Syttende Mai Greetings In lieu of the annual donor event...

Happy Syttende Mai!                                                                                                                                            Here is another milestone in Petersburg’s COVID story, as we look at pictures of past Little Norway festivals and think about what could have been with the sunshine this weekend.

Sunday would have been the day to meet, greet, eat and celebrate the collective ability to provide financial support to nonprofits in our community during our annual donor event. We will do so on the other side of the COVID pandemic.

A retrospective in 2019 granting, thanks to your donations:

2019 PCF Grantee
2019 PCF Grantee

Viking Swim Club partnered with Petersburg Parks and Rec to replace lane lines and purchase equipment for the community pool

2019 PCF Grantee
2019 PCF Grantee

Farragut Farms healthy foods program provided fresh vegeetables to families and cooking lessons on how to prepare the veggies.

2019 PFC Grantee
2019 PFC Grantee

Partners in Education sponsored Ray Troll’s “travel the fossil highway” presentation at the elementary school and library, along with the purchase of fossil books for classrooms.

PCF 2019 Grantee
PCF 2019 Grantee

The Petersburg Public Library replaced the broken self-checkout kiosk.

PCF 2019 Grantee
PCF 2019 Grantee

Petersburg Marine Mammal Center worked to raise awareness about marine plastic debris, hosting bag painting activities at Stedman Elementary and Mitkof Middle School as well as hosting a home screening of “The Story of Plastic” and community dialogue.

PCF 2019 Grantee
PCF 2019 Grantee

Petersburg Little League poured fresh concrete on the snack shack floor and is well on their way to having a refurbished concession stand ready to go.

2019 PCF Grantee
2019 PCF Grantee

KFSK replaced the transmitter, keeping local public radio on the airwaves.

2019 PCF Grantee
2019 PCF Grantee

Girl Scouts of America hosted STEM day camps and summer camps.

Grant Making

In the absence of a get together, the PCF board wants to share with you what we have been doing with grants and the endowment fund:

  • In March: $5,000 in basic needs grants were distributed to WAVE, the Salvation Army food pantry and Mountain View Manor.
  • In April: The $25,000 competitive grant cycle was postponed to allow PCF to shore up charitable organizations during the COVID crisis. PCF is currently accepting letters of request for emergency grants from this pool of funds.
  • In May: $10,000 in discretionary grants was provided to six organizations in Petersburg who are involved in frontline services during the COVID response.
    1. Mountain View Manor Food Services received funding to support the 5 days/week food delivery service to seniors
    2. Salvation Army received funding for the home placement program
    3. Petersburg Indian Association received funding for food vouchers for tribal members
    4. Lighthouse Assembly of God received funding to support the Monday evening meals prepared by volunteers demand has doubled for dinners
    5. Petersburg Mental Health Services received funding for the food pantry and hygiene/cleaning supplies
    6. Petersburg Children Center received funding to cover liability insurance and utility expenses during the closure

Thank you!

PCF wants to thank you for your support over the years. Truly, your donations have helped build the endowment fund to the point where roughly $30,000 is available each year to grant to charitable organizations in our community. If you would like to donate to the Petersburg Community Foundation and the work underway, please visit https://petersburgcf.org/donate.

A friendly shout out to the Alaska Community Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation, as they have partnered with PCF to provide $15,000 to our local organizations.

The Petersburg Community Foundation advisory board hopes that you are doing well and taking care of one another.

Wishing you the best,

Glo Wollen, Bill Tremblay, Sue Paulsen, Karin McCullough, Leo Luczak, Holli Flint, and Liz Cabrera