Grant Recipient Stories

Lighthouse
Lighthouse

“In One Short Hour”
On any given day at the Lighthouse, sometimes within as little time as an hour, lives are transformed. On one particular day this past December, three…what we like to refer to as “mini-miracles”…occurred in one short hour. First, a new client walked in our offices in desperate need of help. Her and her husband had both lost their jobs and had just received an eviction notice. She did not know specifically what to ask for, only that she needed help with housing and food. She had two children, and while waiting to see a case manager to assist her with her needs, our receptionist and a therapist offered Christmas assistance as well. Due to the many wonderful community donations we received, Lighthouse staff members were able to help this mom create a Christmas for her children just days before the holiday. She cried tears of joy as she picked out cars and trucks that she knew her children would love. As she thanked the staff she stated, “We were not planning to have a Christmas!” In the end, she left that day not only with Christmas presents, but with vital information on how to obtain needed food and housing assistance, diapers for her children, as well as a great deal of hope for the future… (Read More)

Every 15 minutes
Lincoln High School & Phoenix High School

Every 15 Minutes
“Every 15 Minutes” Program
The Every 15 Minutes program is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others.

Goals & Objectives
The program brings together a broad coalition of interested local agencies with the goal of reducing alcohol-related incidents among youth. The partnering of the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, local hospitals, emergency medical responders, schools, businesses, and service clubs validates the importance of working together to ensure a healthy community. The two-day ‘Every 15 Minutes’ program is very dramatic and emotional, and purposely so. Teenagers are constantly reminded about the choices they have to make involving alcohol and how many others are affected by their decisions. They know the intellectual statistics. However, many teens share the belief it will never happen to them. This powerful program is designed to create awareness among students that they are not invincible. This program helps open the emotional doors, and the teenagers experience firsthand how their actions affect the lives of so many other people.

Lincoln Sober Grad Night
Lincoln Sober Grad Night

Sober Grad Night prizes“Lincoln Sober Grad Night” was founded in 1992 with the mission of holding an event each year on graduation night to provide a safe, fun and ‘sober’ graduation night for Lincoln High School students.

This event is filled with activities to keep the students engaged throughout the night. The funds granted go toward advertising, prizes, food & beverages and other entertainment during the all-night event.
We have had a very high attendance rate and the kids look forward coming. The community can rest assured their children are safe and sober. This event is solely based on fundraising, donations and volunteers. The theme is ALWAYS a surprise to the students until they arrive!

We greatly appreciate Lincoln Community Foundation for your help in putting on this event.

Boy Scout Troop 185
Boy Scout Troop 185

Boy Scout Troop 185 was founded in Lincoln, CA in 2003. It is part of the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Discovery District, which covers most of Placer County. Our mission is to instill values in young people and prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetimes, to take leadership roles as adults and to reach their full potential. Those values are based on character, citizenship, personal fitness, and are found in the Scout Oath and Law. We accomplish our mission in partnership with our chartered organization – Kiwanis Club of Lincoln Foundation – and chosen, well-trained leaders. We offer young people responsible fun and adventure, much of it through hiking and camping. We instill life values in young people and help them develop ethical character. We train young people in citizenship, service and leadership. We serve the Lincoln, CA community and family with quality values and have done several service projects for groups such as the Salt Mine, Fruitvale School and Mount Pleasant Hall.

Boy Scout Troop 185 of Lincoln, CA wishes to thank the LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION for its donation which is being used to buy new camping equipment. Hiking and camping are integral activities of the Troop. The camping equipment will not just be used by current Scouts, but by future Scouts. – Lori Spiva Janssen

Museum display - Lincoln Train Station model
Lincoln Area Archives Museum

LAAM gets several local school visits every year. The first school visit to LAAM was on February 28 and the model proved to be a very useful tool. The school children learned the history of the station and the importance of the railroad to the town. LAAM volunteers explain things such as how the town got the name Lincoln, who was Charles Lincoln Wilson and the distinctive differences between the Lincoln station and similar stations such as the Folsom station. LAAM volunteers show the children the inside of the model and explain the functional areas.

The Lincoln Area Achieves Museum (LAAM) would like to thank the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) for the grant. The train station model will be a great way to explain an important part of Lincoln history. – Carl Sulzer

Assistance League of Greater Placer Operation School Bell Program
Assistance League of Greater Placer

Thanks to the generous grant from the Lincoln Community Foundation, Assistance League of Greater Placer is able to expand its support of children in Lincoln Schools. Featured here is a happy shopper from our Operation School Bell program which provides vouchers to help buy new school clothing for children who have been referred to us by school personnel. Our program, which was started in 1992, serves public school children in need ranging from Head Start through 12th grade within the Greater Placer communities. Special shopping days are set up and a parent or guardian and one of our wonderful volunteers help the children pick out appropriate school clothing. For many of our kids, this is the first time they have been able to choose their own new clothing for school. It is heart-warming to watch the almost instant change in their self-confidence as they shop! This improved self-image carries over into classroom behavior and academic performance.

We’ve said it before, but we can’t thank you enough for your support of our programs in the Lincoln schools! – Anne Thompson, Grants Committee, Assistance League of Greater Placer

Woman's Club palm tree
Woman’s Club of Lincoln

Thank you again so very much for awarding us the money to remove this palm tree. It is infested with creatures, and fronds fall in heavy winds which might hurt someone. You can see how close it is to our building. We don’t know exactly when it was planted, and some of us are reluctant to see it go, but in lieu of safety issues, we must have it removed. We have a contract and appointment with PROPS Tree and Landscape, Inc. to have it removed March 5 which is after your March 3 deadline, so I am attaching the before photos. We will take photos of the process and email them to you soon after. I watched PROPS remove another palm tree at 777 E Street, and that’s why we contacted them.
Woman's Club palm treeWe are excited about your BINGO event and plan to have a good representation from the Woman’s Club and other clubs to which I belong. In fact, I plan to be at both sessions. Sincere and grateful thanks, – Fran Neves, President, Woman’s Club of Lincoln

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

Lincoln High School entrance
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

Lincoln High School entrance
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)

FieldHaven
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 Badge
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

Lincoln High School entrance
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 Elementary
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

Lincoln High School entrance
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.