KAIR awarded $101K grant from Impact 100

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Shown at the presentation are (from left): Amanda Elliott, Gina Aranki, KAIR Executive Director Cathy Somes, Frank Somes, Sue Bolde and Pam Darling.


REGION – Impact 100 Traverse City awarded $304,000 in grants to three regional nonprofits at its annual meeting last Wednesday night.

The 2019 grant recipients – Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, and Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) – were each given $101,333.

The three recipients selected from four finalists that also included Cognition, a hands-on science and discovery center located in Beulah, were determined by membership vote and will use their respective grants to fund transformative projects thanks to the 304 members who each donated $1,000 to the organization this year.

Child and Family Services will use its grant to create a YouthWork Conservation Corps to provide employment and learning-based service projects for an underserved and diverse population of young people in the five-county area.

The grant to Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center will allow it to expand the building’s first floor and add additional interview, family, and multidisciplinary rooms to more effectively respond to allegations of child abuse in the six counties served by the Center as well as the Sovereign Nation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

KAIR will create a community meal program to address the 27 percent of children living in Kalkaska County who are faced with poverty. The program will provide 600 people monthly with wholesome meals at no cost to help decrease food insecurity, childhood obesity, and future health problems by preparing nutritional foods and promoting suggested recipes.

While Cognition’s grant will not be funded by Impact this year, its application will be forwarded to local foundations for their review and consideration.

“These nonprofits are doing amazing work in our area, said Impact 100 President Tonya Wildfong. “We’re honored to gather strong women with an interest in changing our communities to make the nonprofits’ impactful goals come to fruition.”

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