We are thrilled to announce donations totaling $30,000 to support three local charities – One Church One Child, The Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. These donations are the result of our “Coleman Cares” program, Coleman Homes’ yearly initiative encouraging employees to vote for Idaho non-profit organizations who apply to receive charitable contributions.
On Thursday, October 13, Coleman Homes presented a check for $20,000 to One Church One Child Program Specialist Sabrina Brown and Program Liaison Jonathan Wakeman.
One Church One Child (OCOC) is a partnership between the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, communities of faith, and other invested partners working together to improve outcomes for children in Idaho. With a particular focus upon foster children, OCOC works to build a natural community support system for all children and their families.
“Coleman Homes continues to be a guiding light for the impact businesses can make in their community,” Wakeman said. “Their generosity through Coleman Cares has reshaped what is possible for One Church One Child, transforming the way local children and families in foster care are supported for years to come.”
OCOC will devote Coleman Cares funds toward community awareness, foster family recruitment and retention, and continued foster family support.
In addition, Coleman Homes employees will donate their time to assist in the remodel of a Visitation Room, providing foster kids and families with a comfortable, private space to reunite.
Coleman Homes’ Executive Vice President Ryan Hammons said the Coleman Cares program is a natural outpouring of the company’s desire to support the local community. Since its inception three years ago, the program has donated well over $100,000 to charities in the Treasure Valley.
“This year instead of having an open application process, Coleman Homes’ employees nominated charities that they personally supported,” Hammons said. “Not only did this lead to outstanding causes to support, but it meant that the charities under consideration already had a personal connection to one or more of our employees. The hardest part of the application process was deciding which charity to vote for.”
Coleman Homes employees voted from a selection of twelve charities to decide upon three finalists, then voted again to determine two $5,000 winners and one $20,000 winner. In addition to the funds donated to OCOC, Coleman Cares will also donate $5,000 each to the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County and Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County have been providing educational after school and summer programs to thousands of the community’s most vulnerable youth since 1997. The organization will commit the funds from Coleman Cares toward its Hope 2 Opportunity (H2O) Initiative, a collaboration with a local homeless shelter that gives kids the chance to participate in club activities free of charge.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a Twin Falls-based organization that builds bunk beds for families whose children need a place to sleep. In 2016 they served families in Boise and Pocatello as well as Twin Falls. With the help of donations like the one from Coleman Cares, they hope to expand their operation by starting chapters in Las Vegas, Arizona, Washington, and St. Louis.
If you’d like to learn more about the charitable causes supported by Coleman Cares and discover how you might contribute, please visit One Church One Child, Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace.