The response and support from area community foundations is meaningful and impactful to Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) and community members who reach out for the agency’s vital and life-improving services provided in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
Read more about the recent grant funding WRCNM received from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and Otsego Community Foundation.
The Charlevoix County Community Foundation awarded Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) $18,600 under the C3F Urgent Needs grant cycle. Funds support survivor needs such as safety, shelter, food, mental health, transportation and other basic needs. These resources are critical for women, children and families in Charlevoix County who are experiencing intensified barriers and challenges due to the pandemic. Additionally, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation announced a $7,500 grant for general support. This type of unrestricted funding is valuable because it can be directed to areas of greatest need.
The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation awarded WRCNM an $11,117 grant to fund security enhancements and upgrades at the agency’s location on Porter Street in Petoskey. This location houses agency administrative offices, therapeutic counseling services and children’s educational programs. Friend of WRCNM and security expert Steve Keck, MEP of the U.S. Coast Guard provided recommendations to help keep individuals who utilize the Porter Street location safe. Security improvements will protect children in educational programs, survivors receiving supportive services, teaching staff, administrative staff and trained therapists who provide essential trauma-informed counseling and advocacy.
The Otsego Community Foundation provided recent support in response to current needs from the Community Grant Program. WRCNM received a $10,000 grant from the Albie’s Food Inc. Fund, Bill Marsh Fund, Gahm Family Fund, Hees Family Fund and the Youth Fund of the OCF to support WRCNM domestic abuse and sexual assault services in the Gaylord area. Pictured at the grant presentation are (from left) Cherie Nutter, OCF Board Secretary and former WRCNM Board President; Ruthann Galbraith, WRCNM Board Member; Gail Kloss, WRCNM Executive Director; Justine Hees, OFC Board Member and Hees Family Fund representative; and Kari VandenBrink, WRCNM Development Director.