Grant Recipients

Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene partners with local charities and assistance facilities in order to help the neediest in our community.  Following is a list of just a few of the organizations that have received grants from Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene.  Websites have been provided where they are available.

To see more friends and grant recipients, visit our FRIENDS and GRANT RECIPIENTS page.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest
Every year Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene participates in the “Bowl for Kids Sake” in order to raise funds for this worthy organization.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all.

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Borah Elementary
Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene gave funds to Borah Elementary for an inter-active garden that would create an environment in which children could learn life-skills and the affect they have on their global environment.

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Cherished Ones Ministries
By providing some of the basic needs for our neighbors, Cherished One Ministries provides sack lunches and a hot meal one day a week for those in our community who find themselves in need.  Not wanting to limited how they help others, they also provide sleeping bags and personal hygiene items (among other needs) to those who need it most.  Cherished Ones Ministries is currently located at 418 Coeur d’Alene Ave in Coeur d’Alene.

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Children’s Village
The Mission of the Children’s Village is to care for, advocate and provide a safe, loving, nurturing and healing home for children.  Those children, ages birth to age 18, who have been abused, neglected, homeless, or are in severe family crisis may be served.  On a daily basis, the Village can serve up to 22 residents.  Healing children has been the Village goal since the doors opened in 1990.

Children’s Village Crisis Nursery

In addition to the Children’s Village general fund, the Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene sets money aside specifically for their Crisis Nursery.  Monies for this grant are provided to Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene from the ”Helping Hands Grant” provided by the Allstate Insurance Foundation through club member Kathy Bush.

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Community Roots
Recognizing the need for fresh produce in local food assistance facilities, Community Roots collects fruits and vegetables from area farmers and farmer market vendors.  Community Roots then takes the produce to area soup kitchens, food pantries and assistance centers for their patrons.

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ElderHelp
ElderHelp’s  purpose is to offer support and companionship to homebound seniors experiencing the effects of social isolation (and to complement the other local Senior Services) by assisting the elderly to remain in their homes in a safe and comfortable environment.

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Family Promise of North Idaho
By helping families that have experienced a set-back (either from a loss of a job, illness, or another debilitated crisis), Family Promise of North Idaho empowers families in need to become self-sufficient.  They serve families by providing temporary housing, employment and housing assistance, as well as individual and family counseling.    About 80% of families leaving a Family promise program successfully secure permanent or transitional housing.

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Fresh Start, Inc.
Fresh Start is a drop in center where homeless & mentally ill can drop in, clean up, receive clothes & food, and serve as a base address.  In the future, Fresh Start plans that their in-house computers will have e-mail and Internet access to provide access to friends, family, and potential employers.  Voice mail and a mail drop addresses are provided.

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Juvenile Justice Outreach
In large measure, the deteriorating mental and behavioral health of U.S. children is being caused by a lack of close connections to other prople, and deep connections to moral and spiritual meaning.  The JJO offers nurturing relationships as a core principle for poisitive moral and spiritual development.  To be available and accessible in order to provide encouragement, support and spiritual guidance to youth, their families and the communitites who serve them through Idaho’s Juvenile Justice system.

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Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families
A coalition of non-profits & businesses, the Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families formed in the early 1990’s.  They meet together on a monthly basis to discuss community needs and bring awareness to those that might have fallen through the cracks and avoid duplication of efforts.

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NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness – of Coeur d’Alene
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with mental illess and providing support to their families and friends.  Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene has funded two programs supported by NAMI:

1) Family-to-Family

An education program that seeks to aid family members of those living with mental illness by providing information about illnesses of the brain and their treatment, coping skills, and the power of advocacy.

2) In Our Own Voice

Learning from the men and women whose lives have been interruped by mental illness, but who are now role models for hope and recovery.  These presentations enrich the audiences’ understanding of how the over 58 million Americans contending with mental illess cope while also reclaiming rich and meaningful lives.

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North Idaho College Head Start
The mission of the North Idaho College Head Start program is to provide quality, comprehensive services that enable families with limited resources to nurture and support their own and their young children’s educational, social, emotional, and physical development.

  • Providing services to families that truly reflect their needs; 
  • Promoting staff and parents harmoniously working together as a team; 
  • Building trust, Identifying strengths, and eliminating barriers; 
  • Mentoring positive relationships; 
  • Providing facilities that are visually pleasing, spacious indoors and out, inviting and welcoming to parents and children. 
  • Operating Centers and Sites that are well maintained and staffed by trained, empowered professionals working together as a team to provide optimal learning for children and adults. 
  • Developing strong, supportive community partnerships and extensive volunteer involvement. 
  • Pursuing excellence through continuous improvement.

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Sampson and Friends
Sampson, a Quarter Horse, and Sweet Pea, a mini horse, are involved in many ways for the betterment of our community.  Of particular interest to the Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene was their “Therapy Horse” program offered to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.  Individuals with autism, certain mental disorders, as well as soldiers returning from war, will be able to find Sampson’s comfort and understanding on the 100+ acres of Bridle Path Quarter Horses in Hayden.

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TESH, Inc.
TESH Inc. is a nationally accredited rehabilitation organization that assists people who are disabled and/or disadvantaged to achieve their highest level of independence.  Since 1976, this community-based non-profit has provided essential services to over 7000 individuals.

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