Health Education and Social Services
Guido and Elizabeth promoted programs that would improve the quality of life for young people,
especially those that would support and promote the readiness of children to learn.
Healthcare is another area of strong interest to the Foundation. The Foundation has a particular
interest in initiatives that will improve health and well-being for residents of Calhoun County,
such as programs of disease prevention and health promotion. In addition, proposals in the area
of social services are of consistent interest to the Foundation.
This would include programming that provides essential human services, especially for those who are
least able to help themselves. These services improve social conditions, often through an educational
component of the grant, for residents in our community.
2017-2018 Health Education and Social Services Grants
Sherman Lake Y Camp: Lakeview Schools Integrated Education Racial Equity program
is a collaboration between Sherman Lake Y and Lakeview School District. This program will
provide all 3rd through 8th grade students, along with teachers, support staff and administration,
the opportunity to experience Sherman Lake Y while focusing on relationships, cultural awareness,
transition skills and character in action. The program will assist students in their
transition to middle school and provide a solid base for a unified middle school culture.
The Food Bank of South Central Michigan:
Funding for Nutritious Food Distribution and
the Fresh Food Initiative Education Program which are direct distributions of nutritious food
items to schools, pantries, churches and soup kitchens that serve households in need of emergency
Calhoun County Health Department Nurse Family Partnership, support to improve pregnancy
outcomes, child health and development and increase economic self-sufficiency.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: One-to-One Mentoring program is designed to place
positive, supportive role models in the lives of Battle Creek youth who are facing adversity.
In addition to providing support and nurturing, mentors also assist in offering these children
exposure to a world otherwise outside their reach in terms of opportunities and experiences.