A big shout-out goes to all the volunteers, staff members, parents and students at Voznesenka School for making another Marine Safety season a great success.
About 50 students from 7-12th grade participated in a two-day event held at our school and at the Homer public launch ramp. Students engaged in life skill activities that included practicing and hearing live MAYDAY calls, jumping into the cold waters of Kachemak Bay in immersion suits to practice techniques, getting in and out of a life raft, putting out fires, and learning about cold water dangers and strategies.
A personal floatation device fashion show discussed the various types for our elementary students, teaching them about the seven steps of survival focusing on signals and shelters.
We had a plethora of volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Hickory and Marine Safety Dispatch, volunteers from Kachemak Emergency Services, Anna Ivy Borland, AMSEA instructor, Division of Boat Safety educator Annie Grenier, Captain Pete Wedin of the M/V Julia Lynn, Coast Guard Auxiliary Craig Forrest and our secondary teachers who took lessons and made them come to life for our marine safety survivors.
Thanks to all who made this another superb event that not only saves lives, but also encourages safety on the water.
Voznesenka Resource teacher
Marine Safety organizer
I would like to offer a big thank you to the Drew Scalzi family and the Homer Foundation for honoring me with the Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship.
This award will go a long way towards offsetting the cost of the Information Technology Program at AVTEC which I will be attending this coming August. I will do my best to honor your faith in me and the memory of Drew Scalzi.
Thank you all again for supporting my goal.
Every year, the city of Homer allocates general operating funds to the nonprofit sector through an application process managed by the Homer Foundation.
The board of directors and staff of Homer Council on the Arts would like to thank the city for their support of the non-profit sector and particularly for their support of the arts in Homer. City funding such as this is critical when non-profits apply for other funding or grants. Funders ask for, and often require, city support before considering grant requests. Therefore, city funding, leverages funding that would not be possible if non-profits could not demonstrate this support.
HCOA would also like to thank the city council for their support for the community needs assessment brought forward by ReCreate Rec and the Parks and Rec commission. In response to this community effort, the Homer Arts and Culture Alliance (HCOA, Bunnell, Pier One Theatre, Pratt Museum, Kachemak Bay Campus of KPC, Kenai Peninsula Orchestra) joined to advocate for the arts. The arts were welcomed into the process and the steering committee named the assessment the PARC (Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture) needs assessment.
Recreation has a broad definition that includes health benefits for the body, mind and soul. Arts and culture certainly fall into this definition and create an inclusively that is far reaching. The PARC steering committee has been working diligently to prepare for public input and looks forward to hearing from everyone in the community. Thank you to the city council for supporting this effort and particularly thank you from the Homer Council on the Arts.
Homer Council on the Arts
With our early spring/summer weather and abundance of fun activities going on, it was gratifying to again see our community’s dedication to electronics recycling in Homer.
More than 100 individuals and 30 businesses joined dozens of volunteers and supporters to pull off yet another successful event on April 26.
With invaluable in-kind support from Total Reclaim, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, SBS, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Kar-A-Van Transfers, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling and a very generous donation from the Homer Foundation and the city of Homer grants program, our community ensured that tons of electronic waste will be disposed of properly; dismantled safely and ethically, and re-purposed, reducing the need for new landfills – or new sources for those raw materials.
Support was also received from Jay Brant, South Peninsula Hospital, HEA, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Loopy Lupine, KBBI, K-WAVE and Tech Connect.
A very special thanks to the many volunteers who cheerfully provided hours of their time on a busy Saturday, and the other supporters and sponsors who provided great meals and snacks to us during the day: Safeway, Save-U-More, Two Sisters Bakery, Cosmic Kitchen and Fat Olives.
Thanks again, Homer, for demonstrating your commitment to action on Earth Day!
E-Cycle event organizer
On behalf of Hospice of Homer, it is a pleasure to publicly acknowledge the city of Homer and The Homer Foundation for the recent city grant Hospice received. As a small non-profit, HOH feels very fortunate to have a city that recognizes the value of such organizations and backs up that belief with financial support; and for having a strong local foundation with the skills and desire to administer the city grant program.
Hospice will use the grant monies from the program to offset increasing general operating costs. Funds that can be used for these types of expenses are mandatory in order for HOH to keep our doors open, yet are especially difficult to secure. To have access to such non-restricted funds is a boon for a small nonprofit like Hospice of Homer. They allow us to continue to provide quality, caring and much-needed services.
This is especially true at this time, as Hospice is experiencing an increase in requests for HOH services. Because of the increase in demand for Hospice services, the need for reciprocal financial support from HOH granters and donors also rises.
Thank you again to the City of Homer and The Homer Foundation for all they do to make our community the special place that it is. Hospice of Homer strongly supports the City of Homer Grant Program. Please let the city know of your support for this Program.
Hospice of Homer
Sprout Imagination Library has been thrilled to see our whole community getting involved in reading to kids. In collaboration with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, we provide books monthly to all children ages birth to 5 years old throughout the Southern Kenai Peninsula. These engaging, developmentally appropriate books are an integral part of the monthly story times hosted at Boss Hoggz Restaurant on the last Saturday of the month.
Sprout Imagination Library is made possible with generous donations from Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alaska Communications Systems, Best Beginnings and private donors.
Lastly, much gratitude to Homer Best Beginnings for bringing Week of the Young Child to our communities. Fun was had by all during Story Tracks at the Wynn Nature Center, in partnership with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.
We truly appreciate all of our donors and community partners for bringing the gift of reading into the lives of our children and promoting early literacy. For more information on Imagination Library, visit www.sproutalaska.org or call 235-6044.
Sprout Imagination Library
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