I want to thank Vickey Hodnik and the Homer Dental Center for the scholarship they presented to me during awards night at Homer High School. I appreciate Dr. Hodnik’s support of the youth in our community and her support of dental health over the years. I plan on using this award towards my education at Fort Lewis College this fall where I will continue to brush and floss everyday and keep my pearly whites sparkling.
A huge thank you to the David and Mary Schroer Fund a Donor Advised Fund of The Homer Foundation for their donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Because of their generosity, we have been able to continue our media campaign to recruit more Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the children who are patiently waiting for a Big.
Community Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters
What a fabulous Fireweed Academy May Day celebration we experienced May 4th! Despite the cold, the wind and whatever that white stuff was on the ground, folks came out an celebrated spring as only Alaskans can do-in our coats, hats, mittens and mud boots! There was food, there was music, there was fun and there were some very generous people-donations came to $4685.63-with the students being the beneficiaries of that generosity!
Our thanks everyone who planned, donated items and money, set up, worked booths, played tunes, danced, came to participate, cleaned up the list of duties is long, the list of volunteers even longer. While it is always dicey to mention names, as everyone played an important role, I would like to mention the worker bees who met week after week, planning and organizing this event. My thanks to Adele Pearson, Susan Houlihan, Sara Braund, Beka Thoning, Pauli Iida, Joey Kraszeski and Annie Van Dinther. You had vision, technique and grace all the time, it was a pleasure to work with you!
Outreach Coordinator/Admin. Specialist
We currently had a weir put in the lower end of the river where people camp and fish on the Anchor River. In a breath, we lost 2000 feet of river to fish. I have been advised by an inside source that the weir is being put in too low. There will be a meeting on the 23rd of May at 8:15pm at the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce and the Anchor River is on the agenda. I would like to get this message out to as many people as possible.
HoWL would like to shout out a heartfelt thanks to all its supporters of the DiRtBaG Clean-Up Week this year. HoWL had over 71 participants pick up 346 bags of trash, 141 bags of recyclables and 69 tires from 16.6 miles of Homer roads, beaches and trails. We raised over $10,000 for local student’s HoWL scholarships, ensuring that any kid from this community who wants to participate in HoWL, gets a chance to do so.
Thank you to the 39 local businesses who supported us and made this possible, as well as to the hundreds of individuals who pledged to our DiRtBaGs and encouraged them to clean-up this town. We would particularly like to thank Wells Fargo, Bulletproof Nets, Halibut Cove Live, and the Homer Veterinary Clinic, as the main underwriters of this event.
HoWL won the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Clean-Up Day Competition this year. In fact, HoWL won first, second and third place in the group category, after subtracting our top six individual’s bags so they could win the individual competitions.
HoWLers also took home big prizes donated to HoWL, like GoPro video cameras, Ipods, backpacks and more. There were lots of rewards for picking up litter and raising money with HoWL this year, thanks to all our sponsors, and perhaps that is why our mountain of trash was so tall and our scholarship fund so deep.
Next year, HoWL hopes to expand this program even further, by encouraging more participation from the community of Homer at large.
In 2014, HoWL will not compete in the group category of Clean-Up Day. Instead, we encourage all other groups in this town to participate at our side. We will abolish our Clean-Up Competition award system and instead offer a tiered incentive program, whereby everyone who participates in Clean-Up Week with HoWL will be eligible for prizes. Participants simply set a goal for themselves and achieve that goal by picking up litter; the more litter kids pick up, the more prizes they get! That way HoWL will encourage goal-setting and personal achievement, rather than competition.
It is our hope that with these two changes to how HoWL runs Clean-Up Week, we will encourage more participation community-wide and continue to pick up the mountains of litter that we do every year!
Again, I would like to thank all our supporters from this year. You are the sparks that ignited the DiRtBaGs into working so hard. So thank you all!
HoWL executive director
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