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Connie Wintzinger (l), Development Director, and Mindy Davis Buell, Executive Director, of Michael's Place accept their $1000 grant from the Old Mission Women's Club | Jane Boursaw Photo
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Each year, the Old Mission Women’s Club Awards grants of $1000 to select groups doing good works in our community. The club receives grant applications from local nonprofits, and final recipients are selected by a vote of the club’s membership (full disclosure: I’m a member of the Old Mission Women’s Club).

This year, twelve nonprofits were chosen from a total of 17 applications, with $1000 awarded to each group, bringing the total awards to $12,000.

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While accepting their award, Connie Wintzinger, development director of Michael’s Place, praised the fact that this is a community-based award, noting, “This is what Michael’s Place is about. It’s about the care and heart of what we do, helping and healing people through their grief.”

Following is a list of the 2018 OMWC Grant Recipients:

Old Mission American Legion Post #399. The grant will be used to purchase and install roof gutters to manage runoff, as required by the Grand Traverse County Road Commission. Visit their Facebook page here.

Cherryland Humane Society. The grant will be used to spay and neuter animals, and help with unwanted pet overpopulation. Visit their website here.

Family Partnership/HELPLINK Laundry Project. The grant will be used to help fund washer and dryer operation and help purchase computer devices for onsight navigators. Visit their website here.

Father Fred Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase food for students in the Summer Boost Program. Visit their website here.

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan. The grant will be used to help support food pantries and meal-sites in the Food Rescue of NW Michigan program. Visit their website here.

Grace Episcopal Church Community Lunch Ministry (Jubilee Ministries). The grant will be used to cover expenses for the Friday Community Lunch Program. Visit their website here.

Grand Traverse Baby Pantry. The grant will be used to purchase winter snowsuits, jackets, and boots for local families. Visit their Facebook page here.

Maritime Heritage Alliance S.A.I.L. Champion Program. Along with matching grants, the OMWC grant will be used to support a week of sailing class for students. Visit their website here.

Michael’s Place. The grant will be used to help fund support groups, “best-day” family events, and grief education and training. Visit their website here.

Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation. The grant will be used to upgrade the security system in the school. Visit their website here.

Peninsula Community Library. The grant will be used to purchase children’s non-fiction books. Visit their website here.

Reining Liberty Ranch Horses for Hope. The grant will be used to purchase a quality saddle for the Grand Traverse “Horses 4 Heroes” Program. Visit their website here.

The Old Mission Women’s Club began in 1931 as a charitable and educational organization. The club sponsors an annual Christmas cookie sale, and members participate in many additional fundraising activities to raise funds for their philanthropic grants.

This year, the members hosted a trivia night, baked cookies for the Jingle Bell Run, and in May, will hold a garage sale and provide 500 dozen cookies for the Bayshore Marathon.



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