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2016 SACF Annual Report

Check out the 2016 Straits Area Community Foundation Annual Report!

Joy of Giving: Nancy & Nate Stempky

"You don't realize how doing selfless things for others makes you feel until you get involved. It warms your heart." Nate Stempky, Youth Trustee & Advisory Council Member.

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Youth Advisory Council students learn about community needs through grantmaking.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

These are some cool Cats, willing to try new things and dive into some culinary skills! A Community Foundation grant provided funding for the “Cats in the Kitchen” program of Alpena Public Schools, which brings athletes to Art in the Loft to learn about nutrition and how healthy foods can affect their athletic performance. It also teaches them the skills necessary to prepare those healthy foods, which are often ones the students have never tried before. What a cool program! More →

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another cool grant! The Alpena Township Fire Department received $1,000 through a Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) grant to purchase turnout gear for their female firefighters that would fit them correctly. More →

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Looking for something cool to do this weekend? How about a snowshoe hike in the great outdoors?! A grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate is providing funding for snowshoe rental and hot chocolate to warm up the hikers. How will you be enjoying northeast Michigan this weekend? https://www.petoskeynews.com/gaylord/sports/outdoors/snowshoe-hike-ahead-in-wakeley-lake-area/article_f8587abc-ef4b-5fe4-8573-fd7c9233f4af.html More →

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grants, grants, grants! Our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate recently awarded over $8,600 in new grants through its Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council opportunities, supporting things like human services, access to healthcare, classroom projects and youth programs. Check out these new grants! http://www.cfnem.org/sacf/resources/news/straits-area-community-foundation-awards-over-8600-in-new-grants.html More →

Thursday, February 15, 2018

$6,500 in recent educational grants are going out to West Branch-Rose City Schools through the Educational Support Partnership (ESP)! It's incredible how creative teachers can stretch funding like this, which will support math and literacy programs, the purchase of tablets and cameras, science programs and more! The ESP holds its educational fund and many scholarship funds benefiting Ogemaw County students through our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate. More →

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day! More →

Monday, February 12, 2018

Stress, mental health, self-esteem and teen substance abuse top the list of issues our local teens believe are affecting them the most. That's according to the most recent survey of the Community Foundation's Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC), which surveys youth across our region every three years. “These subjects seem to be symptoms of the general need in our communities, and are issues that need to be addressed on many levels," said Alpena NEMYAC Advisor Tom Stoppa. See the whole story here: http://www.cfnem.org/resources/news/community-foundations-youth-advisory-council-identifies-top-issues-affecting-local-youth.html More →

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Community Foundation is truly honored to support NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary International Film Festival! A grant from our Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC) provided funding for transportation for Alcona Community Schools students (pictured here) to participate in the Festival. Event organizers say 438 students from Alcona, Alpena and Presque Isle Counties were able to participate through this grant. How cool! More →

Thursday, February 8, 2018

CFNEM staff and friends enjoying the Alpena Chamber of Commerce dinner. 🙂 Congrats to all the award recipients! #noplacelikeAlpena More →

Thursday, February 8, 2018

We are proud to have supported this great program! http://www.thealpenanews.com/news/local-news/2018/02/holocaust-storyteller-shares-mothers-story-with-tbjh-students/ More →

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A chance for our local kids to read 1,000 books before they start school? Yes, please! A grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation provided funding for the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library to begin participation in the national “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. It’s a new early literacy program specifically designed to give babies and toddlers the best start possible on lifelong reading and learning skills. The level of 1,000 books is based on current research emphasizing that reading to youngsters builds critical language and social emotional skills. Contact the library for more information on this great program! More →

Monday, February 5, 2018

CFNEM’s Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) provides grants for “issues important to the women of Northeast Michigan”. In the case of a grant to Joy Fellowship of First United Methodist Church of Alpena, that meant supporting the mission of local women who want to help families, mainly women and children, from war-torn countries bordering Kenya. Working in partnership with a group of nursing students who travel to work with people in Kenya, this grant helped the UMC ladies provide text books for K-8 children from the International Displaced Persons Settlement in Kenya, and children from a nearby orphanage. These books are helping the students to meet educational requirements in a newly updated curriculum. Pictured here are stacks of textbooks purchased through this grant, waiting to be stacked and sorted. The room pictured is used as both a classroom and sleeping quarters. More →

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Scholarship season is officially here! Visit www.cfnem.org/scholarships/ for information and to apply! More →

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

With the help of a $1,000 grant from our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate, 44 individuals with disabilities had the opportunity to learn important life skills through a culinary program of Straits Area Services. “We take a lot for granted when it comes to our daily tasks,” said Amy Carter of Straits Area Services. “Many of our clients have never had the opportunity to learn these life skills. We were able to give them a new experience and teach them things like proper food handling, how to follow a recipe, and how to measure ingredients. These skills are an important step for each client to reach their highest level of independence.” More →

Monday, January 29, 2018

CFNEM is proud to be part of the cohort accepting this award in Grand Rapids this morning for Alpena Public Schools along with the Alpena Chamber of Commerce! More →

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Do you know of projects or programs benefiting Cheboygan County? Our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate is accepting grant applications for its March 2018 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant applications! http://www.cfnem.org/sacf/resources/news/straits-area-community-foundation-announces-youth-grant-opportunities.html More →

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CFNEM finished its first quarter with over $45 million in assets - a new milestone! Included in that are 8 newly established funds, over $975,000 in contributions, and over $400,000 in grants awarded! Get the whole story here: http://www.cfnem.org/resources/news/community-foundation-finishes-first-quarter-with-over-45-million-in-assets.html More →

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Our communities can have a big impact on the health of our residents. MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena is seeking participation in its Community Health Needs Assessment for northeast Michigan to help identify health issues and guide their programming and activities for maximum benefit in our communities. You can participate in this important survey until January 31st @ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MidMichiganHealthCHNA. More →

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Garden…plate…wellness. This is a great program through the Tolfree Foundation that encourages healthier lifestyles through nutrition and exercise. “This program has opened avenues to healthier lifestyle, and lowered the heart health risk factors for our children and the community by educating people how to grow, eat and exercise to stay or become healthy,” says Cynthia Longchamps of the Tolfree Foundation. This project was funded in part through a grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate. More →

Friday, January 19, 2018

So much fun! Do you have little ones who love trikes? These kids sure do! A $1,000 grant from our Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC) provided funding to purchase these tricycles for students at St. John Lutheran School in Presque Isle County. More →

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Tolfree Foundation BioFest is an incredible example of collaboration among agencies to provide great experiences and learning opportunities for students. A Community Impact Grant through our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate provided funding toward the 2017 BioFest event, which brought 184 students, 14 teachers, 22 community volunteers and 20 experts together for STEM-related learning. More →

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Calling Iosco County friends! More →

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Community Foundation wishes you and your loved ones a joyful holiday season! Let it snow so we can play! More →

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 23

These are some cool Cats, willing to try new things and dive into some culinary skills! A Community Foundation... https://t.co/1M2hC4yVGq

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 16

Grants, grants, grants! Our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate recently awarded over $8,600 in new... https://t.co/JoKH8LNFTI

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 12

Stress, mental health, self-esteem and teen substance abuse top the list of issues our local teens believe are... https://t.co/vSm3lSzPUL

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 8

We are proud to have supported this great program!... https://t.co/jnUiAr0SB9

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

A chance for our local kids to read 1,000 books before they start school? Yes, please! A grant from the Women’s... https://t.co/be1iLxlSii

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@CFNEM • Feb 5

CFNEM’s Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) provides grants for “issues important to the women of Northeast Michigan”.... https://t.co/vf1cwd4p8s

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 30

With the help of a $1,000 grant from our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate, 44 individuals with... https://t.co/lUZnPxSFEN

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 29

CFNEM is proud to be part of the cohort accepting this award in Grand Rapids this morning for Alpena Public... https://t.co/BERG5Jb2rG

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 25

Do you know of projects or programs benefiting Cheboygan County? Our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate... https://t.co/f9QOwavN9Q

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 23

Our communities can have a big impact on the health of our residents. MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena is... https://t.co/AWtWvnQhWD

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 23

Garden…plate…wellness. This is a great program through the Tolfree Foundation that encourages healthier... https://t.co/0mBpEgNqnw

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 19

So much fun! Do you have little ones who love trikes? These kids sure do! A $1,000 grant from our Northeast... https://t.co/qBPZ8GagRQ

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 17

Calling Iosco County friends! https://t.co/NL4T9Q6KJY

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@CFNEM • Jan 16

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@CFNEM • Jan 15

Just a quick reminder... Applications for CFNEM Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council grants are due... https://t.co/bJGtyJQcQ0

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@CFNEM • Jan 12

That’s a lot of personal care items, set to help out a lot of people in need. With 15.8% of northern Michigan’s... https://t.co/lSwrRHEtPs

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@CFNEM • Jan 11

"A lifetime of giving to our community and students." Audie's Restaurant in Mackinaw City is committed to... https://t.co/TZd3DZocqj

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@CFNEM • Jan 11

How about a "Sunday drive" to Oscoda this weekend for a great performance and to support opportunities for... https://t.co/E0fO2r9Jaq

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@CFNEM • Jan 9

Priceless! So many great photos come from a meet-and-greet with Santa! The Mikado Goodfellows recently hosted... https://t.co/4N9r7GOuHn

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@CFNEM • Jan 8

This is fun stuff! Oscoda Area Schools is providing after-school activities for its students with the help of a... https://t.co/8M6Tliwkwy

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