Written by Heidi Sytsema
Tuesday, 08 November 2011
One in ’21...becoming the healthiest county in Michigan in ten years...we do love an ambitious goal, don't we? At the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, we’re joining the effort in a few ways.
Most of our staff has joined the 21,000 pound challenge. We’re taking the stairs, walking in the L.C. at lunch, and trying to make good food choices. (Though with nine birthday treats in six weeks, and leftovers from a few community receptions, our breakroom is a danger zone as we head into the holidays!)
Our board recently approved some exciting grants that promote dignity, health, and well-being for Muskegon County residents:
• East Muskegon Little League will be building a No More Sidelines T-ball field at Sheldon Park that will allow kids of all abilities to get out and Play Ball!
• Pickle-ball equipment will soon be available for White Lake residents to check out and use.
• Seniors at Tanglewood Park will be starting a greenhouse project, growing veggies to eat and enjoying the therapeutic benefits of gardening.
• Families in poverty often rely on unlicensed caregivers to watch their children. Free training is going to be provided to train these caregivers in CPR/First Aid and childhood development.
• Drop boxes for disposing of controlled substances are going to be available daily in law enforcement offices, meaning families can get these medicines safely out of their homes.
• A Personal Needs Pantry is planned through the Salvation Army, which will help people with limited resources have access to personal hygiene products.
• The Child Abuse Council will be creating and sharing an education video to increase internet safety knowledge among parents.
Volunteer committees awarded all of these grants through a competitive process. In addition, there are many, many donors who make grants from their own Funds to build a healthier Muskegon County every day!
Studies show that generous people are happier and live longer. The people of Muskegon County are incredibly giving, and we work every day to build this culture of generosity and philanthropy. Here’s to a happy and healthy Muskegon County!