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The money was used to purchase materials to expand and enhance the skate rental room at the High Altitude Skating oval. It was much needed due the increase number of skates we are renting to the general public.
While the whole world is going crazy and everyone is so self absorbed with what they want and can't have, we would like to help those who cannot readily help themselves. Those who have every right to be upset with what we have done to the world and lash out at us even though they never would. For that reason and many others we have chosen to pay it forward to the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, founded by Kenneth Balcomb in 1987.
We became interested in and have always paid attention to our southern resident killer whales (Orcas), during our many visits to the San Juan Islands to camp in our 1st 10 years here. They woke us up one night as we camped on the shore of Small Pox Bay on San Juan Island. We hiked up to the bluff above the waters and sat on the edge under the trees with our dogs and just listened as they frolicked and chattered enjoying the quiet empty waters that night brings.
Unfortunately we did not know at the time but this would be one of our last visits there, what was to be a annual event was suddenly disrupted by life’s unplanned events. Later when we tried to resume, so much growth to our area had made traveling there even during the off season of October when we liked to go off limits.
Later during my wife’s schooling she chose to write a report about them and we went again this time to the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor (which was also founded by Kenneth Balcomb in 1979) to gather data for it. They are truly amazing creatures, sometimes more humanlike then many two legged mammals.
If anyone has not yet had the opportunity to visit their website and/or free informational center (check for availability due to Covid) at https://www.whaleresearch.com/orcasurveycenter, now is the time as these magnificent beings are endangered as of 2005. This organization is fighting hard to safeguard their future and dedicated to tracking their lives so that important resources are preserved to prevent their extinction.
I donated my card to the Richmond, VA chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I bought household and baby items for a single mother. Her house recently burned down, and she was left with nothing, and is expecting a baby in May 2021
We were blessed with the opportunity to receive a "Pay It Forward" card. This year there was a family that needed some home items. We were able to get them some much needed furnishing for their home, as well as food, cleaning supplies and other necessities.
With the remainder of the card we went shopping for the Friendship Center, a center for abused women and their children. The center had a list of items needed. This list included items to help keep their facility running as well as items to give to the women, once that they are able to move on from the emergency shelter into their own homes.
I chose to give my card to the AniMeals Critical Care Program, which helps pay for medical expenses for homeless animals in need of urgent medical care. I have been fortunate enough to have been chosen to participate in the Pay It Forward program for three years now and have given my card each time to the AniMeals program. It is a wonderful organization that helps animals in need.
I gave my Card to one of our crew members that was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and is going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I wanted to give him the card to help offset some of the medical costs associated with that.
Special education teachers at Yellowstone Academy used it for teacher and student resources, books and STEM projects/activities.
May 14th, 2021
Dear D & P Washington Foundation,
Thank you for the gift to purchase resources for my classroom. Providing our students with alternative resources and fun engaging lessons has always been a priority within my classroom. My class enjoys learning when I can provide supplemental materials that makes learning become hands on learning and real life related.
Having the opportunity to provide STEM related curriculum is so beneficial to our students. It provides so many important skills along with team building and social situations. It allows for students to collaborate, brainstorm, create and build. It is a nice alternative to textbook style learning.
Special Education Teacher
May 14th, 2021
Dear D & P Washington Foundation,
Thank you so much for the gift of being able to purchase many needed classroom resources for our K-3rd special education classroom. We were able to buy hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities that our students enjoy and enhance their critical thinking skills.
We were also able to find some lower level readers to help our struggling students work on their reading skills and help them boost their confidence. Many reading resources and supplemental materials were purchased to help support and challenge many students.
Thank you again for the gift. The STEM projects, reading resources, other teacher resources, books and math games will be used to support many students in their learning adventures. Thank you for this opportunity, we appreciate it and will put it to good use.
Special Education Teacher K-3rd
I'm an employee of MRL now for 33 years and want to thank the foundation again for providing this great opportunity to help others. I live in Carbon County and I'm helping a struggling family in my area. One of their younger daughter has to seek medical treatments a few times a year in Denver and this money will go along way for travel expenses ect. When I reached out to them, they were extremely thankful. I ended up getting another prepaid visa card they could use since their travel plans for the next doctor visit wasn't until after May 31st when these funds needed to be spent. I'm giving them the 500 dollar card tonight after work, and can't wait to see the joy. Thank you again for the Pay It Forward program. It's helped so many. Jill
I gave my Pay it Forward card to the Youth Homes for their Run 4 Kids fundraiser associated with the Missoula Marathon. Every year the team raises funds to ensure kids in care with Youth Homes have the help, care and support they need to heal and become healthy. For the second year in a row, the Missoula Marathon has gone virtual and the number of participants in the Run 4 Kids has dropped, but the needs of the kids remains the same.
Because of the Youth Homes organization, over 12,000 at-risk children in Western Montana have be given the opportunity to experience childhood in a safe and secure place to call home since 1971. Each day they serve over 300 children and families through their emergency shelters, therapeutic group homes, foster care and adoption programs and counseling services. Over 90% of these kids improve their grades and stay in school and nearly 95% graduate or get their GED. Most importantly, the Youth Homes provides kids the chance to be a kid and work on building healthy relationships that will be their base for moving forward as a healthier and happier adult.
Thank you to the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation for the opportunity to help this organization.
The COVID 19 pandemic forced many Americans out of work leading to a surge in unemployment and a lack of funds to support themselves and their families. With this came an uptick of people and families struggling with food insecurities. I chose to donate to the Stevensville Pantry Partners to help support families in need.
Pantry Partners is a 100% volunteer organization and has been supporting its local community since 1989. The program provides a monthly food box to those in need in North Ravalli County and people can visit the food bank as needed to obtain donated items including fresh produce, baked goods, milk and eggs.
Thank you to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for allowing me to participate in supporting our local communities!
I went to a local mechanic shop and paid an outstanding bill for an individual. This individual is a hard working dad of 4 kids and is having some financial difficulties. The transmission went out on his truck that he depends on for work and he has been trying to make payments to pay off the debt.
I donated my gift card to the Franklin Family Resource Center at Franklin School in Missoula, MT. They in turn used the funds to purchase new Franklin Bulldog T-shirts for the incoming class of kindergarteners for the 21-22 school year. The principal and Resource Center leader are going to go to each new kindergartener's house this summer and welcome them to Franklin and give them a shirt!
Having been a member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Dept. for 15 yrs. this year I decided to give my Pay It Forward card to the LVFD. Chief Peters informed me that they were going to use it for the upcoming wild land season. Once again it was an honor to receive this card and be able to present it to a great organization such as the volunteers who deserve this and so much more. Thanks to the Washington Companies for such great generosity once again.
ACF Gloria O'Rourke
Cory Spehar contacted me as he knows that the work of the Anaconda Community Foundation causes us to be very knowledgeable of the greatest needs in our community. In discussing several ideas and sharing the needs of various individuals, Cory asked me to reach out to and individual we will call Rita (not her real name.) Rita is past retirement age but continues to work as a home health caregiver. She pours out her heart, her time, her energy, and her private resources to help her clients. Rita is known for using her own meagher funds to assist someone who requires special care. When presented with the card, Rita said with great emphasis that surely someone else was more deserving. After convincing her the funds were meant to help her carry on her work and service, she agreed to accept the funds. Rita paid forward Cory's pay-it-forward gift and the funds continue to ripple. Rita assisted animals in need as well as people. On the people side, Rita purchased bathroom equipment for a disabled client, as well as gas cards to use as needed. Rita spent only a small amount on herself, one of the items to repair a window in her home. Countless thanks to Cory for working with the Anaconda Community Foundation; and more thanks to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation for creating this tremendous program
We gave our pay-it-forward card to a family that recently lost their father to Covid-19. The unexpected death of a family member is enough of a burden and now their youngest daughter is moving off to college in Utah. Hopefully, they can use the card to visit each other or use it to relieve some of the financial stress during these hard times.
My wife and I gave all our Pay It Forward dollars to Watson's Children's Shelter here in Missoula. Watson's recently had a giving campaign and based on various levels of giving they stated what could be done within the organization, $500 can feed a child for one month. We are very thankful of the Foundation for the opportunity to give to a cause that is close to our hearts.
I presented the $500 gift card to Dave Williamson, Chairman of the Southwest Montana Veterans Home Foundation at their monthly meeting on April 5th. The monies were to be spent on improvements at the facilities, assist with veterans with financial issue, or providing supplies to the veterans for COVID prevention.
I feel that it is great to help support the veterans that have done so much for our country and are sometimes forgotten after they have provided their service.
I gave this pay it forward card a lady who has three children (two are very young) and very recently lost her husband. they are facing a very difficult time. Her husband was in Alaska when he passed away, and had no insurance, so even getting him back home was a substantial financial burden. she was very grateful and wished to offer sincere thanks to this foundation for its generous gift.
My Late wife's cousin and her Husband recently had a baby. With my wife's passing, I was not able to contribute my own money to help them. I knew if she were still here we would be doing whatever we could to help them. It takes a lot to bring a child into this world. It takes more to take care of them. So I gave them the giving card in her honor to make sure they had what their new baby would need.
With the help of my family, we decided to give our card to the Humane Society of Western Montana. We have a love for animals, and have had the privilege of rescuing our own pets. I called and spoke with a manager there and they gave us a list of items that would be helpful for their animals. We went to local companies for some of the toys/treats, as well as to Petsmart to get the healthy diet food they had requested. Feeling the spirit the card gave, my wife and I matched the donation amount to give more to the Humane Society.
Thank you very much to Dennis and Phyllis and the foundation for helping give back to our community.
I gave my giving card to The Greenleaf School in Missoula, MT. This is the only Waldorf Education school in the entire state of Montana. In 2018, with the help of a supportive parent community, The Greenleaf School was founded, with intentions of one day developing it to a full Pre-K through 8th grade nationally accredited Waldorf School. I decided to give the card to them to help them reach this goal.
Waldorf Education is a distinctive approach to fostering children’s development through their heads, hearts and hands. Minimizing technology and access to media, children are guided through their days immersed in singing, movement, creative play and crafting. Classrooms are furnished with locally made, hand-crafted materials, schools often grow much of their own food and children participate in simple daily tasks such as baking, crafting and moving together as a group. A paramount concept in Waldorf Education is the importance of relationships, utilizing this as a tool itself for learning, with all stories, songs and plays coming from the creative spirit of the teacher and not books or pre-recorded music. Waldorf Education is a worldwide movement towards independent, non-profit education with no centralized administrative structure, allowing each school to act out of it’s own interpretation of freedom.
If interested, the following is more history of Waldorf Education.
EDUCATING THE HEAD, HEART AND HANDS
Emil Molt was a very kind man. He was also a terrible student and could not find academic success in school despite attending a number of them. Through his childhood in Germany, he barely completed schooling and struggled through is apprenticeship due to his meager size meeting with the required demanding physical labor of the work. While Molt struggled, he formed a very important bond with his mentor, and a change happened in him that would ignite the beginning of his true academic career. From this bond, Molt felt seen by his mentor and though he was not as strong as the other boys, this mentor valued what Molt could offer that was different from the rest. Emil Molt went on to become a successful business man using his capacity for relationships to create trusting partners leading to large investments to create the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory. He even went on to marry a woman whom he had loved since the age of 10, and thus, a once sad and orphaned boy had found his place in the world and supposed satisfaction.
Then WWI came, and blew Molt's smooth life trajectory into a complete spiral. Molt's factory was clinging for success to stay open while in a greater perspective, the entire country of Germany, as well as many others, was in complete imbalance. At the end of the war, Molt had too many workers in his factory as soldiers returned from war, but with a kind heart Molt kept them on payroll, working them half days and conducting educational classes for his otherwise under-educationed staff. This brought him to realize that through the upcoming changes his country was going to face, education was the vehicle to smooth through this transition and he began to consider a new education for the children of the workers in his factory.
Having little background and working knowledge in human development and pedagogy, Emil Molt sought Rudolf Steiner, a popular and respected philosopher and activist speaking on behalf of a more dimensional human potential. Molt asked Steiner if he would embark upon opening a quality school for the families within his factory, and Steiner agreed but set four conditions, each of which went against common practice of the day:
1) that the school be open to all children
2) that it be coeducational
3) that it be a unified twelve-year school
4) that the teachers, those individuals actually in contact with the children, have primary control of the school, with minimum interference from the state or economic sources
Steiner's conditions were radical for the day, but Molt gladly agreed to them. Working alongside E.A. Karl Stockman for curriculum organization, they designed a pedagogy that did not depend on material outcomes and rote information, but rather prized open discussion, free expression and a deep immersion in the arts, in music and in foreign language
On September 7, 1919, the independent Waldorf School (Die Freie Waldorfschule) opened its doors in Stuttgart, Germany. However, knowing that Waldorf Schools promote peace and unity, they were quickly shut down during Nazi occupation, and remained unavailable for years. When they were able to reopen, the concept of the Waldorf School spread internationally, and currently has 900 schools spread through 83 countries.
I donated my card to Lorinda Marcy and family. Their house burned down during the Holiday Farm Fire. She has been going out of her way to help keep the local elementary school running, all while living in a camp trailer on a friend's property trying to relocate her family. For all the help she has provided to her community before, during and after the fires I appreciate you allowing me to give her something back when she needed it the most.
Cash Hyde Foundation. This foundation gives to Montana families with Children Fighting Cancer. Our cards went to a local issoula family whose son is fighting bone cancer and was sent to Boston for treatment.
Hello, I gave my dad my Gift Card. He just turned 94 this year, and still lives at home. He’s on a fixed income, and with this card it helps a lot with Prescriptions and grocery’s. My older sister and brother who live in the same town, help tremendously take care of him.
Many Thanks to the Washington Foundation for doing this, it helps a lot!
Sincerely Pete Trunkle and Family!