SURF Board Awards $5,930 in Grants
The Davie Community Foundation SURF Board received Grant Requests for $6,698. On March 9th, they heard Grant Proposals for six different projects. After reviewing the requests, they voted to fund $5,930 toward the six projects.
The SURF Board worked hard to raise the money to fund their grants. On February 21st, they hosted their 4th Annual Popsicle 5K. One hundred thirty-seven runners signed up to participate in the run this year, and in spite of a very cold and snow covered morning; the race went off without a hitch! In addition to recruiting runners, the SURF Board sought sponsors for the race. This year, Foundation President and CEO, Jane Simpson, challenged the students to raise at least $5,000 in sponsors, and she would run in the raise. The students took the challenge to heart, and with the generosity of the community, raised a total of $7,300 in sponsorships.
SURF will impact many children and youth in Davie County with their Grant Awards this year. The following awards were made for 2015 –
Bike Safety Project – Garrett Penley and Boy Scout Troop 575 were awarded $1,000 to host a Bike Safety Day at Rich Park in April. The first twenty-five students to sign up will receive a coupon for a free bike helmet. The day will include instruction on the proper use and care of your bicycle, as well as how to mountain bike.
DHS Science Preparedness – Katelyn Sammons, Grace Cain and the Science Olympiad Team at Davie High were awarded $985 to pay for the fee to compete on the State level, and to host a Science Camp for middle school students this summer.
Hopping for Hope – Austin Lowery and Elaina Burr were awarded $585 to create Easter Baskets for the children at the Dragonfly House. These baskets will provide comfort, joy, and hope to children who have not experienced much joy or hope in their lives.
Summer Bags for Homeless – Allison Staley and the DHS National Honor Society were awarded $1,500 to create Summer Bags for the Homeless Students in Davie County. There are currently 105 students classified as homeless. The brightly colored bags will contain hygiene products and well as some toys and activities to entertain these students during the summer.
Davie Hair Drive – Molly Hartness, Grace Nixon, and the DHS Junior Civitans were awarded $300 for the 2015 Hair Drive to be held at Davie High on May 12th. The hair drive will collect eight inches or more of hair from participants to create wigs for cancer patients.
Stockings for School – Grace Cain and the Davie Hunger Fighters were awarded $1,560 to create stockings filled with school supplies for Middle School and High School Students in Davie County. This is the third year that this project has been funded, and local Guidance Counselors say that it makes a huge difference for these students.
On April 13th, the SURF Board will host their Big Check Celebration at the Davie Community Foundation at 6:30 pm, to present Big Checks to the 2015 recipients, and hear reports from the 2014 Grant recipients. The community is invited to attend.
For additional information, or questions about the SURF Board, please contact Tami Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4th Annual Popsicle 5K was a success! Saturday, February 21st cooperated by being a cold, snow covered morning, the perfect setting for a Popsicle Run. None of the one hundred and thirty-seven registered runners were interested in taking the Brain Freeze Challenge, they were cold enough without the popsicles!
Tommy Boyette led the way as the runners started crossing the finish line. Foundation President and CEO Jane Simpson finished her first 5K in thirty-eight minutes and was pleased and excited to help the SURF Board make a difference in Davie County through the run.
A highlight for the runners was entertainment after the run by the Brad Ratledge Band, and the great food provided by Subway and Panera Bread. The soup from Subway was especially appreciated!
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped the morning run smoothly, and to each of the runners who came out.
POPSICLE 5K Results Are In!
UPDATE: The race results are in! See them here. Check back soon for photos and details from race day!
Huge thanks everyone who made the POPSICLE 5K such a success! Here’s what one happy participant wanted to share with everyone involved!
“Please pass along my thanks & appreciation to all the race staff, volunteers & sponsors for putting on an outstanding race. I have raced for 25 years & this one was one of the best I’ve participated in. The friendly & helpful staff & volunteers both at the race start & along the race course were the best. I loved the hand clappers. The food was delicious & there were some great door prizes. My family thoroughly enjoyed the morning & we will certainly mark our calendars for next year’s event.”
Popsicle 5K: Davie Community Foundation President Issues Challenge
Davie Community Foundation President, Jane Simpson is in training! Jane issued a challenge to the Davie County SURF Board: If they raise $5K for their upcoming Popsicle 5K Race, she will run in the race! If they raise $10K, she will run the race wearing the Popsicle Man Costume! Wouldn’t you love to see Jane run?
The SURF Board Students have taken the challenge to heart! They are hard at work raising sponsorships for the February 21st race, but they could use a little help. Sponsorships must be in place by January 23rd to appear on the race t-shirt, and race directional signs. If you would like to help the SURF Board reach their challenge and see Jane take to the streets in running attire, you can make a donation! You can contact SURF Advisor, Tami Daniel at email@example.com, or 336-918-5226 for information on Sponsorship Levels, or you may submit your donation directly to the Foundation Office. Checks should be payable to The Davie Community Foundation with Popsicle 5K in the memo section.
Funds from the 4th Annual Popsicle 5K will go right back to Davie County! The SURF Board will be seeking proposals for Youth Sponsored Grants to benefit Youth in Davie County. All funds raised through the Popsicle 5K, and Sponsorships go into the SURF Board Grantmaking. So, your donation not only helps the SURF Board reach their goal, but will also make a difference to the young people of Davie County. Thank you for your support!
Interested runners can register to run in the Popsicle 5K on Active.com, or in person at the Foundation Office.
SURF Wins Award at Youth Philanthropy Summit
Members of the Davie County SURF Board attended a Youth Philanthropy Summit in Winston-Salem on November 15th, and brought home a trophy!
The SURF Board was awarded the first ever Community Site of the Year for their work in the community to benefit the youth of Davie County, and their successful Popsicle 5K. Last year the SURF Board received three requests, and awarded two grants totaling $2,610. They hope to receive at least ten request and award even more in 2015.
Members who attended were: Hampton Smith, Allison Staley, Brant Dupree, Grace Nixon, Chris Carr, Ben Marklin, and Ben Carter.
With a fast-paced blend of a carnival, night club and leadership conference, the 2014 North Carolina Youth Giving Summit provided training for young philanthropists Saturday in downtown Winston-Salem.
A group of 150 high-school students and their adult advisors attended the event at the Marriott on North Cherry Street.
The event kicked off with students introducing themselves, loud music, multi-media screens and a variety of activities that included summit-attendees joining hands and doing the wave — normal speed, slow and fast.
“It’s not about us anymore, is it?” Eric Rowles, the president and chief executive of Leading To Change Inc., a training company, asked the students.
“No,” said the students.
“It’s about somebody back home,” Rowles said. “It’s about somebody back in your community. You are learning how to give. You are learning how to pay it forward.”
Leading To Change, based in Charlotte, operates the N.C. Youth Giving Network, which puts on the summit. Formed in 2005, the network is made up of 25 different youth philanthropy sites from throughout North Carolina. Seven groups attended the summit on Saturday — Davie County SURF, Forsyth County YGA, Guilford County TGC, Jackson County YLC, Onslow County HARMONY, Wake County HYPE, and Wilkes County T3LC.
The summit is designed to prepare students for how and where they will grant more than $150,000 overall to help their communities. Philanthropic organizations across the state donate funds that they entrust to the students for allocation. Each community group has its own annual timeline for distributing money, which could range from $1,000 to more than $10,000.
“Rowles said that summit’s “The Hands of Giving” theme is “the idea that you can’t just talk about doing change in your community. You actually have to get your hands into it.”
Early on at the summit, students flocked to the wax hands booth to have their own “giving hands” immortalized in wax.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in various workshops to learn more about working successfully together as a group in their community. A new aspect of this year’s Summit, was an opportunity for hands in service with a local partner. The Davie students partnered with The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, and helped prepare a new winter exhibit that will open Thanksgiving weekend.
SURF Board Retreat – August 2014
The Davie County SURF Board met for their Annual Retreat on Friday, August 22nd. The Retreat serves as an opportunity for Team Building, and planning for the coming year.
This year the Retreat was held at the Junker Barn. The Barn offered a great atmosphere for the SURF Board to get to know each other; work on team building activities; set goals for 2014-2015; and have a little fun as well.
The SURF Board had a successful day. They welcomed five new board members; set up a new Liaison Team to work with the local middle schools in spreading the word about SURF and the opportunity to submit proposals for grants; set a goal to receive TEN grant requests for this year; and set the date for their 4th Annual Popsicle 5K (February 21, 2015).
Team Building activities included a challenging memory activity where one team member described an important landmark in Davie County without using specific words to tell the exact location to their team who had to draw a picture of the location; team volleyball; and everyone’s favorite – Team Cake Challenge where each team decorated a cake to depict the one project they would like to see completed in Davie County to benefit youth if money were no object. All four teams did an excellent job with their designs and learned alot about each other in the process!
The 2014-2015 Board – Rachel Baker; Elaina Burr; Grace Cain; Laura Cain; Chris Carr; Ben Carter; Caroline Davis; Brant Dupree; Morgan Fuller; George Haire; Molly Hartness; Ben Marklin; Sam Motley; Grace Nixon; Sarah Perkins; Christi Rowe; Nick Simmons; Nick Sinopoli; Hampton Smith; Allison Staley; Brooke Summers. SURF Advisor – Tami Daniel
SURF Board Members Pack Backpacks
The 2014-15 SURF Board is getting ready to gear up for a new year. Even before the Team Building Retreat, SURF members are working in the community. New member Ben Carter worked with Elaina Burr to help Jean Young at the Storehouse get backpacks ready for back-to-school.
Two Grants Awarded in April 2014
SURF Board Youth Grantmakers, a high school board organized under the Davie Community Foundation awarded two grants at their April meeting. Two youth-led projects will receive money from the board that was raised through the POPSICLE 5K in February.
“Birthdays in a Box” submitted by the Davie High STEM Ambassadors received $960 to purchase all of the supplies needed to hold a child’s birthday party. Supplies will be assembled in a decorated box and delivered to A Storehouse for Jesus for distribution to 50 needy families with children who have upcoming birthdays. Birthday boxes will include cake mix, icing, Kool-Aid mix, cups, plates, napkins, utensils, balloons, birthday banner, bubbles, and party favors.
“Stockings for School” submitted by the Davie High Hunger Fighters will provide school supplies in Christmas stockings to students at Davie High, Ellis Middle, North Davie Middle, and South Davie Middle Schools. The stockings are intended to replenish school supplies for needy students for the second semester. Stockings will be distributed through the Hunger Fighters and Bookbags for Hope programs in the middle and high schools. Project organizers plan to pack 178 stockings for distribution in December 2014.
2014 POPSICLE 5K
The POPSICLE 5K lived up to its name in February as runners braved the cold wind and snow filled sidewalks! Approximately 140 runners ran through the streets of downtown Mocksville while eating a popsicle as part of the Brain Freeze Challenge. Other brave souls participated in the Popsicle Palozza which had to go to a tie breaker before declaring a frosty winner. It was a cold but successful event raising more than $4,300 for youth-led project grants in Davie County.