In 2015, Coleman Homes launched its “Coleman Cares” program, allowing employees to vote in spring and fall for two Idaho causes worthy of receiving charitable donations. This April, employees selected Boys & Girls Club of Ada County and Miracle on Idaho Street.
On Monday, May 4, Coleman Homes presented a check for $15,000 to Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Colleen Braga, and Treasurer Ann Swindell. Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd attended to show her support.
Since 1997, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County have provided entertaining and educational after school and summer programs to thousands of the community’s most vulnerable youth. Their low annual fee makes membership possible for many children who need a safe and positive place to go when school isn’t in session.
The organization plans to use the funds to provide scholarships to children for two critical programs at their Meridian Club: Sunrise Club and Year One Club.
“Gifts like this one allow kids to have a hand up to a brighter future,” Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd said.
Miracle on Idaho Street is a Christmas Day charity hosted by The CraftWorks Foundation. Craftworks Foundation is the charitable arm of CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries Inc. and the parent company of Old Chicago Restaurant in Boise. On hand to accept a $5,000 check from Coleman Homes were Old Chicago General Manager Brent Giroux, Regional Manager Ken Helmig, and Assistant Manager Marty Zahn.
Miracle on Idaho Street has opened their doors to feed homeless and displaced families every Christmas for the past eleven years. They provide care packages for children and adults, photos with Santa Claus, festive holiday activities, and a hot meal for everyone who attends. In 2014 they were able to feed over 1,000 people. The funds from Coleman Homes will assist them in their efforts for Christmas 2015.
The CraftWorks Foundation hosts a variety of other charitable events in Idaho, including an annual Golf Tourney and their Mustaches for Miracles benefit.
Jessie Black, Office Manager at Coleman Homes, said the Coleman Cares program is a great way to ensure the company’s annual support reaches a variety of worthy causes. “We want to support charities that our employees really care about,” she said.
If you’d like to learn more about Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, visit http://adaclubs.org, and for more information about CraftWorks Foundation and its charitable efforts, visit : http://www.craftworksfoundation.org/ and select “boise.”