Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Andy Wheeler Community Needs Fund

Andy Wheeler grew up in Mt. Pleasant and touched the lives of many with his big heart and his booming, infectious laugh. He had a natural ability to relate to others and make them feel comfortable. Andy was academically successful, loved sports, and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and Spanish.

During college, he served for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California among Spanish speaking people. He loved the people there and the Spanish language. After college, he worked in corporate sales and marketing. Among other things, he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club.

Some of the most important things to Andy were his relationships with his family and friends. Andy had an ability to see the good in people and accept them as they are. He had a forgiving heart and a deep sense of loyalty.  Friends shared: “Andy is the guy who cared endlessly, feared nothing, loved unconditionally, and always had the best hair… Andy had lots of smiles and caring words about others, never a mean bone in his body… Andy was always there to offer words of encouragement when needed.”

 It’s been said friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest; it’s about who walked into your life and said, “I’m here for you,” then proved it. Andy’s family, friends, and nephews who adored their “Unky Andy,” are grateful he walked into their lives. They love him, cherish the time they spent with him and appreciate the lessons they learned from him.

Andy passed away in December of 2015 at the age of 34 and even through the most difficult times, he was concerned for others and focused on their happiness. To honor his memory and because Andy had a deep capacity for kindness and helpfulness, his family started a fund in his memory to support the efforts of charitable organizations in Isabella County to help meet community needs.