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Auburn Education Foundation fosters growth

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Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of 12 stories on volunteers in our community. The stories will be published as a countdown to the holiday, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas. Ed Gilligan is vice president of the Auburn Education Foundation, and is also a retired Auburn Union Elementary School District superintendent. Learn more about the foundation by visiting http://auburneducationfoundation.nittler.us/ or by calling (530) 823-8335. Q: What does your organization do? A: The organization is non-profit, it’s all volunteers, and all the money raised goes back to the students and the staff , and we’re proud of that. The Auburn Education Foundation provides funds for the staff in order to provide both enrichment and some basic programs for the students of the Auburn Union Elementary School District. Q: Why do you volunteer? A: I believe in public education as the basis of our democracy. We see the need for programs that aren’t financed by the state in order to improve the education of our children. I want the best schools in the community for the students. I’ve seen so many good things happen because of the foundation. Q: What are your highlights or challenges to volunteering? In the spring, we gave $27,000 to the four schools. We just gave $11,000 in November to the schools. The challenge, of course, is to raise money and to educate the general public of the need for additional funding for the schools and to get additional volunteers to support the programs in the community. Q: What do you do when you’re not volunteering? A: I’m involved in the Elks Club and I’m a Kiwanis member, and I’m the chairman of the scholarship committee for the Placer County Cal Berkeley Club. Q: How can people volunteer their time or money? A: They can certainly give me a call at (530) 823-8335, but we have a PO Box: PO Box 6313, Auburn, CA 95604. ~Loryll Nicolaisen