Published September 19, 2013, by Benton-Michiana Spirit News.
The Berrien Community Foundation announced its four 2013 Golden Acorn Grantee Award recipients at its 61st annual celebration held on September 11 at the Heritage Center. Donors, volunteers, grantees, fund representatives, and community partners were also recognized during this event.
The event honors nonprofit organizations funded by the Berrien Community Foundation. Grantee Award recipients were recognized and given the opportunity to describe their programs. They also each received an additional $1,000 grant for their previously funded programs.
Berrien County Cancer Service received the Building a Spirit/Arts & Culture Golden Acorn Grantee Award for its In-Home Nursing Services for Cancer Patients program. The funding provided transportation dollars for registered nurses allowing them to provide medical support of cancer patients in their homes. The funding helped more than 250 people who are fighting cancer.
The Nurturing Our Children Golden Acorn Grantee Award was given to the Calling All Colors of Southwest Michigan for the in-school program focusing on racial relations and understanding. Funding supported third grade curriculum expansion, an upgraded website and helped broaden the scope of their end-of-year picnic. The program reached more than 1,300 children. In addition, the expanded year end program helped reach another 300 family members.
Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan received the Lifelong Learning Golden Acorn Grantee Award for its Berrien County Peer Education Program’s Benton Harbor Hope Conference. Berrien Community Foundation funds were provided to help design, deliver and evaluate a teen pregnancy prevention conference and facilitate follow-up youth engagement efforts. More than 75 young people attended the conference.
TEAM (Teens Exhibiting Able Minds), the Foundation’s youth advisory committee, presented the Youth Leadership and Development Golden Acorn Grantee Award to Therapeutic Equestrian Center for the therapeutic Riding and Saddle STARS program. The STARS Program (Safety, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect = Success) works with Berrien County students with special needs and cognitive disabilities. The program served more than 150 children and young adults in Berrien County schools.
September 19, 2013