Urgent Needs Fund
Basic needs like food, clothing, heat, and housing should be available to everyone in Charlevoix County. Providing support for friends and neighbors in need has always been a priority for the Community Foundation.
In 2009, C3F worked with the Frey Foundation to create the Urgent Needs Fund in order to meet rapidly growing needs. Since then, other donors have supported the Fund, allowing for grants totaling $120,000 to provide human services organizations like Good Samaritan Family Services, Boyne Valley Pantry, East Jordan Ecumenical Ministerial Association, and more with resources to help families and individuals make ends meet. Urgent Needs Fund grants have helped to stock the shelves of food pantries, provided for home heating and electricity, and purchased shoes and boots for children in need.
When the burden is reduced for our most vulnerable residents, our whole community benefits. To that end, the Community Foundation's board offered a $100,000 match from endowed resources to boost contributions to the Urgent Needs Fund in 2017. Generous donors helped to capture that match! We continue to accept gifts to the Urgent Needs Fund so that the Community Foundation can help friends and neighbors in Charlevoix County when they need it most.
Photo: A little shopper visits Good Samaritan Family Services' resale store.