NON-PROFITS ELIGIBLE FOR May 2023 GIVING cycle
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Ballydídean Farm Sanctuary
If selected by 100+ WW, we would use the funding to start an education program for kids in our community starting with the South Whidbey Children's Center in Langley, where we would visit classrooms once a month with an ambassador animal and give children the opportunity to interact with the animals and learn some interesting facts about their biology and natural behaviors.
Ballydídean Farm's philosophy is exposure = empathy. The farm rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes farmed animals who are unwanted, neglected, or abused. Through tours and community education, they give people the chance to make friends with animals they typically only meet on their dinner plate, giving them an opportunity to rethink their relationship with farmed animals.
Founded by the Santosa family in 2018, Ballydídean Farm Sanctuary is something that Sarah and Ansel dreamed of starting since they were 15 in high school. They strive to adopt animals out of production conditions and give them happy, peaceful lives. They want to give others access via community or educational events to help build a sense of empathy towards these animals, especially in children.
Growing Veterans -
Whidbey Outpost Farm
If selected by 100+ WW, we would like to use the funding to purchase a new storage shed to keep our tools and equipment. Our last one blew over in a recent Whidbey windstorm! We would also use funding to increase the amount of produce we're able to provide to the North Whidbey Help House, and possibly purchase some additional farm equipment.
Growing Veterans is on a mission to end isolation through creating purpose and belonging. They strive to accomplish this by growing food, community, and each other. 100% of donations support their mission and their vision to end the social isolation that can lead to suicide. They do this in three ways:
Food: They grow food (literally!) out on their organic farm in Lynden, WA and their outpost farm in Greenbank, WA (Whidbey Island). The majority of their food is donated to the Bellingham Food Bank & North Whidbey Help House, with the rest given to volunteers and interns.
Community: They grow community through joining Veterans with individuals, businesses, and other groups throughout the region. Breaking isolation means strengthening the bridge between veteran and civilian communities.
Each other: They grow each other in multiple ways. While volunteering on the farm they deliver "Dirt Therapy" to one another. Both the soil on your hands and the sound of a friendly voice on the other side of the row have been shown to be a positive experience. They also deliver their research backed and accredited Peer Support Training (PST) multiple times a year. Those trained in PST are taught to be a support system for all veterans and civilians who walk through our doors.
Island Senior Resources
An award from 100+ WW would support our new integrated service delivery model, ISR HELPS, which links clients, caregivers, and their loved ones in a single phone call or online click to the full range of services that Island Senior Resources offers to our island communities. This model focuses particularly on nutrition, medical transportation, and resource navigation/client engagement through our Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) program. We are seeking funds to sustain and slowly build upon our current level of operations. For example, a contribution of $13,000 covers the costs of 1,000 meals delivered by compassionate volunteers to homebound individuals, the mileage costs associated with volunteers driving clients 20,000 miles to medical appointments across the island and from Bellingham to Seattle, or the costs of providing two months of personalized intake and triage assessments of clients to more efficiently and effectively identify and serve their needs.
Island Senior Resources provides essential resources for seniors and adults with disabilities, their families, and caregivers, throughout Island County. They are the only private non-profit in northwest Washington that provides the array of resources they do.
Their mission it to provide resources that enhance the emotional, social, and physical well-being of seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them.
Some of the programs they provide include nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels, medical transportation services, a Medical Equipment Lending Library, ADR, help with Medicare and Medicaid, virtual support groups, and more.