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Help Now! Fund

Help Now! Fund – February 2017 Update

As we approach the one year anniversary of this tragic event, we remain actively engaged in meeting the needs of the victims, families and communities.

  • More than $245,000 has been donated to the fund

Help Now! Fund Focus Areas:

  • Special financial needs of the victims and their families.
    • More than $84,000 disbursed to the victims and their families as of February 13, 2017.
    • These funds were directly designated to the victims and their families by donors. The funds have been utilized by the families and victims for a diverse array of needs that remain very personal to those affected.
  • Community counseling, healing and safety services that address the aftermath of violence.
    • The team continues working with agencies that have been, and that continue reaching out to the community to address long-term solutions to community violence.
    • The team developed and has maintained a close working relationship with the Office of Victim Assistance within the Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney office with regard to the needs of the victims and their families.  They communicate specific needs and the best use of all funds available to the individual(s) in need are worked out in collaborative manner with the Help Now! Fund administrative team.
    • So far, to date over $46,500 has been granted for this purpose.  Funding has supported funeral expenses, travel, counseling, attorney fees, temporary housing, etc.
    • Additional, broader community initiatives are currently in the planning and will focus on the unique needs of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Communities. 
  • Additional resources secured to assist victims and survivors
    • In addition to the contributions and donations made to the Help Now! Fund, the team has leveraged additional funds from partners.
    • These resources include:
      • Currently the Office of Crime Victim Services in Lansing with the Help Now! Fund partners is securing a Victim/Survivor Navigator to be employed and based in Kalamazoo for the next 2 years.  $500,000 through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been secured to support this position and the needs of victims and survivors.
      • $12,500 from other resources within the Battle Creek Community Foundation to pay costs associated with the financial review of the fund administration by BDO, and other needs that were unique and personal to individual victims.
      • Continued commitment
      • Our three organizations remain firmly committed to honoring the intent of each of your gifts, whether for a specific family, all of the families, or for long-term work to promote safety and reduce violence.  
      • We remain committed to honor gifts and maintain processes that allow for full transparency for the families and the community as a whole.
      • The survivors, families and victims’ families outpouring of appreciation for the Help Now! Fund’s ability to serve their needs has been tremendous. Donors can rest assured that their gifts to the Help Now! Fund have been instrumental in making a positive difference.

We thank you for the trust you placed in us. 

As a responsible steward of the funds entrusted to us, an independent audit firm, BDO, conducted a review of the Help Now! Fund Account to insure that the funds were administered as outlined. BDO found that all procedures and administration were appropriate. The cost of this review was not charged to the Help Now Fund as no administrative fees are charged to this account.

Help Now! Fund – September 1, 2016 Update

We are amazed and grateful for the heart-felt community response to the Help Now! Fund. We remain actively engaged in meeting the needs of the victims, their families and our communities. It’s our privilege to provide this update on how these gifts are making a difference.

  • More than $244,000 has been donated to the fund
    • Help Now! Fund Focus Areas:
  • Special financial needs of the victims and their families.
    • More than $135,000 disbursed to the victims and their families as of September 1st.
  • Community counseling, healing and safety services that address the aftermath of violence.
    • The team continues working with agencies that have been, and that continue reaching out to the community to address long-term solutions to community violence.
    • So far, to date over $8,000 has been granted for this purpose.
    • Our three organizations remain firmly committed to honoring the intent of each of your gifts, whether for a specific family, all of the families, or for immediate and long-term work to promote safety and reduce violence. We have a robust process in place that ensures integrity, transparency and equity to all who are healing from this tragedy.

We thank you for the trust you placed in us. 

As a responsible steward of the funds entrusted to us, an independent audit firm, BDO, conducted a review of the Help Now! Fund Account to insure that the funds were administered as outlined. BDO found that all procedures and administration were appropriate. The cost of this review was not charged to the Help Now Fund as no administrative fees are charged to this account.

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Help Now! Fund – May 9, 2016 Update

We are amazed and grateful for the heart-felt community response to the Help Now! Fund. It’s our privilege to provide this update on how these gifts are making a difference.

  • More than $218,000 has been donated to the fund

Help Now! Fund Focus Areas:

  • Special financial needs of the victims and their families.
    • More than $117,000 disbursed to the victims and their families as of May 1st.
  • Community counseling, healing and safety services that address the aftermath of violence.
    • The team has begun working with agencies that have been, and that continue reaching out to the community to address long-term solutions to community violence.
    • So far, to date over $8,000 has been granted for this purpose.
  • Citizen safety planning and violence preparedness efforts.
    • Recently, the mayors, city managers, and public safety chiefs of both cities met with our three organizations to begin planning strategies for long-term impact.

Our three organizations remain firmly committed to honoring the intent of each of your gifts, whether for a specific family, all of the families, or for immediate and long-term work to promote safety and reduce violence. We have a robust process in place that ensures integrity, transparency and equity to all who are healing from this tragedy.

We thank you for the trust you placed in us. 

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In response to the February 20, 2016 shootings in Kalamazoo County, and in an effort to address both immediate and long-term community needs related to community violence, a collaborative group of local nonprofits has established a fund.

Battle Creek Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region will be partnering with area organizations to direct funds to areas of need to help create safer communities now and into the future.

The fund, regional in scope – serving all the communities affected by the tragedy – may include:

• Special financial needs of the victims and their families.
• Community counseling, healing and safety services that address the aftermath of violence.
• Community vigils and anti-violence education events and activities.
• Citizen safety planning and violence preparedness efforts.
• Other activities directed toward reducing violence.

A regional advisory board has been formed in order to review community proposals.If your organization is interested in submitting a community proposal please consider the following:

Help Now! Short Term Community Capacity Requests:
Proposals will be accepted from nonprofit organizations and public entities providing services to communities and/or victims impacted by the events of February 20, 2016. 

Short Term Community Capacity Priorities

  • Community counseling, healing and safety services that address the aftermath of violence
  • Community gatherings and anti-violence education events and activities

Help Now! Long Term Community Solutions Requests:
Proposals will be accepted from community groups, nonprofit organizations, and public entities providing activities directed towards reducing community violence and/or increasing community planning and preparedness. We encourage collaborative proposals and intend to bring applicants and the community together to foster stronger, more lasting solutions.

Long Term Community Solutions Priorities

  • Citizen safety planning and violence preparedness efforts
  • Other activities directed toward reducing community violence

To apply please access the application below.
Apply Now

Resources for those in need of crisis counseling include:
Gryphon Place: call 381 HELP, dial 2-1-1 at Gryphon Place, or visit www.gryphon.org.

Summit Pointe: call 1-800-649-3777 for outpatient counseling following a traumatic event, including grief, anxiety, stress, and depression. For those with thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-632-5449 for 24-hour crisis services. Visit www.summitpointe.com.

For more information about these three nonprofits see:
www.bccfoundation.org 
www.changethestory.org 
www.kalfound.org 

Donate Now

Donations can be mailed to:

Help Now!
Battle Creek Community Foundation
32 W. Michigan, Ste. 1
Battle Creek, MI 49017

A $10 donation can also be made by texting "Support Now" to 20222.

32 West Michigan Avenue, Suite 1  Battle Creek, Michigan 49017 p: (269) 962-2181 f: (269) 962-2182

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