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Boise School District Language Arts Supervisor Stephanie Youngerman, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Henderson, U.S. Bank In-Stores Senior Vice President Lori Dizes, and U.S. Bank Idaho President Joel S. Hickman pose with a check for $5,000 from U.S. Bank to the foundation. Photo courtesy of Boise Public Schools Education Foundation.

Boise School District Language Arts Supervisor Stephanie Youngerman, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Henderson, U.S. Bank In-Stores Senior Vice President Lori Dizes, and U.S. Bank Idaho President Joel S. Hickman pose with a check for $5,000 from U.S. Bank to the foundation. Photo courtesy of Boise Public Schools Education Foundation.

U.S. Bank supports Young Writers Conference

U.S. Bank has donated $5,000 to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation in support of the Boise School District’s annual Young Writer’s Conference for 2013-14, according to a news release.

U.S. Bank has supported the conference for 14 years, the release stated. The conference gives fourth- through sixth-graders the chance to meet a published author and practice writing in small group sessions.

Grant will help green businesses in Idaho

Micro Enterprise Training & Assistance, a Boise-based nonprofit, has received a $180,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation that will allow META to offer services to new green entrepreneurs, according to a news release.

The grant will allow META to provide one-on-one counseling, business plan training and microloans to new green entrepreneurs. META plans to lend $60,000 in direct microloans to green businesses and help 18 green business startups with technical assistance, which is expected to create 27 new jobs over the next two years.

According to META Director Ron Berning, META will assist small farm and livestock operators, water-wise landscapers, energy-efficient entrepreneurs and other businesses engaged in reducing resource consumption.

Boise Young Professionals volunteers Tyson Hendrickson, Frank McGovern, Cady McGovern, Emily Koleno, Kimberly Hudson, Ashley Kern, Emily Walton and Lesley Krone take a break from back-to-school cleanup duties at the Learning Lab Aug. 10. Photo courtesy of Lesley Krone.

Boise Young Professionals volunteers Tyson Hendrickson, Frank McGovern, Cady McGovern, Emily Koleno, Kimberly Hudson, Ashley Kern, Emily Walton and Lesley Krone take a break from back-to-school cleanup duties at the Learning Lab Aug. 10. Photo courtesy of Lesley Krone.

BYP helps prepare Learning Lab for school year

Members of Boise Young Professionals volunteered at the Learning Lab in Garden City Aug. 10.

BYP volunteers cleaned playground equipment, raked playground bark, cleaned windows and light fixtures, mopped, trimmed bushes and trees, and cleaned the roof and gutters, volunteer team leader Lesley Krone said in an email. BYP members also donated school supplies to the Learning Lab.

Businesses assist Red Cross with wildfire response efforts

Several businesses have assisted the American Red Cross in its wildfire response efforts in Idaho, Red Cross spokeswoman Barbara Fawcett said in an email.

In Boise, Peak Broadcasting and Whole Foods have assisted with fundraising, Costco and Signs Now have donated products to shelters, and Cabela’s donated 100 blankets.

In Hailey and Pine, where residents have had to evacuate due to wildfire danger, Costco Twin Falls, Hailey Coffee Co., Valley Market Deli and Big Wood Bread have donated products to shelters. Albertsons in Hailey donated food, Starbucks in Hailey donated Coffee, Pepsi Bottling Co. in Hailey donated 25 cases of water, Wal-Mart in Jerome donated snacks and other shelter needs, and Chobani Yogurt in Twin Falls donated yogurt.

Children at Mercy Housing’s New Hope Apartments in Nampa receive backpacks from U.S. Bank employees Aug. 15. Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

Children at Mercy Housing’s New Hope Apartments in Nampa receive backpacks from U.S. Bank employees Aug. 15. Photo courtesy of U.S. Bank.

U.S. Bank provides school supplies for Nampa children

U.S. Bank employees delivered backpacks and school supplies to 21 children living at Mercy Housing’s New Hope Apartments in Nampa Aug. 15, U.S. Bank spokesman Pat Swanson said in an email.

It was the second consecutive year the bank donated backpacks and supplies to children at the apartment complex. The bank has provided more than $100,000 in grants to Mercy Housing over the past decade, Swanson said.

Pets Best Insurance is donating flying discs to dog parks and animal shelters throughout the Treasure Valley. Photo courtesy of Pets Best.

Pets Best Insurance is donating flying discs to dog parks and animal shelters throughout the Treasure Valley. Photo courtesy of Pets Best.

Pets Best Insurance donates discs to Treasure valley parks, animal shelters

Boise-based Pets Best Insurance is donating 150 flying discs to dog parks and animal shelters in the Treasure Valley, according to a news release.

Discs at the parks will be available for all visitors to toss for their dogs. Pets Best will supply replacements if dogs are unable to part with the discs. Flying discs will be available at Morris Hill Dog Park, at 10 N. Roosevelt St. in Boise; Military Reserve, at 750 N. Mountain Cove Road in Boise; Pine Grove Park, at 8995 Shoup Drive in Boise; West Boise Dog Park, at 9851 W. Irving St. in Boise; Meridian Bark Park, at 1401 E. Watertower in Meridian; and Nampa Dog Park, at 2900 Second St. South in Nampa.

The discs donated to shelters will provide exercise opportunities for dogs there, which can help keep them healthy and reduce boredom and stress.

Holland & Hart helps with inventory count at ReStore

The Holland & Hart Foundation recently helped the Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity conduct its inventory count at ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center, Holland & Hart Public Relations Manager Stephanie Walkenshaw said in an email.

Five Holland & Hart employees helped the store count its furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. Proceeds from ReStore are used to build Habitat for Humanity homes.

Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County release 10,000 rubber dolphins into the Endless River at Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian Aug. 18 during the 12th annual Great Dolphin Dunk. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County release 10,000 rubber dolphins into the Endless River at Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian Aug. 18 during the 12th annual Great Dolphin Dunk. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Dolphin dunk raises money for Boys & Girls Clubs

The 12th annual Great Dolphin Dunk took place Aug. 18 at Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County, according to a news release.

Ten thousand rubber dolphins were released into the Endless River to race toward the finish line. Roaring Springs provided the first-place prize of a pass for four, Dutch Bros. Coffee provided the second-place prize of a year’s worth of coffee, and Heritage Auto provided the third-place prize of a year’s worth of oil changes.

D.L. Evans Bank and Roaring Springs were the event sponsors, KTVB was the media sponsor, 107.9 Lite FM was the radio sponsor, ESP Printing was the print sponsor, Food Services of America was the food sponsor, and Shadows Embroidery was the banner sponsor.

The Dolphin Dunk has raised more than $750,000 in cash and in-kind donations over the past 12 years. That money helps nearly 4,000 at-risk children at Boys & Girls Clubs programs and facilities in the Garden City, Meridian and Kuna.

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