Fund helps send teens, children to camps
Lots of Jamestown youths are in camp this summer thanks to two of the five awards made recently by the Jamestown Community Fund. Established in 2001 at the Rhode Island Foundation, the fund awarded a total of $3,735 to benefit island residents through projects proposed by three nonprofit organizations, the town of Jamestown, and the Jamestown schools.
The Jamestown Community Fund was established at the Rhode Island Foundation by Jamestown residents Joseph and Nancy Logan, who wanted "to support the community in any way we could," but chose not to attach their names to the fund so that others "who also appreciate the Jamestown community may contribute to the permanent endowment."
The 2006 grant recipients and their projects are:
+ The Jamestown Education Foundation, $1,000, for its Save The Bay Camp that allows Jamestown children between the ages of 6 and 13 to learn more about the island's beaches, salt marshes, and rocky coastline from trained naturalist counselors from Save The Bay.
+ The Jamestown School Department, $1,000, for supplies for the Jamestown schools After-School Program, which offer activities from ranging computer and math clubs to yoga, drama, and pep band.
+ The town of Jamestown, $1,000, for scholarships to allow seventh through ninthgrade students with financial need to explore their interests in dramatic, visual, and musical arts through the Expressive Arts Camp for Adolescents program.
+ The Jamestown Community Chorus, $500, for the newly-established annual Music Award to encourage vocal, choral, or related musical interests among Jamestown students of high-school age or older by defraying the cost of musical instruction, music camp, or music school.
+ The Jamestown Fire Department, $235, in the form of a two-toone matching grant for the completion of a Garden Memorial at the memorial museum, which is owned and operated by the department and commemorates members of the all-volunteer department that has served Jamestown since 1890.
The Jamestown Community Fund is one of several endowments at the Rhode Island Foundation specifically benefiting the town of Jamestown, including the Jamestown Fund for the Performing Arts, the Jamestown Philomenian Library Endowment Fund, and the Peyton R. Hazard Fund for Newport and Jamestown. The Newport County Fund benefits all six communities in Newport County, including Jamestown.