Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”   The primary purpose of this field-of-interest fund is to provide financial assistance and grant awards in support of focused initiatives, programs, or projects, that influence or support individual physical activity and healthy nutrition.     This fund will […]

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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Preserving the Keweenaw’s Mineral Heritage “Our community began to support the local mines. The mines may now be closed, but our rich mining heritage remains. The museum preserves the minerals from these mines so that our community can see, enjoy, and learn from them.” – Ted Bornhorst, Executive Director, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum Visitors of […]

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Agnes & Elmo Negro Fund – Calumet Skating Club

Celebrating a Mixture of Art and Sport The purpose of the Agnes & Elmo Negro Fund is to provide financial support to the Calumet Figure Skating Club. The Calumet Figure Skating Club’s 2015 ice show was held at the Colosseum. They performed “Brits and Blades: A Rocking Excursion Through London’s Landmarks.”

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Alive Inside

Spreading the Music and Giving New Life “Music can reach deep into our hearts, awakening feelings that may have lain dormant for years, reminding us what a great thing it is to be a human being. But taste in music is personal, and the process of choosing what music works for an individual is quite […]

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Anthony & Patricia Stark Scholarship

Making Music Available to All Children Anthony and Patricia Stark’s grandchildren The Anthony and Patricia Stark Scholarship’s primary purpose is to provide an annual scholarship to a Copper Country Suzuki Association student and/or support Suzuki string instrument programs. The Copper Country Suzuki Association’s mission is to enrich our community by providing high quality classical music […]

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Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home

Help, healing, hope. Herman “Winks” Gundlach during the May 5, 1984 Stop Violence Against Women and Children March. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home offers a safe place for victims of domestic violence and their children. They work to provide ways to access safety and support when escaping violence and abuse. Along with shelter, they offer counseling, […]

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Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarship

Helping Graduates Who Demonstrate Character, Need, and Determination “My father was always trying to help the little guy. In his memory, we are continuing his legacy by helping the people in need of help who are continuously working to grow personally and professionally.” – Ed Gaffney, son of Bernard F. Gaffney Bernard F. Gaffney at […]

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Boy Scouts of America, Bay Lakes Council

Be Prepared Bay-Lakes Councils mission is to instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them leadership skills and ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. Bay-Lakes Council is one of the largest Boy Scout Councils in the Midwest. We provide programs and services to over 27,000 boys in 35 counties […]

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Calumet Art Center Barrier Free Entrance

To create a safe learning environment where art, culture, and history inspire and challenge the people of the Keweenaw “The Calumet Art Center is a mosaic of the human existence following the footprints of the ancestors.” – Jikiwe (Ed Gray), founding Executive Director of the Calumet Art Center The Calumet Art Center’s adult and youth enrichment […]

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Calumet Art Center/Ed Gray/Miskwabik

Where Art, Culture, and History Inspire and Challenge the People of the Keweenaw “The Calumet Art Center is a mosaic of the human existence following the footprints of the ancestors that walked before.” – Jikiwe (Ed Gray), founding Executive Director of the Calumet Art Center The Calumet Art Center provides after-school art classes and summer […]

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Calumet Theatre Company

Entertaining the Keweenaw for Over a Century The Theatre opened on March 20, 1900 with a touring Broadway production of Reginald DeKoven’s “The Highwaymen.” Newspapers reported the Calumet Theatre as one of the most elegant theaters in the Midwest.  Built at a time when gaslights were the norm, the electric lights, crimson, gold and ivory […]

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Camp 911

What these Campers are Learning Could Save a Life “This camp is put on by an incredible group of volunteers from our community and has evolved into an invaluable, multifaceted learning experience for our area youth. The lessons learned at this camp will benefit the campers, and their community, today and throughout their lifetime.” – […]

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Carnegie Museum

Connecting the Community to the Keweenaw’s Cultural and Natural History “Highlight of Houghton visit. Thank you!” – Sharon Frost Petoskey, Visitor “A hidden gem!” – Carissa Lindeman, Visitor Houghton second graders visit the Carnegie Museum. The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw connects people to the natural and cultural history of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and to […]

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City of Hancock – City Parks

Hancock—The City of International Fellowship Hancock is the northernmost city in the state of Michigan. The city is home to roughly 5,000 residents and Finlandia University, the only private university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Resting on the northern shore of Portage Lake and the southern end of Copper Island, itself surrounded by Lake Superior, Hancock […]

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CLK Youth Hockey Fund

Ensuring the Financial Stability of Youth Hockey The purpose of the CLK Youth Hockey Fund is to provide assistance, monetary or otherwise, to members and/or organizations within the Calumet, Laurium, and Keweenaw Communities in order to support youth hockey. Charitable contributions can be made to either an unrestricted fund or an endowment fund. Contributions made […]

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Community Impact Fund

Flexible Giving for Ever-Changing Community Needs Our Community Impact Fund is the most flexible vehicle for providing annual funding for a variety of community projects or programs dedicated to collaborative approaches designed to maintain or improve the quality of life in the greater Keweenaw area. Your gift can address ever-changing community needs—including future needs that […]

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Copper Country Autism Awareness

Promoting Awareness and Providing Support for those Affected by ASD The Copper Country Autism Awareness Foundation is a non-profit that provides support for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and promotes awareness for the public. We invite families affected by autism to join us for a fun time swimming in the pools at the Holiday […]

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Copper Country Catholic Churches

Supporting Local Parishes and Missions of the Roman Catholic Church St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lake Linden (photo courtesy of Joe Kirkish) The Copper Country Catholic Churches fund provides financial assistance to local parishes and missions of the Roman Catholic Church in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. These grants provide assistance for capital improvements, religious education, […]

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Copper Country Community Arts Council

Fostering an Environment where the Arts and People Grow Together Since its inception, the CCCAC has grown from a group of people that cultivated artistic exchange to a multifaceted arts organization that owns and operates an arts center with a large Artists Market sales gallery representing more than 200 local and regional artists, Kerredge Exhibition […]

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Copper Country Habitat for Humanity

Creating a World where Everyone has a Decent Place to Live Members of Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship volunteering with Copper Country Habitat For Humanity Copper Country Habitat for Humanity’s (CCHFH) mission is to put God’s love into action and bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Copper Country Habitat for Humanity is a […]

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Copper Country Humane Society

The Greatest Gift You Can Give is the Gift of a Second Chance “I volunteer to give a voice to those that have none, to help offer a place of sanctuary and safety for animals that very often have known neither. To provide a haven from abuse and a destination for those searching for a […]

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Copper Country Ski Tigers

Introducing Youth to the Joy of Nordic Skiing Copper Country Ski Tigers is dedicated to introducing youth from Houghton and Keweenaw Counties to the joy of Nordic skiing in order to encourage a lifelong love of the sport and respect and appreciation for the outdoors. Copper Country Ski Tigers provides young skiers (ages 5-18) with […]

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Copper Country Suzuki Association

Providing High Quality Classical Music Instruction and Performance for People of All Ages and Abilities “The Copper Country, like many rural areas, doesn’t have many music and arts programs. The Copper Country Suzuki Association and the wonderful instructors it has brought to our community give so many kids a place to start exploring something new. […]

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Copper Country Youth Hockey

It’s a Great Day for Hockey Team Copper Country U18 Hockey Team. Photo courtesy of Brockit, Inc. The primary purpose of this field of interest fund is to promote and support youth ice hockey programs throughout the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association territory and to expand opportunities for youth to further develop the skills necessary […]

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Copper Harbor Improvement Association

Copper Harbor… Where the Road Ends & Adventure Begins The Copper Harbor Improvement Association (CHIA) welcomes new ideas and develops fresh, innovative strategies to promote our village as a great place to visit, live and work. Founded in 1971, CHIA is a volunteer organization committed to enhancing and persevering the business climate and residential charm […]

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Copper Harbor Trails Club

Sustainable Fun “In Copper Harbor and the surrounding Keweenaw, the non-motorized trail systems have become a center point for recreation as well as an economic driver for our communities. People visit and stay in the Keweenaw because the extensive trail systems allow them to explore more and develop a deeper connection with the outdoors. The […]

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Dial Help

Promoting the Physical, Emotional, and Social Well-Being of our Communities “I trust Dial Help because I know you are confidential. You listen better than other places I have called.” – Anonymous “Thank you, you’re one of the big reasons I’m still here.” – Anonymous All Dial Help Employees, Volunteers, and Interns must pass rigorous background […]

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Don’t Do It Yourself

Lending a Hand with Medical Crises “DDIY, thank you for your help. Our family does not qualify for the low income help that is available for people in their time of need with medical tragedy. Your organization was the only one that could help to offset travel expenses for my medical appointments. My husband and […]

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Environmental

Good Planets are Hard to Find Photo courtesy of Joe Kirkish The primary purpose of this field of interest fund is to promote and sustain programs, projects, and activities related to a broad range of environmental concerns that include, but are not limited to: health, community development/civic planning, economic development, education, public policy and planning, […]

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Faith Lutheran Church Scholarship

Leadership Potential, Community Involvement, and Financial Need The Calumet congregation, Faith Lutheran Church, is a continuation of the Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian group that met in Trinity Lutheran in 1890 to organize the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church In America-Suomi Synod. The Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet has scholarships available to recipients based on academic performance, […]

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Faith Lutheran Educational Resource

Advancing the Word of God and Enhancing the Broader Church The Faith Lutheran Educational Resource endowment’s primary purpose is to provide financial support to the Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet in acquiring the Lutheran magazine, devotional booklets, Bibles, Sunday school materials, or similar educational resources that advance the Word of God and enhance the broader […]

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Funding Youth Initiatives

Increasing Opportunities for Youth “There is a pressing need in our community to increase opportunities for youth to engage in fun and constructive activities.  That is what Funding Youth Initiatives is all about; that is why we exist.” – Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette Funding Youth Initiatives (FYI) helped fund the Houghton Skatepark project in 2016. The Houghton […]

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Gratiot Lake Conservancy

Conserving Gratiot Lake Through Preservation, Education, and Research “Thank you for taking us to the cabin and for showing me how to connect to nature even more… from learning some tracking to canoeing and just sitting on the dock while enjoying the lake…” “Seeing the stars, full moon, northern lights, and a rainbow was amazing, […]

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Herman Gundlach Fund

In Memory of Herman “Winks” Gundlach “He was probably the most patient, understanding, and honest person I have ever known.” – Paul Frair, former Vice President and lifelong friend “I always was amazed at the way he gives credit to other people for the success of his company.” – Brad Carrigan, representing the Associated General […]

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Houghton County Historical Preservation

All Great Achievements Take Time The primary purpose of this field of interest fund is to support historical preservation and education projects or activities related to the Houghton County of Michigan. We are currently looking for individuals to sit on the Houghton Country Historical Preservation Endowment Advisory Committee. Applications can be found here and should […]

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Houghton Energy Efficiency Team

Together We Energize Houghton County! “…As I wrote the check for my first ‘real’ gas bill of the season today, I thought about your wonderful organization and great crew that visited me about a year ago. Your group of young men and women were very impressive as they worked so quickly and cheerfully insulating waterpipes, […]

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Houghton High School Alumni Association

Gremlin Grit: Goals, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork “With input from the Superintendent and other administrative staff, the HHSAA has enhanced programs and facilities in a manner above and beyond what the taxpayers can. When alums contribute to the HHSAA endowment, their gift will have a lasting legacy for good, forever.” – Frank Agin, HHSAA President Old […]

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Houghton Rotary Scholarship

Service Above Self “I am so grateful to wake up each morning with the opportunity to work towards a career I have always dreamed of. I am continuously thankful for all of the help I have gotten along the way, from many incredible people and the support of my hometown organizations including the Houghton Rotary!” […]

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Houghton Skatepark

Creating Recreational Opportunities for Our Community’s Youth “This is a great way for kids to get healthy physical activity. We want to have a state of the art facility so that people have a publicly-sponsored area where they can go and do what they love to do.” – Ray Sharp, Western U.P. Health We plan […]

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Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association

Promoting Public Understanding, Appreciation, and Enjoyment of Two of the Country’s Most Unique National Parks “Grantable funds from interest earned on IRKPA’s KCF Endowment provide much-needed support for ongoing programs, such as printing of The Greenstone and Keweenaw Guide park newspapers and brochures for free distribution. Our 2015 funds are part of the required match […]

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KCF Operations

Inspiring Giving that Invests in our Community’s Quality of Life

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KCF Youth Operations

Involving our Next Generation of Philanthropists The purpose of the KCF Youth Operations Fund is to have a source of income for our Youth Advisory Council Members to attend leadership development conferences and have the resources necessary to manage the operations of the council and the Kellogg Youth Fund. 2016 State Youth Grantmakers Conference Attendees […]

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Kellogg Youth (Youth Advisory Council)

Strengthening the Leadership and Charitable Commitment of Youth in our Community “It is very rewarding to see that decisions that a group of young people make can impact our peers in such a powerful way, and I feel like this is a very unique way that I can impact my community and the lives of […]

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Kenneth Ryan Clark Memorial Fund

Promoting the Physical, Emotional, and Social Well-Being of our Communities Established by the Clark family in memory of their son, Kenneth Ryan Clark, the purpose of this fund is to provide perpetual funding for the operations and programs of Dial Help, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the […]

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Keweenaw Community Critical Stress Management

Helping People Return to Normal to Enjoy Life in the Copper Country “It is our hope that, with this team in place, we can assist the community, businesses and schools in the recovery process.” – Keweenaw Community Critical Stress Management Team Photo courtesy of Joe Kirkish. The Keweenaw Community Critical Stress Management Team is a […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation

Inspiring Giving that Invests in our Community’s Quality of Life

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Keweenaw County Historical Society

Explore the History of Keweenaw County, Michigan “To me, the beauty of the Keweenaw County Historical Society is that this group of volunteers preserves, protects, and promotes the history of all of Keweenaw County by establishing museum sites throughout the county and offering programs that focus on the rich and multi-faceted history of the county.” […]

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Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing

There is No Bench in Cross Country The primary purpose of this field-of-interest fund is to promote, develop, and sustain quality cross-country skiing in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The 2017 grant recipients were: • Swedetown Trails Club to assist with the purchasing of a new trail grooming snowmobile. • Copper Country Ski Tigers to help […]

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Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance

Leading Economic Development in the Keweenaw The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance is leading the effort to engage community leadership to start, retain, grow and attract companies that will increase the wealth of the region through a holistic and collaborative strategy that builds on the assets and opportunities present in the region. The Keweenaw’s future economy […]

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Keweenaw Family Resource Center

Supporting, Strengthening, and Enriching Family Life “I cannot say enough positive things about KFRC and the Tree House. This community is extremely fortunate to have a place like the Tree House and the staff who support it. Upon meeting anyone new to the area with young children, I always direct them to KFRC.” – Anonymous […]

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Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s

Opening Doors to our Heritage Musical Mondays showcase different groups of local talent. We have polkas, country music, ethnic songs and everything in between during these programs. While some like to just sit and enjoy the music, others get up and dance. Check the summer schedule for more details. The mission of the Keweenaw Heritage […]

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Keweenaw Land Trust

The Voice for Protection of Land and Water in the Western Upper Peninsula “There is not another place that I feel more connected to my surroundings and the people I love than when I am home in the Keweenaw.  A great many thanks to those that work tirelessly to protect it for others to discover.” […]

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Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

An Inclusive Religious Community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula The Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) is a Welcoming Congregation of people of diverse religious and spiritual beliefs. We foster the free exchange and exploration of ideas in a supportive atmosphere of mutual acceptance and friendship. We believe in encouraging justice, equality, compassion, and growth for all […]

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Kiwanis – Nailbenders

Serving the Children of the World “Kiwanis is a service organization. We noticed that many seniors in the area needed handicap ramps. We felt, and continue to feel, that building these ramps provides a valuable service to these members of our community.” – Warren Weingarten, Kiwanis Nailbender The process of getting a ramp begins with […]

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Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Connecting Schools and Communities in the Stewardship of Lake Superior and its Watershed “LSSI has become an integral part of the curriculum at E.B. Holman. Teaching students about their ‘place’ has led them to become more involved in school and community decisions related to the Lake Superior Watershed. Their knowledge and creativity will benefit stewardship […]

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Life Outreach Center

Providing Compassionate Care and Practical Services The Life Outreach Center’s mission is to provide women, men, and families affected by unintended pregnancies with compassionate care and practical services. LOC also offers educational resources to assist families and individuals in making sound like choices in relationships and parenting.

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Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly

Where Service to the Elderly Begins by Being a Friend “Thank you so much for the Xmas gift and the wonderful visit with Joanne and the three girls.  It did so brighten my day.  God bless all of you.  It is true angels do walk among us.”  – Marcia Photo courtesy of Atefeh Farajollahzadeh, volunteer […]

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Martha & Floyd Memorial Hearts & Hands Society

Celebrating Copper Country People Giving of their Heart & Hands to Promote Peace, Justice, or the Environment “I can’t tell you how much pleasure it has given me to see all these great people recognized and, now that there is a monetary award, see which local nonprofit they give to.” – Terry Kinzel, founder of […]

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Michigan Nature Association

Protecting Michigan’s Natural Heritage Since 1952 Aquatic Field Training at Upson Lake Nature Sanctuary The Michigan Nature Association (MNA) is a conservation organization working to protect Michigan’s rare, threatened and endangered species by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. MTU Make a Difference Day – Building a Boardwalk at Keweenaw Shores Nature […]

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Mont Ripley National Ski Patrol

Delivering High Quality Emergency Care Since 1938! The MRSP welcomes all alpine skiers, telemark skiers and snowboarders to join. The Mont Ripley Ski Patrol (MRSP) consists of a group of like-minded volunteers that are trained to deliver emergency care and transportation to Mont Ripley patrons. Delivering high quality emergency care and delivering injured guests to […]

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North Woods Conservancy

Dedicated to the Preservation and Enhancement of Natural Lands for the Benefit of Native Biological Diversity, Science and Education, and Public Enjoyment “Seven Mile Point is the most beautiful spot on the north shore of the Keweenaw.” – Seven Mile Point visitor, August 2015 Seven Mile Point, photo courtesy of NWC The North Woods Conservancy […]

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Omega House

The Next Best Thing To Being Home “In reflection, what stands out for me is the commonality of our needs near the end of life. To be loved and cared for unconditionally, to have our pain and distressing symptoms managed and controlled by those experienced in these matters, to seek to more fully understand ourselves […]

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Portage Lake District Library

Where Your Imagination Takes Flight “We strive to provide and cultivate the informational, educational, and recreational needs of a diverse community. Whether you’re looking for your favorite author’s latest book, one-on-one computer training, or engaging with your community through diverse event offerings, we’re here to help you.” – Dillon Geshel, Director at PLDL “Bad libraries […]

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Portage Lake Gappy Golf League Scholarship

Encouraging the Continuation of Education Bill Gappy The Portage Lake Gappy Golf League Scholarship will go to a Houghton or Hancock graduate who plans to continue his/her education at an institution of higher learning (not necessarily a golf program). Portage Lake Golf Course The golf league is currently growing the endowment to make the scholarships […]

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Portage Lake Little League

Character. Courage. Loyalty. The purpose of the Little League is to provide a positive and safe environment for kids to participate in friendly competition, develop athletic skills and build self-esteem while learning to play the game. Portage Lake Little League is dedicated to the principles of teamwork, sportsmanship, friendship, leadership, and honesty. Another major component […]

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Portage Lake Youth

Building our Youth for the Future Photo courtesy of Joe Kirkish The primary purpose of this field of interest fund is to support programs and activities that are designed to serve youth in the Portage Lake area. 2016 Go Skateboarding Day Jam at Kestner Park We are currently looking for individuals to sit on the […]

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Portage Lake United Church

Sharing God’s Grace through Outreach and Engagement Portage Lake United Church is: Rooted in the Trinity; Growing in God’s Word; Branching out to those in need; Nourished by many waters. Seeking to share God’s grace and abundant blessings with others, Portage Lake United Church commits to outreach and engagement beyond the boundaries of our church […]

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Richard and Ann Tieder Memorial Fund

A Lifelong Commitment to Community-Based Human Services Richard and Ann Tieder The purpose of the Richard and Ann Tieder Memorial Fund is to honor Richard and Ann Tieder’s lifelong commitment to community-based human services through support of Kiwanis—Nailbenders , Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly, and Omega House. Kiwanis—Nailbenders: The process of getting a ramp begins […]

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Richard and June Ross Genealogy Fund

Promoting, Encouraging, and Sustaining Genealogy   The purpose of the Richard and June Ross Genealogy Fund is to promote, encourage and sustain the research, documentation and preservation of genealogy and history of the Keweenaw Area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society exists to educate and support our members in their research and […]

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Ronald & Lou Ellyn Helman Scholarship

Encouraging Skilled, Motivated Students Towards Self-Sufficiency and Reliability Ronald and Lou Ellyn Helman The Ronald and Lou Ellyn Helman Scholarship’s primary purpose is to encourage skilled, motivated students to enter a post-secondary school offering fields of study such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, secretarial, automotive services, etc. and to further their education in the field of […]

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Ruth L. Sablich Charitable Fund

Supporting Eight Local Organizations For Good. For Ever. The purpose of the Ruth L. Sablich Charitable Fund is to provide equal annual distributions to the following eight organizations: Calumet Art Center/Ed Gray/Miskwabik Calumet Theatre Co. Copper Country Habitat for Humanity Keweenaw County Historical Society Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly Michigan Nature Association Omega House Portage […]

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St. Vincent DePaul Friends-in-Need Fund

Help Us Help Others The purpose of this fund is to support the Friends-in-Need in the Community Program of the Resurrection Conference of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Marquette. The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVdP) is Inspired by Gospel values. SSVdP, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men […]

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U.P. Kids

Caring for children. Building brighter futures. Foster Care & Adoption Services « Post Adoption Resource Centers Big Brothers Big Sisters « Read to Ride « Wheels Program Family Services « Parenting for Success « Supportive Independent Living U.P. Kids is an organization dedicated to caring for children and building brighter futures offering a wide array […]

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