BOISE, Idaho (Feb. 12, 2014) – The Boise Rescue Mission has received a $70,000 grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation as part of the company’s State Giving Program. The grant will be used to help the Rescue Mission fund programs that serve people in need and the homeless through food purchases, kitchen supplies, healthy snacks for children's programs and transportation.
“We live in the most generous community on the face of the earth,” said the Rev, Bill Roscoe, president and CEO of the Boise Rescue Mission. “Thanks to our friends like Walmart, we are able to provide help to men, women and children in need.”
Boise Rescue Mission is the primary provider of services for the homeless in the state of Idaho with four facilities in Ada and Canyon counties. In addition to providing overnight shelter, meals and clothing, it offers a variety of programs to address homelessness in its entirety. Last year, the Rescue Mission served more than 34,000 hot meals and provided more than 122,000 overnight stays to those in need.
This month, the Rescue Mission will celebrate the recently completed expansion of the Lighthouse Rescue Mission and the grand opening of the Valley Women and Children’s Shelter.
“The Boise Rescue Mission is doing important work in our community,” said Tory Nichols, Walmart Market Manager. “We’re proud to support their efforts and together help make a difference for the hundreds of men, women, and children throughout the Boise area who need food and safe shelter.”
The contribution to the Boise Rescue Mission was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Idaho State Giving Program and is one of five recently awarded grants totaling $185,000 in the state. The Post Falls Food Bank, Sandpoint Area Seniors, High Country Resource Conservation and Development Area, and Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership also received grants. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
In 2012 in Idaho, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $5.3 million to local organizations last year in Idaho.
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
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