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Cultivating Potential Sustaining Fund

Pamela Javier never hesitates to put the needs of others before herself. Whether she is caring for her infant daughter or volunteering at a local charity, her compassionate heart and determined spirit are hard at work. As a young mother and first-generation Asian American college student, Pamela dreams of becoming a registered nurse.

Offering Childcare and Hope in North Idaho

The relief of not having to worry about what essentials I have to cut out or skimp on to pay childcare was huge for my family,” says one grateful parent who received an emergency childcare scholarship through a program of United Way of North Idaho.

Putting Holistic Solutions into Play: Lapwai School District #341

The city of Lapwai, Idaho, is located on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and serves as the tribal government seat for the Nez Perce Tribe. Lapwai suffers from generational and situational poverty, which can wreak havoc on the physical and mental health of its residents. The town also needs facilities that proactively encourage physical, mental …

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“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.”—Brené Brown

The Healing Power of Stories: StoryCorps Stories not only reflect who we are as individuals and communities, they shape us as well. They help us understand ourselves, cultivate meaning in our lives, and bind us together by promoting greater understanding and revealing all the similarities we share. Recognizing the power and potential in stories, Innovia …

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Valley Meals on Wheels ensures wellbeing of seniors in Asotin and Nez Perce counties

Valley Meals on Wheels received a $3,000 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grant to assist with volunteer coordination and meal delivery for seniors in Asotin and Nez Perce counties. “Valley Meals on Wheels in Lewiston has experienced an outpouring of support from the community during this challenging time,” said Valley Meals on Wheels Board President …

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Couple creates scholarship fund for high-achieving students with financial need

As the first person in his extended family to earn a college degree, Mark Burkett knows firsthand the difference higher education can make in one’s life. Thanks to a scholarship, Mark was able to attend the University of Pacific, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Now retired after a successful 26-year career in …

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Backyard Harvest delivers fresh produce to food-insecure community members

Backyard Harvest’s four-county service region – Asotin, Whitman, Latah and Nez Perce – contains over 25,000 food-insecure people, including 10,000 people who rely on food access programs. And yet, the food donated to these programs is not always healthy; the obesity rate in the counties is over 28%. Fortunately, the region also contains farmers and …

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Chief Joseph Foundation helps Nez Perce youth grow and connect to their heritage

On the Nez Perce Reservation and in surrounding areas, young people often lack a safe, drug-free place to spend time during after-school hours. Many also lack mentorship from elder community members, creating a disconnect between newer generations and their heritage. The Chief Joseph Foundation (CJF)’s Mounted Scholars Program gives Nez Perce youth a positive after-school …

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Nonprofit vitalizes rural communities in the Palouse with leadership training courses

Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting rural communities in today’s challenging economy. One of RDI’s primary methods of vitalizing rural communities is its Rural Community Leadership Program, a highly interactive course that is designed for a varied set of community members. Innovia Foundation, Avista and Empire Health Foundation are the …

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“Live theater provides opportunities for human interaction, collaboration and a sense of inclusion.”

In 2016, the Lewiston Civic Theatre in Idaho was forced from its long-time home in a historic building that was deemed structurally unsafe. Left without a regular place to rehearse or perform, the nonprofit organization began traveling from venue to venue to put on youth and adult shows in rented halls, local schools and other …

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