CommunityGives Fund: 20+ grants given to area youth programs

A local girl scout troup works on the community garden they planted as part of communityGives
The Midland Area Community Foundation has approved twenty-two grants totaling $22,000 to Midland County student groups so far this year.  The grants were awarded through a fund held at the Midland Area Community Foundation called “communityGives”, which is a component of Dow Chemical Company’s “DowGives” volunteer initiative.
The idea behind communityGives is simple: any group of students from a nonprofit or educational organization in Midland County can earn a $1,000 grant by completing at least 50 hours of volunteer work.  Student groups must be between kindergarten and twelfth grade, and their service project should benefit a group other than their own.
In total, over 1300 hours of volunteer service has been completed through communityGives since the program began just over one year ago.
A communityGives grant recently allowed Bullock Creek High School’s “Creekers for a Cause” running group to purchase team jerseys.  To earn the grant, the group volunteered their time at one of the water stations during the Great Lakes Bay Qualifier Marathon race in May.
A local Girl Scout troop also took advantage of the grant, creating a vegetable garden for Trinity Wesleyan Church’s food pantry.  The scout troop spread dirt, installed a fence and planted a variety of vegetables.  Instead of using the $1,000 for troop expenses, the group decided to put the money right back into the garden, funding the top soil, fencing materials, tools and seeds needed.
“Girl Scout Troop 50201 learned a lot about their community, healthy eating and themselves while earning their Bronze Award,” said troop leader Leeza Bacon.  “The girls worked hard on this project and are excited to begin harvesting the produce to add to the food pantry.”
The Midland Area Community Foundation encourages area youth groups to apply to the communityGives Fund.  Applications are accepted throughout the year and can be found here or by calling 989.839.9661.