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Taylor Wood and Peter Bergman, of Dutch Bros. Coffee, hold up a photo of Carter, the 4-year-old son of barista Kayla McNitt. Carter was diagnosed with autism two years ago. Photo courtesy of Dutch Bros. Coffee.

Dutch Bros. raises funds for autism research

On April 2, Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Meridian, Boise, Garden City, Nampa, Caldwell and Ontario, Ore., raised $9,837 for Autism Speaks, an autism research organization.

From 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. that day, all Treasure Valley Dutch Bros. locations donated $1 for every drink sold. The fundraiser was part of “Light It Up Blue” World Autism Awareness Day. Supporters worldwide displayed blue decorations, lights and clothing in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

“Carter, the son of our employee Kayla McNitt, has autism,” Meridian Dutch Bros. owner Jeff Yarnall said in a news release. “April is Autism Awareness Month, and we want to get our stands involved.”

State Farm gives grant to BSU’s CAMP

State Farm has awarded a $35,000 Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to Boise State University’s College Assistance Migrant Program for the Cultivating Community project.

The project engages CAMP students as leaders, mentors and partners to educate others about college and excellence in higher education. It also teaches students personal financial literacy and auto safety.

The Good Neighbor Citizenship program is the umbrella program for State Farm and the State Farm Companies Foundation charitable efforts, including volunteerism.

A Free Cone Day participant points the way to Ben & Jerry’s April 9. Broadview University scooped for tips to go toward Genesis Service Dogs at the event. Photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s.

Ben & Jerry’s free cones go to good causes

Ben & Jerry’s downtown Boise location gave away 4,794 ice cream cones, and tips helped fund several organizations April 9 during Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2013.

Broadview University scooped for Genesis Service Dogs, Brighton Corporation scooped for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scout Troop 40 scooped for its summer camp fund, and Kuna Alcohol/Drug Free Youth scooped for its projects.

Matt Groll, of Ben & Jerry’s, said he would guess people donated about $1,200 in tips over the course of the day. Each group scooped for about two hours. Brighton, with a corporate donation, made about $600 for the Boys & girls Clubs. Broadview made about $210 for Genesis Service Dogs. Totals for Boy Scout Troop 40 and Kuna Alcohol/Drug Free Youth were not available at press time.

Idaho Power donates truck to Elmore County Search and Rescue

Idaho Power donated a pickup truck to Elmore County Search and Rescue on April 11.

The search and rescue is a volunteer organization that donates its time and equipment to people in trouble. It has no paid employees, and donations are essential. Idaho Power retired the 2002 Ford crew cab diesel pickup from its own fleet for the search and rescue’s use.

Runners in West Valley Medical Center’s run/walk for the Caldwell YMCA cross the finish line April 13. Photo courtesy of West Valley Medical Center.

West Valley Medical Center sponsors run/walk for Caldwell YMCA

West Valley Medical Center sponsored the West Valley 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the Caldwell Family YMCA April 13. Proceeds from the event – more than $10,000 – went to the Y’s health and wellness programs.

More than 600 participants raced from WVMC through Fairview Golf Course, the College of Idaho, the Y and Indian Creek on their way back to the finish line at WVMC. There was also a health information fair, refreshments, prize drawings, and activities including face painting and an inflatable bounce house.

Sponsors of the event included Caldwell Urology, Carpenter Screen Printing, Caxton Printing, Fairfield Inn, Horizon Home Health & Hospice, Idaho Press-Tribune, Norco, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group-Caldwell, Shu’s Idaho Running Co., Sound Hound Stereo, Spine Institute of Idaho, Treasure Valley YMCA-Caldwell, West Idaho Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, WVMC, West Valley Medical Group, and Xerox.

Lesley Lucas, Derral Draper, Chris Jensen, Brian Nichols, Linda Barry and Randy Roush, of Maverik, present a check for $10,415 to the American Red Cross. Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross, Greater Idaho Chapter.

Red Cross thanks companies for donations  

The Greater Idaho Chapter of the Red Cross thanked businesses at a breakfast April 12 for contributing to its Heroes for the Red Cross campaign in March.

WDS Global, a call center on Kimball Place, raffled off goody baskets, played fundraising games and held bake sales to raise $5,000 for the Red Cross Disaster Fund.

Maverik stations across Idaho sold Red Cross $1 pledge cards to bring in more than $10,000.

West Valley Medical sponsored the event and hosted the thank-you breakfast.

Wells Fargo Foundation gives grant to NNU

The Wells Fargo Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to Northwest Nazarene University to support NNU’s Master of Business Administration program expansion in Twin Falls.

The funds are designated for the purchase of technology for real time classroom instruction from any satellite location or campus in the NNU network. The Twin Falls campus will also offer graduate classes in social work.

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