Jump to main content
Routing # 324173383

Community Pioneer

Group of adults all holding large checks and four youth in camo military uniforms

A Community Pioneer is someone who is giving, leading, inspiring or volunteering - making a difference in our community!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 winners who received a combined total of $15,000!

Group of four adults holding a giant check in the middle of a park

Pete S.
The Sandbar Restaurant with a Cause

Pete believes it is important for the community to take care of one another. He noticed the Senior Center was struggling and wanted to do something to help. The Sandbar, in a beautiful location in Marsing, was empty and closed. A year and a half ago, Pete opened The Sandbar Restaurant with a Cause. All proceeds from the restaurant, catering, programs and services go directly to benefit disabled people, veterans, and older adults in Marsing and surrounding areas by providing meals to those in need. Last year alone they were able to serve more than 11,000 meals in the community.

Man in a fedora hat holding a giant check with four youth in camo military uniforms

Jose N.
Young Marines

Years ago, Jose and his son were watching a parade in Nampa when they saw kids dressed in Marine uniforms marching through the street. His then 4-year-old son asked questions about the kids marching. They fould out that it was a Young Marines program, and children had to be 8 years old to join. His son held onto a brochure about the Young Marines for the next four years, and on his 8th birthday presented it to his dad. He said he wanted to join the organization. Seven years later, Jose and his entire family are involved with the Captain Art Jackson Young Marines.

Older man wearing a Boise State hat holding a giant check from Pioneer

Doug R.
Wish Granters

In 2010, Doug started Wish Granters, a unique and local non-profit organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults. Their first wish was granted in December 2010. Since then, they have granted more than 300 wishes to community members in Ada and Canyon County. Doug says, "when you see a wish happen, the emotional lift it gives the person receiving the wish is an amazing sight. Reactions like this don't happen unless the community gets behind the efforts and supports the wishes in need of granting. It makes a person feel good when they can help make a difference and give a sick person something to lift their spirits." With the prize money, Wish Granters can continue to make sure wish needs are met!

A man and a woman holding a giant check from Pioneer

Wendy Jo A.
Operation Grateful Hearts

Wendy Jo comes from a military family with a proud history of service dating back to WWI. Tragedy struck her family 25 years ago as her brother served in the military, and she was exceedingly grateful for the wave of support and assistance they received. Since then, Wendy Jo has dedicated her time giving back to military families in the Treasure Valley to help them during times of need. She started sponsoring a family for Christmas right after her brother passed away to honor his birthday on December 18th. In 2017, with her efforts and help from the community, they were able to give to 105 families during the holidays. Wendy Jo officially opened her non-profit in January 2018. They also assist families throughout the year with money for utilities and groceries when needed.

Woman with brown hair and a blue shirt holding a giant check from Pioneer

Tamara P.
Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy

While employed as a law enforcement officer, Tamara dealt with a lot of domestic cases. She loved the feeling of knowing she helped a child or prevented them from being part of a bad situation. When she moved to Idaho, she knew she wanted to continue helping children, so she started working with the Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (INCAC). She has served as the director of INCAC for the past year and a half. They serve as one of the premier child welfare organizations in the state. They raise awareness for child abuse, serve as a liaison with state agencies, and solicit funding for the continued longevity of each center. They also provide community training on various topics related to child abuse - education and awareness are key elements to preventing child abuse.

Thank you for moving our community forward and making Community Pioneer a success!