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Foundation helps mend the cracks | Letters

Social Services organizations on San Juan Island assist children and their families, senior citizens and disabled island residents, in meeting their basic needs of food, shelter, heating, transportation, and some uncovered medical expenses.

The San Juan Island Family Resource Center and the Friday Harbor Food Bank are two such organizations who continue to benefit from the generosity of the San Juan Island Community Foundation and its donors.

Through the Family Resource Center, Foundation funding for prescription and ferry ticket assistance for mainland unemployment appointments, uncovered medical transportation, and family emergencies have made a difference for a large number of individuals for the past five years.

The Foundation and the Foundation’s Women’s Fund have also supported the annual Preschool to Transitions Program’s Kindergarten Kick-off, scholarships for preschool education and summer camp through Island Rec.

The Friday Harbor Food Bank has also been the beneficiary of grants from the Foundation, to maximize its food storage space with new shelving and provided relief from weather for its patrons with an outside sheltered area.

During the winter months, the food bank serves over 1,000 individuals a month. As food costs continue to rise, the food bank has had to increase monthly expenditures for food to $6,400 a month, and donor advisors with funds at the Foundation have found this means of giving to the food bank simple and direct.

The San Juan Island Community Foundation cares for our island residents and provides needed support to assure that our community is a healthy one.

Jennifer Armstrong, SJI Family Resource Center

Joyce Sobel, FH Food Bank

 

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