Heart Rate Monitors Have Kids on a Healthy Track!

The idea of running around a gym or playing basketball may not be appealing for all. Such was the case for some children at Standish-Sterling Central Elementary—that is until they started using heart rate monitors. The Arenac County Healthy Youth/Healthy Seniors Fund awarded $1,000 for a classroom set of heart rate monitors and tracking software. […]

Assessing Health in Arenac County

Arenac County is a beautiful place with many recreational opportunities. It also faces many health challenges. “There are resources available, but they need to be used,” says Bobbe Burke, member of the Arenac Community Funds Committee and Arenac County Board of Commissioners. She has noticed that obesity, poverty, and smoking are some of the bigger […]

Connecting to the Environment through Stories

In 2016, the Saginaw Bay Watershed Restoration Fund awarded a grant of $4,200 to the Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation to finish up a series of videos about the Saginaw Bay Area. The Center is focused on engaging the younger generations in conservation. They believe that conservation for conservation sake doesn’t resonate […]

Grants Bring Public Art to Bay City

With grants from the Community Initiative Fund and the Youth Advisory Committee, Studio 23 coordinated a design contest among Bay Area high schools. Winner and Western High School student Bridget Hunsinger worked alongside MARKed Arts to complete her painting. “It still feels surreal,” she said. “I learned so much from this experience.” She hopes to […]

Vaccinations Allow More Dogs to be Fostered and Adopted

“Properly vaccinating dogs is our first line of defense when it comes to preventing the spread of communicable diseases,” says Stephanie Beiser, Canine Program Coordinator at the Humane Society of Bay County. “It is especially important in puppies and senior dogs who are most susceptible to illness.” The Humane Society frequently receives calls from those […]

Grant Awarded to Improve Writing Skills in Bay Area

Community members of all ages and backgrounds now have free access to one-on-one tutoring sessions and group workshops aimed at improving their writing. Individual sessions focus on any form of writing, and workshops focus on topics such as scholarship essays, résumés and cover letters, and creative writing. Since it opened this September, the center has […]

A Safe Space for a Home-cooked Meal

The Bay Area Women’s Center strives to make its emergency shelter feel as much like a home as possible. But after 15 years of constant use from families, the residential style kitchen was no longer the safest and most efficient option. BACF granted $10,000 from the Community Initiative Fund and $15,000 from the Herzog Family […]

Adaptive Play Climbing Wall as a Therapy Approach

The new climbing wall at Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum allows Bay County children with disabilities to work with their therapists in a safe and fun environment. For children, a trip to the museum is playtime. For their occupational, physical, and speech language pathologists, that playtime means so much more. With play-based therapy, “the children don’t realize […]

Preserving Arenac County’s History

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Omer’s Ye Olde Courthouse has withstood a tornado, two devastating fires, a heavy flood, and a disastrous ice storm. It’s a piece of local history that the community is very proud of, and a group of dedicated volunteers has stepped up to ensure it will always withstand […]

Elizabeth J. Husband Fund Provides Holiday Cheer

During the 2018 fall semiannual grant season, Bay Area Community Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant the CAN Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region to throw a holiday party for the kids they service. This grant from the Elizabeth J. Husband Fund will provide new clothing, toys, and a nice meal for children who are […]