Volunteering

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Treefort Music Fest would not be possible without the help of volunteers. When the indie music festival began in 2012, about 100 people offered to help get it started. This year, 600 volunteers will donate their time to Treefort. 

Volunteers allowed the festival to go from three days and 130 bands, to five days with more than 400 bands. Other genres like writing, film, and technology have also been added over the years.

For the ninth year in a row, Utah residents are number one, in terms of volunteering their time.

Utah ranks number one on the annual, “Volunteering and Civic Life in America Report,” put out by the federal government. Close to 45 percent of Utahns volunteer, and they contribute about 155 million hours of service.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

By various measures, Idaho is a generous state. Wallet Hub finds Idaho is the third-most generous state when it comes to charitable giving. The Chronicle of Philanthropy finds Idahoans give more than residents of every surrounding state except Utah. Idahoans are also eager to give their time.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.  

Court Appointed Special Advocates

A program advocating for abused or neglected children in southern Idaho says there are too many cases for volunteers to handle.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports there are only 67 trained volunteer advocates in the region's Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

But 525 children from the region surrounding Twin Falls were abused or neglected so badly in 2012 they had to be removed from their homes.

Currently, there are more than 100 children without a volunteer.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Louise Nagel has seen her share of destruction. The Red Cross volunteer has responded to floods in Wisconsin and Montana, and hurricanes in Texas and the Northeast.

But this is the first time the Boise resident has dealt with the path left by a tornado – let alone the two-mile-wide path left by last Monday’s twister in Moore, Okla.

Idaho Rangeland Budget Approved By Committee

Mar 1, 2013
Aaron Kunz

Idaho ranchers looking to help fight rangeland fires near their homes received a funding nod from lawmakers this Thursday.

The Idaho Budget committee unanimously approved $400-thousand dollars for more volunteer rangeland fire protection associations. The money was requested by Governor Butch Otter in January.

Idaho currently has one fire association, in Mountain Home. Three more are proposed for Owyhee, Elmore, and Twin Falls counties. Graig Glazier is with the Idaho Department of Lands. He says that’s a good start.

Idaho Volunteers Honor Veterans' Graves With Wreaths

Dec 14, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

More than 2,000 wreaths will be placed on the graves of Idaho veterans Friday.  The decorations are part of the annual Wreaths Across America project. 

About 30 volunteers with the Idaho Civil Air Patrol recently gathered at an airport hangar in Nampa to make sure that every grave would have a wreath this year. One of those volunteers was Rhonda Rook. 

When asked about her process for securing fresh evergreen boughs in an old metal wreath frame, Rook laughed.

lapwaidistrict.org

Sunday is Father’s Day, when we think about all the things our dads have done for us. In one north Idaho community  dads are trying to do a lot more for their school and their kids.

Leotis McCormack’s 9 year old son started getting in trouble at school last fall. That did not go over well with McCormack, an officer with the Nez Perce Tribal Police in Lapwai. But it wasn’t just his son, many of his son’s friends were acting out at school as well. McCormack wanted to help.