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Helping to meet such basic needs as food, shelter and clothing among struggling residents in Mott’s hometown of Flint, Mich., is the focus behind $785,000 in Foundation grants to seven local organizations that provide social services assistance.
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Since it was established in 1926, the Mott Foundation has maintained a deep commitment to its hometown of Flint, Michigan. This longstanding support reflects the Foundation’s belief that through involved people partnering with strong organizations, the greater Flint community can face its challenges and create a more vibrant and sustainable future.
This grantmaking, done primarily through the Foundation’s Flint Area program, includes support for educational and cultural programs; economic and downtown development; job training; and emergency and human services.
This grant will support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan's capital campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise $5.25 million to renovate a 62,000-square-foot warehouse facility known as the Hunger Solution Center. The organization anticipates it will serve more clients each year from 2014 through 2021. The Hunger Solution Center will make it possible for the organization to distribute more fresh and nutritional produce to its clients as well as provide additional warehouse space to improve the collection, processing, distribution, and repacking of emergency food products.
This renewal grant provides partial support for the Genesee Area Focus Fund and its supported organization, the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, to continue to deliver economic development and education and training services to the Flint area. The chamber focuses on increasing business investment, job creation, and industry diversification through business retention, expansion, and attraction activities as well as entrepreneurial support services. The chamber also enhances the area's economic competitiveness and quality of life by providing workforce education and training programming across all age levels, and by engaging in special initiative projects.
The Flint STRIVE program provides employment training, placement, and support to difficult-to-serve Flint area residents seeking entry-level jobs in a variety of sectors. As a replication of the East Harlem Employment Service's workforce training program, Flint STRIVE prepares participants for the workforce through a 19-day intensive workshop that emphasizes the attitudinal prerequisites for successful entry-level employment. This renewal grant will allow Flint STRIVE to train, graduate, and find employment for approximately 275 new clients in 2014 and provide follow-up support services to all existing clients.
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