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People Fund Annual Report

2013 Grant Recipients | North DIRECTORS North Terry Distel Gaylord

Shirley Farrier Kalkaska

Robin McCarty Harbor Springs

Al Quaal Gaylord

Matt Soderquist Frederic

Mike Stowe Treasurer Boyne City

Central Kathleen Andersen President Ludington

Shelly Myers Irons

Sharon Templar Secretary

$4,000 Antrim County Child Abuse & Neglect Council, Mancelona: Cribs for families in need. $800 Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Mancelona: Trail improvements. $2,000 Bellaire Public Library: Computers, printer and workstation. $2,500 Boyne Area Christmas: Supplies for Christmas baskets for families in need.


$7,500 Boyne Area Deacons’ Fund: Emergency assistance for people in need.


$1,284 Boyne City Middle School: Educational materials and supplies for student garden.

Laura Beyer

$2,500 Brother Dan’s Food Pantry, Petoskey: Food for the pantry.

Wayne Bumstead

$1,000 Charlevoix Circle of Arts: Folding chairs and storage cart.



Beverly Cassidy

Gaylord Gators Swim Club $2,500 Charlevoix Ministerial Association: Emergency assistance for people in need.

$6,000 Grandvue Medical Care Facility, East Jordan: Wheelchair accessible van.

$5,000 Compassionate Hearts, Boyne City: Emergency assistance for people in need.

$600 Kalkaska Historical Society: Laptop computer.

$969 Crossroads Ministries New Life Pregnancy Resource Center, Petoskey: Computer and camera. $2,000 Eta Nu Charities, Boyne City: Dress for Chill program that provides winter outerwear to children in need. $3,760 Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Petoskey: Carpet cleaner for the Petoskey Senior Center and a Meals on Wheels vehicle. $625 Gaylord Gators Swim Club: Laptop computer and printer.


$882 North Country Kids, Harbor Springs: Books, scholarships and art supplies for children’s literacy enrichment program. $5,000 Otsego Conservation District, Gaylord: Amphitheater at the Otsego County Alternative Landscaping Demonstration Garden. $1,300 Otsego County Child Welfare Alliance, Gaylord: Car seats, lice kits and home health kits for families in need. $3,233 Otsego County Historical Society, Gaylord: Museum flooring project. $10,000 Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan: Evolving Technologies building.

Linda Firlik Wayland

$5,000 The Manna Food Project, Petoskey: Food4Kids backpack program to provide food for children in need from Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties.

David Wagner Muskegon

Cover photos, clockwise from top left: Boyne City Middle School Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, White Cloud

People Fund 1323 Boyne Avenue P.O. Box 70 Boyne City, MI 49712 Phone: 888-485-2537

Lily’s Frog Pad – Howard Christensen Nature Center, Kent City

Eta Nu Charities, Boyne City

Wexford Habitat for Humanity, Cadillac

People Fund Annual Report

2013 Grant Recipients | Central

2013 Grant Recipients | South

$1,000 HELP, Ludington: Five cribs for low income families. $1,650 Kids Hope USA, Scottville: Clothing for low-income children. $1,995 LeRoy-Rose Lake Fire Department: Two backboards with splint and traction sets. $1,500 Cadillac Wexford Public Library: Digitize two newspapers. $1,320 Chase Township Public Library: Shelving units for children’s reading area. $1,918 Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm, Free Soil: Computer equipment. $499 City of Scottville: Refrigerator for McPhail Field concession stand. $3,000 Crossroads Theatre Guild, Reed City: Upgrade lighting in community theatre. $1,799 Hamlin Township Fire Department, Ludington: Generator for the Command Rehabilitation Trailer for emergency rescue events.


$1,500 Mason County Department of Human Services, Ludington: Supplies for a basic needs pantry for families in need. $2,000 Osceola Children’s Council, Reed City: Infant car seat program.

Christ Lutheran Church, White Cloud

$1,155 Our Wish, Scottville: Computer equipment. $2,000 Reed City Fire Department: John Deere Gator to get to remote areas.

$1,000 Love INC. of Allendale: New phone system.

$1,950 Scottville Optimist Club: Projector to show outdoor movies.

$2,500 Mecosta County Community Foundation, Big Rapids: Match Day pool to assist 109 non-profit organizations with fundraising efforts.

$1,250 Wexford Habitat for Humanity, Cadillac: Energy efficient office lighting improvements.

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$3,345 Newaygo Area District Library: Shelving for the Young Adult room and furniture for study rooms. $20,000 Big Jackson Public School, Paris: Multi-purpose community center.

$3,550 Newaygo County Animal Shelter, White Cloud: Kennel upgrades.

$1,000 Christ Lutheran Church, White Cloud: Food for a Feeding America Truck.

$5,000 Newaygo County Museum & Heritage Center: Security system and exit door alarms.

$6,000 Christian Neighbors, Plainwell: Emergency financial assistance fund.

$2,243 Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, White Cloud: Transportation costs for children’s summer camp.

$1,116 City of Grant: City ball field benches. $9,062 Croton Religious Society, Newaygo: New windows in historical building. $2,500 Crystal Valley Care Fund, Hart: Emergency assistance to those in need. $1,200 Hesperia Beautification Committee: New hanging baskets and brackets. $450 Hesperia Community Library: Scanner to digitize local history materials. $3,000 Housing Resource Center, Allegan: Emergency utility assistance.

Osceola Children’s Council

$1,257 Lily’s Frog Pad – Howard Christensen Nature Center, Kent City: Chainsaw to remove dead trees along their nature trails.

$3,000 Oceana County Council on Aging, Hart: Senior Center. $1,500 Oceana County Department of Human Services, Hart: Supplies for a basic needs pantry for families in need. $1,600 Oceana County Habitat for Humanity, Shelby: Power tools. $500 Oceana Historical Society, Hart: Copy machine. $1,200 Salem Township Fire and Rescue, Dorr: Wild land firefighter gear. $2,000 Vera’s House, Newaygo: Concrete handicapped accessible walkway. $4,000 William Negake Post 1329 VFW, Hart: Electric and insulation upgrades.

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How The People Fund Works: People Fund grants are funded with “extra change” donated by members who have their Great Lakes Energy bill rounded up to the next dollar. Grants are awarded three times a year by volunteers on the three regional boards of directors (north, central, south). Their local roots and diverse backgrounds allow directors to make solid funding decisions that may differ based on each region’s needs. The average monthly contribution is less than 50 cents per month. 100 percent of the contributions are given back to local groups in the form of grants. Local needs are growing, so please join today.

How to Apply: Grant applications are available to nonprofit groups (not individuals). Call Great Lakes Energy at 888-4852537 or request an application online at The deadlines for receiving grant applications are Feb. 1, June 1, and Oct. 1.

T  he People Fund awarded $170,012 to local organizations in 2013 and has awarded over $2.51 million since 1999!

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