May 2020

Virtual Celebrations

Our seniors were shortchanged from their high school experience.  They were born in the devastation of 9/11 and graduating during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

No prom, no cap &  and gown, no ceremony, no pictures with high school friends, no presentation of diploma in front of family and friends, no celebrating their high school accomplishments, and no graduation parties.

They have worked hard for this moment, and they are resilient, they are strong, they are persistent, they are determined, and they ARE going places!

The 2020 seniors will have lasting memories, just not the ones they planned on.  The new wave of recognition includes: drive-in graduation ceremonies, scholarship awards via Zoom, and honoring seniors on Facebook all because of our response to the social distancing ban, and it is new to every single one of us.

Our schools, teachers, and parents, are going to great lengths to find ways to honor their students. They are being very creative in showing their gestures to the class of 2020.  In the wave of technology, schools are reaching out in many ways to celebrate.  Facebook, websites, signs in yards and even billboards seem like a small gesture but mean everything to a senior during COVID-19.

We will probably never again feel comfortable in public places, shaking hands even with close friends, and standing close to people we don’t know.  It may be a long time to feel comfortable in large groups, sporting events, and even going to the movies.

But, we will continue to celebrate the milestones in our lives and we will continue to face unprecedented challenges, with determination and technology, virtual memories will be made!

Congratulation to the 2020 Senior Class – Stay Safe – Stay Strong!

We are in this together!
Doreen

April 2020

We’re living in uncertain times. We hear about the challenges our healthcare workers, essentials workers like grocery store employees, police officers, and EMS workers deal with every day.  We have seen teachers and school staff members that are touching base with their students, friends and families being apart due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.   It is real and serious for everyone!

The Cadillac Area Community Foundation granted Love Inc. and Community Hope $50,000 to support the emergency needs of food and shelter in the Wexford and Missaukee county areas from our Community Fund. These grants were just the beginning; donations we receive will be pushed out to the community to meet the needs as they occur.  We are keeping contact with our non-profits who are providing so many essential services to individuals and families impacted by the instability and economic consequences associated with COVID-19.

A collaborative effort by the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Cadillac, Cadillac Area Community Foundation, Alliance for Economic Success and the Downtown Cadillac Association have put together necessary information for business help and support for companies impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus.

City of Cadillac updates:  https://www.cadillac-mi.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=443

Resources for businesses/food pantries:  https://cadillacmichigan.com/covidupdates/

MI Blood locations:  https://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/zip

We are here for the long haul, making sure we support our community of urgent needs.

If you would like to make a charitable donation to support with challenges facing a non-profit organization you have passion for, please write the name of the organization in the check memo and send to CACF, 201 N. Mitchell Street, Ste. 101, Cadillac, MI  49601, or donate on-line at www.cadillacfoundation.org. Please add the name of the organization’s you wish to support in the comments section.

Any support large or small is a positive sign of hope.

Stay Safe and Healthy,

Doreen

March 2020

A Safe & Healthy Community

Safe & Healthy Communities (SHC) is a local community coalition comprised of a variety of health professionals focused on addressing substance abuse in Wexford and Missaukee Counties. Their mission is to build and mobilize a comprehensive, community-wide social movement to substantially reduce substance abuse in our extended communities. .

Unfortunately, the fact is that people have died from causes associated with the use of vaping products, and underage drinking.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, as of December 10, 2019, there are 2,409 hospitalization cases of vaping-related lung injuries in the U.S., resulting in 52 deaths across 26 states. A recent survey done by the Cadillac Youth Advisory Committee asked students 9-12 grade, which substance is currently being abused, 73.1% said vaping.  When asked if they knew the health risks, 97.4 said they did.  The 7th & 8th graders said 89.2% of the students are abusing vaping.  The numbers are shocking!  99.1% said they understand the health issues associated Read more

February 2020

Focusing on what really matters.

At the end of January the Cadillac Area Community Foundation (CACF), CACF Youth Advisory Committee, the Missaukee Area Community Foundation (MACF), and MACF Youth Advisory Committee partnered to help fund a student program. The program, presented by national speaker Tony Hoffman, covered his battles with anxiety, depression, drug addiction, and mental health. On January 29th over 1000 students from 7 schools heard Tony Hoffman’s inspirational message of overcoming his struggles with homelessness, suicidal thoughts, drug addiction, bad choices, going to prison; and then turning his life around and participating in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as a coach.

Many of the issues raised by Tony Hoffman in his program were also brought to light in a recent survey of area youth undertaken by the CACF Youth Advisory Committee. A total of 617 Cadillac Area Public Schools (CAPS) students participated in the surveying that took place in January 2020.

33% (270) of CAPS students in grades 9-12 participated in the survey. These survey participants feel that the top issues currently affecting them are stress from school (91.1%), mental health (75.3%), and stress from friends (54.4%). The survey also revealed substance abuse that included vaping ( 73.1%), marijuana use (15%), and alcohol abuse (9.6%).

73% (347) CAPS students in the 7& 8 grade responded to the same survey. They revealed that stress from school (80.5%), stress from friends (44.1%), and mental health issues (41.4%) are already a concern to them in the lower grades. Substances most abused by these survey participants included vaping (89.2%), marijuana use (38.5%), and alcohol use (26.2%).

These numbers are alarming! So where do we go from here? Read more

January 2020

Investing in People is investing in the Future.  That is the Key to Success for Non-Profit Organizations! 

An organization’s success lies in the professionalism, compassion, vision, competence, and expertise of the people within the organization.

Nonprofit work is known to be mission-driven.  Often achievement comes with pushing yourself and your team to its limit.

In the non-profit world, the roles and responsibilities of those that work for the non-profit often entail much more than any job description;  rather it becomes a way of life. The folks who dedicate their lives to the mission often become the very symbol of the organizations focus.

Similar to the for-profit world of dollars and cents, working in nonprofits means being able to explain with a  “business-minded” focus exactly what a donor’s return on investment looks like in terms of impact and change. Being transparent, knowledgeable, and passionate about the mission are skills every nonprofit leader needs because donors want to see their investments grow for the purpose of their own personal charitable cause(s). Read more

December 2019

The holidays are my favorite time of year as we all take time to give more to others and reflect on everything for which we are thankful.

As I reflect on 2019, the Cadillac Area Community Foundation is proud to have played a part in a number of activities that have led to positive results in our community.

  • we celebrated our 30th Anniversary this past June, as part of our celebration, the Foundation awarded 3-$10,000 grants (After 26 Café, Oasis FRC, and Healing Private Wounds) for their work in changing lives for the better every day
  • we hosted a breakfast for Agents of Wealth with speaker David Bennett, the President of the Community Foundation Research and Training Institute
  • we supported four local Executive Directors through the Leadership Learning Lab – an advanced training program for leaders in their organizations
  • we received our Silver Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, which means we embrace transparency and publicly share important information about our work and finances
  • we received our National Standards Seal, which certifies we meet, and exceed, federal and state law requirements in practice and by policy, and demonstrate our commitment to accountability and excellence to our donors and the public

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November 2019

Plan Your Year End Giving

November is flying by and 2020 will be here before we know it. As you check off items from your end-of-the-year checklist, don’t forget that Dec. 31 is the last day to make charitable contributions in order to receive a tax receipt for the 2019 fiscal year.

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October 2019

What it means to be a Blue Zones Community

Blue Zones are specific areas, across the world, where the residents enjoy the happiest, healthiest, and longest lives. Their immediate environment supports their lifestyle choices and well-being.

At its most basic, the Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to change the way people experience the world around them. Because healthier environments naturally nudge people toward healthier choices, the Blue Zones Project focuses on influencing the area close to home in which people spend 90 percent of their lives. That area and that environment dictates how easy it is to make healthy choices, or how difficult. By improving where we live, work, learn, and play, we make it easier to get up and move, eat healthy, make new friends, find a reason for being — and live longer, better.

The Blue Zones Project brings the entire community together; local residents, worksites, human services & non-profit organizations, your Community Foundation, healthcare professionals, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and local government; to inspire this community movement that has the power to improve the quality of life for everyone. Blue Zones uses scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health, and happiness to boost the well-being of an entire community. Read more

September 2019

Teaching Our Youth to be Charitable

September is back to school month for many homes, and the student led CACF Youth Advisory Committee is excited for another year of grant-making and volunteering in the Community.

Experts believe that no age is too young to introduce giving to your children. Teaching our youth to be charitable can be rewarding. Learning about giving and helping others gives our youth a feeling of empowerment in an uncertain world where unexpected and sometimes frightening events happen too often.

For the past 3 years, I have had the privilege of being an adult advisor to the CACF Youth Advisory Committee. Whether it is reviewing grant applications or working at a Celebrity Servers Nights at Culver’s, I found our Youth members are ready and willing to make an impact in our community.

Our Youth Advisory Committee students range from 8th grade to 12th grade. Their mission is to meet the needs of the youth of the Cadillac Area by enhancing the awareness of opportunities, dedicating themselves to service projects, and providing information and resources through cooperative leadership and financial support for projects that improve the community. Read more

August 2019

Becoming a Healthy Community – Changing Culture!

Recently, I participated in a Strategic Planning Session to reduce substance abuse in the Cadillac Area.  Opioids, methadone, heroin, and student vaping were the topics.  Session participants included personnel from many fields including medical and mental health, law enforcement, judicial, governmental, social services, nonprofit organizations, ministerial, educational, as well as local Jr. High and high school students.  Participants were able to coalesce concerns into one short term goal and multiple long term goals.  In the short term, the goal is to educate our community about proper drug disposal, the dangers of crystal methamphetamine (meth) and heroin, and educating students about the inherent dangers of vaping.  Long term goals are to reduce the availability of illegal drugs, reduce prescription drug abuse, increase access to Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) support groups, and add additional work re-entry programs for drug offenders.  Read more