Betty J. Christ Endowment Fund for Sexual Assault Services
Funding Source: Donor Advised Funds/Organizational Endowment Fund
Recently, the Battle Creek Community Foundation rallied a group of donors to honor Betty J. Christ and her lifelong work with Sexual Assault Services (SAS). During the 20th anniversary year of Sexual Assault Services, an endowment fund was established in honor of its founding champion, Betty J. Christ. Since the inception of SAS in 1996, Betty has been a steadfast leader, advocate and supporter for survivors of sexual assault. Her continuous strong support for the work done at SAS has helped the SAS staff reach thousands of people who need help after sexual violence. This fund is set up to support the work of SAS moving forward. If you are interested in supporting this fund and Sexual Assault Services, you can do so at: giving/Betty-Christ-SAS.
Kellogg Community College
Funding Source: DeVries Partners in the Arts Grant
DeVries Partners in the Arts Grants are utilized for funding a broad range of arts projects in the greater Battle Creek area. Relevant projects incorporate art components such as dance, theatre, music, or visual arts. A recent grant approved was the joint effort for Kingman Museum Archive Photography Project with Kellogg Community College.
The KCC Photography and Multimedia Program requested funds for materials to scan and exhibit a selection of negatives, slides, and prints from the Kingman Museum photography archive using KCC facilities and resources. Sixteen students from this class will scan glass plate negatives, magic lantern glass plate slides, celluloid/cellulose acetate negatives or silver prints. They then will print some of these images as large-scale murals that will be hung in windows. The intent is for viewers to enter a gallery with these restored pictures and be immersed in photographic history of reginal, national, and international turn of the twentieth century culture.
Haven of Rest Capital Campaign Grant
Funding Source: General Grant (Community Fund of Battle Creek)
*This fund was generously funded, in part, by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation*
The Haven of Rest Ministries was founded in 1956. Its mission is to clothe, feed, and shelter the homeless in order to become functional members of society. These ministries include emergency shelter, food, transitional housing, and substance abuse treatment. Over 80% of the residents entering programs at the Haven have annual incomes below $10,000.
The Haven of Rest operates several important programs for the homeless population including a men's shelter; women, children and family shelter; child life skills program; adult foster care program for mentally ill men; the Men’s Life Recovery Program, a long-term transitional housing program for single men; Women in New (WIN) Life transitional living program; and community outreach. One of the most notable programs of the Haven is the Men's Life Recovery Program; the Haven receives 4 applications for every 1 spot available in this program. In 2015 alone, the Haven served 2,383 individuals and provided over 53,000 nights of shelter (150 people per night) and over 80,000 meals.
Recently, BCCF funded the first phase of the Haven of Rest’s capital campaign as match dollars for a federal grant. The funding will be used to support construction and related costs for the Haven's building renovation.
Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
Funding Source: Kendall Matching Grant
The Kendall Owner-Associate Matching Gift Program (KMGP) is a matching gift program established by the Kendall Electric Company to provide their employees with a philanthropic avenue to give back to organizations that they are passionate about. The Kendall Company matches employee donations dollar-for-dollar on donations to nonprofit organizations within the United States. Owner-Associate donations can be made in the form of stocks, cash, check and credit card.
Recently a $500.00 donation by an employee was matched and granted to Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center. The Cheff Center is an organization that aims to improve the emotional and physical well-being of special needs individuals through the therapeutic use of horses, and to serve as an international training and education center for therapeutic riding programs
Food Bank of South Central Michigan Health Grant
Funding Source: Health Grant
The mission of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan (FBSCM) is to feed hungry people by collecting and distributing food and grocery products, advocating for hunger-relief programs, and collaborating with others who address basic human needs. The FBSCM has an 8 county service area that includes Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee and St. Joseph Counties.
In 2015 alone, the FBSCM distributed 1.9 million pounds of fresh produce to roughly 46,000 Calhoun County residents through 120 different partner agencies; including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, churches, and community centers. As part of their continued efforts to feed those in need, the FBSCM partnered with the Michigan Food Bank Access to Nutrition program and Michigan Agricultural Surplus System to receive funding to increase the amount of fresh produce offered to families and to teach them nutrition education. Through this newly formed collaborative, partners from the MSU Extension, Firekeepers Casino, and Feed the World Cafe Kalamazoo will continue to provide in-kind food demonstrations, samples, and nutrition education materials.
Seniors and individuals in low-income neighborhoods have unique nutritional needs and challenges that often need to be considered; access to fresh produce is often limited and low-income families are not trained how to use/cook fresh produce. This often leads to a forfeiture of fresh produce; parents would rather by something they know how to cook/prepare. Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are typically abundant in low-income neighborhoods and the tendency is to stock inexpensive items that are high in calories (high-fat and high-sodium) but have little nutritional value. Families living with these types of options face obesity and hunger simultaneously, along with corresponding health issues.
BCCF recently funded a General Health Grant to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan to provide fresh food and nutrition education to low-income families in Calhoun County. A major focus of this grant is to assist in feeding seniors and children; 31% of the Food Banks clients are children and 18% of their clients are older adults and seniors.
S.A.F.E. Place – Annual Celebrity Server Dinner & Auction
Funding Source: Sponsorship
Along with grants, the foundation also awards sponsorships to nonprofit organizations. These sponsorships range from $100.00 to $1,500.00 and must be used to support fundraising events. Recently, S.A.F.E. Place received a $700.00 sponsorship from the foundation in support of their 11th Annual Celebrity Server Dinner & Auction.
At this event, organizations from the area buy tickets for tables, decorate the table with a theme, have a member of the table be a “celebrity server”, participate in the silent auction, and above all have a good time for a good cause.
This year was the most successful fundraiser to date for S.A.F.E. Place. Thanks to the community, they raised over $70,000.00 in net proceeds to better benefit the shelter and its services for domestic violence victims. For more information about this organization please follow the link below.
ANYbodies Playground Improvement Fund
Funding Source: Multiple Donors & the City of Battle Creek
Another stellar partnership project between the City of Battle Creek and the Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF) came to fruition in 2015. After 7 months of planning, preparation and hard physical labor, the renovations to ANYbodies Playground were completed. The renovations were unveiled early in September.
2015 marked the 10thanniversary of ANYbodies Playground located in Bailey Park, which was the first fully accessible playground of its kind in Battle Creek and a project shared by BCCF, the City of Battle Creek and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Now nearly ten years later, the playground refurbishment was one of the key projects the City and BCCF worked on together.
Through the determined efforts of community volunteers, as well as the generosity of multiple donors, ANYbodies Playground will continue to be a safe, clean and accessible space for children to play! Through the work, the ANYbodies Playground Improvement Fund was established by a passionate donor. This endowment fund will ensure that the playground will receive yearly upkeep and continue to be utilized by our entire community.
Church of Resurrection – Senior Activity Center
Funding Source: Livable Community & Innovation Grant
After determining that there was a real need for programs that help senior citizens in the Battle Creek Area, the Senior Activity Center was created. This center is geared to prevent emotional isolation of senior citizens through activities which will help keep minds and bodies active, provide friendship through activities in a safe environment, and to foster a sharing of abilities and resources. The Church of Resurrection started a pilot program of exercise, gardening, and knitting where volunteer instructors taught the classes. The pilot was such a success they needed to expand the program.
With funding that they received from the Battle Creek Community Foundation and other organizations, the Senior Activity Center is now able to provide classes such as; raised flower bed gardening, book clubs, various exercise classes strategically geared for senior citizens, knitting/crocheting classes, card making/scrap booking, cooking for one or two, computer basics, painting classes, writing classes, music and more.
To apply for Livable Community and Innovation Grants a creative ask is required. The Church of Resurrection asked for this grant by having the participants from the Senior Activity Center make cards to tell BCCF why the center is important for them. Below is one of the participant’s reasons;
“Retirement. It’s something all of us look forward to from the time we begin working. Those wonderful days filled with nothing to do. No boss who is going to be upset because you decided to sleep in and showed up late. No reports that have to be written to someone else’s criteria. No meetings, no deadlines, no responsibilities.
It doesn’t take long to discover there is also no one who is counting on you to provide expertise or advice. No one who is going to ask how your weekend was. No one with which to discuss the upcoming football game or to sit with while you eat lunch. No one who can give you advice on home project that you’ve started or spark an interest in you for doing a new project. As you become older, all of a sudden there begins to be no reason, or opportunity, for socialization. Emotional isolation is setting in…
If you’re not so lucky and live along, life can be very unfulfilling. Of course there’s always the trips to the doctor’s office and the trips to Meijer to buy groceries. There might be the occasional calls from children or grandchildren which will fill an hour or two per week. But there are 168 hours in each week. What do you do with the rest of your time? Where do you go to meet people and form new friendships? Where do you go to learn new things? Where do you go to be a contributing part of society again?
The Senior Activity Center isn’t just about learning new things by attending classes. It’s not just about growing vegetables in a raised bed garden or exercising to music. It’s about forming new friendships. It’s about keeping fit in body and mind. And it’s about being a productive member of society.”
CCHS Homeless Bus Pass Mini Grant
Source of Funding: Mini Grant (Unrestricted)
The mission of Calhoun Community High School is to provide a safe, healthy, supportive learning environment for students who have not found success in traditional high schools.
Many high-risk and homeless students from the greater Calhoun County area transfer to the Calhoun Community High School (CCHS) to earn their high school diploma. Roughly 175 students are enrolled at CCHS. Unfortunately, at least 25-30% of the students attending CCHS are identified as "homeless or unaccompanied youth".
One of the barriers to education for CCHS students is transportation. Because of budgetary restrictions, CCHS is unable to provide transportation for students. So many students are left to rely on the city bus in order to get to and from school. Although CCHS is able to provide some funding for city bus passes, they are unable to meet the entire need of the student population faced with this barrier. Without transportation to and from school many students would have to drop out of high school and fail to complete their education.
With that in mind, BCCF recently funded a Mini Grant to CCHS to assist in purchasing a bulk of student reduced-fare city bus passes. Each bus pass costs $35 dollars and gives a student 48 rides; covering transportation for a nine week school quarter. By removing the barrier of transportation, CCHS hopes to prevent drop outs and increase county graduation rates.
Albion/Marshall Connector Service - City of Marshall Dial-A-Ride (DART)
Funding Source: General Grant
Hardships in the Albion community have caused a need for healthcare and resources outside of the community and the need for transportation from Albion to Marshall seems to be a pressing one. Not only are healthcare providers lacking in the city, but basic resources such as grocery/retail stores, schools, and financial institutes are factors as well. About 75% of Dial-A-Ride users are senior citizens needing access to resources.
The Albion/Marshall Connector Service is a collaborative project focusing on access to healthcare, health disparities, and chronic disease management.
This program provides accessible transportation to Albion residents, including those requiring dialysis treatments and other medical services, to health service providers in Marshall. Marshall Dial-a-Ride (DART), based on service demand, now provides service 5 days a week between the cities of Marshall and Albion; this is in comparison to 3 days a week in 2014. The average number of trips are 4 times per day with 2-3 riders per trip.
The grant received from the Battle Creek Community Foundation, along with contributions from other area agencies and organizations, provides a leveraged 50% local match for a grant administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation covering mileage, repairs, maintenance, fuel, and the vehicle expenses.
The Marshall DART services is up from 44 rides per month at program inception in 2014 to 180 rides per month in 2015. The costs to the rider is $2 for a one-way trip or $1 for seniors/disabled. In 2014 Albion residents were 94% of ridership and 37% of rides were for medical purposes.
For more information about the program you may visit their website: