Although you may not be planning this far ahead, please give some thought to joining one of the John’s Island Foundation’s Site Review Teams next year. In January, each team usually visits three charitable agencies in Indian River County who have requested a grant for capital needs from the Foundation. The purpose of the visit is to evaluate the request and report to the Foundation Board how much of the grant, if any, should be given. You meet the principals of the charity and see firsthand what they do and who benefits from their work. It only takes a couple of hours for each visit. The John’s Island Foundation provides for only capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County and complements the work of the John’s Island Community Service League and United Way who provide funding for operations.
For example in 2010, The Boys & Girls Club donated a small house in Vero to Big Brothers Big Sisters. It became known as the “Little House” and is being used for one-on-one tutoring of over 500 children a year (4 to 18 years old). Their teachers have referred them because they lack pre-kindergarten readiness skills or have other academic or psychological problems. Since 2011, the John’s Island Foundation has contributed over $50,000 to this renovation, which is now complete.