Grant Recipient Stories

Girl reading on the floor next to a small white dog.

Friends of the Lincoln Library

Boy reading on the floor next to a sleeping dog.A LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION grant helped the Friends of the Lincoln Library buy children’s books, including those for the Summer Reading Program, which included the event “Kids Reading to Therapy Dogs” (a chance for children to improve their literacy skills with the Lend a Heart Lend a Hand Animal Assisted Therapy). It was a heart-warming part of the Twelve Bridges Library’s summer-long program, one of several programs Friends of the Lincoln Library supports.

It was a heart-warming part of the Twelve Bridges Library’s summer-long program. – Friends of the Lincoln Library

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Lincoln High School

“ZebraTales” is the student produced school newspaper of Lincoln High School. The newspaper prints five issues per year and maintains a website; zebratales.net. The paper exists solely on fundraising dollars and each paper is quite expensive to print. “ZebraTales” has received feedback from many students on how much they like having the print edition despite their seeming preference for digital media. The print version seems “special” somehow and serves as an archive of the year and many students actually tuck them into their yearbooks to save as keepsakes. The students who produce “ZebraTales” take a great deal of pride in their paper and have learned the hard lessons that only a true “deadline” can deliver.

The LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION helped to continue this valuable journalistic tradition. Thank you!! – Lincoln High School

Older boy helping a younger boy with his studies.

Lincoln Hermanos Mentors

Since 2005, Jeaninne Kato of “Lincoln Hermanos Mentors” has relied on grants from the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION to fund a substantial portion of college scholarships for the mentors in the program. Hispanic male high school juniors and seniors are recruited three days a week to become academic mentors for struggling Hispanic boys at First Street School. Because of this partnership, several mentors have gone on to become counselors and teachers, and all the boys who were mentored maintained passing grades. Jeaninne says, “I have witnessed small miracles because of this program. Boys who were truant, came to school because of this help. Boys who couldn’t pass core subjects, raised their grades. Boys who never smiled, lit up when their mentor came to the school especially for them. Lives were changed.”

Because of this partnership, several mentors have gone on to become counselors and teachers… – Lincoln Hermanos Mentors

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Lincoln High School Science Expo 2015

On behalf of the students of Lincoln High School and our district third graders, we would like to thank the Lincoln Community Foundation’s financial support.

The Lincoln High School Physics Club has been putting on an annual Science Expo for third grade students and this year marks the 10th anniversary. What we do is set up a temporary science museum in the gymnasium at Lincoln High School. The annual Science Expo has student designed, built and presented exhibits on a diverse array of topics, such as: energy, sound, momentum, light, pressure, illusions, surface tension, etc. Some exhibits are scaled down versions of exhibits found in permanent museums like the Exploratorium. We invite third grade students in our district to attend.

The missions of the Science Expo are to develop skills and citizenship among Lincoln High School students, as well as developing an early interest in science among Lincoln’s elementary school students. Participating Lincoln High students develop valuable skills in project planning, construction and presentation to members of the public. They also get to interact with a large number of eight year olds.

The Expo benefits our community through developing interest in science, project skills and good citizenship. A final benefit is positive public relations for the high school, school district and the City of Lincoln.

The LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION helped to continue this valuable journalistic tradition. Thank you!! – Lincoln High School

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), is a place where Moms can come and share the joys and challenges of motherhood with other Moms. Because of the generous grants from the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, we have been able to provide scholarships to many Moms within the Lincoln Community & enable them to join MOPS at no cost. Many of our MOPS members are single Moms & Military Moms who are shouldering the responsibility of parenthood during a long deployment and MOPS has been a much-needed place for them to have a break, get some adult conversation and be encouraged to be the best Mom they can be!

We are so grateful for the support from the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION!! – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

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FieldHaven Feline Center

Thank You Lincoln Community Foundation for Your Support! – Joy Smith, President

Lincoln Single Parent Support Group

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Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy

Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy’s mission is, “To provide spiritual, emotional, and mental support to the law enforcement community, their families, and the citizens of Placer County.” This is a mission that does not promote religion; it is a mission that promotes human dignity and the renewal of resilience in the midst of unspeakable suffering and unexpected loss. This is a mission that sends chaplains within the most impoverished, needy areas of the city of Lincoln, inside of businesses and public buildings, and into some of the most expensive homes in California. It is a mission that compels chaplains to climb into squad cars and offer confidential counsel and encouragement to officers who struggle with the day-to-day trauma of protecting and serving under the most adverse of conditions, with little evidence of public approval or appreciation. It is a mission that lends tangible support to citizens who have lost loved ones or homes or a sense of safety after a traumatic event – at any hour of the day, any day of the week, anywhere in the city of Lincoln. It is a mission that is graven on hearts, counted in tears and hugs and the silence of brokenness and grief.
Serving Those Who Serve.

…tangible support to [Lincoln] citizens who have lost loved ones or homes or a sense of safety after a traumatic event. – John Akers, Executive Director/Senior Chaplain

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Lincoln High School

The WPUSD “Technology Learning Expo” started on a shoestring, so to speak, with no operating budget. The generous grant donation from the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION allowed us to make a sign that is re-used each year. The grant also provided for the purchase of pizza and water for all of the hard working student volunteers. This event is a great way to educate the community about technology being used in our schools and as an avenue for students to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

The [grant] allowed us to make a sign that is re-used each year. – Lincoln High School

First Street School Helping Students

“First Street School Helping Students began because I watched a boy who was a funny, smart, fantastic kid in elementary school begin making bad choices in middle school. He ended up in and out of Juvenile Hall and was living in a group home by the time he was in 10th grade. I started working with the City of Lincoln that year to help get scholarships for kids to participate in after school and summer recreation programs. My hope was that their participation in extracurricular activities would help keep them from making bad choices. With the help of grant funds from the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION many students have been able to participate in youth sports as well as various activities and day camps.

The first group of students who I began helping were in the 3rd and 4th grade, and are now in 9th and 10th grade. Students in this group excitedly report their success, such as making the basketball team at Glen Edwards Middle School or how well their soccer team did this year at Glen Edwards. The opportunity to play sports and be part of a team has given them confidence and a sense of belonging that I believe has helped them make good choices and mature into responsible young adults.”

With the help of grant funds…many students have been able to participate in youth sports as well as various activities and day camps. – Misty Lacey, First Street School Helping Students

Children fishing at the Fishing Derby

Fish n’ Kids Fishing Derby

Boy holding up a fishThe Fish n’ Kids Fishing Derby is an annual event held on Labor Day in Lincoln, serving the children (ages 7 to 12) of Lincoln and their families. It is a morning of learning the catch & release method of fishing with mentors, photographs with their catch, T-shirts, Pizza lunch, ice cream & prizes. All activities are free of charge, thanks to the volunteers, grant money from LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and cash and goods donations. A special moment for many of us is the sincere thanks we get from many of the parents who are astounded that the event is FREE to all. One single Mom was in disbelief and, by the way, very grateful that a mentor was by her side helping with baiting hooks & releasing the catch for her two youngsters.

A special moment for many of us is the sincere thanks we get from many of the parents who are astounded the event is free to all. – The Big M Fishery and The Fish n’ Kids Fishing Derby

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Lincoln High School

“The Fighting Zebras” are extremely grateful for the support of the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. They provided grant funds for “We are Lincoln-Building Greatness Within, One Student at a Time!” Over the past year, this money was put into effective use by paying for materials and supplies used by Kevin Bracy and Jason Harper, Program Providers. Some examples of how they helped to support the great culture of LHS can be observed in a number of ways. Through their involvement with assemblies, small group talks, meetings on campus, and character workshops, the program made a direct impact on students by improving self-esteem, pride in the school, promoting individual uniqueness, the need to help each other, how to handle life issues, and so much more! In addition, both Kevin and Jason could be on campus during lunch at least once a week talking to students.

The program made a direct impact on students by improving self-esteem, pride in the school, promoting individual uniqueness… – From J Berns, LHS Principal

The Lincoln Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 73-1677611.