Community Tides

Community Tides ~ 6/11

On this edition of Community Tides, KPTZ host Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, have a conversation with Hilary Canty, Executive Director of the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF). She not only happens to be Siobhan’s sister, but Hilary and her staff are a big part of making things happen on Orcas Island. We compare and contrast our two Foundations, and we find out more about the Island and who lives there, the trends of people coming and going, and specifically about the housing and sheltering situation on Orcas. We discuss some of OICF’s successes in that regard – in particular, a housing solution in the works on Orcas that is worth considerable discussion here in our Jefferson County communities.

Community Tides ~ 5/28

For this edition of Community Tides, Jen Kingfisher, who oversees Non-Profit Relations for the Jefferson Community Foundation, joins Chris Bricker as co-host. They discuss the most recent grant awards from the COVID Fund, and how the Fund is an example of what a community foundation does every day. Jen reviews the stats in grant awards since March of last year, including the last round of the Fund devoted to Arts and Culture. She emphasizes the importance of the nurturing effect of these grants in helping our community recover and reopen as we move out of the pandemic. The Foundation is seeking proposals that demonstrate avenues to spark communal joy and foster local community connections. The deadline is July 2.

Community Tides ~ 5/14

Co-Hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, get together in-studio for the first time since this program debuted. They look over the accomplishments the Jefferson County community have made during COVID-19 times, and how, through the generosity of so many, we’ve been able to creatively help to weather storms in education, mental health, child care, housing, food insecurity. emergency services, systemic racism, businesses, all the while aiming to be loving stewards of one another. Our own Community Radio station, KPTZ, has played a major role in connecting us all together during these times, and a 10th Birthday Celebration is definitely in order!

Community Tides ~ 4/30

Co-Hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty meet on alternate Fridays to discuss new developments, new paradigms, and the “new normal” as we flow into the months and years ahead.
There are a plethora of jobs available here in Jefferson County, and a growing number of them are unfilled. The lack of affordable workforce housing is playing a major role with this challenge. Chris and Siobhan speak with Justine Gonzalez-Berg, Director of Housing Solutions Network, and with Brian Kuh, Executive Director EDC Team Jefferson (the Economic Development Council), about the crisis, forecasts, and remedies.

Community Tides ~ 4/16

This week Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty speak with Tonia Burkett, a seasoned social justice worker with an ABD in Sociology and years of related experience. She is currently co-facilitating a Racial Justice Literacy workshop series, as well as developing anti-racist training and consulting services for non-profit organizations through her business team, Usawa Consulting. We learn about the unique needs of non-profits in this work, and about approaches to the system of philanthropy and non-profits that can bring about real opportunities for social and systemic change.

Community Tides ~ 4/02

On this edition of Community Tides, Chris Bricker and Siobhan speak with Deisy Bach, Vice President of the Jefferson County Food Bank Association, and John Cantlon, President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul for East Jefferson County. The COVID Response and Recovery Fund and its community donors have had a profound impact for families and individuals in need here in Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Food Bank and Saint Vincent’s are just two of the organizations that the Fund has helped in so many ways during the Pandemic year to address the short-term and long-term needs of our neighbors. Deisy and John relate their experiences when Pandemic hit, and talk about how the Fund helped them respond effectively and compassionately during these difficult months. Siobhan explains how listeners can continue to donate to the COVID Fund.

Community Tides ~ 3/19

Who better to talk with about what’s happening in the local arts and educational realm than Teresa Verraes, a visionary who has been a talented and vibrant contributor to to this community in so may ways! She is the Founding Director of the Port Townsend School of the Arts, and it’s in that role she joins us today, to talk about exciting happenings, including the PTSA’s recent merger with Northwind Arts Center, developments at Fort Worden’s Maker’s Square, and the much-anticipated gallery and classroom space for Building 305.

Community Tides ~ 3/06

This week on Community Tides, hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, speak with Samantha Troxler, Housing and Operations Manager for Olympic Community Action Programs, about Washington State’s Department of Commerce Eviction Rent Assistance Program. Samantha discusses the allocation that OlyCAP has received so far, and what is on the horizon for the agency. We discuss the application process, who can apply, turn-around time, what we know of local statistics, and the Program’s importance during these difficult times.

Community Tides ~ 2/19

This week on Community Tides, Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty talk about how our community has been doing generally with their mental health throughout this pandemic, particularly seniors and youth. Tanya Barnett discusses her new role as Family Resource Navigator for the YMCA of Jefferson County along with CEO Wendy Bart. We learn how the position came about, and why it’s an especially good fit for these difficult times, We discuss our community’s themes, needs and gaps, what we’re hearing from counselors and families, and learn about some of the resources that families can use to help themselves and others.

Community Tides ~ 2/05

Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty talk about the importance of keeping our energy and mental well-being in a good state as we continue to define the “new normal.” By continuing to work together we can address the challenges of navigating a constantly changing landscape. While many things in our community are going very well, there are still a lot of needs. We discuss some of the ongoing, positive efforts in our Community that are helping us face those challenges. We also talk about what the lessons in awareness we hope will “stick” as we move back out into the real world.

Community Tides ~ 1/15 Honors MLK

On this edition of Community Tides, Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty honor Dr. King by remembering his work and encouraging our local community to take action—listening to, following and supporting the leadership of people of color in Jefferson County and nationally. We celebrate the many leaders who work to end white supremacy, as we endeavor to strengthen a sense of personal responsibility for being part of systemic racism on every level (individual, community, institution, sector, nation, world).

Community Tides ~ 12/18

For the final episode of 2020, Chris Bricker and Co-Host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation, take a look at 2020, a year of great challenge, and how our community has risen to that challenge with so many solutions. They recap the year’s accomplishments in our county, and talk about the critical work that lies ahead for education, housing, food access, public health, and human rights.

Community Tides ~ 12/04

In honor of this year’s Give Jefferson Campaign, in this edition of Community Tides, we decided to spotlight a very special organization here in Jefferson County—The Benji Project. We speak with instructor Heather McCrae Wolf about the Project’s mission and its eight-week program aimed at ages 11 to 19 and their parents. It’s called “Making Friends with Yourself” and it offers stress management and resiliency training to teens, using mindfulness and self compassion. The Benji Project is dedicated to the memory of Benji Kenworthy, who died at age 15 by suicide.

Community Tides ~ 11/20

This week on Community Tides, Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty discuss the Pandemic’s shut down and its effect on local businesses, education, and our emotional health. With an uncertain forecast of government help as we turn toward the winter ahead, our creative and resilient community of good people doing good work have given us inspiration and true hope during these difficult times.

Folks are stepping up to help, and nonprofits are working the front lines. In its 65th year, the United Good Neighbors Campaign shines as an amazing and cherished tradition, where hundreds of people from all over the county make donations to help their neighbors.

Gratitude is an amazing antidote to despair. Expressing thanks is a strategy for feeling more hopeful. Thank everyone in your life and your community this year!

Community Tides ~ 11/06

This week on Community Tides, Chris and Siobhan have a conversation with serial entrepreneur and problem-solver Ben Bauermeister, who was instrumental in starting one of the largest undertakings of his non-profit career – The Connected Student Initiative.  The project’s goal is to ensure that students from low-income families find ways to connect to the internet.  It’s a big challenge in rural regions with larger low-income populations.  The times we live in have created the urgency to connect these students and their homes.  The Initiative weaves the search for technological solutions with the resources of the community at large, with project volunteers, and with our school administrators.

Community Tides ~ 10/23

Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, and Chris Bricker from KPTZ get together twice a month to talk about new developments, new paradigms, and the “new normal” facing Jefferson County as we transition toward 2021. This week on Community Tides Siobhan & Chris celebrate Good People doing Good Work.

Siobhan reports on new grants awarded from the COVID-19 Fund, and gives us a fresh and full landscape overview based on what is in the proposals – community needs for financial assistance, food, and more.

They also recognize some of the wonderful individuals behind the scenes who make Good Work happen in Jefferson County.

Community Tides ~ 10/9

Explore new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

This week on Community Tides, Chris and Siobhan speak with Sarah Rubenstein, Communications and Outreach Director for Port Townsend Schools. She’s also an integral part of the Maritime Schools Initiative.

We feel different today than we did six months ago. Parents, students, administrators, teachers and schools have faced a thousand choices and myriad changes.  Sarah discusses the planning and developments that have taken place over this time, the social and emotional aspects of it all, and the programs in place that support in the school system and its students throughout Jefferson County.

Siobhan talks about the Foundation’s involvement in this process, and she asks Sarah about how the general community can become engaged, including those in their own risk category and not able to become directly involved in helping our students.

Good news from the Foundation!  Due to a substantial anonymous donation, there will be a new round of funding from the COVID Response Fund.  Any non-profit or public-serving entity is welcome to submit funding proposals to the Foundation.

Community Tides ~ 9/25

Explore new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

Siobhan Canty and Chris Bricker talk about Jefferson Community Foundation’s new digs, and the generosity of Edensaw Woods for finding them a space. There’s funding for Black Lives Matter East Jefferson County from JCF, and Jefferson County makes local grants with Cares Act money to help with resiliency. Sadly, there’s another youth suicide, and Chris and Siobhan discuss the stress and fear parents have, and the need to reassure our young people that things will get better. There are some valuable resources to share. Chris and Siobhan also share valuable advice and information on places to contact for those experiencing domestic violence during these difficult times. There’s a new network starting for young working people in Jefferson County, called “Placemakers.” And finally, as the rains come, support for our local businesses is important to help them get through the fall and winter seasons.

Community Tides ~ 9/11

Exploring new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

On today’s Community Tides, Siobhan Canty and Chris Bricker talk about escalating real estate activity and its relationship to future outcomes in affordable housing. Housing champions have started to gather to discuss and strategize. A new childcare cooperative has started here in Port Townsend, and Siobhan gives us the details. Siobhan and Chris also discuss PT’s recent designation as a Creative District. PT has received funding to develop a plan for how we can do more to support local artists and makers. Finally, Siobhan gives us an update on the Foundation’s COVID response — moving from the COVID Fund to the United Good Neighbors campaign.

Community Tides ~ 8/28

Exploring new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

This week on Community Tides, Siobhan and Chris talk about how the Community Foundation connects people, ideas and resources as we build a future for Jefferson County. Our community has a tradition of being extraordinarily engaged and philanthropic, yet key indicators of local social health—like housing, job availability, and social isolation—are moving in the wrong direction. Solutions require a knowledge of the local landscape of organizations, and people who are working on a wide range of issues. Knowing where the strengths and gaps are is key. Siobhan and Chris shine a light on how a vibrant Staff and Board at the Foundation help to develop effective strategies with our community.

Community Tides ~ 8/14

Exploring new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

For this episode of Community Tides, Siobhan and Chris explore the state of the local economy, the return of tourists, and stronger masking enforcement for local businesses. With local sales “through the roof”, further risks and the need for solutions toward affordable housing are more evident. Back-to-school issues are a hot topic, as are the refreshing efforts that local boards of directors and staffs are doing toward the work of self-understanding and reckoning about systemic racism. Siobhan and Chris also look into the efforts of our local community mentorship service, Skillmation, and Port Townsend High School, to bring community knowledge and expertise to assist our students during this challenging time of pandemic isolation.

Community Tides ~ 7/31

Exploring new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

Today, Siobhan gave us her regular Foundation update. Then Siobhan and Chris Bricker discussed development of the new Family Resource Navigator; the next phase of COVID-19 response funding through United Good Neighbors; working from home; and the importance of mental health resources.

Jefferson Community Foundation Changes Gears

(Airdate: July 3, 2020: Introducing a new show, spinning off from the Jefferson Community Foundation’s Update feature on Tuesday’s Morning on the Salish!
Now, on alternate Fridays at 12:10pm, Chris Bricker and Co-Host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of JCF, talk about new developments, new paradigms, and the “new normal” facing Jefferson County as we roll through the last half of 2020 and into 2021.