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CLM’s Giving Goals 2016

Since 1995, businesses across the country have recognized Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a day of community service. This year, we are fortunate to be participating in the Ivie Cares program, which allows us a few days over the course of the year to volunteer for causes we love. So today, we took a moment to set our 2016 service goals. Here are some of our plans:

Becky Erickson: It’s been two years since my son died in a motorcycle crash, so I’m planning to honor his memory. First, I’ll keep donating blood through the American Red Cross, because when my son was injured, he used over 22 pints of blood in the first 24 hours in the hospital. Second, I want to work with the Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, the organization to which he donated his eyes (helping to restore sight to two people).

Mike Gerhardt: I’m an avid outdoors enthusiast, so this year, I look forward to trail maintenance and cleanup with Boise River Cleanup and Ridge to Rivers. I also love to work with the Boise Bicycle Project—they do such great work encouraging biking in our area.

Brad Surkamer: I love serving on boards as a way to lend my expertise. This year, I’ll be continuing my service to the Discovery Center of Idaho and the Eagle High Lacrosse Club.

Joelle Alexander: As part of Boise State University’s Living Learning Community, this term I’ll be counting homeless people on the streets for the City of Boise, making blankets for both the Idaho Humane Society and Boise Rescue Mission, writing Valentine’s Day for residents of elderly care homes, and raising money for cancer charity Relay for Life. Additionally, I plan to spend some time volunteering with my 4-H chapter.

Danielle Strollo: Last year I became an ambassador for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Then I bought a house and my free time disappeared into it. So this year, I’m rededicating myself to this great organization to raise money and spread awareness about domestic abuse.

Nicolet Laursen: For now, my plan is to spend one day each with Habitat for Humanity, Idaho Humane Society, and the Ridge to Rivers trail maintenance program.

Katie Miller: I too love animals like my fellow CLM-ers, so I’ll be spending some time with the Idaho Humane Society, trying not to bring another dog home while I’m at it.

Jess Ward: For the past few years I have been volunteering for the Special Olympics of Idaho and I look forward to continuing that this year. I frequently spend time in the Cascade/McCall area so I’m looking for an organization to volunteer for up there.


We’ll check back in with our goals as the year progresses. Until then, happy volunteering!

CLM | Jan 18, 2016