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36. EUREKA WELCOMES FAMILY LEFT HOMELESS BY CAMP FIRE. READ MORE
35. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BREAK RECORD FOR FOOD DONATION. READ MORE
34. GOOD SAMARITAN HELPS BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN WEAVERVILLE. READ MORE
33. LOCAL ARTISTS HONORED WITH PRIZES
Tri-County Independent Living announced the winners of its Artists with Disabilities Holiday Card Design Competition. Read more
32. LOCAL CHILDREN RECEIVE NEW WINTER COATS THROUGH COATS FOR KIDS PROGRAM. READ MORE
31. WILD RIVERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GIVES OUT $24,000 IN HOLIDAY GRANTS.
HAF affiliate Wild Rivers Community Foundation helped award $24,000 in grants funded by community donors, family trusts, foundations, business owners and individuals for community organizations' holiday programs. Read more
30. EUREKA ROTARY GROUPS RAISE MORE THAN $23,000 FOR CAMP FIRE SURVIVORS. READ MORE
29. HAF FUNDS YOUTH OPIATE PREVENTION PROJECT.
The Humboldt Area Foundation has approved a grant of $9,950.00 to the Humboldt Department of Health and Human Services- Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health from the Schulze-Kronenberg Memorial Fund, a fund of the Foundation, for its Youth Opioid Use Prevention Project.
28. LOCALS DIG DEEP TO SUPPORT LIBRARY
The 20th Annual Humboldt Library Foundation Gala raised roughly $70,000 to support local libraries on Monday Dec. 10. Senator Mike McGuire acted as auctioneer in the live auction, and many local businesses donated merchandise and services to support the library. Ronda Wittenburg was the recipient of the 2018 Helen Everett Award after 47 years of service to the library.
27. THE BAYSHORE MALL OPENED EARLY SO KIDS WITH AUTISM COULD VISIT WITH SANTA. READ MORE
26. ANNUAL JOY DRIVE.
Volunteers with Arcata and Eureka Rotary's Rotaract stood in the cold outside Target in Eureka on Sunday, Dec. 9 to encourage donations to Toys for Tots. (This photo originally appeared on the Toys for Tots Humboldt Facebook page, which you can find here
Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine program which collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to children every holiday season.
25. LOCAL STUDENTS GRANT MONEY TO HELP ENVIRONMENT
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) hosted an award ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to give out $6,000 in awards to groups in the Eel River Valley working on environmental issues. YEP members are students from Fortuna Union High School, East High School, and Academy of the Redwoods who are interested in bringing positive change to our community through the power of grantmaking. This years' grants included $5,000 to River Life Foundation and $1,000 to ASK ME: The Ecology & Art Education Program fiscally sponsored by the Ink People.
24. GRACE MARTON MEMORIAL FUND BRINGS EXTRA JOY TO EUREKANS.
Humboldt Area Foundation's Donor Engagement team was able to bring some good news to the City of Eureka recently, with news that the Grace Marton Memorial Fund would be used to build and maintain a multi-use playground at Halvorsen Park, near the waterfront. Marton, who passed in 2016, was a green thumb and animal lover who enjoyed spending time in Humboldt's wild places with her partner Lance Hardie.
23. CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLYMEMBER JIM WOOD VOLUNTEERS HIS TIME AS A DENTIST TO HELP CAMP FIRE FAMILIES. READ MORE
22. CALIFORNIA TRIBAL TANF PARTNERSHIP PUTS TOGETHER FOOD BOXES.
With the help of funding from the Holiday Funding Partnership, the California Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) put together food boxes for more than 75 Native American familes. With thanks to the hard work of the women in this picture: Stacia Parks, Emmilee Risling, Roxanne Andrade, Linda Gillette, Cindy Green and Celeste Ruiz. More about Holiday Funding Partnership grants here.
21. STATE SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE RALLIES HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN FOOD DRIVE.
Last year the drive generated 7,000 pounds of food for Food for People. The final day to donate will be Dec. 12 3-6 p.m. at the Harris Street Safeway in Eureka. Read more
20. BETTY CHINN'S WORK CONTINUES THROUGH THE COLDEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR.
The Betty Kwan Chinn Foundation is preparing to distribute winter emergency food bags beginning Dec. 10. Bags will be distributed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. at 35 W. Clark Street. To give to the Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation Fund, click here.
19. "PANCAKES FOR PARADISE" SHOWCASES GENEROSITY OF LOCAL COMMUNITY. READ MORE
18. RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA RAISES OVER $56,000 FOR HUMBOLDT COUNTY CHARITIES. READ MORE
17. COMMUNITY DONATIONS ARE PAVING THE WAY FOR BAY TRAIL.
Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise presented a $1,000 check to the Humboldt Bay Trail Fund on Wednesday, Dec. 5. (From left to right, Rees Hughes, Ray Noggle, Aaron Gottschalk, Dennis Rael, Amber Madrone). The check was presented at Wildberries Marketplace, which matched $23,917.42 in customer donations in October and November! To learn more about the trail and to donate click here.
16. LIONS CLUB HELPS KIDS BRING CHRISTMAS TO THEIR FAMILIES. READ MORE
15. OUR FAVORITE FOOD IS PIZZA TOO.
CASA of Humboldt is posting its clients' holiday wish lists on Facebook and we are 100% behind this 8-year-old who wants a happy family and to keep helping other kids at school. CASA helps advocate for children in foster care. To see more lists and find out how you can help CASA kids, check out their Facebook page here or go to www.humboldtcasa.org.
14. ANONYMOUS DONOR PAYS OFF MORTGAGE OF CRESCENT CITY RESCUE MISSION. READ MORE
13. BIKERS TAKE OVER ARCATA PLAZA. READ MORE
12. HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE GROWS OUT THEIR BEARDS TO RAISE $2900 FOR AT-RISK YOUTH. READ MORE
11. LOCAL BUSINESS MATCHES FUNDS TO HELP GET BETTY CHINN ON THE ROAD AGAIN. READ MORE
10. A EUREKA POLICE SERGEANT RESPONDS TO THE SOUNDS OF SCREAMING.
9. HUMBOLDT COUNTY RALLIES TO HELP FAMILY WITH THREE YOUNG CHILDREN REBUILD AFTER LOSING EVERYTHING IN PARADISE FIRE. READ MORE
8. A YUROK TRIBAL GAME WARDEN GIVES AN INJURED BALD EAGLE A RIDE TO THE VETERINARIAN IN STYLE. READ MORE
7. GRANT FUNDING HELPS BUY RAMPS FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS
From Tri-County Independent Living: Last year, Tri-County Independent Living launched its Residential Ramp Loan Program. To expand this program, TCIL applied for and received a generous grant from Humboldt Health Foundation (formerly Union Labor Health Foundation). TCIL thanks Humboldt Health Foundation for its generous support of the Residential Ramp Loan Program. The funds have been used to install one modular ramp system and purchase the parts for two more modular ramp systems. This grant will allow TCIL to continue this much needed program and ensure more community members have access to their homes and communities.
The goal of the program is to loan ADA compliant aluminum modular ramp systems to low-income community members with mobility difficulties. “The hope is our program will bridge the gap until the consumer can work towards obtaining a ramp of their own, or find accessible housing,” stated Assistive Technology Coordinator Juliannah Harris.
The ADA compliant aluminum modular ramp systems that TCIL has installed since the program began has given community members who have them the freedom to go to doctors’ appointments, community events, receive medical care, go shopping, visit family and friends, and so much more. A door that was once closed for these individuals is now open thanks in great part to Humboldt Health Foundation. TCIL looks forward to serving community members and meeting this unique need in the community.
6. 11/29/18 FOOD FOR PEOPLE RECEIVES A SURPRISE CALL
"Great surprise yesterday! We got a call from Fin-N-Feather Pet Shop requesting that we pick up a donation of pet food. Did you know that Food for People offers cat and dog food to families when its available? No one wants a beloved family pet to go hungry when budgets are tight. A very generous anonymous person purchased 256 lbs of high-quality dog & cat food to go to Food for People. Thank you!" -- Via Facebook, reprinted with permission.
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5. HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S POSSE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS TIME TO HELP BUTTE COUNTY IN RAIN AND MUD. READ MORE
4. HUMBOLDT WOMAN DONATES PRIZED POSSESSION TO CAMP FIRE SURVIVORS.
“My friend Bell Waters has been working on a nice Airstream unit for many years. She has put all her resources and much love into restoration and artistic embellishment of it. Needless to say a whole ton of love has gone into it. Also she has worked very hard to maintain one truck then another in order to have a way to move it .
When she heard of the deadly/ horrific so-called, Camp Fire she selflessly drove to Chico to give her prize possession to some family that needed it more than her. I have tears running down as I write because this act of supreme kindness was all she had. The only reason I even know about this is because she was worried about the dissimilar type of wheels that were on the trailer and she wanted someone to know that she was embarking on a rather dangerous journey from Arcata over to Chico.
She gave it to a family with two young teenage daughters whose grandparents and all their entire family also lost all they owned in that tragic firestorm. Of course she has no idea that I am reporting this act of immense from-the-heart caring for fellow human neighbors is above and beyond what ever most of us could ever do. It was all she had.
Blessings to you Bell. May goodness and kindness flow towards you all the days of your life. Aloha.”
— Submitted by Tom Becker 11/28/18
3. NOV. 26 -- A DISORIENTED MAN IN A EUREKA MOTEL REACHES OUT FOR HELP VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, SAYING HE NEEDS A RIDE TO THE HOSPITAL. TWO LOCAL WOMEN RESPOND. READ MORE
2. PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING, INCLUDING HUNGER.
Every year HAF stocks up on food to keep any guests using the community center safe and comfortable in the case of a natural disaster. We are truly fortunate, as so far we haven't needed it. If you have food set aside for emergencies, consider donating it before it expires and replacing it annually. Pictured: Choice Pantry Coordinator for Food for People Erin Tharp receives a donation from HAF Office/Safety Manager Jill Moore.
1. GUY KULSTAD, STEADFAST VOLUNTEER AND ANONYMOUS HERO.
"Guy Kulstad was one of Humboldt Literacy Project's most exemplary volunteer tutors for over 11 years, helping many people improve their lives by learning to read. We only later learned that he was also teaching us about philanthropy done right." Read more...