Your community foundation exists to help make our greater peninsula community a healthy, vibrant, and compassionate place to live. We do this by raising funds, advocating for, and providing support for diverse community projects and programs, that support you—our friends and neighbors—in so many ways. Our goal is all people working together as ONE community to improve the quality of life across the greater peninsula. Thanks to you friends like you, the Foundation reached an important milestone in 2016 – our 10th year of building, bridging, and enriching your community!
And, we’ve been busy every day! Over the past decade GGHF has worked to provide over $4.73-million in assets, services and opportunities to help build a healthy, vibrant and compassionate peninsula community.
Broadly, the Foundation delivers diverse support for a range of works being carried out across the community in five core areas –Arts & Culture, Education, Parks & Environment, Recreation, and Social Capital.
To see highlights of GGHF’s work in 2016, click on a core area of support below.
A collaborative community-wide hunger relief initiative formed in 2016 between the Gig Harbor Basket Brigade, Food Backpacks 4 Kids and GGHF. Hunger in our community is a significant issue. The goal: to raise needed food and funding to provide some 2,300 local children and their families a nutritious weekend meal once a week for a whole school year – about 12,000 meals. On October 22nd, Make A Difference Day, the project launched and volunteers came together to sort and pack nearly 5,000 lbs of food for the two food relief organizations. The #Community Harvest project continues, stay tuned for news on area businesses, schools, organizations and others joining together to take action against hunger in our community.Gig Harbor-Opoly
There’s many a Monopoly-themed game made about big cities like Portland and Seattle, but we now have our very own, Gig Harbor-Opoly, showcasing many of our small town’s gems and iconic views. GGHF volunteers developed the game with Ohio-based game manufacturer, Late for the Sky. Sale proceeds benefit our greater peninsula community. On store shelves, soon!
Benefits the Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental Grant program that together with Peninsula Light Co. and Pierce County provided $20,000 in grants to 14 organizations for environmental education, water quality, conservation and enhancement projects in our KGI watershed.3rd Annual The Big Sports Gig™ & Community Recreation Fund
This year, The Big Sports Gig took over the July 1st ball game at Cheney Stadium! Annually, proceeds benefit the Community Recreation Fund, which provides supporting grants to local organizations for program and equipment costs to enable the participation of low-income youth in sports and recreation programs.GGHF Curious by Nature School & the 6th Annual The Green Gig™
Our unique community-centered, nature-based curriculum preschool has grown by 260% since 2013. This year, through hundreds of hours of volunteer support, CBNS completed a total rebuild on its outdoor classroom known as “The Bear Cave”, and together with EnviroCorps, mastered clean-up and invasive plant removal at the City’s Adam Tallman Nature Park.
The Green Gig’s sixth year was the most successful yet. Proceeds from the annual farm-to-table dinner and auction support the Stewards Scholarship Fund, which has awarded over $20,000 in tuition assistance grants to provide important early childhood education opportunities for area families in need. You’ll not want to miss the 7th annual The Green Gig: LOCALLY GROWN on April 1, 2017.14th Annual Students of Distinction Program
This scholarship and recognition program, builds community and partnerships by involving many different people. In 2016, 35 graduating seniors from three area high schools were honored. Since 2003, the program has recognized over 500 students and awarded over $145,000 in post-secondary scholarships. Each year, more than 300 volunteers, teachers, sponsors and individual donors, community leaders, families and friends, join to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable young people.Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour
Now in its third year as a GGHF program, OST celebrates local artists and provides a free educational opportunity for the community by inviting the public to experience art live. Beyond that, the OST program creates connections that foster collaboration between local artists, area organizations, schools and businesses, and contributes to the economic vitality of our community. This year, the 3-day event welcomed over 3,000 studio visits to the 16 workshops featuring 26 local artists.#Community Myxer
This festive evening marked the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary. The community came together at the Harbor History Museum with live music, great food, local wines and spirits, to celebrate, honor extraordinary people, and reflect on a decade of work building, bridging and enriching our ONE community. And, the first ever Community Spirit Grants were awarded to five area nonprofit organizations. The next #Community Myxer is May 5, 2017 – Save the date!
Here’s where you come in!
Each year, the Foundation’s year-end appeal calls on all who love our Gig Harbor and Key peninsula community to invest in your ONE Community.
Through your ONE check, you can direct your gift to be used toward community funds, projects, scholarships or programs that matter the most to you – or make a general gift and we’ll put it to work where need is the greatest. Whether $50 or $50,000, every dollar makes a difference!
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Give of your time and talents – Volunteers are the absolute heart and soul of our community foundation. Annually, GGHF hosts several events (e.g. Students of Distinction, Cider Swig, #Community Harvest, The Green Gig, The Big Sports Gig, etc.) that work to raise funds for community initiatives, projects, programs, grants, and more. And, we support events held by other area organizations (e.g., Dragon Boat Races, Maritime Gig Festival, Street Scramble, Food Truck Feast, etc.).
From service on the Board of Directors or a Core Area Board to events and service projects, there’s a place for you!
Give a call (253) 514-6338 or send an email today firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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