May 4 is the “ Big Day of Giving” and an opportunity to make donations that make big difference to the Winters Community. The following are the Winters organizations in this year’s Big DOG and a little information about what they do.
Winters Education Foundation (WEF):
Winters Education Foundation sponsors a small grant program each year which encourages all teachers to apply for money to advance pet projects. WEF has sponsored speakers from outside the District, has subsidized student transportation to arts and lectures, and has purchased musical instruments, reading material, mathematics tools, etc.
WEF has incredible leadership who have facilitated partnerships with amazing results. They were a key part of the technology project at Winters Middle School which brought computers to the entire 6th grade. They have maximized resources for students and provide support to advancing the quality of education in Winters.
Center for Land Based Learning:
The Center for Land Based Learning is a nationally recognized farm education organization which has literally put Winters on the map for excellence in educating folks about where their food comes from. Click HERE to go to their website and click HERE to donate.
From bringing farms to the urban environment to watershed education, the Center for Land Based Learning helps educate students about farming, leadership and the environment. The Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship (SLEWS) Program engages California high school students and teachers in meaningful environmental stewardship that allows students to practice scientific skills, learn from natural resource professionals, and expand on classroom concepts, while accomplishing real habitat restoration projects on farms, ranches and open spaces. They also are bringing farms into the urban core, with the promotion of neighborhood gardens through the region.
They absolutely represent the excellence which is Winters!
Winters Theatre Company:
They entertain us in so many ways and bring home into the “hometown” which is Winters. Annually, the Winters Theatre Company brings many an opportunity to act and sing but the many plays and functions which bring our community together. May 4-6, they will have their dinner theatre production “Murder and Café Noir”. Click HERE to go to their website and click HERE to donate.
Winters Friends of the Library:
WFoL is really as star in the Winters Community, bringing literacy, speakers programs and additional hours to the Winters Community Library. Few organizations contribute as much to the town as WFoL. This year, all donations from the Big DOG will go toward Project Playground and the rehabilitation of the Shakespeare Stage at City Park.
Winters Farm to School Program:
Western Yolo County produces some of the finest food in the world, yet we still have hunger and nutrition issues happening right in our towns. The Winters Farm to School Program raises funds to improve and address that. Their mission has three interrelated emphases:
– To raise funds to provide fresh, local produce, fruits and nuts for our children’s school food program
– To educate children about the positive, long-term health benefits of healthy eating habits
– To reconnect children to the rich, deeply rooted agricultural heritage in the community
To donate to the Winters Farm to School, click HERE.
Putah Creek Council:
In the past 30 years, few organizations have made a more profound positive impact on the ecological restoration and riparian education as the Putah Creek Council. This organization has literally brought salmon back to Winters and facilitated the enhancement of habitat in ways people could only dream about. They provide education, experience and restoration projects along Putah Creek which have caught the attention of some of the most renowned biologists who are amazed at what has occurred.
Click HERE to visit their webpage and see for yourself why donating to the PCC is important.
Donations to these organizations is an investment in our future. Time to get your credit card out and help these groups do great things!