Each year, an estimated 200,000 men and women leave the military and transition to civilian life. To create better opportunities for military and military spouses to excel in Idaho, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation created Mission43. Introduced in 2016, Mission43 brings together three premier veterans organizations focused on the pillars of education, employment, purpose, and connection.
As the employment pillar partner organization with Mission43, Hire Heroes USA gives military members, veterans and military spouses the resources they need to succeed in their transition to the civilian workforce. In 2017, they assisted over 250 Idaho veterans and spouses in finding employment in careers averaging more than $52,000 per year.
Bogus Basin Recreational Association, Inc. is a 501 c(3) charitable organization, created by the Boise community in 1942 to provide accessible, affordable, and fun mountain recreation and educational opportunities. In 2017, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation provided the lead gift to help fully fund the area’s 10-year master plan to become a true year-round recreation destination; supporting specific efforts that will provide for snowmaking and further sustainability.
The Boise Whitewater Park is a paddler’s paradise located along the Boise River near downtown. The publicly owned whitewater park is operated by the City of Boise and features waves for surfing or kayaking year-round. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has donated nearly $4 million to help fund both the initial construction of the park, as well as additional wave, water feature, river bank and spectator area enhancements, which are on track for completion in Spring 2019.
Rhodes Park is a premier Northwest skateboarding destination with more than an acre of covered concrete skateable terrain. Designed by world-renowned Grindline Skateparks, the park provides a place for Treasure Valley children, teens, and families of all skating abilities to learn, create, challenge and socialize. With the success of the X Games Park Qualifier held at Rhodes in 2017, the Road to X Games will return again in June 2018. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, alongside the Boise Skateboard Association and the City of Boise, funded and facilitated the community collaboration and partnership.
A $4 million lead gift to the Treasure Valley Family YMCA is helping to create a first-of-its-kind facility in south Meridian. This collaborative project with the city park, healthcare system, and public school is already transforming the local community. The campus, which anticipates opening in early Summer 2018, will be home to a YMCA, an elementary school, a gym, and a park. Future plans also include the addition of an aquatics center.
Higher Ground Sun Valley is one of the nation’s premier rehabilitation programs serving military personnel and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), through week-long therapeutic recreation camps held 13 times per year. With a gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, additional adaptive sports equipment has been made available for the men and women who served our country so they may continue to enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities in Idaho’s great outdoors.
In support of a unique collaboration between Future Public School and the Boys & Girls Club Moseley Center in Garden City, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation provided a gift to support the remodel and expansion of the club’s kitchen and cafeteria to accommodate the students’ shared use of these facilities. The construction is planned to be completed prior to the anticipated Future Public School opening date for the Fall of 2018.