Pay it Forward: Lean In

This is our most recent article of the Pay It Forward column published monthly by the Homer News. Recently, health educators from the REC Room joined my remote 7th grade health class to teach sexual health and substance misuse prevention. Suddenly, I found myself on the other side of Zoom, no longer the teacher trying to perform miracles through the … Read More

Pay It Forward: Pandemic Thoughts

Last summer, while standing on the boardwalk on the Spit, an acquaintance walked by. Without a word, she handed me something flat and plastic. I stood for a minute watching her back as she continued on her way. I held the small object in my hand and read, “Hug Raincheck, (good for as many you need. No expiration date).” Emotions … Read More

November 2020 Newsletter

Update from the Executive Director Being thankful. November is the month we often talk about being thankful. Who am I to break with tradition? I’m thankful for our donors and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you. I’ve asked a number of you” Why did you get involved with a community foundation?”  I can say that there are as many … Read More

October 2020 Newsletter

Update from the Executive Director What is your dream? I was making a video to send my oldest granddaughter explaining what her grandfather does all day (yes, I’m the grandfather of 7 wonderful little people). I could have explained that we help people give in a long term way, or that we invest donations wisely to ensure that important causes … Read More

Planned Giving Webinar

Our lives are the sum of actions and relationships. Large and small, we have been shaped by those around us. What and who have you impacted in your life? There is a simple, but lasting way establish you legacy in the communities of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Make a planned gift. We are hosting a free webinar on how to … Read More

Summer 2020 Newsletter

A Summer to Remember Update from the Executive Director There are certain times and seasons which stand out in our individual and collective memories. For better or worse, the summer of 2020 will be remembered for a long time; COVID-19 daily counts, social unrest sparked by a senseless and avoidable death, depressed economy, financial market difficulties. All of these are … Read More

Foreign Exchange Experience leads to a more open mind

Bonjour ! Or, in English, hello! Sitting in my garden, during this quarantine due to Covid-19, I took time to look back over my life and especially to think about all the travels I did and the exchange student experience I had when I was 18.  First of all, let me introduce myself: I am Sophie, born on the 22 … Read More

Homer community reports for duty in COVID-19 crisis

The cars and trucks were lined up at the Homer United Methodist Church parking lot through the lunch hour Monday, and they kept coming into the afternoon. Some drivers wore masks and gloves, and so did most of the volunteers, bundled against a cold wind as they offered a quick greeting. The new drive-through line provides scant interaction. But a … Read More

(Wishing for) Spring Newsletter

Update from the Executive Director Happy March Everyone!  Match Campaign: Big news from the Homer Foundation. We have an amazing generous donor who has provided an anonymous match of $25,000 for operating funds for the Homer Foundation. That means you can be part of this great gift. Between now and June 30, 2020 for every dollar donated to the Homer Foundation … Read More

Pay It Forward: Graceful Aging

They were teenagers when they walked through Ellis Island into a new life. She with her sewing machine and he with his masonry tools. They emigrated from Norway after WWI. Their parents believed each would have a better life in the United States. Both of them boarded a train headed west to the Dakotas where other Norwegians had settled. Many … Read More