Published on Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:01
WECRD Community Involvement
Since the WECRD’s inception in 2001, the District has been involved in helping the Mountain Home community through donating money or time to various community projects, events etc. From 2004 – 2007 the WECRD had a Public Relations volunteer (who later became an employee), who organized numerous activities for the local area youth. Some of our Public Relations Coordinator’s accomplishments:
- Organized many Field Trips for the local youth and provided transportation through WECRD funds. Some of these Field Trips included trips to the Treasure Valley YMCA, Idaho Ice World, and Boise Roller Skating Rink.
- Partnered with Parks & Rec. to provide Judo classes. When these classes ended, the Rec. District foundation donated the judo mats ($5,000 value) to Parks and Rec. which are still used today.
- Provided volunteers to pass out flyers and other support for the annual Gunfighter Skies Air Show.
- Provided volunteers to organize games and recreation activities for annual Fourth of July Festivals in the Park.
- Partnered with Elmore Medical Center to hosts two Fitness Walks every year.
- Partnered with Mtn Home Junior High Parent Committee to host annual Spring Fling Fundraisers.
- Organized and lead the Mtn Home chapter of the Freedom Walkers and Idaho on the Move Walking Programs.
- Organized WECRD “Game Nights for Families” at the Junior High.
- The WECRD did not hire another Public Relations employee after 2007 because we wanted to keep a “bare bones” office staff and save for our recreation center. Despite being without a PR person, the WECRD has stayed involved in efforts to help our community. Some of our more recent accomplishments include:
- WECRD Facepainting and information booths at Health Fairs and Parks & Rec Halloween Carnival
- Annual “Youth Walks” in conjunction with Health Fairs
- Sponsors for Parks & Rec. Teen Pool Parties
- Funding “Let’s Play” grant iniative for area youth sports groups ($12,000 for 2010; $15,000 for 2011)
- Donation of $500.00 in 2010 to Elmore Medical Center’s “Extreme Challenge” program
- Donation of $250 to Mtn Home Arts Council
- Donation of $80 to Mtn Home Council Summer Concert Series
- Donation of $50 gift baskets and “Catch the Freedom” tapestries to Domestic Violence Council
- Allowing numerous local clubs and organizations the use of our building for their meetings and events. Some of the organizations that have used our building are the Youth Baseball and Soccer Club, Let’s Play Committee, Mtn Home Arts Council, Sagebrush Shufflers Dance Club, several Quilters’ Clubs, several Gardening Groups, several Red Hat Ladies Clubs.