Boise companies help Paint the Town
Boise companies participated in Paint the Town June 8, a Neighborhood Housing Services volunteer event to help elderly and disabled Treasure Valley residents spruce up their homes. About 1,300 volunteers in 66 teams participated in the event.
U.S. Bank’s Treasure Valley Development Network partnered with Intermountain Gas to beautify two homes. Fifteen U.S. Bank employees pulled weeds, mended fences, created planter beds and painted a house.
Adam Roe Painting participated for the fifth year, with 25 volunteers helping paint a 120-year-old North End home.
Camp Rainbow Gold awards college scholarships
Camp Rainbow Gold, which provides medically supervised camps for young people affected by cancer, has awarded 18 college scholarships to camp alumni.
Each scholarship recipient is an Idaho child who has had cancer. Scholarships are for $2,500 and $5,000, and each recipient is eligible for a lifetime total of $20,000. The camp raises funds for the scholarship through private community donations.
Idaho Power employees participate in May in Motion
More than 170 Idaho Power employees working in downtown Boise used alternative transportation during May in Motion, an event designed to reduce traffic, pollution and parking congestion.
During the event, Idaho Power employees avoided 41,374 vehicle miles and saved about 1,717 gallons of gas. May in Motion is a project of Ada County Highway District Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit.
BYP volunteers at Ironman race
Members of Boise Young Professionals volunteered in three shifts at the Ironman race June 8.
BYP members handed water, ice, sports drinks, cola, bananas, oranges, pretzels, potato chips, energy bars and energy gel to racers as they completed the final stage of the triathlon. Volunteers also cleaned up after racers who dropped cups and wrappers.
Red Robin donated burgers for BYP volunteers to eat during the event.
Wish Granters completes 100th wish
Wish Granters, a Boise nonprofit that grants wishes to Ada and Canyon county adults 18 and older with terminal illnesses, completed its 100th wish June 11.
A man with cancer received his wish for a wheelchair ramp that would allow him to access his backyard. Levco Builders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Idaho chapter and the Contractors Who Care program provided services to make the wish possible.
CenturyLink grants $70,000 to Idaho teachers
CenturyLink has awarded grants totaling about $70,000 to 15 Idaho teachers through the CenturyLink Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program.
Six teachers in southern Idaho received grants totaling about $30,000.
LeAnn Castor, of Vision Charter School in Caldwell, got $5,000 to buy iPad Minis and tripods her students will use to create stop-motion videos.
Shaun Cornwell, of Sacajawea Elementary School in Caldwell, got roughly $5,000 to buy netbooks for students to “quadblog,” during which students blog with other classes around the world.
Sandy Powell, of Emmett High School in Emmett, got $5,000 for camera equipment for high-speed and time-lapsed video of students’ science experiments.
Brad Facrell, of Purple Sage Elementary School in Caldwell, got $5,000 for power and data upgrades for the school’s Extended Classroom Research and Presentation Center, and to buy camera equipment and iPad Minis for students to use.
Glen Croft, of ATLAS School in Middleton, got $5,000 to buy iPads and accessories to use in class activities such as developing financial plans and learning about business writing.
Malisa LaPrath, of Ridgeline High School in Nampa, got about $5,000 to buy MacBooks and iAuthor software to give students access to books with interactive features.
Salvation Army, Walmart provide doughnuts to veterans
Salvation Army staff and volunteers served nearly 300 doughnuts to veterans at the Boise Veterans Administration Community Living Center June 7 in celebration of National Doughnut Day. Local Walmart stores donated the doughnuts.
The Salvation Army began National Doughnut Day in 1938 in commemoration of the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
Kendall Ford donates to CASA program
Kendall Ford of Meridian donated $1,325 to the Family Advocates Court-Appointed Special Advocate program June 5.
The donation was paid for through the Kendall Cares Program, which donated $25 for every car sold over Memorial Day weekend this year.
CASA volunteers watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children to make sure they aren’t lost in the legal system and don’t languish in inappropriate foster or group homes.