This year there are twenty-seven non-profit organizations from Indian River County requesting funding from the John’s Island Foundation totaling $840,165. 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 nine teams consisting of a Captain and three to four team members. This year’s Captains are: Carol Critchell, Don Dussing, Rob Elliott, John Hessian, Lou Hoynes, Don Kittel, Julie Parker, Bill Saylor and Steve Trooboff. In order to get a complete understanding of how each non-profit serves the neediest of our population within 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. If you would be interested in joining a site review team next year, please contact Jay Anglada or Jennifer Jones, Executive Director, at 772-234-0992.
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 $12,539 for new computers and software programs to be used by the clients during their activities; the Samaritan Center has asked for $44,750 for bedbug resistant bedroom furniture and bedding; Treasure Coast Community Health needs $50,000 for a large SUV with towing capabilities; and, Epic Mission has asked for $28,000 for electrical upgrades to their buildings and a UTV vehicle.
If you haven’t already supported the Foundation, it isn’t too late to contribute to make a lasting difference in our community. Please go the the donation page for a convenient way to charge your contribution to your John’s Island Club account or simply call Jennifer Jones at 772-234-0992.