Assistance Programs

Our ever-increasing community assistance programs vary and are supported by generous donations from benefactors and members of our community. Some of our most successful initiatives include:

Back to School

This annual program is devoted to providing backpacks, school supplies, and shoes for hundreds of Bonner County students each September.

Back to School was founded to assist limited income school children in Bonner County, ensuring they have the supplies they need to flourish in their education. Throughout the year, this program also provides shoe/boot vouchers distributed through individual Bonner County Schools when school counselors identify students who cannot afford proper footwear. We are able to provide these supplies to the children through the generous support of the community. We have received wonderful support from Staples, Sandpoint Super Drug, Coldwater Creek, and Walmart.

Established in 2002 as a grass roots program sustained by local corporate and community donations, Back to School has quadrupled over the years, now requiring grant funding along with continued community and corporate support.

Initially, the program provided school supplies to about 20 children; currently, we provided school supplies to approximately 800 children! Each year, the need to help limited income children increases and we extend our deepest gratitude to the humble patrons of our community who continue to ensure students begin the school year with the supplies they need to succeed.

If you are interested in applying to receive school supplies for your child/children, please contact Community Action Partnership at 255-2910 in early August.

Toy Chest

We ensure a well-stocked toy chest for children undergoing treatment at Bonner General Health to brighten their stay.

Community Assistance

We assist residents of Bonner County with a variety of needs. We strive to ease individuals and families through difficult times in their lives in any way possible in the tradition of Kathy Pelland. We work in conjunction with other organizations in our community to provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Rent & utilities
  • Emergency shelter
  • Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health assistance
  • Life transitions
  • Continuing education

If you are in need of assistance, please call Sandpoint Community Resource Center at 920-1840 to be pointed in the right direction.

Community Service Scholarship

We support the youth of our community through providing yearly scholarship assistance to students in recognition of their achievements in community service. The Community Service Scholarship is presented during School Scholarship Awards Night.

Community Service Scholarship Application - For students who have displayed acts of community service and leadership.

Common Scholarship Application - More Details can be found under Scholarships at the Sandpoint High School Website.

Arts Scholarship

Angels Over Sandpoint joined with the Festival at Sandpoint to create the Arts Scholarship. This scholarship is open to any high school student in Bonner County, including home-schooled students. Each year, the focus changes to cover all aspects of the arts, including:

  • Visual Art
  • Vocal
  • Theater/Dance
  • Writing

2017 is Vocal, 2018 is Writing, 2019 is Visual Arts and 2020 is Dance & Theater.

Don't need to be a senior to apply.

The Arts Scholarship is awarded each year at the Festival of Sandpoint’s Family Concert. The winner also participates in the concert either by performing or creating the program. The $1,000 scholarship can be used for private classes, materials, tuition, and other education related expenses. 

Arts Scholarship Application

Lippi Family Scholarship

The Ivano’s Italian Open Golf Scramble has provided financial help for several years to Bonner County graduating seniors who choose to pursue college or trade school. This scholarship has been awarded annually to students who exhibit determination, courage, and a desire to continue their education in the face of less than perfect conditions.

Lippi Family Scholarship Application - For students who have overcome personal obstacles and demonstrate financial need.

New Direction Grant

A New Direction Grant is offered in honor of Amber Coffman Campbell for adults looking to make a change in their life/vocation to better their opportunities and improve their circumstances in the future.

(New Direction Grant application)

Amber and her generous heart took time to genuinely listen, as good friends do. She saw the bright side of everyone and believed in the goodness in each person. Her blue eyes were luminous and her smile made everything right in the world. Bubbly and effervescent, Amber was a soul of happy endless optimistic youth.

In 2007 Amber and Darby Campbell were married at their new home on Sunny Side Road. She fell for his dashingly romantic side and was swept away with his humor and creative ideas. He adored her passionate energy and bright spirit. They loved the sun and surf …and each other.

Amber always had an interest in beauty. She was a model in her younger days and on Maui she found the Esthetician school from which she graduated in 2003. She creatively blended the idea of beauty with the natural world and brought about a new spa in 2008. Her creation of Wildflower Day Spa took off. It was an unfolding of her dream.

Amber was passionate, inspiring and generous of spirit. She brought forth an idea that there was always something about to unfold, something magical just in front of us, that something beautiful would happen this very day. And it always did, she would find something delightful in her path, even the littlest thing and embrace it.

Although Amber left this world too soon, she has given us a gift of her unbidden joy that we carry around with us in our hearts.