Just Serve

JustServe.org has a chance at happiness for everyone. According to an article from Time.com, the secret to happiness is helping people. But according to an article from the Stanford Center for Longevity, although more than 90% of people want to volunteer, only about 1 out of 4 Americans do. Stanford's researchers found three common barriers to volunteering. The first is the…

Fairies and Formals

Once upon a time, a girl wished to attend a ball, but she had nothing to wear! As she looked at her dresses, she grew distressed. What would she do? She didn't have a trillion dollars for a formal! Suddenly, a magical lady appeared and whisked the girl away, fairy-like, to the closet where she kept her most lovely ballgowns. The girl…

Golfing for Charity

A day out at Warm Springs Golf Course served a dual purpose on March 30. The Golf “Fore” Vets tournament featured bogeys, birdies, the occasional bad slice and 68 golfers raising money for the Wishes for Warriors Corp.

Literally Priceless

 “Your son has a brain tumor.”  These are words a parent never wants to hear. It is difficult to imagine the impact such news would have on your life. The tumor would become the center of your universe, all life orbiting around it. The fears, tears, endless questions and doctor appointments; the medical bills beyond anything you know how to…

Volunteer Opportunities

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  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

changing lives

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. There are many St. Jude patients…

St. Luke’s 
Santa’s Toy Box

 “Your child has diabetes.”  These are words that no parent ever wants to hear. However, it is estimated that more than 15,000 children will face such a diagnosis each year. Diabetes is a life-altering diagnosis for the entire family.  It means blood-sugar testing 5-10 times a day, careful carbohydrate counting, insulin injections every time they eat, and constantly checking their health to…

Ride On!

The City of Trees, known as Boise, is a bike-friendly environment with access to the Boise Green Belt that intertwines near the river, colleges and parks. Out of such an environment has arisen the Boise Bicycle Project. This organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community cooperative group that works to make sure everyone has access to a bike, regardless of income…

A Slice of Hospitality

Jim Temple is a retired World War II Navy veteran who just celebrated his 90th birthday at Overland Court Senior Living and Memory Care in Boise.

Third World Coffee with a Cause

Sometimes the love of great coffee, like the kind you get at Starbucks, Thomas Hammer or Dutch Bros., feels like a guilty pleasure. "Did I just spend five dollars on a Flat White?" Well, yes you did and you liked it. Consider however, that the proceeds from your indulgence (some would say necessity) went to a worthy cause. This concept…

on a Cure

In 2010 a little boy named Bodhi Gavin Moore, from Emmett, Idaho, lost his five year battle with childhood leukemia. He was six years old and loved Star Wars, the Boise State University Broncos, his fort, and teasing his cat. His parents, Cahn and Meleah Moore, along with other family and friends in the Treasure Valley and with employees of…

Wine, Women & Shoes

When you think of the Idaho Youth Ranch (IYR), you probably think about their two dozen thrift stores – easy places to pick up quirky accessories for your Halloween costume, find unusual vintage dishes for cheap, or the perfect spot to donate boxes of unnecessary household clutter. What you may not know is that the Idaho Youth Ranch has been…

Create Common Good

When someone who is struggling finds a place of stability, an entire community can benefit. Local non-profit Create Common Good does exactly what its name suggests—help communities improve. “Our main mission is to help people with barriers to employment by providing food service job training and placement,” says Kelly Parker, Director of Community Engagement. “As long as someone is willing…

Bringing Cycling to 
Treasure Valley Youth

Treasure Valley youth who are passionate about pedal power have a unique opportunity in Boise. The Boise Young Rider Development Squad (BYRDS) sponsors, coaches, and supports area youth interested in cycling—that includes road biking, mountain biking, and cyclo-cross (basically a bicycle obstacle course)—either competitively or recreationally. Riders are encouraged to be involved with all three types of cycling.

Idaho Humane Society: Making a Difference

As the Treasure Valley hums through summer enjoying all the incredible events and limitless outdoor activities the area has to offer, the Idaho Humane Society is also running on all engines with the influx of homeless pets that summer brings to the shelter.

Refugees grow community gardens

Want to make a difference here in our community? Global Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping refugees from Somalia, Burundi, Congo and Burma to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Bosnia and beyond. These refugees are provided with a garden spot on donated land where they can learn agricultural practices and raise food for their families.

Triumph Over Trials

Eric Moore’s toes cling to a half inch of rock 200 feet above the ground. Struggling, Moore fails to find his next hand hold. Friends and family cheer him on as he makes another attempt. He reaches farther scanning for a place in the solid granite to wedge his fingers. He fails. He fails again. Finally his fingers find their…

Helping the Treasure Valley through The Black Door

Local Organization Focuses on Giving not Recognition Article Nikelle Wood Photography Tom Hamilton TheBlackDoor.org is a ‘For-Purpose’ Organization that believes ordinary people can create extraordinary change! After years of donating both time and money to various events with purpose, we noticed that there was a consistent absence of two things— privacy and connection. Realizing this … Continued

‘Brief’ Run, BIG party

Boise’s 2nd Annual Cupid’s Undie Runners Hits the Streets of Downtown Boise this Valentine’s Day Article Amy Pence-Brown Photography Provided As soon as doctors gave Hayley Brown’s three-month old baby girl, Nora, the official, spine-chilling diagnosis – Neurofibromatosis 1 – Brown knew she had to do something to help her daughter, so she decided to … Continued