Philanthropy is a large part of what makes our community so special. Whether it's donating your time, your belongings or food, Boise has many opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand. These three organizations, which all benefit children, are worth checking out.
Computers for Kids
Computers for Kids, Inc. takes donated computers; refurbishes and licenses them; then provides low-cost or free computer options for schools, students K-14 and nonprofits. CFK’s intent is to equalize the educational opportunities that children have by providing them with home computers for their use, thereby closing the “digital divide” occurring between those who have easy access to computer technology versus those who do not. Through the generosity of individuals and businesses, CFK has provided more than 40,000 computers to students in need.
CFK is also building a technology center that will make learning fun and exciting. The center will have activities that teach students in a non-traditional way. They hope to have the tech center complete in the next two years.
8540 W. Elisa St., Boise, Idaho, 208.345.0346, CFKid.org
Boise Bicycle Project
Last year donations made it possible for BBP to give 563 bicycles to kids. BBP is a nonprofit community cooperative that promotes the personal, social and environmental benefits of bicycling. BBP functions as a bicycle recycling center and educational workspace. Through education and access to affordable refurbished bicycles, BBP strives to build a stronger bicycling community.
The website is packed with information on classes, events and programs explaining how kids can earn a bicycle. BBP hosts Volunteer Nights every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Another way to help is by donating bicycles and parts in any shape, size or condition, or making a cash donation at boisebicycleproject.org.
1027 S. Lusk St., Boise, Idaho, 208.429.6520, BoiseBicycleProject.org
Life’s Kitchen provides a 16-week food service and life skills training program for young adults ages 16-20 who face significant barriers to success. Trainees gain hands-on experience through three training businesses: the café, catering and contract foods. They also provide 1,000 charitable meals a week to Interfaith Sanctuary.
How can you help? Enjoying a meal in the café or using the catering service are the best ways to contribute directly to the program because you’re providing trainees with valuable customer service and food preparation experience. Life’s Kitchen serves up a delicious lunch every Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
LK also has many volunteer opportunities including staffing fundraising events, mentoring trainees and conducting mock job interviews. Local business and community leaders can conduct workshops on a variety of topics including personal finance and budgeting, healthy relationships, housing and transportation.
1025 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho, 208.331.0199, LifesKitchen.org