Kenai Peninsula Borough

Grantee Stories

This small library leaves a large footprint

My first memory is of my mother’s forefinger skimming beneath the words, “Once upon a time, in a faraway land, lived a beautiful princess named Snow White. She had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.” In that moment, I fell in love with words, and I have never fallen out of it.

Grantee Stories

Nurturing the creative outpourings of local folk

Enter, with me, the art room at West Homer Elementary School, where Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy is slicing up slabs of clay in preparation for a class in “exercises in imagination.”

And here come the kids–twenty-one third-graders, streaming into the room.

Grantee Stories

Haven House

Haven House is a very special place here on the South Kenai Peninsula. Many lives are saved in this humble little clapboard building. Many lives are indeed begun anew. From personal experience (hey, all art is personal, right?) I have been impressed by the casual yet passionate way with which Peg Tileman (the former executive director featured here) and staff deal with domestic violence across all walks of life.

Initiative News

Nice day for bill signing

It's a sunny day in Kenai and just right for a ceremony that has become as American as apple pie. The bill signing. Today's post by President and CEO Diane Kaplan captures impressions of the signing ceremony for HB 75, legislation that's win-win-win all around.

Grantee Updates

Key ingredients for a successful event

On a gorgeous, sunny day that organizers couldn’t have arranged any better, Camp Fire and about 100 of its closest friends gathered to celebrate the culmination of a five year effort. To the casual observer the day was seamless and perfect, which, of course, is exactly the way you want your donors to feel walking away from an event. But each well-thought-out detail and smooth transition was the result of somebody’s hard work. Here are some key ingredients that make such events a success:

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