Reading Pals - Power of 100+ Women

Fund Purpose

Reading Pals is a local literacy campaign started by community members who recognize the importance of reading and the implications that illiteracy will have on our community if the problem is not addressed.

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We are committed to providing every child who does not currently read at grade level an opportunity for an excellent education through one-on-one time spent with a community volunteer working with a specific reading curriculum to help them improve their skills. Readings Pals aims to see every child enter 7th grade reading at grade level, equipped with the tools they need to learn and to engage as citizen steward of their community.

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Michelle Curran

The David Fleming Memorial Scholarship

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The primary purpose of the Fund shall be to provide award grants to graduating high school seniors in Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, and Plumas counties pursuing education and/or training in welding or trade careers related to agriculture and who otherwise meet the criteria as set forth by the committee. Awards shall be made to the institution on behalf of the awardee.

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Erin Heringer

(530) 520-7664

Almanor Foundation

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The purpose of this fund is to assist in the establishment of Almanor Foundation as a nonprofit legal entity within California and as a 501c3 under the Code. The Almanor Foundation will promote and facilitate philanthropy and community engagement; offer planned giving services to individuals, families, businesses, financial advisors, and nonprofit agencies; serve as a neutral convener for community concerns and issues; manage funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations or public agencies.

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Susan Bryner

(530) 588-3799

Colby Mountain Trail Network and Restoration Project

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The Colby Mountain Trail Network and Restoration Project is a collaborative effort conducted by the Butte County Resource Conservation District, Northern California Regional Landtrust, and Chico Velo to enhance trails-based recreation near the community of Jonesville in Lassen National Forest.

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“Quietude with the absence of business care” was how the Northern Enterprise characterized the new “city” of Jonesville on June 12, 1869. This summer resort community, located in the shadow of Colby Mountain, was built on squatters’ rights by Chico residents in search of outdoor recreation and an escape from the valley heat. Over 150 years have passed and we still venture to Jonesville for the same reason.

The Colby Mountain Recreation Area is a collaborative project that envisions 40 miles of new singletrack traversing a spectacular alpine landscape, welcoming a new generation of residents and visitors to seek adventure or a retreat from the world in this undiscovered corner of the Sierras. We need your help to write a new chapter of sustainable outdoor recreation in Jonesville, one that invests in protecting the pioneering spirit of this community and stewarding the natural beauty of the region for the next 150 years.

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Thad Walker

(530)-693-3173

Pamoja

Fund Purpose

The purpose of the Fund shall be to raise money to direct to the Merchant Ships Ministries, a nonprofit organization based in the United States, for several projects in Kenya, East Africa. Projects include supporting a rescue home for at-risk teenage mothers and their babies, a community program that offers skills training, emergency assistance, and disaster relief, and medical training and aid for families with children with disabilities.

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'Asante sana' (thank you!) for coming alongside and helping these incredible programs in Kenya, where our heart is. Our resourceful and dedicated Kenyan friends are doing the hard work, on the ground, and we so appreciate your generosity.

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Melissa Heringer

(530) 591-3453

illuminAid Support Fund

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To enhance the charitable contributions to the Nonprofit, illuminAid, through the Foundation website and provide an opportunity for donations to be made online with credit cards.

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illuminAid's mission is to help in educating the world’s poorest billion people through low-cost video technology. illuminAid envisions a world where electricity, illiteracy, location, language and materials are no longer barriers to positive social change. Through locally created video instruction, small improvements in knowledge dissemination can fuel this progress for individuals and communities. Each person deserves the opportunity to improve their life through education. Each person should be able to learn within a community–regardless of language, literacy, or location. Each person should receive highly-relevant instruction from the best teachers in the community. Each person should benefit from efficient and effective instruction through video technologies.

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Matt York

(530) 343-7868

Story Makers Fund

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The fund purpose is to assist in the establishment of Story Makers as a nonprofit legal entity. Story Makers will bring a nonprofit community writing hub to Chico, offering free writer's workshop sessions to children, teens, and adults.

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C.S. Lewis brilliantly said: "You can make anything by writing." At Story Makers, we believe this to be true on so many levels. Now more than ever, students need support, positive mentors, a creative outlet, and a sense of purpose and belonging. Writing provides a pathway to all of this and more. Story Makers is geared toward students age 5-18, as well as adults in the community. Our writing workshops will cover dozens of different themes and genres, and they will be completely free to those registered. Workshops will be taught by educators, industry professionals, and CSUC students.

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Emily Lee

(775) 686-9033

The Good Kitchen

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The fund purpose is to assist in the establishment of The Good Kitchen as a nonprofit legal entity within California and as a 501c3 under the Code. Fund Advisors agree that said purpose shall be diligently pursued and accomplished within 18 months of creation of this Fund. The Good Kitchen will feed those in Butte county in need with wholesome, home cooked, restaurant quality meals.

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The Good Kitchen is an up and coming nonprofit based out of Chico, we aim to deliver high quality nutritious meals to the community. We hope to be a community project with help from local volunteers, community members, restaurants, farms and schools to build a community around food and helping others. Your donation will go to feeding those in need in our community(s).

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Preston Farris

(530) 774-0364

Wildwood Perinatal Collective Fund

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The fund purpose is to assist in the establishment of Wildwood Perinatal Collective as a nonprofit legal entity within California and as a 501c3 under the Code. Wildwood Perinatal Collective will provide multidisciplinary integrative perinatal care for families in need.

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At Wildwood Perinatal Collective, we believe that every family deserves comprehensive and compassionate support throughout their parenthood journey. In our community, high-quality care is often challenging to access - families might feel overwhelmed by searching for a care provider, unsure of how to navigate complex systems, or struggle to get a response from providers. We hope to change all of that by providing multidisciplinary integrative care that is easily accessible, client-centered, community-oriented, and outstanding in quality. By offering a variety of services including mental health support, classes, wellness planning, referrals, and community building opportunities, we hope to help every parent feel supported, safe, and well. With your help, we can build this beautiful and necessary resource - please consider donating to Wildwood Perinatal Collective to help us realize our mission! Thank you for being part of our community and our story. Your support is immensely appreciated!

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Laura Swanson

Ethan McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund

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The primary purpose of this fund shall be to provide scholarship grants to graduating high school seniors of Butte County that are pursuing degrees in nursing or nursing programs.

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Ethan McCoy passed away from pediatric brain cancer at the age of ten years old on October 22, 2020. This scholarship serves to keep his memory and honor all the nurses who helped him along his medical journey. Ethan’s medical journey is documented through his parents’ video diary on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3gZ5Xun

Ethan loved gardening, reading, and the great outdoors. He was a young entrepreneur who loved to make birdhouses with his grandfather and grow succulents. He was a proud member of the Million Word Reading Club at his elementary school and participated in his local swim team, 4H club, and Awana group. Ethan also enjoyed camping in state parks, finding agates at Patrick’s Point, and fishing at his family’s cabin. As a child on the Autism Spectrum, Ethan approached life in a very unique way. Despite social challenges, Ethan connected with people and developed meaningful relationships throughout his community and beyond. His endearing personality, infectious smile, and quirky nature are remembered by all who knew him. Additional information can be found on Ethan's Facebook page linked under the donate button.

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Joey and Stefanie McCoy