Current Programs, Projects & Initiatives
Come Home: Reverse Scholarship ProgramIn 2016 the Community Foundation launched an innovative new award program that pays recent college graduates $10,000 to move back to St. Clair County to live and work. In 2017 we want to expand this award program from $30,000 last year to $60,000 this year. Donors who might normally consider supporting traditional, front-end scholarships, may want to consider supporting this type of scholarship program that pays college students after they successfully complete their education.
Blue Water River Walk Fishing Pier – Phase IIIn 2015, the Community Foundation installed a 65ft fishing pier along the south end of the Blue Water River Walk. The 2nd phase of the Fishing Pier will cost approximately $225,000 and we’ve already raised $50,000, leaving a shortfall of $175,000. This second phase will add a 100ft section running parallel to the shoreline and will greatly improve shoreline access for fishing in the St. Clair River.
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Handicap Access on the Blue Water River WalkThe Community Foundation is seeking approximately $20,000 to improve handicap access points along the Blue Water River Walk. The River Walk is almost one-mile of enhanced and naturalized shoreline along the St. Clair River on the south side of Port Huron.
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Fueling the FutureIn order to allow students to focus on learning and succeed in school, the Community Foundation and Algonac Schools teamed up to help eliminate barriers students face in regards to food and basic necessities. Originally based off the Friday Backpack Program, which sends at-risk students home with backpacks full of food on weekends, the Community Foundation utilized a capacity building grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to envision a new approach at providing food and necessities to children. In addition to food, the program set up resource closets in all Algonac schools to provide students with other basic needs items they may need throughout the year.
Studio 1219 – New RoofStudio 1219 opened in 2005 as the region’s largest public art center, gallery and classroom space. The building is owned by the Community Foundation; however, the operations are managed and governed by a separate and independent nonprofit organization. Although extensive renovations were completed in 2004 and 2005 with support from the James C. Acheson Foundation and a State grant, the building is now in need of a roof replacement that will cost approximately $20,000.
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