Notes from the Field

For community leaders in Port St. Joe, a recent research report sheds light on the challenges facing the area’s young people and ways the community can provide supports.

Through a partnership with a Catholic parish, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is improving the health of thousands of uninsured residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Summer has a whole new feel for young people in the small coastal town of Port St. Joe, Florida, where summer camps and summer work internships are creating new opportunities in underserved neighborhoods.

In Edgemoor Gardens, a once-dilapidated 1940s-era neighborhood on the outskirts of Wilmington, Delaware, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund is partnering with the University of Delaware and the Federal Home Loan Bank to support resident-led revitalization efforts.

Tipping the Scale, a Fund-supported mentoring and job-training program for teens, features a unique partnership between local businesses and a local nonprofit. It was featured at the November annual meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is the predominant provider of before-and after-school care in Delaware and a frequent partner for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund’s efforts to increase opportunities for children and youth.

In the last six years, the EITC campaign spearheaded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has had a major economic impact on Jacksonville, creating 204 jobs and adding millions of dollars to the local economy, according to a study by Jacksonville University.

The dogs roaming the grounds of the state prison in rural Wewahitchka, Florida can sit, stay, heel and come on command. What else can they do? They can help inmates get their lives back on track, through a Jessie Ball duPont Fund-supported program called DAWGS.