Angles of Action, Mid-Michigan Honors Flight, Mecosta County, Received Great Lakes Energy Grants

MECOSTA COUNTY – Two local Mecosta County nonprofits, Angels of Action and Mid-Michigan Honor Flights, Inc., have received $1,000 grants from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, according to a recent news release organisation.

Angels of Action plans to use its grant to fund summer family engagement, nutrition and literacy programs, the press release said.

“Angels of Action is thrilled to be the recipient of a generous grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund,” said Joni Thompson, CEO and Founder of Angels of Action. “Angels of Action is a nonprofit organization that serves children and families in Mecosta and Osceola counties. It is home to nine programs that help our community in many ways, meeting physical, emotional and educational needs.

In addition to those programs, they offer a variety of opportunities like Summer MOVE, which stands for Mecosta-Osceola Vegetables & Fruit Ed-Venture, and the upcoming First Time Home Buyers Seminar on May 17, she said.

“This year, with feedback from parents in 2021, this program will include more opportunities to MOVE with area gyms, through video sharing, community outdoor opportunities and step-by-step instructions on how to move. creating delicious and nutritious meals and snacks,” said Thompson. . “Angels of Action is grateful for the generous collaboration of the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, Mecosta County Community Foundation, Manna Food Pantry and many other community partners.”

The $1,000 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund will help support these ongoing programs, she said.

Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, Inc., in Mecosta, will use its $1,000 grant to help fund Honor Flights Nos. 13 and 14, which will take place this year.

“All of our grants will go into our flight fund to support our future flights,” said hub president and director Bob Green. “We are a non-profit organization and all of our funding is for veterans. Every penny counts. »

On the next flights, for which the grant funds will be used, 80 local veterans have signed up: 14 World War II veterans, 36 Korean War veterans and 30 Vietnam War veterans, it said. he declares.

“We are fully funded by donors and organizations like Great Lakes Energy who are ready to step in and help us honor our veterans,” Green said. “We receive grants and donations, and we organize fundraisers throughout the year. Every penny we receive goes to veterans. The money stays here in Michigan to take care of Michigan veterans.

Mid-Michigan Honor Flights, Inc. sponsors two flights each year to fly veterans to Washington DC for free. The cost per flight is around $150,000.

The Reed City Area District Library, Lincoln Township Fire Department, Lake County Habitat for Humanity and Bread of Life Food Pantry in Baldwin also received awards.

The Great Lakes Energy People Fund has awarded more than $144,000 to nonprofits in the co-op’s 26-county service area for 2022, according to the news release.

Funding for the Great Lakes Energy People Fund comes from members of the power co-op who agree to have their monthly bills rounded up.

Members are encouraged to register for the People Fund online at or by contacting the Great Lakes Energy office.

Co-op members can also increase their People Fund contributions through People Fund PLUS, which allows members to choose an amount, in addition to monthly bill rounding, to contribute to the program.

Grants are awarded twice a year by three independent regional councils representing the north, central and south regions of the cooperative.

The program is accepting applications from local nonprofit organizations for the final 2022 grant cycle. The deadline for Letters of Intent is October 1, with grant applications due by October 15.

For more information or to apply, visit gtlakescom/people-fund.

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