County Sheriff’s Work Crew awarded WWC grant

Lauren Clark, Contributing Writer

Photo by Lauren Clark

Kalkaska County Undersheriff Dave Wagner addresses the 100+ Women Who Care gathered last Thursday at the United Methodist Church community room to hear presentations for grant requests. Individuals and groups don’t have to be a member of the organization to attend the biannual meetings or to apply for grant consideration.


KALKASKA – The Kalkaska County Sheriff's Work Crew Program was chosen as the winner of this fall’s 100+ Women Who Care grant, awarded on Oct. 3. Presenter Undersheriff David Wagner requested funding assistance for the purchase of an aluminum landscape trailer and two lawn mowers.

100+ WWC is a biannual meeting of Kalkaska area women who hear three presentations from local organizations. Attendees vote on their favorite presentation and whoever receives the most votes is awarded the total of the pooled donations.

As of press time, the 100+ WWC grant totaled $6,110 with more donations expected.

The Work Crew Program has other needs to assist in its efforts, such as two backpack leaf blowers and a chainsaw that will be purchased with any excess grant funds.

The program trains county jail inmates to work as a team in providing labor for services and projects for many county needs.

A sampling of local groups that benefit from the crew’s labor include: the Kalkaska County Fair, Friends of the Kalkaska County Library’s book sale, Downtown Development Authority, National Trout Festival, the KAIR food pantry and Festival of Trees, Iceman Cometh, area townships and churches. Additionally, during the summer the crew works at local public schools.

“Taking part in the 100+ WWC presentation was really great,” Wagner said following announcement of the grant award.

“The best part is that every dollar donated to the work crew will be invested directly back into the Kalkaska community. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the 100+WWC for this wonderful opportunity; the other two organizations that presented that night were very deserving,” he added.

Also presenting at last Thursday’s gathering was the Women's Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRC) and Kalkaska Public Schools (KPS) Birch Street Elementary Preschool. 

The WRC sought funds to dedicate toward financial assistance for Kalkaska survivors, specifically for transportation and its emergency shelter.

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