms, reflective street signage and offer chimney cleaning while DRAIL makes home modifications, installs ramps and is a source for medical equipment. Calaveras Senior Center will repaint their building and make long-delayed repairs. Hospice of Amador & Calaveras offers respite care for Calaveras County caregivers. Funding from the Federlein Family Fund at the San Francisco Foundation made these grants possible.

The Youth Initiative was funded for more than $14,000 and benefited three projects. Calaveras Sings Theatre Arts Repertory (CSTAR) will purchase microphones for use during their performances. Funding from the Martha and Paul Moeller Fund supported this project. Columbia College Foundation’s Promise project allows qualified local high school graduates to attend Columbia College full-time, tuition free, for up to 30 units the first year after high school graduation. Rail Road Flat Ballpark has been reopened and a play set will be added for children and signage in the parking lot will keep everyone safe. Funds from Calaveras County Employee account, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Fund and Calaveras Youth Fund helped to support these grants.

CCF’s Community Enrichment Initiative benefited six projects for nearly $30,000. The Community Betterment Fund fully funded Murphys Creek Theatre’s project of replacing Black Bart Playhouse’s aging sound system. Gold Rush Writers will hold their 14th annual Gold Rush Writer’s Conference. FOCUS (Friends of Calaveras Animal Services) provides spay/neutering and rabies vaccinations. Funds for materials to create a mural at the Government Center (to promote the Youth Mentoring Program) were awarded to Calaveras County Office of Education. Arnold Rim Trail Association’s Signage Enhancement Project will provide distance markers and “You Are Here” maps for the trail. Manzanita Writer’s Press will continue to gather lore and family histories for those debilitated or disabled seniors who cannot attend classes to participate in the “Voices of Wisdom” print anthology.

CCF is most grateful to all our donors for their generosity and desire to help fund worthwhile and innovative projects here in our local communities. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided over $2,300,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. To learn more about CCF, call (209) 736-1845 or visit the website:www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

JACKSON RANCHERIA DONATES TO CALAVERAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians recently donated $10,000 to the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF). Rich Hoffman, CEO, at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, has been a loyal supporter and business partner for many years. The Rancheria is dedicated to their commitment in supporting the local community and non-profit organizations in Calaveras County. During those years, over $100,000 has been donated to the Foundation. In addition, Rancheria employees are making individual donations to CCF via payroll deductions. The CCF’s grant program benefits from these donations. 2019’s grant program is now in the final stages and recipients will be chosen shortly.

“It is our pleasure to continue this on-going partnership between the Calaveras Community Foundation and the Rancheria,” states Mr. Hoffman. CCF recognizes and salutes Mr. Hoffman’s leadership and continued commitment in assisting with worthy causes within the reaches of the Rancheria.

With on-going generous donations from donors like the Rancheria and others, CCF has been able to issue over $2.2 million in grants, scholarships and assistance since the Foundation’s creation in 2000.

The Calaveras Community Foundation is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that manages over 40 charitable funds and fiscal scholarships. Individuals and businesses can establish funds or channel their charitable contributions through the Foundation.

For more information, call (209) 736-1845 or visit CCF’s website www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Calaveras Community Foundation Competitive Grants Deadline 01/25/19

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) announced in early December the competitive grant cycle for 2019. Timing is of the essence with completed grant applications due on Friday, January 25th. Complete details, application guidelines and fillable forms are all available at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org in the Grants and Scholarships area. If you have further questions or concerns, call the CCF office at (209) 736-1845 or email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

CCF is, again, focusing on initiatives. The three initiatives for 2019 are: Seniors, Youth, and Community Enrichment. A full detailed explanation of these initiatives can be viewed on CCF’s website. Funding for these grants is from the Foundation’s General Grant Fund.

Applications began to be accepted on January 1, 2019 and must be submitted to CCF only via email by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019. ALL applications for competitive grants MUST address one of the three initiatives to be considered for funding. CCF’s email address is: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Individual donations and corporate partners’ generosity allows CCF to continue to fund viable projects that benefit our county residents, students and seniors. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided more than $2,200,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. The Foundation administers dozens of charitable funds for scholarships and assistance.

 

Calaveras Community Foundation Announces Annual Competitive Grants Period for 2019

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) continues to focus on initiatives for 2019’s grant giving. The three initiatives are: Seniors, Youth, and Community Enrichment. Funding for these grants is from the Foundation’s General Grant Fund. A detailed explanation of these initiatives and grant criteria may be viewed on CCF’s website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Applications will begin to be accepted on January 1, 2019 and must be submitted to CCF ONLY via email by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019. @info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

ALL applications for competitive grants MUST address one of the initiatives to be considered for funding. Complete details, applications, guidelines and fillable forms are available on the CCF website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org in the “Grants and Scholarships” area.

Grants awarded in 2018 were varied and the decisions were difficult. Over $89,000 was awarded during CCF’s grant cycle. To see the specifics about what projects were funded, go to CCF’s website – under “Grants and Scholarships” – drop down “Competitive Grants Given.”

Individual donations and corporate partners’ generosity allows CCF to continue to fund viable projects that benefit our county residents, students and seniors. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided more than $2,200,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance.

To learn more about the Foundation or to make a donation, please call (209) 736-1845 or visit our website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

 

“Three Senses Trail” in Big Trees Recommissioned (October 13, 2018)

Spearheaded by the Arnold Lions, a partnership, including The California State Parks Department and Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA) was started in July 2017 to rehabilitate the deteriorating “Three Senses Trail” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

The trail, originally built in 1976, enabled the visually impaired visitors the opportunity to experience the natural environment through the senses of touch, hearing and smell. Now, 42 years later, the trail is in the process of being repaired and updated to meet ADA standards.

Newly installed wooden benches line the perfectly level, wheelchair-accessible loop of just a few hundred yards plus a new access trail from the main park trail featuring interpretive panels in English and Braille and a new connection to the creek overlook. When fully complete, the trail will offer visitors 20 sensory stations and a “touching garden” where they will have the opportunity to “experience the sounds, feel the plants and trees and smell the rich aromas of the forest.”

Principal funding for this project was provided by the Lions Clubs International Foundation and District 4-A1 Lions Club, grants from Calaveras Community Foundation and Sierra Pacific Industries and contributions from supporters of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Left to right, Greg Martin, Sector Superintendent, Department of Parks and Recreation, Merita Callaway, Calaveras Community Foundation Board of Directors and CBTA Advisory Board , and Rod Smith, President, Calaveras Big Trees Association

Calaveras County Beautification Project (10/2/18)

On September 11, 2018, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Government Center Campus to dedicate the new beautification additions to the plaza near the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers.

Among the new additions to the plaza are a set of wooden arches lining a paved walkway and landscaping with over 800 plants, shrubs, trees and ground cover acquired from a local nursery. Thirty-one trusses to represent the thirty-one communities in Calaveras County support the arches. The words “31 Communities Strong”, is visible on a plaque next to the arches.

This Beautification Project has been a collaborative effort of Calaveras Community Foundation, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Master Gardeners and the Garden Club. The Calaveras Community Foundation provided the grant funding and incentive to start the project. Cal Fire repurposed and contributed pine trees that were affected by bark beetles as the wood building materials. The Garden Club contributed plants and labor to landscape a portion of the area. Master Gardeners contributed their expertise in the selection and placement of the plants. County Facilities personnel began working on the grounds in September 2017.

“The project being made from steel, stone and timber will forever symbolize the strength and longevity of our community,” states Patrick Martin, Facilities and Grounds Manager.

Calaveras Community Foundation Board of Director members Linda Kangeter, President and Brent Harrington, Treasurer, were in attendance and provided the photos below.

Completed Pergola at Calaveras County Government Center.

Sign on The Grand Pergola recognizing the 31 communities in Calaveras County.

Calaveras Community Foundation Receives Donation from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), the primary funder of The PG&E Corporation Foundation, recently presented Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) with a generous $5000 donation to benefit The Career and Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarship Fund.

The Career and Technical Training Scholarship Fund helps to support alternative forms of higher education, including trade school certificates and two-year community colleges. In 2018, ten students each received $1500.00 scholarships. This is the largest number of C&TT students recognized since the fund’s inception in 2010. Graduates from Calaveras High School, Bret Harte High School and Mountain Oaks Charter School were the recipients.

Varied fields of study will be pursued as students work towards obtaining two-year degrees or certificates. Fire science, welding, EMT/paramedic, cosmetology, fine arts, diesel mechanic, and nursing are the fields these graduates have chosen. CCF is very proud of these Calaveras County students and wishes them every success.

For the past eight years, PG&E have donated to the C&TT Scholarship Fund. Their commitment to work together with the communities they serve continues. In partnership with CCF, seeking to build a California that is even more vibrant, diverse and filled with an abundance of opportunities is the goal.

CCF administers the funds that make these C&TT scholarships possible. More than $70,000 has been awarded since 2010. Business partners like PG&E, as well as numerous individuals and other local businesses earmark their donations to benefit the C&TT fund. CCF is most thankful to PG&E for their continued loyal support.

Calaveras Community Foundation presents Liz Darby Airola Scholarships for Nursing Students (September 10, 2018)

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) presented two scholarships recently to two Columbia College students. Funds were from the Liz Darby Airola Fund for Nursing Students. Each scholarship was in the amount of $500.

Columbia College student, Max Golay, was the first awardee. Determined and driven are words that describe Max. His instructors gave glowing reports of what an excellent student Max is as he balances a job, his wife and young son and his educational pursuit to become a nurse. His upbringing in the Bay Area taught him that community service not only helps others but also helps you. As a young man, he volunteered at the Richmond Rescue Mission doing whatever duties needed to be done. At age eight, he joined the San Francisco Boys Chorus and believes that we should all sing and dance more. A well-rounded student, and a first generation college student, Max is committed to set an example for his young son by earning his AS nursing degree at Columbia and then transferring to further his educational dreams.

Savannah Mattingly, also a student at Columbia College, is pursuing her nursing degree also. Early in life, Savannah, knew that she wanted to be a nurse some day. As a high school senior, Savannah pursued her interests and served as a student intern in the ICU department at Mark Twain Medical Center. That experience confirmed even further her aspirations of becoming a nurse. Now, she works full-time as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant in the Medical Surgical Unit at Sonora Regional Medical Center, as well as attending college full-time. Savannah, eventually, wants to earn a Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing. Being a nurse and helping others is Savannah’s driving force and she knows that her determination and motivation will result in accomplishing her goal.

 

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship to Bret Harte High School Student

August 13, 2018

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has presented an Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship to BHHS student, Nickolas Ratkovich. Nickolas received a $2,000 scholarship to begin his college studies in the Mechatronics/Electrical Technology field.

Nicholas resides in San Andreas with proud parents Melissa & Peter Ratkovich.At a very early age, Nicholas, developed a love of robotics. In elementary school, he was part of a Remote Operating Vehicle (ROV) team and competed at the state level. This interest continued on into high school. He joined 4-H while in the 3rd grade and raised a meat goat that first year. In 2009, he and his younger brother formed a partnership, Ratkovich Livestock, breeding and showing Boer goats. Their business now includes breeding sheep and some heifers. Over the past 9 years, Nick, has shown both sheep and cattle for the California State Fair and the Calaveras County Fair. Traveling to multiple national shows in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Arizona has earned Nicholas numerous awards and trophies.

Joining the FFA program as a freshman, Nick has earned multiple awards and degrees during his four-year involvement in FFA. These experiences have resulted in a confident, driven, well-rounded young man whose ultimate career goal is to become a robotics engineer. This fall, Nicholas will attend Sierra College, Rocklin, in the Mechatronics field (any system that involves electronics, mechanics and computer control).

The Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship was made possible by a recent grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. According to Foundation Administrator, Kathy Looman, Haas Automation, founded in 1983, is the leading builder of CNC machine tools. Haas understands that the U.S. is experiencing skills gaps in manufacturing jobs and seeks to close those gaps by offering grants to graduating seniors.

CCF is grateful to the Haas Foundation for their generous grant.

Murphys School of Music Holds “Music Fest” (July 22, 2018)

“Murphys Music Fest” was held at Murphy’s Community Park on Sunday, July 22, 2018 and hosted by Murphys School of Music.

Several bands played throughout the afternoon and entertained the large, enthusiastic crowd. This was a first annual music festival and a fundraiser for the Murphys School of Music.

Some of the bands who joined the fun were: Jill and the Giants, Plan B, Leilani and the Distractions, Nick & Ras, Gary Hillman & WildHorse.

“Jill & The Giants” play at the Murphys Music Fest

“Leilani & the Distractions” add their music to the Music Fest.

The crowd under the trees at Murphys Park enjoyed the music.

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Career & Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarships for 2018 Totaling $15,000

July 23, 2018

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) awarded Career and Technical Training (C&TT) scholarships to a total of ten high school students during recent award night events. Seven Calaveras High School students, one Bret Harte High student and two Mountain Oaks students will each receive $1,500.

Calaveras High School students receiving awards and their fields of study are: Logan Arledge – fire science, Nicholas Brengle – fine arts, Casey Copulos – welding, Melissa Chavria – cosmetology, Ryan DeHerrera – diesel mechanic, Andrew Zachary – auto technology, and Marilou Sandoval – cosmetology. Various colleges will see these students registering for fall term including Columbia College, Modesto JC, Shasta, Delta, & Consumnes River College. Bret Harte High School student, Brandon Dodge, will be attending Columbia College and seeking a nursing degree.

Mountain Oaks School student Madeline Hanshaw will be working toward a degree as an EMT/paramedic at Columbia College. Hope Wiley will also be attending Columbia College for a nursing degree.

“Congratulations to all these well-deserving students who have received C&TT scholarships! Many generous donations from individuals and businesses make these sizable scholarships available to local students” states Barbara Boyd White, CCF Scholarship Chair. See photos of the award recipients on the CCF website (under News & Events)– web address below.

CCF administers the funds that make these C&TT scholarships possible. Since the C&TT fund’s inception in 2011, over $70,000 has been awarded. Business partners who earmark their generous donations to benefit the C&TT fund are Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Sierra Pacific Industries and Save Mart Supermarkets along with numerous individuals and other local businesses.

To learn more about Calaveras Community Foundation, call the office at 736-1845 or visit the website at: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Click the link below to view student’s photos.

CTT 2018 all Head shots  

 

Calaveras Community Foundation Provides Funds for Three Senses Trail (July 2018)

California State Parks recently announced that work to rehabilitate the Three Senses Trail, often called the Braille Trail, at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is now underway. This project is a partnership between California State Parks, the Arnold Lions Club and the Calaveras Big Trees Association that will revamp the park.

Three Senses Trail, located next to the Big Stump, is a very short loop of just a few hundred yards, intended to help visitors enjoy a sensory experience of the forest. Trail markers display both printed words and Braille.

Improvements will include: a wider trail, new benches and viewing platforms, new interpretative signs and a revised trail guide.

Lions Clubs International Foundation, District 4-A1 Lions Club, grants from the Calaveras Community Foundation, Sierra Pacific Industries and contributions from supporters of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, provided funding for this project.

The Three Senses Trail, aka the Braille Trail, at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, is currently closed for renovations.

 

 

(L-R) Arnold Lions Members, Marilyn Richardson, Rod Smith, Peter Ralston, Calaveras Big Trees Advisory Committee and Merita Callaway, CBT Advisory Committee and Calaveras Community Foundation Board of Directors

Beth Childs/Genna Hurst Scholarship Awarded by Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF)

The Beth E. Childs/Genna Hurst Renewable Scholarship administered by the Calaveras Community Foundation was presented during awards night at Calaveras High School in late May. The 2018 Scholarship Committee selected Corina Mata as the recipient. The Childs/Hurst scholarship is a 4-year $4,000 renewable scholarship awarded annually to a graduating student residing in the West Point/Wilseyville area.

Corina, who resides in West Point, has maintained a consistent 3.6 GPA at CHS. Her determination shows through in her scholarship application as teachers and school administrators attest to her ability to set goals and achieve them. Her ultimate career passion is to achieve a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders. At an early age, she got the motivation she needed to become the hard-working, goal-driven young woman she is today. She will be attending American River Community College for her prerequisites and then transfer to an undetermined university.

Dedicated to volunteering, Corina excels when she is helping others. Her passion at CHS has been to be involved with Circle of Friends and Peer Mentoring. This allowed Corina to offer support to other students who were struggling academically or emotionally. Volleyball was her sport of choice. Coaching sixth grade volleyball at Mokelumne Hill Elementary School was a natural for her. She became a positive influence for students both through her words and her actions.

Corina truly reflects the organizational skills and dedication to succeed in any endeavor she attempts. Being passionate about “giving back” and helping others will take her far towards her career goals.

Childs/Hurst 2018 Winner, Corina Mata

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Grants for 2018

The Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded fourteen (14) competitive grants for 2018. The combined total of these grants equals over $89,000. 2018’s three initiatives were: Senior Initiative, Youth Initiative and Community Enrichment Initiative.

Several groups serving Calaveras County’s aging senior population were granted a total of over $64,000. Partial funding from the San Francisco Foundation, in memory of Lloyd Federlein, made this possible. Community food pantries in Valley Springs, Copperopolis, Angels Camp and Murphys were granted funds to continue their efforts to provide local seniors with nutritious food. Common Ground Senior Services’ Meals-on-Wheels program will continue to provide seniors with delivered meals. DRAIL makes home modifications, installs ramps and is a source for medical equipment. Habitat for Humanity makes critical home repairs for seniors while Calaveras Humane Society provides seniors preventative and emergency veterinary care for their pets. Equally as important to a senior’s wellbeing is socialization and activities. Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth of West Point will provide “Fun Friday’s for Seniors.”

The Youth Initiative was funded for more than $13,000 and benefited three projects. The County Youth Donor Advised Funds helped make these grants possible. Mind Matters Clinic of Murphys with their Fast ForWord to Success program will prepare young adults for challenges they may experience in their ongoing education. Calaveras County Office of Education will provide fingerprinting for incoming volunteer mentors for the Calaveras Mentoring Program. Calaveras County Friends of the Library will provide STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art and Math) kits and activities to help prepare children for 21st century jobs.

Two projects were funded under The Cultural Enrichment Initiative for a total of $12,047. The Community Betterment Fund fully funded Murphys Creek Theatre’s (custodian of the Black Bart Playhouse) project of replacing Playhouse’s aging lighting fixtures. The Jackson Rancheria Casino/Resort Hotel Community Fund helped with partial funding for Manzanita Writer’s Press project “Voices of Wisdom”. This is a collection of stories, memories and historical sharing from County seniors. This grant will defray costs of having this Anthology published and printed.

CCF is most grateful to all our donors for their generosity and desire to help fund worthwhile and innovative projects here in our local communities. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided over $2,000,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. To learn more about CCF, call (209) 736-1845 or visit CCF’s website: www.calaverasfoundation.org

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Receives Save Mart Donation

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Receives Save Mart Donation

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has received a generous $5000 donation from Save Mart Companies CARES Foundation. This donation benefits the Career and Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarship Fund. This marks the seventh year in a row that Save Mart CARES has supported this Scholarship program for local high school students.

Store Manager, John Romine, states, “We are proud to continue to be part of giving back to the community that supports our store and its employees. The Calaveras Community Foundation provides a great service to the community by providing opportunities to students interested in technical and vocational career paths. Save Mart is proud to partner with them in providing well-trained and educated employees that will help the local community fill needs in those areas.”

The C&TT scholarship fund, founded in 2011 and administered by CCF, supports the belief that high school graduates must have options in pursuing training/further education aside from the traditional four-year college. Many job opportunities exist in our region for youth seeking associate degrees and certificates that can lead to technical or vocational career paths. Since the inception of this fund, 54 local students have received monetary awards with total dollar amounts over $64,000.

Scholarships awarded in 2017 benefited six high school students from Bret Harte, Mountain Oaks and Calaveras High Schools. Each recipient received $1500. Anticipated fields of study for these students include: cosmetology, auto mechanics, animal science, medical, natural resources and social work.

Generous donations like this one from Save Mart help raise the consciousness of other local business partners in assisting the youth of our community. As these and other funds continue to grow, CCF will be able to award more and higher dollar scholarships to C&TT applicants.

CCF, a 501 C 3 non-profit organization, welcomes donations from like-minded businesses and individuals who see the challenge ahead of making scholarship funds available to students pursuing technical or training career paths.

CCF Publicity Chair, Chyrl Hillis and Save Mart Angels Camp Store Manager, John Romine

To learn more about the C&TT scholarship fund and other funds that administered by CCF, call 736-1845 or visit the CCF website www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

JACKSON RANCHERIA DONATES $10,000 TO CALAVERAS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Jackson, CA – The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians in late December 2019 donated $10,000 to the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF). These funds directly benefit the CCF competitive grants program – now in its final stages for 2020.

A dedicated, loyal supporter and business partner, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort continues to bolster CCF in meeting their commitment to support grassroots community groups and charitable causes within Calaveras County. Grants, scholarships, and general assistance are the vehicles used. Over the past years, Jackson Rancheria has donated over $110,000 to the Foundation.

“On behalf of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, it is a privilege to have the ability to contribute to the Calaveras Community Foundation,” said Crystal Jack, Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Rancheria. “It is our sincere hope that these funds will be used to positively impact our local communities and to provide important services to those who need it most.”  (See News & Events for the full press release).

 

Calaveras Community Foundation Competitive Grants Deadline 02/15/18

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) announced in mid December the competitive grant cycle for 2018. Timing is of the essence at this point with completed grant applications due on Thursday, February 15th. Complete details, application guidelines and fillable forms are all available at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org. If you have further questions or concerns, call the CCF office at (209) 736-1845 or email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

CCF is, again, focusing on initiatives. The three initiatives for 2018 are: Seniors Initiative, Youth Initiative and Community Enrichment Initiative. A full detailed explanation of these initiatives can be viewed on CCF’s website. Funding for these grants is from the Foundation’s General Grant Fund.

Applications began to be accepted on January 15, 2018 and must be submitted to CCF only via email by 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018. ALL applications for competitive grants MUST address one of the three initiatives to be considered for funding. CCF’s email address is: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Individual donations and corporate partners’ generosity allows CCF to continue to fund viable projects that benefit our county residents, students and seniors. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided more than $1,900,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. The Foundation administers dozens of charitable funds for scholarships and other worthy causes.

Calaveras Community Foundation Announces Annual Competitive Grants Period for 2018

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) continues to focus on initiatives for 2018’s grant giving. The three initiatives are: Seniors Initiative, Youth Initiative and Community Enrichment Initiative. Funding for these grants is from the Foundation’s General Grant Fund. A detailed explanation of these initiatives may be viewed on CCF’s website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Applications will begin to be accepted on January 15, 2018 and must be submitted to CCF only via email by 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018. info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org

ALL applications for competitive grants MUST address one of the initiatives to be considered for funding. Complete details, application guidelines and fillable forms are available on the CCF website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org in the “Grants and Scholarships” area.

In 2017, over $64,000 was awarded during CCF’s competitive grant cycle. To see the specifics about what projects were funded, go to CCF’s website – under “Grants and Scholarships” – drop down “Competitive Grants Given.”

Individual donations and corporate partners’ generosity allows CCF to continue to fund viable projects that benefit our county residents, students and seniors. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided more than $1,900,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance.

To learn more about the Foundation or to make a donation, please call (209) 736-1845 or visit our website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Calaveras Community Foundation Receives Donation from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently presented Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) with a generous $5000 donation to benefit The Career and Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarship Fund.

The Career and Technical Training Scholarship Fund helps to support alternative forms of higher education, including two-year community college and trade school certificates. In 2017, six students each received $1500.00 scholarships. C&TT scholarships were awarded graduates of Calaveras High School, Bret Harte High School and Mountain Oaks Charter School.

Varied fields of study will be pursued as students work towards obtaining two-year degrees or certificates. Social work, animal sciences, automotive mechanics, cosmetology, medical field and natural resources are the fields these graduates have chosen. CCF is very proud of these Calaveras County students and wishes them every success.

“At PG&E, we believe in helping each generation of students in the areas where our employees live and work by giving them opportunities to pursue higher education,” said Dave Meier, Senior Manager of PG&E’s Stockton Division.  “We take great pride in the community partnerships we have created, like CCF, and are grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge and support citizens and organizations committed to building a better California together.” 

CCF administers the funds that make these C&TT scholarships possible. Since the fund’s inception in 2010, more than $55,000 has been awarded. Business partners like PG&E, as well as numerous individuals and other local businesses earmark their donations to benefit the C&TT fund. CCF is most thankful to PG&E for their continued loyal support.

To learn more about CCF’s donor advised funds or scholarships, visit the website at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

(L-R) David Meier, Senior Manager, Stockton Division, Chyrl Hillis, BOD member-CCF, Thomas Reeves, PG&E Government Relations Rep, Corporate Affairs

 

Calaveras Community Foundation presents Liz Darby Airola Scholarships for Nursing Students

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) presented scholarships at the recent Award Night event at Bret Harte High School. These two scholarships were from the Liz Darby Airola Fund for Nursing Students. Each scholarship is in the amount of $500.

Bret Harte senior, Natalie Huddy, is entering the nursing field. She will be attending Dominican University. An excellent student, Natalie has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll during all 4 years of high school. This well-rounded young lady has been involved in several organizations and clubs as well as sports activities. Natalie has held two part-time jobs for the past 3 years. She took the Medical Science class as a senior allowing her to gain experience at Sonora Regional Medical Center and earn her phlebotomy license. She is dedicated to helping others through her nursing career.

Columbia College student, Amanda Hummel, is the 2nd recipient of this nursing scholarship. Amanda graduated from Calaveras High School and is on track to earn her Associates degree in nursing. Working in nursing fields prior to enrolling at Columbia College gave Amanda confidence and the determination to succeed in the healthcare field. She has had experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant as well as a Social Service Director/Admissions. Upon completion of her undergraduate classes, she plans to transfer to California State University in either Sacramento or Stanislaus in order to earn her BS-Nursing. She is driven to help people in need through this career choice.

Calaveras Community Foundation administers the Liz Darby Airola Fund for Nursing Students. To learn more about Donor Advised Funds and about CCF, call the office at 736-1845 or visit the website at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Advanced Manufacturing Scholarships to Two Calaveras High School (CHS) Students

During CHS award ceremonies, Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) presented Advanced Manufacturing Scholarships to CHS students, Dylan Rose and Marshall Biondi. Each received a $2,000 scholarship to begin their college studies in the Advanced Manufacturing field.

Dylan resides in Angels Camp with proud parents Sarah & Ryan Rose. Columbia College is where Dylan will pursue his career plans of becoming a welder and fabricator. His four-year involvement in FFA has taught him respect for the hardships farmers endure. He has held many, many offices & participated in several leadership conferences and won awards related to FFA. As an intern fabricator at Distinctive Metals, Dylan has earned respect and trust from those he has worked with and for.

Marshall plans to enroll at Modesto JC after graduation to fulfill his general education prerequisites. From there, transferring to UC Merced is Marshall’s plan where he would major in Mechanical Engineering. While at CHS, Marshall served as a peer mentor to help struggling students become more successful in school. The field of science has been an interest for Marshall for some time and this scholarship will help towards the fulfillment of that interest.

The Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship was made possible by a recent grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. To summarize Foundation Administrator, Kathy Looman and the Haas Foundation website, Haas Automation, founded in 1983, is the leading builder of CNC machine tools. Haas understands that the U.S. is experiencing skills gaps in manufacturing jobs and seeks to close those gaps by offering grants to graduating seniors.

CCF is grateful to the Haas Foundation for their generous grant.

L-R, Dylan Rose and Marshall Biondi, Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship Winners for 2017

Beth Childs/Genna Hurst Scholarship Awarded by Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF)

The Beth E. Childs/ Genna Hurst Renewable Scholarship administered by the Calaveras Community Foundation was presented during the awards night at Calaveras High School in late May. The 2017 scholarship committee selected Jillian Salvetti-Baker as the recipient. The Childs/Hurst scholarship is a 4-year $4,000 renewable scholarship awarded annually to a graduating student residing in the West Point/Wilseyville area.

Jillian, who resides in West Point, has consistently maintained a 3.96 average GPA through her four years at Calaveras High School. Her career goal is to become a veterinarian and specialize in exotic animals. Working at the San Francisco or Oakland zoo would be a dream come true for Jillian. She plans to attend Diablo Valley College to achieve her collegiate prerequisites then transfer to UC Davis where she will pursue her doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Jillian has been involved in California Scholarship Federation for 4 years & is now serving as Vice President. President of Choir Club, Tri-M Music Honors Society, Vice-President of MECHA club, and founder and President of Synergy, fills Jillian’s spare time. She has earned many awards, plays guitar & sings and has participated in Calaveras Has Talent competitions and was recently selected as Miss Calaveras 2017. She in involved in FNL (Friday Night Live) Leadership and Mentoring.

Jillian Salvetti-Baker, Childs Hurst 2017 Winner

Jillian has volunteered at her local community center, Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families (BMCYF), for the past 8 years. Here she helps serve free community dinners, performs at events, hosts Sunday brunches and helps wherever she is needed. She believes in “giving back.”

Six Local Students Awarded Career & Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarships for 2017

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) awarded Career and Technical Training scholarships to a total of six high school students during recent award night events. Four Calaveras High School students, one Bret Harte High student and one student from Mountain Oaks will each receive $1,500.

Calaveras High School student Jayda Hufana, of Valley Springs, is pursuing a career in cosmetology. Alexandra Smith, of Valley Springs, will be attending a trade school and focusing on automotive mechanics. Megan Lou Wright from Glencoe, will study Animal Science at Modesto JC with the goal of becoming a Police K-9 trainer. Calissa Morse will attend Modesto JC with emphasis on a career in Social Work.

Bret Harte High School student Paige Herndon, of Angels Camp, will be attending Sacramento City College or Butte Junior College and work toward a career in the medical field with emphasis on becoming an emergency responder.

Mountain Oaks School senior, Daniel Hill, will be attending Columbia College and plans to seek a degree in Natural Resources with a career goal of becoming a Game Warden.

Barbara Boyd White, CCF Scholarship Chair says, “Congratulations to all the well-deserving students awarded the C&TT scholarships! These sizable scholarships are available due to CCF receiving many generous donations from individuals and businesses.”

CCF administers the funds that make these C&TT scholarships possible. Since the C&TT fund’s inception in 2011, over $55,000 has been awarded. Business partners who earmark their generous donations to benefit the C&TT fund are Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Sierra Pacific Industries and Save Mart Supermarkets along with numerous individuals and other local businesses.

Calaveras High School students, (L to R), Alexandra Smith, Jayda Hufana, Calissa Morse, and Megan Wright hold their certificates after receiving C&TT scholarships. Not shown are: Daniel Hill, Mountain Oaks and Paige Herndon, Bret Harte High School.

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Grants for 2017

The Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded thirteen (13) competitive grants for 2017. The combined total of these grants equals over $71,000. The four initiatives for 2017 were: Aging in Place for Seniors, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), County Youth, and Community Enrichment.

Calaveras County’s aging senior population received $34,613 divided between six groups. Funds from the San Francisco Foundation, in memory of Lloyd Federlein, made this possible. Common Ground Senior Services’ Meals-on-Wheels will continue to provide seniors with a delivered meal; Good Samaritan Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry in Valley Springs provides food on a weekly basis; Murphys Senior Center’s “Lunch and Learn” provides free lunches and educates participants on important topics; Sierra Hope in Angels Camp, will increase the frequency of their food distribution; Tri-Dam Lions Club in Valley Springs will repair floors at the Burson Hall for senior safety; Copperopolis Food Pantry can now make a larger variety of food available to their senior community.

Two projects dealing with the STEM initiative were granted funding in the amount of $10,655. Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel Community Fund contributed to this award. Toyon Middle School’s project “Dreaming of a Makerspace” will allow students exposure to many kinds of technological tools used daily in industry today; Gardens to Grow In’s “STEM through Agriculture” creates an outdoor learning space where all 4 elements of STEM education are explored and will be available all K-12 students in Calaveras Unified School District.

The County Youth initiative resulted in an award of $6,720. for Friends of Railroad Flat School. The County Youth Donor Advised Fund contributed to this project. The purchase of violins and beginning lessons open to Railroad Flat, West Point and Mokelumne Hill students will enrich their lives and benefit their development and on-going education.

Four projects from the Community Enrichment Initiative were awarded a total of $19,015. Gold Rush Writer’s Conference this year will implement a Saturday evening headline speaker for Calaveras County writers only; Murphys Old Time Museum’s “Catalogue the Collection” project will document the many artifacts the Museum has in their archives; Manzanita Writers Press, Angels Camp, will gather stories and memories of County seniors resulting in a publication “Voices of Wisdom”; Arnold Lions have taken on the rehab and upgrading of the Three Senses Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Grant funds will be allocated to create the Touching Garden to be located near the Visitor’s Center.

CCF is most grateful to all our donors for their generosity and desire to help fund worthwhile and innovative projects here in our local communities. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided over $1,400,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. To learn more about CCF, call (209) 736-1845 or visit CCF’s website: www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Receives Save Mart Donation

L-R Angels Camp Store Manager, John Romine, Assistant Store Manager, Steve Saippa, CCF Scholarship Advisor, Paul DeBaldo, CCF BOD Member & Scholarship Committee Chair, Barbara White and CCF BOD Treasurer, Brent Harrington

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has received a generous $5000 donation from Save Mart Supermarkets. Funds benefit the Career and Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarship Fund. For the 6th year, Save Mart continues to support this scholarship fund and CCF applauds their on-going support.

Store Manager, John Romine, states, “We are proud to again be part of giving back to the community that supports our store and it’s employees. The Calaveras Community Foundation provides a great service to the community by providing opportunities to students interested in technical and vocational career paths. Save Mart is proud to partner with them in providing well-trained and educated employees that will help the local community fill needs in those areas.”

The C&TT scholarship fund, founded in 2010 and administered by CCF, supports the belief that high school graduates must have options in pursuing training/further education aside from the traditional four-year college. Many opportunities exist in our region for youth seeking associate degrees and certificates that can lead to technical or vocational career paths. Since the inception of this fund, 48 local students have received monetary awards with total dollar amounts over $55,000.

Scholarships awarded in 2016 benefited six high school students from Bret Harte, Mountain Oaks and Calaveras High Schools. Each recipient received $1500. Anticipated fields of study for these students included: nursing & medical, computer science, welding, agriculture and heavy equipment operation.

Continued generous donations like this one from Save Mart help raise the consciousness of other local business partners in assisting the youth of our community. As these and other funds continue to grow, CCF will be able to award more and higher dollar scholarships to C&TT applicants.

CCF, a 501 C 3 non-profit organization, welcomes donations from like-minded businesses and individuals who see the challenge ahead of making scholarship funds available to students pursuing technical or training career paths.

Calaveras Community Foundation Competitive Grants Deadline 02/15/17

Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) announced in early January the competitive grant cycle for 2017. Timing is of the essence at this point with completed grant applications due on Wednesday, February 15th. Complete details, application guidelines and fillable forms are all available at www.calaverascommunityfoundation.org. If you have further questions or concerns, call the CCF office at (209) 736-1845 or email: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

CCF is, again, focusing on initiatives. The four initiatives for 2017 are: 1) Aging in Place for Seniors; 2) Support for Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); 3) County Youth – 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; and 4) Community Enrichment: What projects would enrich your community? Funding for these grants is from the Foundation’s General Grant Fund.

Applications began to be accepted on January 15, 2017 and must be submitted to CCF only via email by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. ALL applications for competitive grants MUST address one of the four initiatives to be considered for funding. CCF’s email address is: info@calaverascommunityfoundation.org.

Individual donations and corporate partners’ generosity allows CCF to continue to fund viable projects that benefit our county residents, students and seniors. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided more than $1,400,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. The Foundation administers dozens of charitable funds for scholarships and other worthy causes.