BEYOND THE BENEFITS
2023 Q3 Causes
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The Village Bakery was founded by accomplished Pastry Chef Dana Bellefeuille, who wanted to combine her love of baking and desire to support those with special needs and disabilities. At The Village Bakery, Dana trains and hires those with special needs and disabilities so that they can feel accepted and become well rounded. As a mother of two children with special needs and disabilities, Dana saw the importance of helping people in this situation. The Village Bakery loves to give back to the community and has participated in many fund-raisers and will continue to donate time and product. Dana and her helpers recently raised $10,000 for the Panhandle Autism Society, a non-profit organization which supports individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
Growing the STEM was started in 2017 by Lilian and Adeline Smith who wanted to share their love of math with more students in their community. Growing the STEM organizes and supports math and science programs for students in Coeur d’Alene public schools, with an emphasis on developing youth leaders and encouraging underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education and activities. They also started and lead math competition teams focused on the Northwest’s Math is Cool competition. They also create and run STEM Clubs, STEAM Clubs and Chess Clubs in local elementary and middle schools. Our programs utilize student leaders as coaches, with assistance from adult coordinators.
The Life Jacket Loaner Program is a nationwide program that the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation adopted in 2010 to help prevent drowning accidents amongst youth. Kids 14 years of age and under on boats 19 feet or less are required to wear a Coast Guard approved and properly fitting life jacket when underway. This program works to create free Life Jacket Loaner Stations near public boat ramps and swim beaches that are partnered with Department of Health & Welfare. Idaho currently has almost 70 stations installed around the state, that allow children to borrow life jackets for free.