Submitted by Somerset Community Foundation

The Somerset Community Foundation has made two recent grants to local programs, including an $800 grant to the St. Croix Valley Assault Response Team (SART) to fund a 24-hour call center.

St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provides forensic healthcare and advocacy for individuals 13 years of age and older who have experienced sexual assault, strangulation, interpersonal violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the community. The call center provides the first critical step in the response/referral process and is vital to victims who are experiencing a crisis in their lives. The critical services provided to victims help to strengthen the fabric of the community and its response to victims of crime.

The Somerset Middle School received a grant of $1,000 to bring in two speakers for eighth grade students, including Tim Scott who focuses on the Holocaust and its relevance today. The second speaker will be Deborah Watts, who will speak about her relative, Tim Watts, a 14-year-old who was brutally murdered in a hate-filled and racist crime in 1955.

Listeners are challenged to examine and extinguish the flames of bias, prejudice, racism and hatred in their own hearts.

The Somerset Community Foundation was established in 2012 to enhance the quality of life in Somerset.

The St. Croix Valley Foundation was established in 1996 by local individuals and has approximately $66 million in assets under management. It serves the region through ten local affiliated foundations in Hudson, River Falls, Prescott, Amery, New Richmond, Somerset and the Northwest Alliance in Wisconsin; and in the Lower St. Croix Valley, Stillwater and the Chisago Lakes in Minnesota.