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CFNEM Operations During COVID-19

As a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Community Foundation office will be closed until further notice. The best way to reach individual staff members during this time is via email. A directory of STAFF EMAILS can be found on our website. Voicemails left for individual staff may not be able to be returned immediately.

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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State of Michigan coronavirus site
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 site

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We want to wish a special "congratulations" to Jenna Peterson on her graduation! Jenna served two years as a youth trustee on the CFNEM Board and a member of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), representing CFNEM and her youth community well. This video was shared at Alpena Public Schools' virtual awards night, and is a great glimpse into her time on YAC, and as a youth trustee. Congratulations Jenna!

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Monday, June 1, 2020

A 2019 grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate provided funding to improve access to this nonprofit's facility in Ogemaw County.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Be counted Northeast Michigan! It is so important.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate's annual report shows philanthropy at work in Iosco County. See a full list of all ICCF donors, grants and scholarship recipients for 2019.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

For our friends who love the Straits Area, check out the Straits Area Community Foundation's 2019 Annual Report. This affiliate foundation of CFNEM is represented by local leaders from Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Donors from the Straits Area and from all over Michigan and the U.S. support this beloved spot, and help make their annual grants possible. https://www.cfnem.org/sacf/about-us/2019-annual-report.html

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Nonprofits across northeast Michigan, like the Ogemaw Commission on Aging, are helping to spread the word about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census. Seniors count. Babies count. Students count. Parents count. We all count. And when everyone is counted, everyone wins!

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Attention nonprofits serving Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties! Applications for the 2020 North Central Michigan Community Foundation Community Impact Grant are due June 30. Nonprofit organizations serving those three counties are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 for a broad range of programs. Applications are available at www.ncmcf.org under “Grants”.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

The third round of grants from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan’s (CFNEM) new Urgent Needs Fund put another $25,000 directly into the hands of local nonprofits to help area residents with basic needs, bringing the total awarded so far to $75,000.

• $3,000 to Ogemaw County Child Protection Council to provide diapers, wipes and other child essentials;
• $2,500 to Catholic Human Services to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) for staff and clients so menta...l health assistance can resume safely;
• $2,000 to Crawford County Commission on Aging for meal services and hygiene assistance for Crawford County seniors;
• $1,800 to Love INC of Oscoda County to assist their food pantry;
• $1,500 to Bay View Center of Alpena to purchase PPE and safety equipment so mental health assistance appointments can resume safely;
• $2,500 to NEMROC for PPE for its employees at high risk for COVID-19 complications;
• $2,800 to Crawford AuSable School District’s Grayling Middle School and Grayling Elementary School for their Viking Food Pantry;
• $2,300 to Ogemaw County Christian Fellowship to assist with increasing food and nutrition needs in Ogemaw County;
• $2,000 to FISH Inc. Oscoda to feed Iosco County residents;
• $1,450 to Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity for food and hygiene products for Cheboygan County and Presque Isle County residents;
• $700 to FISH Inc. Tawas to feed Iosco County residents;
• $1,000 to Alcona County Commission on Aging to support food programs for Alcona County seniors and residents;
• $1,400 to Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency to provide food and utility assistance to families in Montmorency County.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hey Northeast Michigan! Let's get counted in the 2020 Census! We still have a way to go yet. So far in our nine counties, here are the response rates as of May 11:

Alcona: 33.7%
Alpena: 65.8%
Cheboygan: 45.6%...
Crawford: 39.4%
Iosco: 44.9%
Montmorency: 32.2%
Ogemaw: 42.7%
Oscoda: 26.1%
Presque Isle: 46.8%

Complete the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/
or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The 2019 CFNEM Annual Report is available online! Along with our grants, financial summary, donor lists and message from the president, you'll also find three wonderful donor stories of the Lappan Family, Annele Johnson Richards and Michael Mandrick. Check it out! https://www.cfnem.org/resources/annual-reports.html

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Straits Area Community Foundation is accepting grant applications until June 1st for its Health Care grant. This grant is specifically for health care related activities for residents of Cheboygan County. This can include medical care, care for uninsured or underinsured, community wide health programs, access to health care, personal protection equipment, and other health care related necessities. Eligible nonprofits can apply for funding at sacf.net under "Grants".

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Monday, May 11, 2020

This looks like so much fun! The Ogemaw Kids Club received a grant for its Ninja Warrior and STEM projects. Kids who attend the club’s after-school and summer programs have, and will once again, enjoy the fun, exercise and competition of this fun project funded with the help of a North Central Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Every member of the CFNEM staff and our families completed the 2020 U.S. Census. We’ve been counted! Have you? Even if you haven’t received anything in the mail, you can self-respond online at https://my2020census.gov/ or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.You count, so be counted!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Round #2 of $25,000 in Urgent Needs Fund grants were awarded this week. To date, $50,000 in grants has gone out in the past two weeks for nonprofits in our nine-county service area to support people with the most basic needs. Round #3 is expected within a week. Round #2 grants include:

• $8,350 to Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency to help individuals and families with emergency needs including rent and food in Montmorency, Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties;
• $4,...000 to Hope Shores Alliance for motel stays and personal items for those trying to escape domestic violence and abuse;
• $3,000 to The Salvation Army of Alpena to help local families with basic expenses including clothing, food and shelter;
• $3,940 to Ascension St. Joseph Health Foundation to purchase tablets for the Tawas location’s hospital rooms of COVID patients so they can communicate with family;
• $2,000 to Cheboygan Compassionate Ministries, Inc. to provide food for their pantry and personal protection equipment for workers;
• $2,710 to Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for food in Alcona, Alpena and Cheboygan Counties; and
• $1,000 to Northern Care Center in Cheboygan for personal hygiene items.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

“The key here is getting money to where it’s needed, if people have the ability and the means. And we want to be able to help with that however we can, whether it’s through our fund or through connections that we can help them make. Like our community and our donors, we’re in it for the long haul. We know that no one organization, no one entity, has the resources to meet the demands of this time. And it’s really going to take everybody doing their part, their small part, and collectively, hopefully, we can move forward.”

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The first round of $25,000 in grants from the Urgent Needs Fund is on its way to nonprofits in each county of our nine-county service area. Grants from this fund are currently being used to support basic needs for residents of northeast Michigan affected by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second round of grants is expected in the next two weeks. To see the full list of grants or make a donation to the Urgent Needs Fund, visit https://www.cfnem.org/…/first-round-of-25000-in-urgent-need….

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Grantee words often say it best, like these from Cheboygan Area Arts Council's dance camp:

"Thomas was 3 years old and had barely survived a terrible childhood illness. He spent 2 of his 3 years in a hospital, undergoing treatments and surgeries. His mother from Czechoslovakia brought his sister to dance class all the way from St. Ignace (45 minutes away) because there were no other dance classes or camps available. Thomas could barely speak, due in part to English as a secon...d language issues and in part due to delays caused by his illness. But when he heard the music playing for the 5-year-old dancers, he became enthralled. His mother could not stop him. No one could stop him. Thomas was out on the dance floor with the girls, trying to do everything they were doing. Soon he was playing creative movement games and joining the dancers in London Bridge and Ring Around the Rosie. We let him stay in the classes as much as he wanted, free of charge. Thomas may have been our tiniest dancer, but he was certainly our most fierce! Thanks to your grant, we were able to offer this camp. Both sessions were filled. We hope to apply again next year so we can serve even more children and invite Thomas back to be an official camper."

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Monday, April 27, 2020

For nonprofits serving Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City: our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate is accepting applications for its Straits Area Health Care grant. Nonprofits with health related programs in the Straits Area are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 in funding. Applications are available online and are due on June 1, 2020. Learn more here: https://www.cfnem.org/…/grants/straits-area-health-care-gra…

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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

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@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

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@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

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@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

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@CFNEM • Mar 26

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

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@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

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@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

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@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

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@CFNEM • Mar 11

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

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@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

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@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

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

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

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

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

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@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

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@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

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

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

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@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

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@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

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@CFNEM • Jan 24

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@CFNEM • Jan 9

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

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