Nonprofits receive education grants

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Posted 4/12/21

The Russell Family Foundation recently announced the recipients of $700,000 in grants from its Environmental Education Fund.

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The Russell Family Foundation recently announced the recipients of $700,000 in grants from its Environmental Education Fund.

The grants to 26 organizations include $25,000 to Jefferson County-based Port Townsend Marine Science Center and $25,000 to Puget Sound Voyaging Society.

The organization’s Environmental Education Fund aims to increase access to outdoor environmental learning opportunities for youth throughout the Puget Sound.

“These environmental education grants will support both in-person and virtual programs as nonprofits continue to adapt to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kathleen Simpson, CEO of the foundation. “The role these organizations play in the lives of youth is crucial as we nurture the next generation of environmental and community leaders.”

With a mission to support the next generation of environmental stewards, each grant aims to better the relationship between humankind and the natural world.

Each of the 26 grantees have a strategy for supporting and encouraging stewardship, according to the foundation.

Aiming to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center provides programs that offer first-hand experiences in the marine environment. Its grant will be used to continue its virtual, hybrid and in-person outdoor programs and activities for students in the area.

By giving youth the job and life skills they need through mentorship, Puget Sound Voyaging Society’s Community Boat Project is a partnership working to build a stronger community, according to the foundation. Its grant funding will be used to support general operations of the Voyaging/Sailor Scientist, Community Builders and Shelter from the Storm programs.

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