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2021 Community Pioneer

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Community Pioneer LogoDo you know somebody in your community serving and helping others? Nominate them as a Community Pioneer! These individuals are people who work or volunteer at a Idaho non-profit organization within our field of membership.

From community nominated individuals, Pioneer will select one winner every month and award them $1,000 for the organization they represent. Each winner will also be highlighted on our website and social media in order to spread awareness for their organization's cause.

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March Winner: Stephanie J. with Dae Lou Foundation


Our April Community Pioneewoman holding large check in front of suppliesr winner is Stephanie J. with the Dae Lou Foundation. Stephanie is an Idaho native residing in Boise. She's raising a beautiful 9-year-old daughter with her high school sweetheart and husband of 18 years! She loves her job working in a financial practice to empower women, families, and small businesses. She loves Boise so much because of the sense of community and the outdoor activities.

The Dae Lou Foundation was founded three years ago and evolved from loss into a way to promote kindness and support families with unexpected birth outcomes. Bodhi Dae was born early and was in the NICU. She was a tiny preemie and was expected to grow big, she had a perfect little 1lb 9oz body. Although she was here just 22 days, she left us with a great mission to support others in a similar position. She reminded us that even the tiniest footprint can make a huge impact. The name “Dae Lou” comes from two sisters who lost two babies, Bodhi Dae and Derek Lou who were their sweet angel babies. In honor of them, they give back, promote kindness and seek to support others in similar situations.

The foundation provides support to families with their journey through NICU with Bodhi Bags and support groups. Bodhi Bags are insulated tote bags that help transport breast milk and snacks. They contain the necessary items for a mom for her time in the NICU  including: Kleenex, hand sanitizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, a journal and pen to jot down those notes and questions for doctors and nurses, a blanket and a little bit of hope.

Donate to Dae Lou Foundation!

 

Previous Community Pioneer Winners
woman holding a giant check January Winner: Stephaniee M. with SergioStrong Corporation
young woman holding a large check February Winner: Coral S. with The Wardrobe: Treasure Valley
woman holding large check March Winner: Amy C. with Volunteers Against Violence