Here at Coleman Homes, we want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the local non-profit organizations who applied for a 2017 Coleman Cares sponsorship; with so many worthy organizations in the Treasure Valley, it was truly difficult to select this year’s winners! We’re grateful to each one for the valuable work they do in our community, and wish them every success in their endeavors.
Coleman Cares Lends a Hand to Local
Groups that Benefit Idaho Youth
We are thrilled to announce donations totaling $3,000 to support three local organizations – One Church One Child, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp. These donations are the result of our “Coleman Cares” program, Coleman Homes’ annual initiative to lend a helping hand to Idaho non-profit groups that are doing great work in our community.
On Thursday, December 21, Coleman Homes presented a check for $1,500 to One Church One Child 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.
“The compassion and dedication that Coleman Homes has shown for kids in foster care is absolutely amazing,” Wakeman said. “Coleman Cares has completely changed the way kids are supported while in foster care. We have been able to launch our first overnight camp in McCall called Camp Connections, put on appreciation events for foster families, and fulfilled many other needs as well.”
OCOC will use its 2017 Coleman Cares sponsorship funds to provide meals, clothing, and supplies for children entering the foster system, children’s participation in camps, classes, and activities, and continued foster family training and support.
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 four years ago, the program has donated well over $100,000 to charities in the Treasure Valley.
“We wanted a meaningful way to invest back into our community,” Hammons said. “The Coleman Cares program lets us support local causes that really make a difference.”
The Coleman Cares team voted from a selection of seven charities to determine three winners. In addition to the $1,500 donated to OCOC, Coleman Cares also presented $1,000 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace and $500 to the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a Twin Falls-based organization that builds bunk beds for Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon families whose children need a place to sleep. Together with volunteers they also provide mattresses, pillows, sheets and quilts to the families they serve. With the help of donations like the one from Coleman Cares, they hope to expand their operation to build and deliver 150 beds to families throughout the Treasure Valley in 2018.
The US Naval Sea Cadet Corp (USNCC) is a national youth leadership development organization that promotes interest and skill in naval disciplines while instilling strong moral character and life skills through leadership and technical programs modeled after the US Navy. The local USNCC BlackSheep Division 13-3 will devote Coleman Cares funds toward the purchase of a storage container or trailer for securing uniform inventory and equipment.
If you’d like to learn more about the non-profit causes supported by Coleman Cares and discover how you might contribute, please visit One Church One Child, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and The US Naval Sea Cadet Corp.