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Splish and Splash 2016 Press Release

Splish and Splash Fundraiser
For Aid For Friends is Aug. 12
Pocatello — Nothing says summer like unlimited swimming and water sliding and a barbecue dinner. There’s all that and more at the Fourth Annual Splish and Splash, a fundraiser for Aid For Friends happening August 12.
The Ross Park Aquatic Complex will host the event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for a single and $30 for a family of four.  Admission includes barbecue, music by disk jockey Sean Green and exclusive use of the pools and slide.  There will be raffle drawings throughout the evening.  Among the raffle items are custom skateboards designed and built by Kim Ward, more than 10 specialty-themed baskets, passes to the Hogle Zoo and Downata Hot Springs, one weeknight stay at the Black Swan Inn and more.
BJ Stensland, Aid For Friends executive director, is excited for the event. “Splish and Splash is Aid For Friends’ fun way to raise money,” she said. “It’s designed for people of all ages and is family-friendly. I enjoy the amusement found in playing with beach balls. Everyone gets involved with beach balls.”
Aid For Friends was originally a homeless shelter that provided lodging and some meals,  but has evolved into a multi-faceted resource center serving many. The agency was born during the savage Pocatello winter of 1983-84 when one young man froze to death while trying to find shelter in a dumpster and another had a foot amputated because no shelter services operated here.
“Without Aid For Friends at least 30 to 50 people would be sleeping out in the cold every night,” says Stensland. “Aid For Friends addresses the needs of homeless families and individuals with a warm shelter and vital supportive services.”
Those services illustrate how AFF has evolved. It provides emergency shelter, connects case management to clients with resources to secure employment and medical services, manages transitional housing and offers homeless prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.
Major sponsors of Splish and Splash include Modern Woodmen of America, which is providing the barbecue dinner, Idaho National Laboratory and Portneuf Medical Center. Other sponsors include Steel West, Phil Meador Subaru, Farm Bureau, Bank of Idaho, Outer Limits, Carpets Plus, Gate City Grays, Platinum Plumbing and Captain Bengal’s Comic Cove.
Tickets are available online at, at the Aid for Friends office, 210 East Center, Suite A, or at the event.


Thank you for ordering raffle tickets for our 2016 Splish & Splash. We have a group of volunteers who will put your name and contact information on the ordered number of tickets and enter them into the drawing. You do not need to be present to win. But remember, winners will be responsible for picking up any items either at the event or from the Aid for Friends office after the event.

If you have any questions, email or contact the Administration Office.

Need more? Order them below.


Thank you!

Thank you for supporting the 4th Annual Splish and Splash! Please print your Paypal receipt from your email or open it on your mobile device to be admitted to the event. If you have any questions, email or contact the Administration Office.

You may purchase additional tickets below:

Ticket Options

2016 Splish and Splash Coloring Contest

*Update: we have extended the deadline to August 5th*

Would you like to win free tickets to the Splish and Splash on August 12, 2016? Color and return a coloring page to our administration office and you could win!

One winner will be chosen from each age group listed on the coloring page. Each winner will receive a free family pass (admission for 4 family members) to our 4th Annual Splish and Splash on August 12, 2016.

To be eligible for a prize, you must include your name, age group, and some form of contact information so that we can notify you if you win! We will not share your personal information with anyone.

All entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016. You may bring them to our administrative office at 210 E. Center St, Suite A, or mail them to Aid for Friends, PO Box 4233, Pocatello, ID 83205. Winners will be chosen by an independent jury of volunteers from the Pocatello Arts Council, and will be contacted by Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

*One entry per person!

Click here or on the image below to download and print your coloring page. You can also pick up a printed copy at the administration office if you do not have access to a printer.

Splish Splash Coloring Page 2016


A huge thanks to Bob Beason at Captain Bengal’s Comic Cove for designing our coloring page this year! Check them out online, on Facebook, or, better yet, visit them at 348 N 3rd St E in Pocatello.

4th Annual Splish and Splash

August 12, 2016

Save the date for a family fun event to raise money for our local homeless shelter, Aid For Friends. Join our event page on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates!


Tickets are available at the link below, or from the Administration Office. Admission includes full use of the swimming pool and big slide, a barbecue-style dinner, and music provided by a professional DJ. We will have exclusive use of Ross Park Swimming Pool that night!

For a chance to win FREE TICKETS, click here!


There will be a raffle for some incredible items which will be given away during the event. You do not need to be present to win, but winners will be responsible for picking up their items from the event or from the Aid for Friends office. View raffle items at the Facebook post below!

You may purchase raffle tickets from the administration office or any board or committee member. You may also purchase them online using the order form below. We have a group of volunteers who will put your name and contact information on the ordered number of tickets and enter them into the drawing before the event.

Please invite your friends and family for a family fun night.


Idaho Gives 2016


Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge

Thank you! Because of you and your generous donations, Aid for Friends was able to raise $3,178 between donations, prizes, and matching grants. This is more than we’ve ever raised during this campaign. Visit the Home Partnership Foundation’s Press Release for the complete statewide totals.

*Original Post*

Beginning December 10th at 8:00 am, use the form below to donate to Aid for Friends through Avenues of Hope. For each donation, Aid for Friends could win extra money in grants to help fund our basic operations. This campaign runs through December 31st at 11:59 pm.

For more information, go to



Homeless Encampment Registration

For more information about this year’s encampment, go to

If you have any problems with the embedded form below, you can also fill it out at

Participant Information Sheet

Encampment 2017

Dec. 2nd  – Dec. 3rd

“A Time for Change”

 Participant Information Sheet

[Call (208) 232-0178 to register]

Safety Issues

All participants must attend the mandatory Winter Survival Skills and Health Safety Training on Saturday Dec. 3rd  at the noon lunch or afternoon session.  Instructions will be given on building a warm and safe cardboard shelter, how to identify frostbite and hypothermia and proper clothing for the evening and for sleeping Saturday night.  You will gain knowledge and learn helpful tips that may someday be invaluable.

Because SAFETY is the first priority of the Encampment Project, here is a list of equipment that participants need to have with them

At a minimum, people need to bring:

  • 2 wool hats, or a wool hat and jacket with hood.
  • Mittens or gloves
  • 2 pairs of wool or thermal socks
  • Heavy duty, cold weather sleeping bag
  • Ground insulating sleeping pad
  • Wool or water-resistant pants, shirts, blankets

But this is just the minimum required equipment people need to have.  People are welcome to bring any additional equipment they want to have to be safe including a tarp to cover the cardboard shelter.

Important note
The following are NOT allowed in or within 25 feet of boxes:

  • Any heating appliances
  • Smoking/vaping
  • Electrical cords

It is important that the participants view this event as an opportunity to better understand what it’s like to be homeless in cold weather but do not feel pressured into an “heroic” mindset.  Anyone is welcome to join the event for a hour or so, perhaps in the afternoon, just to see what the encampment looks like, but do not attempt staying the evening if you are feeling ill or have a medical condition that could put you at risk (diabetics, heart condition, decreased sensation in their fingers and toes).

How to Secure Pledges – it’s Easier than You Think!

  1. Make a personal Pledge Goal, and indicate what amount you hope to raise in the Pledge Goal box on the Pledge Sheet.
  1. START NOW to get as many sponsors as you can. There is no limit.  Extra pledge forms are available.
  1. Explain the Event and ask if they would like to spend the night out in Caldwell Park. If they are not interested in participating, simply ask if they would be willing to sponsor you.  You’d be surprised how quickly they will be to support YOU as long as they don’t have to sleep in the cold, winter night.
  1. Remind them that they are making a commitment to you and to the homeless that Aid For Friends assist.
  1. If they want to know how much to donate, suggest they consider what it would cost them to stay 1 night in a hotel. Accept whatever amount they are offering.  Every pledge will help you meet your personal goal and every donation helps Aid For Friends.
  1. CHECKS should be made out to: Aid For Friends. Please write “Encampment” on the Memo line. All Donations are fully tax-deductible.
  1. Take the money you collect from your sponsors and drop it off at 210 E. Center, Ste. A, or mail it to Aid for Friends, PO Box 4233, Pocatello, ID 83205. Please turn in the form with your pledges to the Aid for Friends office for tracking purposes
  1. The DEADLINE to turn in your pledges is December 8, 2017. THANK YOU for helping Aid for Friends!

Participant Fact Sheet

Encampment 2016

Dec. 3rd  – Dec. 4th


Over 30 years ago… tragedy struck our community with the death of a young homeless man and another who lost his foot to frostbite during the winter of 1983-1984 because no shelter services operated in Pocatello at that time.  Through a grassroots response by this community, Aid For Friends emerged to offer safe lodging to those in need.

Following a tradition that began with the faith communities and concerned citizens, the 9th Annual Caldwell Park Encampment Project is being planned in support of homeless awareness and the services that Aid for Friends provides to our community.  This special event is held at Caldwell Park in Pocatello and begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and ends at 9:00 am on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2015.

The previous Encampment events have proven to be successful both as fundraisers and as awareness raisers, and have resulted in greater community support.  Participants raise money by soliciting tax-deductible pledges from individuals and businesses.  Spending the night in a cardboard box impacts participants by increasing their understanding of what the homeless often endure, both physically and emotionally, especially in the harsh winter cold.

Continuing in the spirit of that response, families and individuals from concerned faith communities, civic groups and local organizations will be asked to build shelters out of cardboard, newspapers and tarps similar to those the homeless would build and to lodge in their makeshift dwellings overnight.  They will, in effect, construct an “emergency camp” much like what is found under bridges in communities that do not have an agency like Aid For Friends to provide safe haven.

There will be a food drive for “Camp Food” such as cans of chili, tuna, ham and soup sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America.

  • All Participants will be trained on winter weather survival, proper clothing and equipment, health safety and emergency preparedness. Attendance is expected for all participants.
  • Training will be taught during lunch on Saturday, and later in the afternoon.
  • Boy Scout Troop 315 will serve a “Soup Kitchen” dinner and a local restaurant will be hosting a hot breakfast.
  • A zero-impact fire in a 55-gallon drum as a heat source will keep participants warm.
  • Afternoon and evening musical entertainment will be at the First Presbyterian Church.
  • Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served on site. All safety precautions will be adhered to, with on-site fire extinguishers; portable toilets.
  • American Legion Riders’ will provide security personnel throughout the night.

If you are interested in participating, please call Aid For Friends at 232-0178 or register at  Check out our Participant Information Sheet for more details. To donate, send check to Aid For Friends, P. O. Box 4233, Pocatello, ID 83205 – Add “Encampment” to Memo line.