12/01/2008: "Task Force Support Forming"
Recognizing the impact of the world-wide economic turndown on local families and businesses, the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) is creating a Critical Needs Task Force to identify newly emerging needs for basic community support.
The Task force will be formed over the next month and is designed to bring together non-profits, public organizations, service groups and interested individuals to develop and implement a strategic plan to efficiently bring needed and creative support to usher our community through these hard times.
“We believe this situation goes way beyond the usual need for food, clothing, housing and medical care - services that island non-profits already address,” said Pamela Gross, Foundation board liaison responsible for basic needs funding. “The challenge will be to not only strengthen our local non-profits but also to address a whole new segment of our community who have never before needed or used assistance. We want to mitigate the effect of the current financial crisis on the already declining working middle class segment of our population. The cost of living on the island is already high and even fully employed families, faced with declining investment and savings earnings, are feeling the pinch.”
“The Task Force will also be charged with developing long term solutions to help buffer our working citizens and local businesses from future fluctuations in our economy. Education, job retraining and affordable housing will help promote a more diversified business climate that will be key to a long term survival of our community,” according to Charles Anderson, Foundation Chair. “We see the role of the Community Foundation as a catalyst to bring together and help coordinate critical needs non-profits and community organizations while helping to increase funding of their activities.”
Non-profits, public organizations and individuals who currently serve our community’s critical needs are encouraged to contact the San Juan Island Community Foundation during December and to join with us in defining the role of the Critical Needs Task Force.
The Community Foundation serves as a non-profit philanthropic umbrella organization helping donors, non-profits and public organizations to achieve their goals through direct grants, organizational assistance and philanthropic resource management.
For more information on the role the San Juan Island Community Foundation is having in our charitable community please contact or visit our office at 378-1001, Technology Center, Mullis Street, Friday Harbor.