From left to right, Carin Christensen (Mitkof Dance Troupe), Anders Christensen and Helen Martin (National Ocean Science Bowl), Tara Alcock (Petersburg Public Library), Roxy Lee (Salvation Army), Jeanette Ness (Petersburg Indian Association), Jean Norheim (Petersburg Medical Center), Orin Pierson (KFSK/Narrows Broadcasting), Sigrid Wollen and Glorianne Wollen (PCF Board Vice-President), Mark Kubo (Petersburg Arts Council), Rick Dormer (Petersburg City School District), Margaret Fleming (Petersburg Medical Center). Photo courtesy of the Petersburg Community Foundation

A charitable giving foundation in Petersburg awarded 14,000 dollars in grants to eight local non-profit organizations in May. The Petersburg Community Foundation gave grants to the Salvation Army for their school backpack food assistance program, the Petersburg Indian Association for their milk distribution program and the Petersburg Medical Center for equipment to implement family-style dining. KFSK received a grant for news audio recording equipment. The school district received grant money for marine science equipment. Other money went to Mitkof Dance Troupe for scholarships, the Petersburg Arts Council for refurbishing the “Our Town” mural, the Clausen Museum for informational handouts and the public library for a shelter and totem project.

The Foundation has given out grants totaling more than 80,000 dollars to 18 different local non-profits since 2009. This year the foundation’s endowment fund topped half a million dollars. Joe Viechnicki spoke with the foundation’s program manager Holli Flint and board president Jessica Ieremia about the latest grants and the future of the endowment.

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