CACF made our first Disability Resource Expo possible! The grant process was easy and the staff from CACF were super helpful in answering questions and offering guidance. Without the support of CACF our event would not have been possible. We successfully reached out to over 208 individuals with disabilities in the Cadillac area.
Living in a rural area which is culturally underserved can mean very limited resources for the Arts. When our school had the opportunity for a Master Class with the World-renowned vocal group Tonic Sol-Fa, the desire was there but the funding was not. We turned to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation and its Youth Advisory Committee, and immediately, our class was fully funded! The experience was incredible, with students receiving professional guidance that immediately changed the way they sang and performed.
Sexual abuse is a topic that needs to be talked about especially to our children. One out of 4 females and one out of 7 males will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. The average age a child is abused is 6. Healing Private Wounds will talk to over 4000 school students in grades K-12 this year. Our sexual abuse prevention program is vital and aimed at educating and protecting children. In every school we get disclosures from young victims and then help is given. We also offer counseling services and recovery groups at our Center ( 856 N Mitchell St. in Cadillac) all at no cost.
We have over 40 volunteers who render our services. It’s gratifing to help victims heal and educate the young and hopefully stop sexual abuse in our communities.
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CACF played a tremendous role in financially supporting our Freshman Experience program last year. This program aims to improve transitioning 8th to 9th grade students in the areas of communication, problem solving, respect and overcoming adversity. Without CACF's grant funding, this program would not have been possible. Thank you CACF!
As the director of the Stehouwer Free Clinic, a major problem we often see among those without insurance is dental issues. The Women's Giving Circle, a fund within the Cadillac Area Community Foundation provided a grant to provide new and improved smiles to the women seen at the Stehouwer Free Clinic.
The ladies from Women's Giving Circle were very helpful. They discussed with us the needs of those we care for and the problem the Stehouwer Free Clinic struggles to meet. This helped us to decide which area of need would be of the greatest interest to the Women’s Giving Circle and also beneficial to the clients of the Stehouwer Free Clinic.
A huge thank you to the Women’s Giving Circle for granting us funds to provide dental care to the uninsured women of the Cadillac area living in poverty. With the assistance of local dentists, the funds from the Women’s Giving Circle helped many women smile again. This also gave them the confidence needed to find a job but most importantly, improve their health.
In 2009, the After 26 Project was a newly formed non-profit, hoping to get the word of their mission out to the public. Thanks in part to funds from the Cadillac Area Community Foundation, the After 26 Depot will be opening this year! Our mission is to train and employ people age 26 years and older who have developmental disabilities. The cafe and gift shop will be located in the Ann Arbor railroad depot. Thanks again Cadillac Area Community Foundation, Lyn Hughes, President After 26 Board of Directors
As Co-Coordinator of the Wexford-Missaukee Area Great Start Collaborative, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Cadillac Area Community Foundation for their recent award which will be used to help fund the Fourth Annual Cadillac Area Early Childhood Conference. The purpose of this day-long conference, aimed at parents and professionals, is to improve the quality of care of young children in their homes and early care and learning settings. I have found the Foundation staff to be a pleasure to work with and I commend the Board on their efforts to improve our community.
As the Excutive Director of the Cadillac Area YMCA, I've found the Cadillac Area Community Foundation to be an incredible asset to our community. Throught their close work with youth they've formed a very dynamic and enegetic Youth Advisroy Committee (YAC) that annaully gives out funding to advance the needs of youth in our Community. At the Y they've supported collaborative efforts in programs like Teen Impact and the development of our Teen Center. YAC also participated in a 3 way partnership with the Y and Club Cadillac to provide a Christmas Card service that generated awareness about the Y, the foundations, and Club Cadillac.
The foundation has also been instrumental in other collaborative efforts. Most recently they helped fund the Lincoln Afterschool Prgoram that provides a Heatlhy Snack and vigerous play five days per week to fight the obesity epedemic in our youth. Additionally the program provides 3 days of tutoring in Math or Reading for kids that are struggling in those areas. Withouth their funding this program would not have been possible.
I've found the staff team at the foundation to be extremely approachable and ready to help us think through how best to frame our programs so they are best positioned to recieve funding and succeed. They've been straightforward to identify potential obstacles or programs that lack the integrity to be funded.
We also use the foundation to hold our endowment fund. It's been excellent to have a local team handy to answer our questions and be our advocates for developing and utilitizing this fund. I've been extremly thankful that their leadership removes any worry I have regarding the security and growth of our endowment.