MT. PLEASANT, MI - The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently awarded $63,835.12 in grants to organizations impacting Isabella County.
Central Michigan District Health Department received $1,048 from the Isabella County Health Improvement Fund to purchase generators that will allow CMDHD to conduct vision and hearing tests on Isabella County children in places without electricity.
Central Michigan University received $10,000 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund to provide busing for students in grades pre-k through twelve to the Museum of Cultural and Natural History.
Christian Counseling of Mid-Michigan received $2,000 from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund to provide custodial grandparents and their grandchildren counseling services related to their unique family environment and emotional needs.
Clothing, INC received $939 from the Barbara L. and George W. Dunn Family Fund and $250 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to purchase laundry carts on wheels, as well as storage carts, which will allow for better sorting, processing, and storing of donated clothing.
Community Compassion Network received $885 from the Women's Initiative Fund, which will allow CCN to provide diapers and formula to 95 babies within our community.
First United Methodist Church received $250 from the Bob and Nancy Wheeler Fund for Scouting to provide camperships for two scouts from Troop 604 to attend Cole Canoe Base Scout Camp.
Humane Animal Treatment Society received $1,159.12 from the LaBelle Family Fund to renovate the canine back building by removing old fencing and housing, installing new steel barriers and ceilings, securing gates and safety locks, creating a drainage system, and repairing structural damage.
Isabella County Nonprofit Housing received $1,000 from the Healthy Youth Healthy Seniors Fund to provide engaging and educational programs covering multiple topics that include nutritional, health and safety, music therapy, art therapy, and more to Seniors 62 and older and for people that are mobility challenged.
Life Choices of Central Michigan received $4,438 from the Community Impact Fund to provide funding for Sexually Transmitted Disease testing followed by an hour of education with a registered nurse.
Mount Pleasant Little League received $1,200 from the Darlene Bond Memorial Youth Fund, $2,100 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, and $1,500 from the Optimist Club of Mt. Pleasant Fund for field improvements, including an upgraded sound system and new infield playing dirt.
Michigan Masonic Home received $3,000 from the Community Impact Fund, $2,682 from the Barbara A. Bissot Fund, $3,564 from the Denison Unrestricted Fund, and $754 from the Missy and Doug LaBelle Family Foundation Community Impact Fund to purchase physical therapy equipment for the PACE program. This new program allows seniors who require nursing home level care to remain living in their homes by busing them to the building for social, medical, rehabilitative, and more services.
Mt. Pleasant Community Church received $5,323 from the Community Impact Fund, $611 from the Joanne Golden Family Community Impact Fund, $2,647 from the Isabella Bank Director Memorial Fund, and $1,419 from the G. Charles and Janice L. Hubscher Fund to provide personal hygiene and household care products to individuals who have earned Care Bucks from local human service agencies.
Potter's House Family Worship Center received $3,429.47 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide funding for the Power of Dad, a program which works to mentor, build character, and develop life skills in the lives of fatherless young men. This program seeks to end the cycle of fatherlessness in Isabella County.
Safari Club International Foundation received $3,600 from the Mid-Michigan Chapter Safari Club International Fund to provide funding for four people to attend the American Wilderness Leadership School at Granite Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Shepherd Public Schools received $71 from the David B. and Susan K. Keilitz Family Fund, $2,416 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, $1,129 from the Michael D. and Dianne C. Morey Community Needs Fund, and $5,021 from the Shepherd Area Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates. This funding will provide renovations to the current computer lab to increase classroom safety as well as the creation of a mini STEM lab including a small robot.
Shepherd Public Schools received $1,400 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to provide funding for #WhyYouMatter, a suicide prevention program. Students will craft a statement for why they matter and have their portrait taken by other students. These portraits will then be displayed in a gallery in May of 2019.
Applications for the next competitive grant cycle are due September 26, 2018. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit mpacf.org.