This year there are twenty-six non-profit organizations from Indian River County requesting funding from the John’s Island Foundation totaling $800,532. These requests are for a variety of capital needs and improvements. According to Jay Anglada, Grant Review Chair, site review teams are in the process of conducting comprehensive agency visits, determining which organizations will receive funding. There are ten teams consisting of a Captain and three to four team members. This year’s Captains are: Judy Anglada, Jerry Babicka, Carol Critchell, Charlie Dill, Rob Elliott, Lou Hoynes, Jim Poole, Bill Sayler, Jim Smith and Steve Trooboff. In order to get a complete understanding of how each non-profit serves the needing population of our community, they will meet and visit with the leadership of the assigned organization and thoroughly review the appropriateness of each request in detail. Once completed, the teams will then present their recommendations to the John’s Island Foundation Board.
The John’s Island Foundation is unique in its mission to provide grants for capital improvement of deserving charities here in Indian River County. This financial support complements other funders like the John’s Island Community Service League and the United Way who provide operating dollars to many of the same non-profits. For example, this year the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association has requested $21,339 for new flooring in their center; the Gifford Youth Achievement Center has requested $50,000 for hurricane shutters, a PowerPoint projector and a Smart Board; the Homeless Family Center needs $16,990 for a replacement air conditioner and a generator; and, the Education Foundation has asked for $35,695 for computers for the Wabasso School. Last year, they were awarded funds to purchase seven Smart Tables, which are wonderful learning tools for those children who are struggling in the classroom.
If you haven’t already supported the Foundation, it isn’t too late to contribute to make a lasting difference in our community.