2015 Annual Report: Serving Immediate Needs and Supporting Long-Term Solutions
Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote and often isolated reservations. Collaborating with our partners in more than 300 tribal communities, we work hard every day toward our vision of strong, self-sufficient Native American communities. We believe the people who live and work in the communities PWNA serves have the solutions to the problems that challenge their quality of life. PWNA’s role is to provide resources and support to these community driven efforts toward lasting change.
In fact, more than 1,000 reservation-based programs know they can count on PWNA as a consistent, reliable resource. Our services are available year-round to address critical needs related to education, health, food and water, emergency relief, holiday support and animal welfare on 60 reservations. PWNA is committed to providing high-quality, useful products, services and grants that reservation partners specifically request to enhance their programs or meet pressing needs in their communities. A sampling of PWNA’s support, which aims at both immediate needs and long-term solutions, includes:
- School Supplies: In 2015, PWNA partners at 82 schools continued to request school supplies for more than 25,000 Native American students. As more students realized the reality of graduating high school, PWNA supported higher education for 306 students through scholarships, emergency funds and tools such as laptop computers.
- Emergency Relief: In 2015, PWNA provided 104,804 pounds of safe drinking water for 14,352 people. We also provided critical supplies to residential shelters for the aged, homeless, disabled and domestic abuse victims, as well as children in trauma.
- Community Gardens: Wanting to embody traditional and cultural ways to unite the community, the Red Paint Creek Community Council sought to build a high-tunnel garden to support self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles on the reservation. PWNA funded the supplies to construct the garden and get the project off the ground. More than 170 residents participated, donating 1,000 hours to tilling, planting, maintaining and harvesting the garden. This is one of many community gardens PWNA supported in 2015.
- Youth Development: In 2015, with PWNA support, Hopi Residential Youth Development enhanced an existing playground to promote health and wellness, adding benches and four trees, as well as pavers (enclosures) to keep sand and wood chips off the playground. This project is continuing to evolve, with the next phase being a basketball court, soccer field and gardening project for the 675 students who have access to the area.
- Animal Welfare: In 2015, PWNA provided food and other supplies for nearly 80,000 dogs and cats under the care of our animal welfare partners, and awarded a grant to support spay/neuter services through the McKinley Gallup Humane Society in New Mexico. These partners rescue, rehabilitate and place injured or stray animals in foster care or forever homes, ensuring the well-being of animals and healthy, safe communities. They also educate communities on proper animal care.
This and so much more was accomplished in 2015. None of this could have been possible without our in-kind donors, individual contributors and community investors, or our tribal partners who collaborated with PWNA. Together, we addressed critical supply needs in underserved tribal communities and enhanced community-led initiatives focused on nutrition and health, youth development and emergency preparedness. We want to thank all of you for your generosity and dedication to PWNA’s mission. To read more about PWNA’s impact in 2015, take a look at the full report here.