Who We Help
Our ever-increasing community assistance programs vary and are supported by generous donations from benefactors and members of our community. Some of our most successful initiatives include:
Back to School Program
This annual program is devoted to providing backpacks, school supplies, and shoes for hundreds of Bonner County students each September. Back to School was founded to assist limited income school children in Bonner County, ensuring they have the supplies they need to flourish in their education. We are able to provide these supplies to the children through the generous support of the community. We have received wonderful support from Staples, Sandpoint Super Drug and Walmart.
Established in 2002 as a grass roots program sustained by local corporate and community donations, Back to School has quadrupled over the years, now requiring grant funding along with continued community and corporate support.
Initially, the program provided school supplies to about 20 children; currently, we provided school supplies to approximately 900 children! Each year, the need to help limited income children increases and we extend our deepest gratitude to the humble patrons of our community who continue to ensure students begin the school year with the supplies they need to succeed.
Due to Covid-19, supplies will be available at each school in Bonner County. Please inquire at the front office if your child needs supplies.
Lippi Family Scholarship
The Ivano’s Italian Open Golf Scramble has provided financial help for several years to Bonner County graduating seniors who choose to pursue college or trade school. This scholarship has been awarded annually to students who exhibit determination, courage, and a desire to continue their education in the face of less than perfect conditions.
This year with the Covid-19 uncertainties, scholarship awards and student plans have been particularly challenging. Yet, $3,450 was spread among the following students at three Bonner County Schools. Sandpoint High School: Connor Hutchings, Paige Lanie, Angelina Peebles, Clark Fork High School: Charles Abbott, Kobi Dooley, Rebecca Nielsen, and Priest River High School: Lily Bombino.
We congratulate these students and all the 2020 graduates, hoping their prospects will improve as our world gets this virus under control.
Please watch for more information to participate in this coming year’s Ivano’s Italian Open Golf Scramble to be held September 11th to continue the tradition of supporting high school seniors through this scholarship.
Angels Over Sandpoint Arts Scholarship is open to any high school student in Bonner County, including home-schooled students. It is not necessary to be a senior to apply. The $1,000 scholarship can be used for private classes, materials, tuition, and other education related expenses.
Each year, the focus changes to cover all aspects of the arts, including:
2020 Focus was Dance/Theater
Still frame from April's video submission
April Radford, 2020 Arts Scholarship recipient, is a classically trained free expression dancer who choreographs her own work for competitions, and has been awarded meritoriously in competitions from Seattle to Phoenix.
April is a 2020 graduating senior from Sandpoint High School. She has maintained a 3.8 GPA, and is enrolled in the University of Utah as an art major focusing on the sociology of fine arts, and the influence of the arts in cultures and social movements.
Community Service Scholarship
The Angels Over Sandpoint created the Community Service Scholarship to acknowledge Bonner County graduating seniors who have contributed to our community through service to individuals or groups, by establishing new and innovative programs to better the community, or other acts of kindness on their own initiative. We are able to do this through the generous donations we receive from the community supporting our events.
The Angels Over Sandpoint encourages not only community service as a member of a service group, but the individual initiative to assist a person who needs help or comfort. Both of our recipients this year fit the individual criteria.
This year we awarded the Community Service Scholarship to two deserving students:
Lily Bombino, Priest River High School for her compassionate outreach to help a disabled veteran and for her kindness to an elderly neighbor over the years.
Makenna Caven, Sandpoint High School for not only assisting at the Angels Over Sandpoint’s back to school program, but for her empathy and kindness in helping fellow students who were not as fortunate as herself.
Both Students exemplify what it is to be a good citizen in the community. The entire class of 2020 makes us proud of the young people living here.
Community Assistance Partnerships
We assist residents of Bonner County with a variety of needs. We strive to ease individuals and families through difficult times in their lives in any way possible in the tradition of Kathy Pelland.
We work in conjunction with other organizations in our community to provide assistance in the following areas:
Rent & utilities
Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health assistance
If you are in need of assistance, please call Sandpoint Community Resource Center at 208-920-1840 to be pointed in the right direction.
Kinderhaven Tree Auction
The Angels Over Sandpoint participate annually in the Kinderhaven Festival of Trees Auction. This event raises operating funds for Kinderhaven - a group foster home and emergency shelter for children in crisis.
Each year, the Angels pick a theme and hand-craft all the ornaments to decorate a 6'tree for the auction. Members spend hours on Saturdays for 5-6 weeks before the auction being creative, laughing and making a big mess. This is one of our favorite activities!
Each year the Angels Over Sandpoint partner with the Sandpoint Rotary to provide a rest stop for bicyclists in the CHAFE 150, a bike ride for charity through beautiful North Idaho. Angel members provide a lunch stop in Troy, Montana. Members bake healthy, high energy treats to accompany the lunch served up by our amazing volunteers at our station. It is a great opportunity for the Angels to help support the Rotarians and the chosen cause, autism support and literacy support in our LPO local school district.
Our Community Partners putting Angel funds to good use
Department of Health & Welfare, Resource & Service Navigation
The Angels provide regular funding for rent and utilities support to the local Resource and Service Navigation department of Idaho Health and Welfare. This funding supports Bonner County residents who need assistance beyond what other area resources can offer. Due to the Angel’s involvement, many other local community resource providers are willing to collaborate to ensure that applicants’ needs are met. This collaborative approach has made a difference in MANY lives.
Kaniksu Health Services
The Angels also provide regular funding to Kaniksu Health Services, a local non-profit community health center that offers high quality, cost-effective, preventative, and primary health care to all populations, regardless of insurance status. Angels' funds are used for year-round behavioral health counseling in the absence of school counselors for elementary and middle school students in the Lake Pend Oreille School District including classroom lessons along with small group and individual counseling sessions that address bullying, social skills, problem-solving, conflict resolution, physical safety, and empathy building. The Angel’s funds are also used to offset costs for dental care for local veterans who are unable to travel to Spokane to receive care.
Priest River Ministries
Advocates for Women
The Angels provide regular funding for Priest River Ministries-Advocates for Women, the only shelter program for domestic and sexual violence in Bonner County with offices in both Sandpoint and Priest River. The Angels’ funds are used to shelter women and children and provide transportation service so survivors can escape violent situations, attend medical or legal appointments or school, and visit the grocery store. These clients are extremely vulnerable and rely on support to turn their lives around and avoid further abuse.