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WESTERN MARQUETTE COUNTY HEALTH FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE FUNDING IN APRIL 2018

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 – Ishpeming, MI –The Western Marquette County Health Foundations’ next grant cycle is April 1, 2018! We encourage community members to apply for a grant with the foundation this spring.

The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County. This includes (but not limited to):

  • Chronic Disease Education: Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease
  • Mental Health and Social & Emotional Support
  • Prenatal Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Obesity
  • Un-or under-insured, primarily children

In the last fiscal year, these grants have provided necessary support for a number of organizations.

The Foundation will prioritize funding based on programs that services a specific geographic area. Your grant is required to affect at least one of the following:  the cities of Ishpeming or Negaunee and/or the nine townships (Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Champion, Humboldt, Richmond). Funding can be provided to applications that seek to enhance health and wellness in the region. However, the foundation WILL review grants for programs that benefit the population of Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula.

To apply for a grant, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the foundation, email wmchfmanager@gmail.com or call 906-486-1111.

WESTERN MARQUETTE COUNTY HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS FALL GRANTS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3Ishpeming, MI – On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF) will have their fall grant ceremony from 12:00-12:30 in the Foundation office (910 US Highway 41 West in Ishpeming).

WMCHF funded $ in the competitive fall grant cycle and $ in the municipalities grant cycle. The successful recipients are:

Lake Superior Hospice- $1,000: Funding will assist with the purchase of in-home safety and monitoring devices, and staff/volunteer equipment for monitoring patient vitals and assisting with patient personal care.

Superior Shore Systems, INC.- $2,000: Funding will assist with the continuation of the Feeding America Mobile Food Truck coming to the West End to distribute fresh food to those in need.

Partridge Creek Farm- $2,200: Funding will assist with enhancing the ongoing microgreens and seed start programs within Ishpeming Public Schools.

Big Brothers Big Sisters- $2,500: Funding will assist with matching adults (Bigs) to children in need of mentors (Littles) in the West End.

Negaunee Disc Golf- $2,500: Funding will assist with the purchase of equipment towards the new course in Negaunee’s “Old Town.”

Great Lakes Recovery Center- $2,665: Funding will help support the organization’s Assisted Psychotherapy conference and training for Equine Therapy.

City of Negaunee (Municipalities)- $6,751.60: Funding will assist with the purchase and installation of updated basketball hoops located in several Negaunee Park areas.

In addition to these grants, the WMCHF received two requests for sponsorship. The successful recipients are:

YMCA of Marquette County- $500: Funding will cover the cost of the Y’s New Year’s Event, to take place at their West End facility in Negaunee, focusing on youth health and wellness in Marquette County.

Ishpeming Public Schools- $595: Funding will cover the cost of a Zumba class, which will serve as an alternative for those who would prefer not to take the traditional Physical Education class.

To learn more about the grant making policy, procedure and applications, please go to www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at (906) 486-1111 or by email ginccdirector@gmail.com.

Western Marquette County Health Foundation Accepting Applications For Fall Grant Cycle Ending October 1, 2017

The Western Marquette County Health Foundations’ next grant cycle is October 1, 2017! We encourage community members to apply for a grant with the foundation this fall.The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County. This includes (but not limited to):
• Chronic Disease Education: Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease
• Mental Health and Social & Emotional Support
• Prenatal Health
• Health and Wellness
• Obesity
• Un-or under-insured, primarily children

In the last fiscal year, these grants have provided necessary support for a number of organizations, including (but not limited to):
• Ishpeming, Negaunee, NICE and Republic/Michigamme School Districts;
• Diabetes Education and Awareness for the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network;
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties to promote GirlPower West to young women;
• Teaching Family Homes;
• RAMBA;
• Do it for Daniel; and
• And much more!

The Foundation will prioritize funding based on programs that services a specific geographic area. Your grant is required to affect at least one of the following: the cities of Ishpeming or Negaunee and/or the nine townships (Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Champion, Humboldt, Richmond). Funding can be provided to applications that seek to enhance health and wellness in the region. However, the foundation WILL review grants for programs that benefit the population of Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula.

To apply for a grant, click HERE.

To learn more about the grant making policy, procedure and applications, please go to www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at (906) 486-1111 or by email ginccdirector@gmail.com.

Wellness Partnership with West End School Districts

Ishpeming- MI – On Monday, July 17, 2018 the Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF) will have a check presentation and ceremony from 12:00-12:30 in the Foundation office (910 Us Highway 41 West in Ishpeming). WMCHF is pleased to announce their continued partnership with School Districts: Ishpeming Public Schools, Negaunee Public Schools, NICE Community School District and Republic/Michigamme School District. This partnership provides $12,500 to each school district in funding for health-related programs. This partnership has become an ongoing annual funding opportunity for the Schools Districts. The funding provides the following (but not limited to): counseling services, health support, nursing, wellness education, and much more.

To learn more about the grant making policy, procedure and applications, please go to www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at (906) 486-1111 or by email ginccdirector@gmail.com.

“Dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County.”

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Providing funding for health and wellness solutions in Western Marquette County!

Western Marquette County Health Foundation: A New Look
In 2013, the Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF), the former Bell Foundation, was created from the purchase of Bell Hospital by LifePoint. The Bell Foundation’s Article of Incorporation were amended and restated. Since then, the WMCHF was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The WMCHF continues to evolve and provide funding for health and wellness in Western Marquette County. As the WMCHF evolves, so does the board. This spring, the WMCHF gained a new Chair, Tom Edmark. Tom lives in Ishpeming, is the former owner of Iron Range Agency (a local insurance agency in downtown Ishpeming) and has been a part of the WMCHF from the beginning. Tom takes his “responsibilities as Chair seriously and has the time it takes to devote to those responsibilities.” Tom is a great fit to Chair the WMCHF board. Most importantly, Tom loves giving back to the community that has provided him with so many opportunities. In Tom’s personal life, he stays true to the WMCHF mission to promote health and wellness. He takes advantage of the wealth of recreation in the area by taking his dog on walks along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail and utilizes local businesses by increasing his strength at Anytime Fitness. If you cannot find Tom on a sunny summer day, he is somewhere on the Wawonowin Country Club golf course practicing his swing for the Foundation’s Golf Classic (SAVE THE DATE: September 8). We are thankful to have such a passionate community member, business guru and wellness advocate to lead our board.

Let’s talk about the newbies: The WMCHF recently added two new board of directors: Keith LaCosse and Paul Bonetti. Both bring a level of expertise and an array of knowledge to the group. Paul was the longtime owner of Congress Pizzas (located in downtown Ishpeming) and provides great insight to the local area. Keith is a native CPA and is eager to devote a part of his ‘free’ time to help support the quality of life in Western Marquette County. We welcome them to the board. With that, below is the WMCHF 2017 Roster (a/k/a Board of Directors):
Tom Edmark, Chair
Pam Roose, Vice Chair
Kori Tossava, Secretary
Keith LaCosse, Treasurer
Paul Bonetti
Amy Clickner
Kevin Piggott, MD
Mike Prusi
Carol Watts
Although the WMCHF is only turning four years old, the board has plans to “increase the level of funding to support wellness initiatives not only in Western Marquette County but beyond its current geographical pure view and have a broader impact on those needing funding,” Tom said.

To learn about the WMCHF and our grant making process, email ginccdirector@gmail.com or call 906-486-1111.

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Western Marquette County Health Foundation Awards Spring Grants (April 2017)

Ishpeming- MIOn Wednesday, May 24. 2017, the Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF) will have their spring grant ceremony from 12:00-12:30 in the Foundation office (910 Us Highway 41 West in Ishpeming).  WMCHF funded $31,554 in the competitive spring grant cycle and $12,500 in the municipalities grant cycle. The successful recipients are:

  • Lake Superior Hospice- $1,640: Funding will support the creation of their registration and program brochure that will provide scholarships for Western Marquette County.
  • Great Lakes Recovery Center- $9,853.64: Funding will establish a Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic in Ishpeming.
  • Summer Speech Program – $2,000: Funding will provide direct services to children with therapy needs, provide supplies and cover necessary program costs.
  • Women’s Center$5,000: Funding will assist with emergency expenses for client’s healthcare and provide services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Alzheimer’s AssociationGreater Michigan Chapter- $5,000: Funding will provide scholarships to families along with five education programs targeting Western Marquette County.
  • Just Believe$1,000: Funding will assist with awareness programs explaining the dangers of over-exposure to the sun.
  • NICE Community Schools- $2,312 Funding will assist with the Farm to Table program in Westwood High school. It will give youth the opportunity to choose fresh ingredients from a salad bar.
  • Cancer Care of Marquette County-$3,000: Funding will assist patients with appropriate medications, supplies and medical treatments that are essential to battling cancer.
  • City of Ishpeming (Municipalities)- $10,000: Funding will assist with the Foot Trail Link/Connector Project. This project creates non-motorized trails to promote health and wellness in Ishpeming.
  • Ishpeming Township (Municipalities)- $2,500: Funding will assist with the 5-year recreation plan. It will specifically assist with the purchase of ‘Zero Gravity’ chair swings (for special needs children) and a frame.

To learn more about the grant making policy, procedure and applications, please go to www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at (906) 486-1111 or by email ginccdirector@gmail.com.

Western Marquette County Health Foundation Awards Fall Grants

Ishpeming- MIOn Thursday, November 10, 2016 the Western Marquette County Health Foundation will award their fall round of competitive grants during a grant ceremony from 12:00-12:30 at the foundation office (910 Us Highway 41 West in Ishpeming).  The foundation funded $30,170 in grants. The successful recipients are:

  • -RAMBA – $10,000: The RAMBA Trail Signage Project will create trail kiosks, maps, and signage along the trail for navigational purposes for the local community and visitors.
  • -AHEC – $7,500: Dental Day is a highly collaborative partnership that brings the skills for volunteer oral health professionals together to provide free dental services.
  • -Great Lakes Recovery Center- $4,818: The Community Outreach Specialist Program will provide support for a Community Outreach Specialist and obtain supplies needed for both in school sessions and family group sessions.
  • -NICE Community Schools- $1,400: The Balance Ball Initiative is purchasing balance ball chairs for students to stay more focused, move when needed, and allow for core activity.
  • -Michigamme Township Fitness Committee-$2,860.41: Michigamme Township Fitness Committee will purchase excellent quality fitness equipment to residents who suffer from obesity and other chronic conditions.
  • -Cancer Care of Marquette County-$2,500: Cancer Care of Marquette County will assist patients with appropriate medications, supplies and medical treatments that are essential to battling cancer.
  • -Healthy Moms, Happy Babies -$1,100: The Earn While You Learn program will purchase educational materials and vouchers for clients to attend prenatal yoga classes as an incentive for completing several educational lessons.

The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County. This includes (but not limited to):

  • -Chronic Disease Education: Diabetes, Asthma, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease
  • -Mental Health and Social & Emotional Support
  • -Prenatal Health
  • -Health and Wellness
  • -Obesity
  • -Un-or under-insured, primarily children

To learn more about the grant making policy, procedure and applications, please go to www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Foundation at (906) 486-1111 or by email ginccdirector@gmail.com.

 
 

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