From Circle members Mary Silvernale Shook and Dianne Daley Laursen
The Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse shares many of the same aspirations as the Giving Circle by raising funds for local non-profit organizations. The mission of the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse is to provide our community with a meaningful alternative to holiday gift giving and an opportunity to support local non-profits. We strive to enhance community well-being and sustainability through celebrating personal charity and community partnerships.
The Giving Market is looking for volunteers to help us this year. A few of you offered specific help at the meeting – THANK YOU very much. A couple of specific needs are:
1) someone to organize musical entertainment at various times throughout the Market. We have some musicians lined up, and if you are a musician and want o play we would love to hear from you!
2) Folks to solicit collect and organize holiday and greeting cards for use at the Market. We have a good start on a supply, but will need more. These can be your left-over cards from previous years, the freebies you get in the mail, blank cars you create, etc.
3) A Circle member has offered to help organize activities at the children’s table. If you want to help at the Market, or in advance, please let us know.
4) We need volunteers the day of for set-up, working in the payment area (1.5 hour shifts), greeting shoppers, and more
5) and lastly and most importantly if you have a long term interest in the Market and would like to be on our planning team /future Board we would love to hear from you!!
The Market will be held on Wednesday December 1, 2010 from 4-8 pm at the Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St, Moscow, before and during the Light-Up the Night Holiday Parade The Market is sponsored by the City of Moscow Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Latah County Community Foundation, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Moscow Buy Local with support from the Potlatch No1 Credit Union. The Market promotes Shop Local. Buy Local. Give Local.
The Market strives to make fundraising as easy and fun as possible for an organization and potential donors. Each non-profit will design a shopping list of cash designations, ranging in value from $5 - $100, reflecting the needs of their organization. For each donation the giver/shopper will receive a holiday card provided by the market and an insert with a description of the organization and gift, which can be sent as a gift to family and friends.
If you have any questions about the Market or the application process, email email@example.com or contact Mary Silvernale Shook, 208-310-9561 or Dianne Daley Laursen 208-310-1231.
What have our 2009-2010 grantees used Circle funding to accomplish?
Each year, we ask our grantees to provide us with a brief update, photos if appropriate, and a wish list of opportunities for volunteering or additional support. We haven't heard from everyone yet, but I wanted to fill you in on some of the projects that our nonprofit partners have undertaken with the funds that you provided last year. Over the next few blog posts, I'll share summaries of the work made possible by your funding.
Palouse Prairie School:
Palouse Prairie School is a non-tuition based public charter school. Our goals are to engage children and the community of the Palouse in an inspiring and collaborative education of the highest standards by following the educational design principles of Expeditionary Learning.
Last semester, nineteen kindergarten students embarked on a semester long expedition called, "Feed from Seed." There were two components of this project; students learned about the characteristics of plants and they were involved in building a greenhouse for Palouse Prairie School. The students collected 1500 2-liter bottles from the Moscow Recycling Center. Washington State University Architecture students were integrated into the program as part of a service learning project. The entire architecture class spent a day with the kindergarten students in building the walls of the greenhouse.
After completion of the greenhouse, students grew vegetables for Backyard Harvest, a local non-profit fresh food bank. Students presented their produce to Backyard Harvest and the greenhouse will provide many opportunities for student engagement for the years to come. Volunteer opportunities: Palouse Prairie School- teaching children about planting and growing teaching children about plants, gardening, farming, etc.
1. worm bin
3. terra cotta pots
4. Garden tools: trowel
Contact: Jeneille Branen firstname.lastname@example.org
Moscow Women Giving Together is a really fun, generous group of women!