W. Sidney Smith and Judith French Smith Family Fund
The W. Sidney Smith and Judith French Smith Family Fund was started by its namesakes in 1999. Longtime supporters of the Community Foundation, Sid and Judy sought to lead by example and chose to establish a fund that might fill in the gaps when government and other sources of funding fall short.
Sid was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant and feels grateful for the opportunity to grow up in a small town. Judy came to Mt. Pleasant to attend CMU and has spent most of her life here. “Our roots are here,” said Sid. The Smiths built a life and raised two children in Mt. Pleasant. “We have a heart for Mt. Pleasant,” added Judy. “It’s who we are.”
Since its founding, the W. Sidney Smith and Judith French Smith Family Fund has made more than $9,500 in grants to assist with projects like Main Street Live, glucose monitoring at McLaren Central Michigan, and Island Park bleacher replacement and field renovations. Both Sid and Judy hope the fund can be used to support community gathering places like those in Downtown Mt. Pleasant and throughout our community parks. “We think it’s important to have meeting places for community members and recreation opportunities for families,” said Judy.
The Smiths have been pleased with the success of the Community Foundation. “It has far exceeded what the founders hoped for,” said Sid. “It’s important for us to continue to think about the future of our town.” The W. Sidney Smith and Judith French Smith Family Fund will continue to make an impact in our community long into the future—serving as a legacy for the Smiths and inspiring others to give.