Donations and volunteering: An open conversation with United Way of Marquette County

North Central UP

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Recently, United Way of Marquette County, along with the Community Foundation of Marquette County grandted over $35,000 to more than 20 nonprofits in the county. These grants were part of the second phase of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund volunteer committee met weekly and biweekly since March 2020 to establish the fund, review applications, and quickly disperse grants as part of phase one. The fund distributed over $88,000 in grants in phase one, supporting basic needs such as food for children and seniors and protective equipment for front-line workers and volunteers, among many other requests. 

The committee met in January to review phase two applications, providing operational support for nonprofits. These organizations have been affected by decreases in funding typically provided by fundraising events and admission or program fees. The committee awarded $35,620 in phase two grants to help offset these losses – the complete list of phase two awardees is below.

In the last ten months, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded over $124,000 in phase one and phase two grants to Marquette County nonprofits and charitable causes.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund Phase Two Grant Recipients

  • 906 Community Church
  • Bay Cliff Health Camp
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties, Inc.
  • Cancer Care of Marquette County
  • Care Clinic
  • Forsyth Township Police
  • Girl Scouts
  • Hope Free Lutheran Church
  • Ishpeming Historical Society
  • Janzen House
  • Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly
  • Marquette Alger Resolution Services
  • Marquette Regional History Center
  • Moosewood Nature Center
  • Negaunee Senior Center
  • NICE Community Schools
  • Room at the Inn
  • St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish
  • Superior Children’s Advocacy
  • Superior Housing Solutions
  • The Salvation Army – Marquette and Ishpeming
  • Trillium House
  • UP Children’s Museum

Recently, WJMN spoke with Andrew Rickauer, Executive Director for United Way of Marquette County. We talked about the fund, plans for the third phase, and how people can either donate money or their time by way of volunteering through the Yoopers United site. To hear our full conversation, watch the video above.

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