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New fund established to meet immediate needs of our region

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For the health and safety of our staff and community, our office is temporarily closed to the public and most staff are working remotely. You can still reach us by email or by calling our office at 877-354-6881.

We are actively monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and how it may impact our community. To get or give support to northeast Michigan during this crisis, learn about the new URGENT NEEDS FUND for our region.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following sites:

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 site

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Attention nonprofits! There are plenty of opportunities coming up for grants. Be sure you’re in-the-know.

Straits Area Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council grants: For projects and programs serving Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City, both are due December 15 with applications available at sacf.net.

North Central Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grants: For youth projects serving Crawford, Ogemaw and/or Oscoda Counties. Applications are due Dec...ember 15 with applications available at ncmcf.org

CFNEM Community Impact grants: For a broad range of projects and programs in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. Applications are due January 15 and are available at cfnem.org.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Did you know, while cash is the most popular and common way to give, there are LOTS of ways to donate for impact in your community? Retirement accounts are just one of those ways.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

So many great areas in northeast Michigan are supported through this fund. Just a few examples are Hubbard Lake wetlands preservation, Alpena’s Starlite Beach Promenade project, Cheboygan’s City Park Riverfront project, Oscoda’s Beach Park fishing pier, the Ogemaw Hills Recreation Complex, and so many more.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

This week (Oct. 19-25) is Will Week. We sincerely thank those who are already a member of the Community Foundation's Legacy Society, as well as the professional advisors who work with their clients to ensure a lasting legacy. If you are interested in learning more about how to leave your own legacy for your community, visit https://www.cfnem.org/give/legacy-society/.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

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Friday, October 16, 2020

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census! There is much at stake for Michigan if we don’t get a complete and accurate count, including the potential loss of congressional representation. If you haven’t yet responded to the Census, visit 2020census.gov to respond online or call 844-330-2020 to respond by phone. Your voice counts.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Are you signed up for our e-news? Don't miss a single update at https://www.cfnem.org/resources/e-news-sign-up.html.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Northeast Michigan YAC grant applications are due this Thursday!

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Monday, October 12, 2020

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Students at Posen Schools made these ornaments as part of a STEM project funded in part by a Northeast Michigan YAC grant. The pandemic-related school closure prevented them from being able to do more projects so far, but organizers know that once students are able, the projects will be back in motion. These ornaments were actually practice for creating models of cell organelles!

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Friday, October 9, 2020

A great Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) grant to All Saints Parish for young ladies in the Alpena area:

“The most important outcome of the Time to Help, Period project has been to bring to the forefront of people’s minds the recognition of dignity of women. This involves being aware of a woman as a whole person which includes her reproductive cycle. Every girl/woman should have access to products that will help keep her healthy in body and mind. This project is helping to supply ...period products at our designated points of contact allowing them to provide consistent availability to anyone who needs them.

Through Time to Help, Period, we have been able to get over 29,000 individually wrapped period products into the hands of the girls and women who need them. One of the ways we did this was by working with Alpena High School to get period products into their bathrooms where they are most needed. Students had access to them without any embarrassment. When the pandemic caused the immediate closure of the schools, Time to Help, Period packed 1,274 easy to grab baggies with period products and teamed with Alpena High School again to get products out through the Alpena Public Schools (APS) food drop off sites. We also packed baggies for the patrons of the Friendship Room to take with them when they pick up their meals as well.”

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Congratulations to two of our YAC members, Luke Chappa (Northeast MI YAC) and Maggie Nelson (Straits Area YAC) on receiving these scholarships! Opportunities like these inspire new ideas for youth philanthropy and help put it to use here at home. Way to go!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

In case you missed it, another round of $25,000 has been awarded in grants from CFNEM’s Urgent Needs Fund. To date, $125,000 total has been granted. The latest round includes:
 $4,898 to Atlanta Church of Christ for their food pantry;
 $1,000 to Alcona Community Schools for sanitizer and other PPE for staff and students;
 $4,000 to Alpena County 911 for a mobile response unit and PPE;
 $3,500 to Alcona St. Vincent de Paul to fill their food freezers;...
 $3,000 to District Health Dept. #4 for its telehealth program;
 $3,050 to F.I.S.H. Inc. Tawas for housing, utility and food assistance;
 $3,450 to Church of the Straits food pantry;
 $1,000 to Kids Coalition Against Hunger for food distribution; and
$1,102 to Rogers City Area Schools for food carts to help with food distribution activities.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

How do you get to work on your first day on the job if you don’t have money for gas to get there? How do you interview for a job without the right clothing to look professional? How do you pay for the insurance on a vehicle, rent, or buy the appropriate clothing for a new job before your first paycheck arrives? These are all common barriers workers face when trying to gain employment, and Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium is helping people overcome those barriers. A $1,000 grant from our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate helped people in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City with gas cards, clothing, and other payments to help them get started at new jobs.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

From our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Out of 2000 applications, Friends Together was selected by State Farm Neighborhood Assist to compete for $25,000!
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Starting tomorrow, click on this link: https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2033734.
Login, enter your name, birth date, and email address. You are all set to vote for us to win!

Share with all your family, friends, and colleagues! Post on all your social media channels! VOTE every day from September 23 to October 2, 10x a day!!!

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Friday, September 25, 2020

“The loss of a loved one affects the entire family. A husband who died was also a father, a friend, a grandfather. The loss is shared, but each member of the family will grieve in different ways because each relationship has its own special attachments and difficulties. That is certainly true for one family that I had the opportunity to get to know. Thanks to the support of the Straits Area Community Foundation, I served a total of 7 Cheboygan County families and 10 children through the McLaren Children’s Bereavement Program during the past year.” – Theresa Kwilinski, BSW, McLaren Children’s Bereavement Counselor

Thank goodness for programs like this. A Straits Area Community Foundation grant supported this important project.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Oct 21

We love our YAC! And today, Alpena is filled with these awesome youth grantmakers from all across northeast Michiga… https://t.co/0KlmlKopG5

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Apr 9

Spring is in the air (kind of)! To showcase a grant, and remind us that the flowers will bloom again, check out the… https://t.co/Abrumr73yn

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Apr 8

When the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency (IRESA) set a goal to get 100 children in Alcona and Iosco Count… https://t.co/fxOZvHryMv

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Apr 6

Getting our young girls involved and excited about STEM and robotics…how cool! A Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving… https://t.co/CCGSuxoUVM

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 26

Thank you so much to BAC and all that came out to support the WGC! https://t.co/OVvF74M7jR

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 21

Sweat for a Cause is TOMORROW, March 22, and will support the Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle! https://t.co/7HXr3ImCXW

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 15

What a fun way to get the whole family involved in early childhood literacy! CFNEM is proud to support this great p… https://t.co/DlVKEIGpYy

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 12

Support CFNEM's Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle on March 22 at Bay Athletic Club's "Sweat for a Cause" at… https://t.co/0YNKYPrve2

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 11

Reminder! Board Basics is on March 20 in West Branch! Register by Friday! https://t.co/t3ZFIKvIG7

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 8

Check out these young, rising hockey stars! A grant to Cheboygan Hockey Association provided funding for new safety… https://t.co/2UJ5l4yzeT

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 6

Great things happen when people come together for the sake of others! A grant to Grant Lake Community Chapel, and s… https://t.co/1E6OUnm79F

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Mar 1

Today is the final day to submit scholarship applications! https://t.co/a31uraRU3i

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 21

Congratulations to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate on winning the 2019 Visionary… https://t.co/WFxiMPUva5

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 21

These sweet kids from Hillman Community Schools are so happy to have new instruments so they could take band classe… https://t.co/WNftEawRPP

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 6

One of our newest funds is the first at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to support an international… https://t.co/QOLPY3M7og

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 6

The perfect picture for such an icy day in northeast Michigan. Stay safe friends! https://t.co/UJkpBM08O3

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Feb 4

CFNEM Program Director Julie Wiesen gave a great presentation to the Alpena Rotary Club today, telling all about CF… https://t.co/RvXPJNuCcW

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 31

This looks like fun! Love INC of Oscoda County received a grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundatio… https://t.co/tagI3Gy5NX

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 24

CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Jan 9

We can't "love" this enough times"! https://t.co/oOResB4oDQ

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