Community Foundation Grants Nearly $60,000
The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently awarded $59,287.14 in grants to organizations making an impact in Isabella County.
Central Michigan University received $3,040 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and Harold and Milli Verleger Family Fund for Connections that Count, a program that supports students with disabilities and their families by providing activities that promote a sense of belonging, build confidence, and improve self-esteem.
Central Michigan University received $650 from the Darlene Bond Memorial Youth Fund to purchase supplies for Family Camp, a program that assists children with behavioral and emotional problems.
Clothing INC received $1,175 from the Staples Family Fund to purchase a safer ladder that will give volunteers access to storage totes on the highest shelves, as well as storage carts that will provide easy access to undergarments and socks for guest shopping.
Community Compassion Network received $3,000 from the Mt. Pleasant Oil Industry Food Pantry Fund to provide supplemental food to residents in Isabella County.
Cultural and Recreational Commission of Isabella County received $15,000 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, Women's Initiative Fund, and Gail E. Gorton Women in Sports Fund to build a permanent locker room for female athletes at the ICE Arena.
Deerfield Township Fire Department received $6,201.30 from the Rise Family Fund to replace expiring firefighting boots with those that are more resistant to carcinogens and have improved traction on ice and snow.
Eagle Village received $5,000 from the Kellogg Youth Fund and Weisenburger Family Fund to assist families in paying for intervention and counseling service at Eagle Village.
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 907 received $2,000 from the Harold and Milli Verleger Family Fund for their Youth Aviation Project. This program empowers youth to build planes alongside skilled mentors, enabling them to develop skills in metal work, wiring, plumbing, reading blueprints, and the use of machinery.
Isabella County Child Advocacy Center received $879.00 from the Paula Arndt Women's Fund for the Sleep Safe Initiative. The program provides low-income families with a brand new (safety checked) pack-n-play, sleep sack, pacifier, book, video, and educational information on the importance of safe sleep for babies.
Life Choices of Central Michigan received $2,311 from the Fabiano Family Fund to provide new technology and curriculum for the Empower Life Parenting Programs. These programs provide skills and knowledge critical for new parents to give the best care to their babies.
Beal City High School received $1,000 from the Tumbl Trak Fund for Youth Fitness in honor of Doug Davis and Diana Hughes to offset camp and training expenses for their cheer program.
Sacred Heart Academy received $450 from the Tumbl Trak Fund for Youth Fitness in honor of Doug Davis and Diana Hughes to offset camp and training expenses for their cheer program.
BSA Troop 648 received $291 from the Bob and Nancy Wheeler Fund for Scouting to purchase supplies for an Eagle Scout Service Project.
Chippewa Watershed Conservancy received $1,000 from the Optimist Club of Mt. Pleasant Fund for their Wilderness Wanderers and Preschool Preservers programs. These programs promote environmental education among underserved youth, cultivating a love of nature and developing mentor relationships.
MidMichigan Health Foundation received $17,289.84 from the Dick and Mary Ellen Brandell Family Hospice House Fund, Bob and Jeanne Long Hospice House Fund, Lon Morey Family Hospice House Fund, Bill and Dolores Myler Hospice House Fund, Dennis and Sandra Olson Hospice House Fund, Jim and Naomi Stark Hospice House Fund, and Bill and Janet Maar Strickler Hospice House Fund to provide for unreimbursed care at Woodland Hospice House.
Applications for the next competitive grant cycle are due September 25, 2019. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.mpacf.org.