Fund gives $4,800 to island groups
Jamestown youth will attend a Save the Bay camp this summer, a new emergency information card system will be implemented, and Meals on Wheels will deliver meals to Jamestown seniors, thanks to grants made recently by the Jamestown Community Fund.
The fund, established in 2001 at The Rhode Island Foundation, awarded a total of $4,800 to benefit the island's inhabitants through projects proposed by three nonprofit organizations. The Jamestown Community Fund stands at approximately $93,000, and has already distributed more than $20,000 in its six years of existence.
The Jamestown Community Fund was established at The Rhode Island Foundation by Jamestown residents Joseph and Nancy Logan who wished "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 2007 grant recipients and their projects are:
Jamestown Education Foundation received $1,000 toward the cost of hiring naturalist-counselors to work with children exploring Jamestown's shore while learning about the island ecosystem in its Save the Bay Camp. This year the camp, which allows Jamestown children between the ages of 6 and 13 to learn more about the island's beaches, salt marshes, and rocky coastlines, will also feature a day on a Save the Bay educational boat.
Jamestown Emergency Medical Service was awarded $2,300 for supplies for the "File of Life" project, which will provide island residents with an emergency information card. The cards will contain pertinent medical data such as prescriptions, medical conditions, allergies, and emergency contact information and will be carried in a wallet or purse or hung on a refrigerator, making it easily accessible to EMTs and hospital personnel.
Meals on Wheels received $1,500 to provide program support to the Meals on Wheels program currently benefiting 13 senior citizens in Jamestown and to reduce the town's client waiting list. In addition to delivering balanced meals, Meals on Wheels staff also offer companionship to homebound seniors and can monitor the physical and mental health of their clients.
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.
Persons interested in supporting the fund should contact The Rhode Island Foundation's Gift Planning and Stewardship department at 274- 4564 for additional information.
The Jamestown Community Fund will seek applicants again next spring. Other funding opportunities currently available through The Rhode Island Foundation are detailed at the receive/grant opportunities section of the foundation's website at www.rifoundation.org.