Mio, Mich. – Mio United Methodist Church recently received a $22,000 grant from the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) to support a variety of financial assistance and human services supporting Oscoda County’s communities. This disbursement came from the Mabel Hager Memorial Fund at NCMCF.
NCMCF has held the Mabel Hager Memorial Fund since 1999 when it was established through a gift from Mrs. Hager’s estate. Born in 1901, Mrs. Hager became a member of Mio United Methodist Church in 1933. The church, its women’s group, choir, and community outreach activities grew very important to her over the years. As a Designated Fund of NCMCF, Mio United Methodist Church may use the Mabel Hager Memorial Fund to support charitable interests in the community, and for the church’s needs.
Mio United Methodist Church Advisory Committee Chairperson Nancy Crane says the grant will specifically be used to donate food to local pantries, support the local women’s shelters, fund a Good Samaritan Scholarship, support the Midwest backpack food program, provide funds for a women’s spring retreat, and support an afterschool program. The church will also use some of the funds to help with expenses of a new roof on the church building.
“We are incredibly excited that Mabel Hager’s funds will be a blessing to the recipients and give them hope for a better future,” says Crane. “It is an honor that with the Mabel Hager Memorial Fund we can invest in the life of our community to bring wholeness and well-being to Oscoda County.”
“This fund is a true testament to the power of endowment and what can happen when people who care about their communities choose to invest in them this way,” says Community Foundation Executive Director, Patrick Heraghty. “Since this Fund was established, it has provided more than $94,000 for charitable programs benefitting Oscoda County residents through the church’s outreach activities, with a portion of those funds going to projects at the church itself, including a building addition in 2003, per Mrs. Hager’s directions.”
Heraghty added that many organizations across NCMCF’s service area of Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties benefit from a designated fund established by an outside donor to support a nonprofit. Some of those include the Steiner Museum Fund, St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, Oscoda County Library Fund and Lake Margrethe Foundation Fund.
The North Central Michigan Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, is a nonprofit organization which holds a collection of permanently endowed funds supporting a broad range of purposes, from arts and humanities, education, health and human services, and more. These funds are carefully and wisely invested, with money generated from these endowment funds providing annual grants in support of Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties, which will continue to benefit the North Central Michigan region forever.