Beaver Island Enrichment Fund

Not many community foundations in Michigan have the privilege – and challenge – of serving an island.  Thanks to vital non-profit organizations and community volunteers on Beaver Island, the Community Foundation actively supports the quality of life on the Island. 

Beaver Island has a strong arts and cultural community which has benefitted from grants in support of the popular Baroque on Beaver music festival and upgrades to the Community Center’s performing arts auditorium.  The Community Foundation has invested in the Beaver Island Historical Society with grants for technology improvements, museum software, and training for staff.  The Beaver Island Enrichment Fund has also helped establish a Birding Trail for locals and visitors alike.

Health and housing needs are issues on the Island as on the mainland.  The Beaver Island Enrichment Fund has provided grant funding to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center to help make video conferencing and digital x-ray transmitting available, to provide assistance to homebound seniors, and even to support the costs of patient transportation and accommodations when hospital visits are necessary.  Senior housing construction and improvements have also been grant supported, providing a safe and supportive residence for seniors and disabled individuals so that they may stay near family and friends on Beaver Island. 

Because the Beaver Island Enrichment Fund is endowed, it will continue to grow and provide grant dollars for these kinds of programs and projects and more, both now and into the future.  Contributions to the Beaver Island Enrichment Fund join together, resulting in greater impact for this community we love.

 

Photo: The Beaver Island Lighthouse shows off a fresh paint job.