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Joy of Giving: James Family honored for helping YRMC, Elks Opera House, Phippen Museum

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Laura and Ron James and the James Family Trust were honored as the Philanthropist of the Year during the Yavapai County Community Foundation’s 20th annual Joy of Giving luncheon Friday.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> Laura and Ron James and the James Family Trust were honored as the Philanthropist of the Year during the Yavapai County Community Foundation’s 20th annual Joy of Giving luncheon Friday.

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Community Foundation announced the recipients of its 2013 Joy of Giving awards, which pay tribute to the exceptional contributions of local people and organizations to the betterment of Yavapai County, at a luncheon Friday at the Prescott Resort.

The James Family received the Philanthropist of the Year and will be honored with a grant of $1,000 made in their name by YCCF. The James Family has chosen to donate this grant to the Yarnell Hill Scholarship Endowment Fund housed at YCCF.

The James Family was honored for having a hand in providing open space to the local trail system, and donating the James Family Heart Center at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center, and to the restoration of the Elks Opera House. The Phippen Museum, both the building and the land on which is sits, were gifts from the James Family, which also deserves credit for the YMCA building and supporting the annual Kiwanis Auction.

YCCF established the Volunteer of the Year award to honor someone on its Advisory Board who goes above and beyond to help the organization meet its mission. This year's recipient is Sharon Block of Cottonwood. She spent the majority of her career as a school social worker and is currently a social worker in the Juvenile Detention Center. For YCCF, she served last year as vice chair and she also sits on the Board Development Committee.

This year YCCF chose to present a special surprise award called the Community Leadership Award and it comes with $10,000 in prize money. The YCCF Advisory Board, in the spirit of honoring best practices in grantmaking, selected The Boys to Men Mentoring Network, which offers a program that involves volunteers in a significant fashion, has an incredible impact on the community and has measurable results. This honoree employs a mentoring model that helps teenage boys become men. The mentors give teenage boys a community of men who listen, encourage and believe in them. Local men offer young people a unique and safe place for growth.

2013 Grant Awards

The Yavapai County Community Foundation awarded $198,618 through its annual competitive grant cycle to support 45 community projects serving Yavapai County.

"The Yavapai County Community Foundation is proud to fund important community needs. We also strive to provide long-term vision, resources and expertise to enhance the quality of life in our great county," said Jodi Padgett, advisory board chair.

Awards went to:

• Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Foundation, Inc., Sight First for Children: to pay for eye exams, glasses, and further treatment for children and their families who require assistance; and to maintain eye screening software and supplies for our local schools to provide proper eye screening every semester.

• Verde Valley Sanctuary, Inc., Shelter Medical Fund: to provide urgently needed medical services for women and children affected by domestic violence in eastern Yavapai County. The Fund will directly pay healthcare, emergency dental, and prescription costs, when all other personal and community resources are inadequate.

• Cottonwood Police Department, K-9 Program: to maintain the ongoing health of the department's canine by purchasing pet health insurance and to buy equipment for training and daily use.

Prescott Police Department, K9 Program: to insure two police Canines with Veterinarian insurance; send the K9 Unit to specialty training(s); purchase K9 equipment; and items needed for training site.

Prescott Valley Police Department, K9 Unit: to select, buy and transport one new Police Canine for the Prescott Valley Police Department K9 Unit, and to assist with necessary medical care and health insurance costs for police canines.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, K9 Program: to provide training for the K9 handlers; training toys and equipment for the law enforcement K9's; provide generators for the Search Dog Unit.

• Franklin Phonetic Primary School, Franklin Stage Risers: to help buy a full set of portable stage risers for use in programs and performances in its auditorium, which benefit students, parents, and community members.

• Prescott Jazz Society, Open Ear' Music Empowering Project: to expand its Open Ear workshops which include music education and mentorship for underserved youth grades 7-12, culminating at PJAZZ's Juneteenth Festival over Father's Day weekend 2014 at Arcosanti.

• Central Arizona Land Trust Inc., Yavapai Agricultural Lands Preservation Phase IV: to support staff time and production costs of three strategic events aimed at promoting and sustaining collaboration and coordination between environmental and sustainable agricultural organizations in Yavapai County.

• Community Forest Trust, Volunteers Protecting Natural Resources in Yavapai County: to create an ethic of stewardship by giving community members a direct role as stewards in riparian areas. The money will support a full-time volunteer coordinator position.

• Highlands Center for Natural History, Solar Power Capacity Expansion: to increase the solar energy capacity of the Highlands Center for Natural History, thus ensuring future programmatic growth while reducing carbon emission in the atmosphere.

• Verde NRCD (Natural Resource Conservation District) Education Center, Verde Watershed Environmental Education Program: for instructional and support staff salaries to reach over 2,800 youth attending schools in the Verde Valley. These environmental programs are designed to educate today's youth about the importance of becoming wise water managers in the future.

• Yarnell Community Garden Project, YCGP Expansion Project: to expand the YCGP impact in four ways. In order of importance, these are: extending the garden's growing season and increasing production through greenhouse and hoop house planting; inspiring elementary school students to garden; enhancing the environment for firefighters and other fire department volunteers; and modeling wise water use.

Yavapai Trails Association, Central Yavapai Trails Signage: to improve and update trail signs/signage, especially for trail name and direction within the BLM lands east of Prescott to the Prescott National Forest lands west of Prescott, including the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, Prescott Circle Trail, and trails connecting the City of Prescott.

• Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona, Kids to Community Initiative: Program costs and salaries for a program facilitator (part-time) and one peer leader ssistant (part-time) seven hours a week.

• Boys to Men Mentoring Network, North Central AZ, Family and Mentor Support Services: to support the salary of the project director, strengthening and deepening relationships with families and mentors which provide a stronger support system for participating boys.

• Family Resource Center, Humboldt Unified School District, Resources for Needy Children in HUSD: to provide assistance to the needy children in the school district who do not qualify for assistance under the federally-funded McKinney-Vento Act.

• Friends of the Chino Valley Library, Children's Library Expansion: to buy commercial grade carpeting for the existing and expanded areas of the children's library that will increase its size by 100 percent.

• Gabriel's Angels, Inc., Pet Therapy Program: to expand pet therapy services through recruiting, training and placing two additional pet therapy teams, providing service to 200 additional at-risk children.

• Gardens for Humanity, School Gardens, Art & Environmental Education Program Coordinators: to organize an earth arts education program in five different Sedona/Verde Valley schools; work with five artists, teachers, schedules, training, evaluation, and fundraising; develop garden teams in schools; develop garden infrastructure, resources and teaching activities aligned with gardening.

• Junior Achievement of Arizona, BizTown: JA BizTown students learn about the economic concepts that effect their life, develop work readiness skills and attitudes, and become financially literate; while enhancing core academic skills like math, reading, and communication.

• Prescott Area Leadership, Hungry Kids Project: to purchase food for "backpacks" prepared by 13 teams involving over 150 volunteers for an average of 280 children identified by school personnel as having little or no weekend food in the tri-city area school districts.

Yavapai College Foundation, College for Kids Scholarship Program: to award scholarships to low-income children of diverse socio-economic backgrounds. College for Kids is a quality summer educational program, offered on the Prescott and Verde campuses of Yavapai College.

• Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation, Prescription Medications for Underserved Children in Yavapai County: to provide free prescription medications to uninsured and underinsured children in 27 schools in Yavapai County. In January of 2014, PHS will add a mobile medical clinic serving rural communities in Yavapai County, doubling its reach.

• Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Yavapai County Education and Family Care Consultation: to increase community awareness and directly provide education, support and care planning to the growing number of people impacted by Alzheimer's disease. People with Alzheimer's, family caregivers and professionals will be empowered through increased skill building, resulting in reduced stress, improved well-being, and enhanced quality of care.

• Catholic Charities Community Services, Inc., EmpowerU: to support direct administrative costs associated with the program. Funding will provide the EmpowerU program the means necessary to reach an additional 100 participants.

• Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Emergency Medical Services: to purchase an S-SCORT "TEN" suction unit to help patients.

• People Who Care, Confident Living with Low Vision and/or Hearing Loss: to continue a highly-valued community classes to residents of the quad-city area.

• Prescott Valley Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank: to continue providing emergency food for individuals and families in the Humboldt Unified School District that fall below the federal poverty guidelines.

• Rainbow Acres, Rancher Day Program: to provide day habilitation services to adults with developmental disabilities in the Verde Valley, particularly those from low-income households.

• St. Vincent de Paul, St. Germaine's Conference, Pike's Pantry Project: to buy an industrial refrigerator, freezer, and shelving to accommodate food donations of perishable and non-perishable items for distribution to individuals and families who are in need in the towns of Prescott Valley and Dewey- Humboldt.

Town of Chino Valley, Yavapai Regional Transit Asset Purchase: to help purchase passenger buses, bus stop passenger shelters, and stop benches. The YCCF funds will be used as match funds for the section 5311 grant funds from ADOT for the purchase of capital assets for the Transit system.

• Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, One Call Center: to help implement and operate a One Call Center for seniors and people with serious disabilities throughout the Verde Valley.

• Yarnell Fire Department, Community Health and Fire Safety Inventory: to provide volunteer training to complete health/fire profiles for residents.

• Camp Verde Adult Reading Program, Keeping Up with the 2014 GED: to buy a computer-assisted program, materials and a new server for its two centers to prepare students for the new GED test.

• Community Counts, Yavapai Reentry Project: to build capacity and strengthen the structure of the project to best serve reentering individuals. This money will cover the cost of hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA for the third year of the VISTA cycle and complete the formation of the project to ensure stability.

• Horses with Heart, Permanent Mounting Ramp and Sure Hands Lift: to hire a contractor to build and install a permanent mounting ramp according to local code requirements along with the permanent installation of the Sure-Hands Lift acquired through fundraising efforts.

• Mayer Area Meals on Wheels, Inventory Control Project: to purchase a bar-code inventory system that will automate the tracking and monitoring of all purchases, donations and usage of food and supplies as required in the production of meals for home-bound clients and congregate diners.

• NACOG - Housing and Community Development, Emergency Housing Repair Program: for minor but critical health and safety improvements for low-income homeowners in Yavapai County. These repairs might include fixing a heating or cooling system, utility repairs, appliance replacement, fixing roof leaks, or installing accessibility improvements.

• New Horizons Independent Living Center, Inc., VISTA Member Capacity Building Project: to support a VISTA member and the capacity building project for New Horizons Independent Living Center. The VISTA member will increase the ability to serve individuals with disabilities in Yavapai County.

• Prescott Area Women's Shelter, Prescott Area Family Shelter: to strengthen the infrastructure and sustainability of the Family Shelter by creating and implementing a development plan to be executed by experienced and successful individuals.

• Stepping Stones Agencies, Certified Community Advocate Training: to expand the Certified Community Advocate Training Program offered by the Stepping Stones Agencies.

• Verde Food Council, Yavapai Food Council: to support the transformation of the Verde Food Council into the Yavapai Food Council and expansion of its services throughout Yavapai County.

• Yavapai County Jeep Posse, Inc., Communications: to maintain two stationary and one portable repeater essential to communications for the Yavapai County search community; install two awnings to provide much needed shelter for the command and communication vehicle and incident command teams.

• Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team, Equipment: to buy radio equipment.

To learn more about the organizations and projects supported with these grants, contact YCCF Grants and Operations Coordinator Tracey McConnell at 928-499-9795 or tmconnell@azfoundation.org. To learn how to create a named fund or help YCCF grow its endowed Community Fund for future years, contact ACF's North-Central regional manager, Carol Chamberlain, at 928-708-9632 or cchamberlain@azfoundation.org.