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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 9B Local community foundation forms in Plumas County We all have dreams, but it's often challenging to make our dreams a reality. A 34- year resident of Plumas County, however, has made a long-held desire to help her community come true. In May of this year, Colleen McKeown filed paperwork with the state of California to establish The Common Good Community Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to provide financial support to local organizations and non- profits working to improve the quality of life within Plumas County. Specifically, The Common Good Community Founda- tion will provide support to organizations that focus on the arts, senior services, edu- cation, animal welfare, and medical transportation ser- vices and assistance. "Having been involved with several nonprofits over the years, I am well aware of the funding challenges such organizations face in Plumas County," said McKeown, adding that it is often diffi- cult for organizations in small, rural counties to suc- cessfully compete for grants and other sources of funding. Creating a local communi- ty foundation to help provide funding to worthy causes is something McKeown has long hoped to achieve. To bring her dream to fruition, she herseff made a substan- tial initial donation but hopes to attract other simi- larly motivated community members to contribute to the foundation. McKeown's short-term goal is to firmly establish the foundation as a viable and solid organization within the Plumas County community. Her long-term goal is to have it become self-sustaining through donations and grants. Because the foundation is a volunteer organization, it will not incur expenses such as salaries, benefits or office rent. McKeown's objective is for all funds received by the foundation to be used locally to enrich life within Plumas County. "I'm excited to get the foun- dation off the ground, and I feel fortunate to have an en- thusiastic and dedicated board of directors to work with," she remarked. In addi- tion to McKeown, the board consists of Susan Chris- tensen, Jeanne Fagliano, Car- ol Snow and Sally Yost. "We all care about Plumas County and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to make a difference in the communi- ty where we live," McKeown added. To kick off its first season of giving, The Common Good Community Foundation will make several donations in December to a number of or- ganizations and nonprofits within Plumas County. Beginning in 2013, the foun- dation will have two funding cycles per year: one in May/June, the other in No- vember/December. Organiza- tions will be asked to com- plete a funding request form beginning in 2013 in order to be considered for funding. The board is currently working on website develop- ment, and the funding re- quest form will be available online in time for the May/June funding cycle. "'Enriching Plumas Coun- ty Through Giving' is The Common Good Community Foundation's slogan, and with the help of the commu- nity, our goal is to do just that," McKeown commented, For additional information or to make a donation, con- tact McKeown at common- goodplumas@gmail.com. Open house planned for new rescue site On Saturday, Dec. 15, the volunteers of Friends of Plumas County Animals will welcome everyone to an open house at our new facili- ty at 2163 E. Main St. in East Quincy. It has been truly heartwarming to see the combined efforts of the gen- eral Public and the dedicated volunteers in transforming the little building we are housed in into a warm, com- fortable, safe haven for ani- mals and an inviting place for people to gather and vis- it. There are so many people to thank for the revitaliza- tion of the site -- Plumas Painting for the donation of all the paint; Sally and Ray Nichol for the washer and dryer donation and Sally for the great curtains; Rob Gim- bel for the creative installa- tion of the appliances; Dave Reynolds for his time and work cleaning the donated carpeted cat gym; Rusty Stover for all the electrical work; Marisa and Jon Busse- len for the utility sinks; Piers and Faith Strailey for moving the amazing cat play.gym they developed and built from the county shelter to our facility; and all the recipients of the free food program who have come forward and helped hang the overhead sign, fix the toilet, move pet food and do other odd jobs around the facility. This has been a very positive project for our group and for the communi- ty and animals we serve. Please join us Dec. 15, any- time between noon and 3 p.m., at our open house. We would love to show you the improvements, share with you the planned projects for the dog spaces and cat yards, feast on some homemade goodies and some warm drinks and honor your sup- port of our good work. Friends currently has four baby kittens in rescue: a cream Siamese female, two "bob" tailed tabbies -- one female and one male -- and a gorgeous female calico. We also ha,e a very personable older cat, Gabe, who has ANIMAL TALES FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS been with us since we moved into the site. So far, Friends has been very successful in adopting out our cats -- in the last month cats Dyson: Louie, Rosie, Rocky and As- pen are now living in perma- nent, loving homes thanks to the work of Friends of PC Animals. We have also given out 22 vouchers toward spay/neuter surgeries this month and have another eight available to help with the cost of those surgeries. Friends work continues as long as we have donations available to us. Please re- member us in your end-of- year "I could use a tax de- duction" thoughts -- we are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-de- ductible. In addition to our animal work, Friends of PC Ani- mals is participating in the Socks for Seniors project and plans to distribute col- lected socks to the residents of the local Quincy nursing home in time for Christmas. Nothing nicer than a pair of foot warmers to warm the heart... We need donations of new socks for this endeav- or and the basket to put your gift in is at our new facility -- 2163 E. Main. Please help make this season a bit more personal by thinking of one of our elderly whose spirits might be lifted by one kind deed. Friends of PC Animals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corpora- tion and all donations are tax-deductible. No one in Friends gets a salary and no money is spent on adminis- trative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, CA 95971. Thank you for your contin- ued support -- hope to see you Dec. 15! The Common Good Community Foundation's board of directors meets in November to choose recipients of the foundation's initial grants. From left: Sally Yost, Carol Snow, Colleen McKeown, Jeanne Fagliano and Susan Christensen. Photo courtesy Susan Christensen ) We're asking each of you to spend at least 100 of your holiday shopping budget right here in Plumas County, Why? If each of our readers* spent $100 in Plumas County it would put $1,853,000 back into our local economy, We would be keeping our money here., ,right here in our own community, We can do this even with simple things like getting our cars serviced or our hair done before we travel, *Based on an average of two readers per newspaper. Help your community prosper by shopping locally, If you do, we will all be helping each other, Isn't that what the holidays are all about? FEATHER PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. 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