Philanthropy Council gives back to Caldwell

The College of Idaho’s Student Philanthropy Council recently awarded its 2012 grants to three organizations in the local community. This year’s grant recipients were the Mentoring Network, Caldwell Senior Citizens, Inc., and the Canyon County Organization on Aging. SPC President Michelle Wooten said the council chose organizations that benefited some of Caldwell’s most vulnerable populations.

The Mentoring Network is a service that pairs at-risk kids with adult mentors. The SPC grant will fund an annual day-camp for the kids and their mentors, providing a rare opportunity for the participants to interact during the summer months. The Mentoring Network focuses on improving kids’ self-esteem and test scores through positive interaction.

Caldwell Senior Citizens, Inc. provides resources and activities for the community’s senior population, including meals, games and exercise activities. The SPC grant will buy the organization a new kitchen food slicer, replacing old equipment that had become a safety hazard.

"The council likes the services that CSC has offered to many local senior citizens since 1974,” Wooten said. “And we are excited about how quickly our grant will have an impact.”

The Canyon Country Organization on Aging services elderly, disabled and financially distressed individuals through nine different programs. The SPC grant will go toward Prescription Assistance, which helped 187 clients in 2011. Occasionally, seniors need help obtaining prescription medications on an emergency basis. With the grant from SPC, CCOA is able to offer financial assistance at local pharmacies so emergency prescriptions could be filled for those needing immediate care.

“The Council chose this recipient based upon the large number of people affected, the immediacy with which our grant would impact those clients’ lives, and the importance of aiding some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Wooten said.  

Like many SPC members, Wooten has strong personal ties to the Caldwell community – she attended Caldwell High School and recently graduated from the C of I with a degree in anthropology and sociology.

The Student Philanthropy Council was formed in January 2006 after the College received a $30,000 grant from the Seagraves Family Foundation to promote philanthropy on campus. The SPC seeks to fund organizations that have a positive impact on the Caldwell community and an intangible benefit to the College. The SPC awards approximately $3,000 each year to deserving community organizations. For more information, please contact Barry Fujishin at [email protected].

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