It’s been a pleasant summer here in Quincy, and a productive one for the Foundation. With a new set of goals, new members, and plenty of new ideas, the Foundation board is gearing up for an even more successful year of promoting Feather River College to the community and helping fund student success. 2014-2015 was a year of firsts for the Foundation. The board worked diligently to create and enhance new opportunities for Feather River College, and here are a few ways we were able to support our favorite community college:
Community Host Program
The Feather River College Foundation Community Host Program has been a rising success since it started about five years ago. It was the Feather River College Foundation’s top priority last year to integrate the students into the community through the low-key, but effective, networking program. With multiple articles in the newspaper, a new Facebook page, avenues for feed back, Host-wide events, and exceptional word of mouth endorsement, the Host Program brought twenty-five families together with more than fifty students. A majority of these families have since cultivated very strong relationships with the students, and we are looking forward to an even stronger year for the Program.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a host parent, or in signing up as a student, please click the links below and fill out an application.
Mini Grant Program
Last Spring, the Foundation introduced the Feather River College Employee Mini Grant Program. The mini grants cater to Feather River College departments, faculty and staff whose proposed projects support the Foundation and the College’s mission. These grants are meant to help programs purchase educational material, support field trips or events, and enrich campus life in ways that the budgets cannot accommodate for whatever reason.
It was an impressive pilot program for the Foundation. We gave out more than $2500 to four different college departments including the Sand Volleyball Team and the Allied Health Department. Last year was a perfect way to test the water, set criteria, and prepare for a full year of giving in the 2015-2016 year.
This upcoming year, the Foundation hopes to award twice as much in two rounds of giving. There will be a round a semester, with applications due by October 15 for the fall grant, and February 15 for the spring grant.
With the introduction of the highly successful and sold out Dancing With the Stars event in February, the addition of the top notch Murder Mystery Dinner in November and the premier fundraising event, Quincy Star Follies, in May, fundraising income from last year was higher than ever. However, the cherry on top of the Fundraising sundae was the fact that the Foundation was able to give a large portion of those funds directly to Feather River College organizations through our student volunteers.
A few months before Dancing with the Stars, we sent an invitation to all the employees at Feather River College to organize a group of students to help with our fundraising events, and in exchange, we would donate a portion of our proceeds directly to those organizations.
Last year we gave more than $5000 to seven Feather River College departments, clubs, and teams who helped us set up, clean up, serve and prepare food for our events. On top of that, we got to introduce the community to more than seventy-five FRC students, which was very rewarding to see the community’s positive response to our amazing students.
We plan to continue this pattern of student help, with priority given to organizations who have not yet had a chance to participate.
As of July 30th, the Feather River College Foundation established and distributed ten new scholarships to Feather River College students. Our Scholarship Committee, working alongside FRC Financial Aid, recognized that there was a need for more scholarships, especially to first year and local students. So, just in time for the new school year, the Foundation approved $2500 in scholarships to be given to both local and out-of-the-county students.
Being able to give money to those in need is rewarding to say the least, and we look forward to exploring more ways to help students better afford their education.
New opportunities always come natural hiccups and challenges, but the Foundation board members are willing to face those challenges and keep the goal of student success at the top of their priority list. A lot has happened in the past year, and we encourage you to stay tuned for the exciting opportunities to come.