East Jordan Enrichment Fund

The East Jordan Enrichment Fund has the flexiblity to support organizations, programs, and projects that have a county-wide scope, such as the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital renovation or Leadership Charlevoix County, but focuses on initiatives and needs in East Jordan. 

Many grants have benefitted East Jordan Public Schools, including support for supplies for the Robotics Club, equipment for the weight room, marching band uniforms, and Camp EJ summer care. The City of East Jordan has received grants assisting with wayfinding signage, parks and recreation planning, community baseball field and playground improvements, and upgraded recycling drop off sites.  The East Jordan Community Pool facilities and programming have also received support.

The East Jordan Enrichment Fund provides for friends and neighbors in need through partner organizations, such as emergency utility assistance from Good Samaritan Family Services, food through East Jordan Care & Share Food Pantry, and other community services supported by Crossroads Ecumenical Resale Shop. 

Grants to the Jordan River Arts Council supported a community performance series and several exhibits at the Arts Center. Northern Lakes Economic Alliance received support for Spartan Innovations Green Light EJ, which aims to spark economic development activities in East Jordan and other “Breezeway” communities.

Because the East Jordan 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 East Jordan Enrichment Fund join together, resulting in greater impact for this community we love.

Photo: The Community Foundation's East Jordan Enrichment Fund has supported various projects at East Jordan public schools.

 

Walker fund for east jordan

Robert and Beverly Walker had a deep affection for their community, which grew as their children and grandchildren made their lives here as well.   Their daughter Karen explained: “My parents lived in East Jordan most of their lives.  My dad was originally from East Jordan and my mom was a Boyne City girl.  They lived briefly elsewhere in Michigan but shortly after their marriage, they both considered East Jordan their home.”

When Bob passed away, memorial gifts were made in his honor and a fund was established bearing his name.  In 2017, Mrs. Walker adjusted the fund to focus on good work in East Jordan.  “I want to see the children in the area taken care of and I hope our community is a good place for families,” explained Mrs. Walker.  “If we can make a small difference in East Jordan, that means a lot to me.”

When Mrs. Walker passed away later that year, memorial gifts were again directed to the Community Foundation to enrich the Robert and Beverly Walker Fund for East Jordan.  Working alongside the East Jordan Enrichment Fund in grant cycles each spring and fall, the Robert and Beverly Walker Fund for East Jordan will make a difference in this community they loved.  Grants might support programs at East Jordan Public Schools, local organizations that assist friends and neighbors in need, and enhancements to community services and spaces.  Because the Walker 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 while honoring Bob and Beverly.

 

watson fund for east jordan

Harry and Phoebe Watson made their home and their lives in East Jordan.  Phoebe taught first grade at East Jordan Elementary School, beginning in the early 1940s. During that time she met Harry and they were married while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy.

Harry was a funeral director in East Jordan, as well as a licensed builder and a master plumber and electrician.  He owned and operated the Watson Funeral Home and Watson Construction, Inc.  He was also a member of the Rotary Club of East Jordan for more than 50 years, including serving as the Club’s President.  Harry was a City Council member and even the Mayor of East Jordan for a time.  Phoebe was supportive of and involved in many of Harry’s community activities.  She was an effective teacher serving East Jordan’s young residents for years.

Harry and Phoebe were married for 65 years.  She passed away in 2009 and he followed just over two years later.  In honor and memory of their parents, the Watson’s children established two funds: the Phoebe Watson First Grade Fund and the Watson Field Fund, both to do good work in East Jordan.

When the funds weren’t having the impact that the Watson children had intended, the Community Foundation worked with them to combine the two funds into the Harry and Phoebe Watson Fund for East Jordan.  Now the Fund will provide grant support every year to important programs and projects serving the community of East Jordan and its residents.

The Watsons were helpful people.  They loved East Jordan and loved working to make their community better.  Even though they are gone, the Harry and Phoebe Watson Fund will serve the place they called home…forever.

 

More Funds that support East Jordan

 

Bill and Esther Porter Fund
   Supports educational programs of the East Jordan Public Schools

Boswell Stadium Endowment Fund
   Provides for the long-term care of Boswell Stadium at East Jordan High School

City of East Jordan Perpetual Care Fund
   Supports the care and maintenance of current and future cemeteries operated by the City of EJ

City of East Jordan Recreation Endowment Fund
   Dedicated to improving East Jordan's city parks

East Jordan & Southern Station Band Shell Maintenance Fund
   Supports the long-term care and maintenance of the East Jordan Band Shell

East Jordan Community Auditorium Endowment Fund
   Supports improvements at the Community Auditorium at East Jordan High School

East Jordan Community Pool Endowment Fund
   Supports improvements at the East Jordan Community Pool

East Jordan Enrichment Fund
   Provides broad support for initiatives and programs that benefit the East Jordan area

East Jordan Historical Society Endowment Fund
   Supports the East Jordan Historical Society's museum and mission

East Jordan Homeless Student Fund
   Dedicated to meeting the urgent needs of homeless students in East Jordan

East Jordan Learning Alliance Endowment Fund
   Utilized to support programs that benefit students of East Jordan Public Schools

East Jordan Public Schools Endowment Fund
   Supports future educational objectives of East Jordan Public Schools

East Jordan Rotary Student Exchange Fund
   Provides resources to support the East Jordan Rotary Student Exchange Program

Harry and Phoebe Watson Fund for East Jordan
   Provides broad support for initiatives and programs that benefit the East Jordan area

Industrial Development Fund/East Jordan
   Supports economic-development related initiatives in East Jordan

John B. Smith "Strive" Fund
   Supports the operations of the East Jordan Rotary Club's Strive Program

Jordan River Arts Council Building Fund
   Dedicated to supporting the facility needs of the Jordan River Arts Council

Jordan River Arts Council Fund
   Supports the mission of the Jordan River Arts Council

Jordan Valley District Library Fund
   Provides support for the general operations of the Jordan Valley District Library

Jordan Valley EMS Authority Endowment Fund
   Supports the general operations of the Jordan Valley Emergency Medical Services

Kenneth & Ina Slough Memorial Fund
   Supports the general operations of the Jordan Valley Emergency Medical Services

Kenneth Diller Memorial Fund
   Dedicated to meeting the needs of children in the East Jordan Public Schools

Mary Glenna Malpass Mission Fund
   Provides support for mission-related activities at East Jordan Presbyterian Church

Phyllis Malpass Critical Needs Fund
   Dedicated to meeting the urgent needs of children in the East Jordan Public Schools

Robert and Beverly Walker Fund for East Jordan
   Provides broad support for initiatives and programs that benefit the East Jordan area