Dementia Training Helps People Connect

Picture yourself in your home, and count every door and doorway you can think of. Now imagine you have dementia. You’ve waited too long to get up to use the restroom, and you can’t remember which door leads to the bathroom. How do you feel? Frustrated? Angry? Scared? This is one demonstration that Golden Horizons’ […]

Splashes and Fun Coming to Au Gres

Approximately two miles from the shores of Lake Huron lies the Au Gres River and the location of a planned multi-use family park. After acquiring the property from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Au Gres formed a plan for redevelopment as a recreation destination for area visitors and local families alike. […]

Community Leadership: Bay County Roadmap

Community foundations play an important role in creating a vibrant community for future generations to enjoy. By working together with other community leaders, we help initiate new projects and programs that work toward those goals. One such community project was the Bay County Road Map to the Future: Action for Positive and Collaborative Community Growth […]

More Tutors Means More Help for Area Students

Dyslexia effects 12-15% of school children, says Leslie Siebert, a tutor for The Legacy Center and a mother of two children who benefited from the program. “Students who don’t receive help will either shut down, act out, or become a class clown to cope with their frustrations.” Students who struggle to read are at a […]

Community Leadership During Crisis

When we announced in December that our slogan for the upcoming year was going to be, “Be Bold,” we had no idea what 2020 had in store for us. We’ve seen our community shuttered as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19. We’ve watched our neighbors in Arenac, Midland, and Saginaw face devastating flooding. […]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Opportunities Coming to Great Lakes Bay Region

Understanding cultural differences among our neighbors—and commonalities—allows us to grow as a community. The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool assesses an individual’s mindset and skill set toward cultural difference and aims to facilitate cooperative conversations and actions directed toward growth and development rather than judgment and resistance. The YWCA of the Great Lakes Bay Region […]

Forever Starts Today Thanks to Consumers Energy Foundation

Summer days at the beach. Waves washing upon the shore. A fishing line plopping in the water. Strolling along a riverbank. These images evoke a sense of well-being and create a strong and enduring connection to place. Communities with a strong sense of place prosper. They attract workplace talent and business. Lake Huron and the […]

Lake Sturgeon Reentering Local Rivers

The population of lake sturgeon is at less than 1% of its historic levels for a variety of reasons, including habitat loss and overfishing in the 1900s when their eggs were highly sought for caviar. Alongside many partners, The Conservation Fund is working to restore this species. “Sturgeon are an amazing native species; they’ve been […]

Generosity Feels Like Home

Youth shelter provides haven in times of crisis. When 15-year-old Olivia* walked into the Samaritan Youth Shelter this past April, she was over 100 assignments behind in her schoolwork. She was also in need of a place to stay after tensions with her mother had reached a boiling point — again. What she found in […]

Generosity . . . Changes Reading Opportunities at Au Gres-Sims High School

Thanks to the generosity of Catherine and John Maser and the endowed fund they established at Bay Area Community Foundation, students at Au Gres-Sims High School were able to help choose books they were interested in for classroom libraries. Now, students have easy access to digital and print books and magazines directly related to what […]