Oscoda County Food Pantries, Women’s Shelters and More Benefit from $22,000 Community Grant

What is happening: Food pantries, women’s shelters, and several community building programs throughout Oscoda County will soon receive much-appreciated support, thanks to the Community Foundation of North Central Michigan (NCMCF) awarding a $22,000 grant to Mio United Methodist Church. The grant was made possible through the Community Foundation’s Mabel Hager Memorial Fund.

Give thanks : “We are extremely thrilled that the funds from Mabel Hager are a blessing to the recipients and give them hope for a better future,” said Nancy Crane, chair of the Mio United Methodist Church Advisory Board. “It is an honor that together with the Mabel Hager Memorial Fund, we can invest in the life of our community to bring wholeness and well-being to Oscoda County.”

What is planned: Mio United Methodist Church plans to use the grant to support social services and financial assistance programs throughout the county. The church plans to donate food to local pantries and provide support for local women’s shelters, the Midwest Backpack Food Program and an after-school program. The grant will help the church fund a Good Samaritan scholarship and a women’s spring retreat. Plans also include using part of the grant to fund a new roof for the church itself.

Ms. Mabel Hager: The Mabel Hager Memorial Fund was established in 1999 following a gift to the NCMCF from Hager’s estate. Born in 1901, Hager herself was a member of Mio United Methodist Church from 1933. As agreed, her designated fund can be used to support charitable interests in the community and the church itself, such administered by the NCMCF.

What they say : “This fund is a true testament to the power of endowment and what can happen when community-minded people choose to invest in it this way,” said Patrick Heraghty, CEO of the community foundation. “Since this fund was established, it has provided more than $94,000 for charitable programs to benefit Oscoda County residents through church outreach activities, with a portion of those funds going to projects at the church itself, including a building addition in 2003, by Mrs. Hager’s instructions.

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