Current and Past Charities

Current Charity

2017 The Jesse Tree of Idaho is the designated 2017 Silver Sage Charity

The Jesse Tree of Idaho is truly excited to be the recipient of the Silver Sage Porsche Club’s charitable giving support for 2017. Jesse Tree is thankful for the generous spirit in which the Club supports and improves the Boise community. Your 2017 philanthropic efforts will have a significant impact in preventing homelessness in the Treasure Valley.

The mission of The Jesse Tree of Idaho is to work pro-actively to prevent homelessness in our Ada and Canyon County communities. For $500 or less, the Jesse Tree can keep a family housed and financially sufficient after one-time rental assistance is offered. The Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance program (“ERMA”) is geared toward renters with a history of self-sufficiency, who may be experiencing a temporary set-back. By providing a “leg up,” the Jesse Tree allows its clients to avoid the instability, stigma, and physical danger that come with homelessness. A successful intervention through the ERMA program allows young children to remain safe in their homes, and lets them stay in their same schools.

In addition to rental assistance, the ERMA program provides households that have a history of rental stability and a means to self-sufficiency, but who are at imminent risk of eviction due to a setback, with case management and referral services. One of Jesse Tree’s licensed social workers meets one on one with each client to manage the case, exploring and addressing barriers to housing and self-sufficiency. Referrals are given by the social worker to allow clients to access additional resources in the community. Even if Jesse Tree cannot provide rental assistance to an individual, we work with them to provide assistance whether it be referrals, toiletries, or a gas or clothing voucher.

Beyond the human and emotional impact described above, the ERMA program results in significant financial benefits to the community, saving valuable resources which can be directed to other human services. The Idaho Housing and Finance Association estimates that it costs $3,500 to $4,000 to provide one-time services to a homeless individual, and more for homeless families. For a fraction of that cost, Jesse Tree can use one-time rental assistance to keep a family safely housed and financially sufficient.

Without the generous support of our volunteers and community partners, our many successful interventions would not be possible. If you or someone you know is interested in or volunteering or sponsoring, please contact the Jesse Tree at 208-841-1558 or


Prior community charities

2016 Miles of Smiles is Silver Sage Designated Charity for 2016

After consideration of several excellent candidates for selection as the Silver Sage Region’s designated recipient of our charity efforts for 2016, the Board selected Miles of Smiles. Our efforts this year, culminating in our November fund-raising dinner and auction, will focus on supporting this worthy charity.

Miles of Smiles is a children’s free dental clinic. It operates out of a mobile dental van that provides services to the area’s underserved children. It consists of a self-contained, two-chair dental motor home that relies on volunteer dentists and dental hygienists within the community to provide services to children attending public schools in lower-income areas during school hours. Second- and sixth-grade students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and have no regular dentist are eligible to receive care. Preventive and diagnostic services (comprehensive exams, digital x-rays, dental cleanings, oral health instructions, sealants, fluoride and varnish applications) are all provided without cost.

Although local health professionals donate their time and services, monetary and other donations are needed to keep the mobile dental van on the road. Besides cash, toothbrushes and other dental supplies can be donated.

Miles of Smiles can be reached at 2976 E. State St., Eagle, ID 83616, at (208) 392-8181, or at

Porsche Club members donated $16, 736 to the Miles of Smiles program.

2015 Book it Forward! Idaho (BiF!I) collects, cleans, and distributes “gently used” children’s book to families who would otherwise not have access to them.  (Low-income homes have an average of one book for every 300 children.  By comparison, in middle- and high-income homes, each child has an average of 50 books.)  Studies show that the availability of reading material in the home is directly associated with children’s achievement in reading, and that reading competency is critical by the third grade.  BiF!I will be building “Little Free Libraries” and place them by at-risk schools, buy several collection boxes to generate more incoming books, and buy dual-language books.  To learn more visit: . Porsche Club Chapter contributed $14,260 to Book It Forward Idaho  book
2014 The Boise Community Stars are one of two Special Olympics teams in the Boise area. Many of the families of the athletes are financially strapped in caring for the disabilities of the kids and have little or no money for other expenses like participation in athletic competitions. These competitions serve to make the kids feel like a part of a community and give them a sense of dignity and esteem that is so necessary for their mental health as well as their physical constitution. Porsche Club chapter contributed $7,300 to Boise Community Stars .  special o
2014 The Garden City Community Clinic is a project of the Genesis World Mission located in Garden City assisting the working poor with medical, dental and mental health assistance for whatever amount the person can pay or for no fee if necessary. The clinic serves patients who are without insurance and have family income at poverty level. The work done by the clinic serves to enhance the dignity and improve the physical health of their patients to enable them to become productive members of society. Porsche Club chapter contributed $7,300 to GCCC.  garden city
2013  Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs Inc. is a non-profit organization that sponsors camps and programs for all children and teens with type 1 diabetes. These programs foster self-reliance and demonstrate that people need not be limited by diabetes. Teaching by example, the staff provides mentoring and support to these kids, teens and families regardless of ability to pay in a safe, healthy, and respectful environment. Porsche Club chapter contributed $12,800 to OATHS. $12,000.  hodia
2012 OATHS’ (“Organization Assisting The Homeless Student) is a non-profit organization, founded by a student, dedicated to helping homeless students get what they need to succeed, enjoy, and stay in school.   OATHS has provided over 500 homeless students with computers, backpacks, calculators, printers, books, musical instruments, sports equipment, yearbooks, clothing, shoes, caps and gowns, school supplies, dress shirts, uniforms, and art supplies. The local Porsche Club chapter contributed $12,800 to OATHS’.  oathes
2011 Hosted on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), the Porsche Club raised over $11,000 for the Idaho Veterans Assistance League.The Idaho Veterans Assistance League is dedicated to serving Idaho’s veterans who have earned special recognition through their sacrifices in protecting our country’s freedoms and individual rights. Bed replacements ($1,500 each) began three years prior, and they were down to the final six beds needed to complete the project in Boise.  beds
2010 The Backpack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times, such as weekends and school vacations, when other resources are not available. The Idaho Foodbank (IFB) works in partnership with school officials to identify chronically hungry children who can benefit from the Backpack Program. IFB distributes 2,000 backpack refills each week throughout Idaho however 7,000 are needed. The local Porsche club gave back to the community with a $6,640 in funds for the Backpack Program.  food bankbackpack
2009 The WCA provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. They provide safe bed nights in their shelter to women and children escaping violence. WCA offers a 24-hour Crisis Hot Lines (Domestic Abuse Hot Line and Rape/Sexual Assault Hot Line) as well as licensed professional individual counseling sessions to abused women and children. Silver Sage Region of the Porsche Club donated $9,350 to the WCA.  women and children
2008 Terry Reilly is a community based non-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive health care. The services are provided in an accessible and affordable manner to all persons regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, or economic situation. The Porsche Club donated $5,100 to provide services to those having difficulty obtaining care elsewhere due to rural isolation, financial barriers, or cultural sensitivity.  terry reeilly
2007 Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, providing a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. In memory of one of our Silver Sage members, the Club initiated its first major charity drive. The goal was to send two children to Disney World. We achieved our goal with a $15,045 donation to Make-A-Wish of Idaho.  make a wish