Edmonds’ Hazel Miller Foundation awards grants to area organizations

The Edmonds-based Hazel Miller Foundation on Monday announced the award of numerous grants for deserving community organizations.

The following grants were approved in the foundation’s final grant cycle for 2010:

College Access Project provides low-income families in the Edmonds School District with resources to help prepare and support potential first-generation college students with an array of services beginning in 4th grade. The group’s grant of $5,000 will support operational expenses of evening and weekend classes and workshops for children and parents.

Cocoon House has received a $5,000 grant to support its street outreach program Cocoon Advocate, which is geared toward making contact with underserved homeless minors in Edmonds and South Snohomish County and providing them with emergency supplies and resources for recovery.

South County Senior Center (also known as Edmonds Senior Center) has received a $5,000 grant to upgrade its computer lab, offering opportunities for seniors and the greater community to access a variety of computer training courses in conjunction with Seattle Central Community College and the AARP Seniors Employment Program.

YWCA of Snohomish County has received a grant of $4,000 for its Edmonds Highlands Transitional Housing Project, providing home-based case management for previously homeless women and their children living in transitional housing.

Project Linus-Snohomish Chapter, named for the Linus Peanuts character, is a volunteer organization that provides disadvantaged children with handcrafted “security blankets” made by a team of blanketeers and craft-oriented donors. A $1,363 grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation will pay for the materials involved in making 134 blankets in 2011, targeted at Edmonds children at Stevens Hospital and those involved in youth-oriented social service organizations.

In its first scholarship-making process, the Hazel Miller Foundation has awarded the Edmonds School District Alumni Association $25,000 to make scholarships available to Edmonds School District high school seniors preparing to further their education. The Hazel Miller Memorial Scholarships will honor two qualifying students (one boy and one girl) per school with a grant of $2,000 each and the Hazel & Morris Miller Memorial Scholarship will award $5,000 to one exceptional student in the district. Details about scholarship applications can be found on the Edmonds School District website.

Other grant recipients approved in February include the Edmonds Public School Foundation, the Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation, Scriber Lake High School, the Westgate Parent Staff Organization, Edmonds Community Foundation and the Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Edmonds Public Schools Foundation has received $9,000 for their after-school program, which supports students with homework instruction, mentoring, activities, snacks, academic-based programs, and transportation.

Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation has received $15,000 to support its Lynnwood Rotary House Building Project, which provides high school students with an opportunity to fully design and build a house with the help of professionals in construction and other technical trades  This project provides high school and college credit for participation as well as instilling interest in technical careers.

Scriber Lake High School’s Interdisciplinary Studies Environmental Program (InStep) received $5,663 to support the purchase of equipment for outdoor education that uses the environment as the classroom.

Westgate Parent Staff Organization received $1,280 for its Westgate Afterschool Homework Club pilot program, intended to offset the shifting teacher-to-student ratio at Westgate Elementary School by providing after-school homework support via volunteers, plus play time, snacks and transportation.

Edmonds Community Foundation received $10,000 for its Bottomless Backpacks Food for Youth Program, which reaches families in need through their children enrolled in schools in the Edmonds School District. BBFY sends children home with refillable backpacks full of food items, community resource information, hygiene supplies and other useful items for underserved families. Backpacks are filled by teens in the VOICE autonomy program for youth with disabilities.

Olympic Ballet Theatre received $10,000 for its 30th anniversary show “Coppelia, the Girl with Enamel Eyes,” a new ballet premiering at Edmonds Center for the Arts with new scenery and costumes, showing April 16-17.

In 2011, the Hazel Miller Foundation is accepting grant requests for amounts up to $25,000 (or higher for capital grants). Grant applications and eligibility information has been updated on the Foundation website.

The Hazel Miller Foundation is dedicated to serving the citizens of Edmonds and South Snohomish County through programs and projects that serve the public’s benefit, especially in the areas of education and youth services, poverty alleviation and hunger, civic and community services and amenities, the environment, and culture and the arts. Hazel and her husband, Morris Miller, were committed members of the Edmonds’ community.

  1. What an OUTSTANDING list of causes supported! Thank you, Hazel Miller Foundation, you’re doing great work in shaping a better future for Edmonds.

  2. Why nothing for the Friends of Frank DeMiero for their annual Jazz Festival??
    This is a very worthy cause that brings thousands of music students to Edmonds for a few days.
    They visit the Hazel Miller Park and do business with many small businesses in the Edmonds area.

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