TRAVERSE CITY — The Old Mission Women's Club recently awarded $8,000 in community grants to eight local nonprofits.
The club annual awards money generated through various fundraisers. This fall, grants of $1000 each went to eight nonprofits in the Grand Traverse area.
The club accepted and evaluated applications from 19 local organizations that work to improve quality of life in the community. The eight finalists were selected by a vote of the club's entire membership.
n Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan will implement a program to help food recipients make informed decisions about food choices.
n Grand Traverse Baby Pantry will purchase new cribs and mattresses for seven infants to reduce unsafe sleeping environments.
n Host Homes for Homeless Youth will place at-risk youths in safe, adult-supervised, stable homes while they acquire their high school diploma.
n Laundry Project will provide laundry services four times per month at two facilities for nine months of the year concurrent with the school year.
n Paperworks Studio will purchase two die-cut patterns to make Christmas cards for their busiest selling time.
n Peninsula Community Library will update their large-print collection, purchase page magnifiers, and provide computer classes and other programs for people over 50.
n Safe Harbor will provide temporary overnight shelter at area churches during the winter months and a mat, blanket and tote to each homeless guest.
n Traverse Health Clinic will purchase pediatric equipment and supplies to broaden services for children.
The Old Mission Women's Club sponsors an annual Christmas cookie sale and a garage sale every other year. The group also provides volunteers for the Parade of Homes and National Cherry Festival, and bakes for the Bayshore Marathon in the spring and the Lighthouse Half Marathon in the fall.
In addition to awarding grants, the Old Mission Women's Club also donates Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families on the Old Mission Peninsula; assembles, decorates, and fills Christmas stockings for clients of Phoenix House and the Women's Resource Center; fills and donates Easter baskets for the Father Fred Foundation; and makes satin pillowcases for distribution by the oncology physicians in Grand Traverse County for cancer patients.
The Old Mission Women's Club is now in its 81st year as a nonprofit organization formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.