Honoring YACs for Outstanding Work
On June 21, 2014 at the Youth Philanthropy and Service Camp, CMF, along with the MCFYP committee, awarded four outstanding area YACs doing stellar work in fundraising, grantmaking, volunteer projects, and media usage.
The Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation (PHSACF) YAC won the award for Fundraiser of the Year. The PHSACF YAC raised over $3,000 for the youth endowment by creating and disseminating an appeal letter to family and friends. YACers themselves also raised funds using piggy banks. MCFYPers agreed with PHSACF YAC that the project “empowers YAC members by teaching [them] about the power of endowment and asking [them] to contribute to bettering the community by adding to that endowment.” Congrats PHSACF YAC!
The Lenawee County Community Foundation’s Youth Council (LYC) won the award for Service Project of the Year. The LYC worked with several community partners to serve the Weekend Snack Sacks program. The Weekend Snack Sacks program serves nearly 300 youth weekly, allowing area youth to get a free bag of groceries for their family when they need it. MCFYPers were impressed that the LYC members used their skills as volunteers AND as grant makers to make sure that youth weren’t going hungry over the weekend. Congrats LYC!
The Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF) YAC won the award for Media Usage of the Year. The BCCF YAC used a positive community newspaper outlet to share “interviews, testimonials and pictures” for a 3 page feature spread for the publication, highlighting the awesome work YAC is doing in the Battle Creek area! One MCFYPer said, “This project gave the YAC a lot of great exposure to the community and that helped spread their identity to people who might need it.” Congrats BCCF YAC!
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFFMC) YAC won the award for Grant of the Year. The CFFMC YAC does an annual teacher mini-grant series, and this year they granted over $13,000 to 55 area classrooms. MCFYPers were impressed with the range of needs the CFFMC was able to address through these grants! Projects ranged from replacing well-worn books in elementary school libraries to helping music therapists purchase needed instruments and equipment for their classrooms. Congrats CFFMC YAC!