Treasure Valley YMCA and Boise Art Museum use “Coleman Cares” Funds to Help Idaho Youth



In 2015, Coleman Homes launched “Coleman Cares” a biannual program allowing employees vote for Idaho non-profit organizations to receive charitable contributions. This November, employees selected the Treasure Valley YMCA and the Boise Art Museum.

On Thursday, December 4, Coleman Homes presented a check for $15,000 to David Duro, CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA and a check for $5,000 to Melanie Fales, Executive Director and CEO of the Boise Art Museum.

The YMCA is committed to strengthening communities by providing youth and child development programs. The YMCA has four Treasure Valley facilities and offers hundreds of activities that encourage healthy living for the whole family.

The organization will use the funds from Coleman Homes to support its Early Learning Readiness Program (ELR), which is designed to enhance the learning experience of youngsters cared for in informal childcare settings. It provides a stimulating, preschool-like experience for children and their caregivers that fosters development, improves school readiness and strengthens caregiver skills. Through the support of community partners, the YMCA is able to make the ELR available to everyone, free of charge.

“All of these kids have such great potential,” Duro said. “A gift like this helps us provide support mechanisms and opportunities that can make a real difference for every one of them.”

Awarded $5000, the Boise Art Museum (BAM) is a non-profit educational and charitable organization dedicated to inspiring learners through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.

BAM will use the funds from Coleman Homes to renew its ARTexperience Gallery, an interactive space geared toward children ages 12 and under. The innovative gallery offers hands-on activities that encourage children to investigate how art is made, who makes it, and the ways in which ideas, feelings, and meanings are communicated through visual forms. The grant from Coleman Homes will help make the space more welcoming and engaging for loyal return visitors and newcomers alike.

“The museum is ordinarily a no-touch space, so we’re glad to be able to provide the ARTexperience Gallery,” Fales said. “Thank you so much for this grant which will help us refresh this fabulous space for families.”

Thomas Coleman, President at Coleman Homes, said the “Coleman Cares” program is all about being a good neighbor.  “We wanted a meaningful way to invest back into our community,” he said. “This program lets us support the causes that our employees really care about.”

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