The Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® Gives Back to the Community
2016 Grant Recipients
The Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® believes in supporting Calhoun County non-profit organizations to make our community a better place to live. REALTORS®, appraisers and affiliate members work to build relationships with community leaders and with local, state and federal government officials to enhance our community’s quality of life for its residents.
The Association’s Public Relations/Special Events Committee strives to provide the public with information about the real estate market and its involvement with community organizations. The Public Relations Committee established a grant request program in 2005 that serves Calhoun County residents in the areas of housing, families, children, and/or community enhancements. The Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® has given over $82,000 back to the community through its grant program since its inception.
On Thursday, May19th at the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® held its General Membership Meeting and luncheon at Riverside Golf Club & Banquet Center. During the meeting, Anna Jones, Chair of the Public Relations Committee introduced this year’s Grant Recipients. The organizations each received a check and spoke about the programs that would help our community.
American Red Cross: In 2015, the American Red Cross responded to thirty-five (35) home fires. The American Red Cross Fire Campaign will invest in home fire preparedness. Campaign volunteers will go door-to-door meeting families to complete a home safety checklist and help them develop a disaster plan, check smoke alarms or determine the number of smoke alarms needed.
Durk Dunham, Board Member of the American Red Cross was presented with a check of $1,480 for the American Red Cross Fire Campaign.
Charitable Union: Clothing for Families in Need Program uses any funding to clothe families in our community. Funding will be used to process suitable garments for these families. Charitable Union offers baby layettes for newborns, school outfits, winter coat ensembles, working clothing, steel toe boots, medical scrubs and other needed clothing items.
Teresa Allen, Executive Director of Charitable Union received a check of $1,480 to fund the Clothing for Families in Need Program.
Substance Abuse Council: Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14. Works together with all family members through narrated video, discussion, role play and games involving the entire family in a drug prevention program. This is a seven (7) week family curriculum where grant money would be used to supplement dinner and tools needed to run program for participants.
Danyelle Maitland, Program Director, Substance Abuse Council received a check of $1,480 for its Strengthening Families Program.
S.A.F.E. Place: Training Our Volunteers. The volunteer program is an essential part of S.A.F.E. Place. S.A.F.E. Place is the second largest and busiest shelters in the state. The need has been overwhelming. Their request is to help fund the shelter services that keep victims safe. The grant funds will provide training for new volunteers. This is a 40-hour training program for volunteers.
Teri Pearce, Fund Development, S.A.F.E. Place was presented with $1,480 will fund Training Our Volunteers.
Community Fatherhood: Nurturing Fathers Curriculum books will be provided to Fathers in our community who are partaking in the Nurturing Fathers program. These resource guides provide parenting advice and activities that are designed for children and fathers to participate in together.
Teron Singley, Board Member, Community Fatherhood accepted a check of $1,480 for the Nurturing Fathers Curriculum books.
Congratulations to our 2016 Grant Recipients and for all you do for our community!
Currently, the Association is accepting grant applications for 2017. The deadline for the Grant Application is Monday, January 9, 2017. Grant applications received after January 9th will not be accepted. To obtain a Grant Application please go to http://bcaar.com, select Public Resources and pull down its menu select "BCAAR Grant Program." Should you have any questions, please contact the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® at (269) 962-5193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.