May 2019 - $7,750
Our 13th donation: Friends of Seward Park
The all-volunteer Friends of Seward Park works to preserve the unique habitat and cultural legacy of this historic park and its one hundred acres of rare old-growth forest. For five years a group of citizens and volunteer scientists associated with Seward have struggled to understand the tragic die-off of sword ferns in Seward’s Magnificent Forest. The ferns are a dominant and crucial under-story plant whose loss poses a grave threat to the overall health of the forest. Countless volunteer hours of lab and field work have not identified the cause, but outreach throughout the Puget Sound has taught us that the die-off is now regional - and a spreading - phenomenon.
February 2019 - $6,850
Our 12th donation: Athletes as Leaders
Athletes As Leaders™ is a program for high school athletes on girls’ sports teams. The program aims to empower female-identified youth to take an active role in promoting healthy relationships and ending sexual violence. Athletes are encouraged to be leaders in changing social norms at the school to a culture of safety and respect.