Superior Health Foundation continues doing great work

The Superior Health Foundation made some significant awards this past Thursday during its Spring Grants Celebration.

Almost $82,300 in health-centered grant funding was given to 25 very worthy organizations, all of which are in the process of or have already implemented programs to address a variety of needs in our Upper Peninsula communities.

The foundation’s generous philanthropic efforts over the past years have not gone unnoticed, and like the many deserving organizations that have received grants, we would like to state our appreciation.

The foundation’s grant funding has permitted many groups to advance their own benevolent programs, in turn helping many of Superiorland’s residents.

More than $20,000 in mini-grants was given out to 17 organizations between October of last year through this past March. The money supported all types of different causes, from feeding hungry schoolchildren to allowing the purchase of automated external defibrillators.

At the ceremony Thursday, the foundation gave eight organizations large grants totaling more than $62,000. Some of that money, $10,000 to be precise, will go to the U.P. Sports Training Camp, a program that provides individuals with cognitive and other disabilities with an opportunity to enjoy a traditional summer camp experience with a focus on Special Olympics sports training and instruction.

Other grants were given to support therapeutic massages offered to terminally ill residents at the Omega House in Houghton, and to the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan that will provide visually impaired U.P. residents with training to use an online computer speech technology that reproduces newspaper text and transmits it over the phone.

Marquette Alternative High School received some funding for exercise equipment and resources, while Pathways received money to help implement a new exercise and nutrition program for adults with mental illnesses and the Women’s Center was awarded funds to provide nutritional food for survivors of domestic abuse.

The YMCA of Marquette County was also awarded financial support for its Summer Speech Program, which includes six to eight weeks of group therapy offered to children between the ages of 3 and 12, and the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network received some money to support its Life Coach Training program, which assists pre-diabetics and those at-risk for the disease with knowledge and other resources.

We’re grateful for these programs and organizations that are providing needed services in our communities, and very appreciative of the Superior Health Foundation for showing its tremendous support.