Yopliat distributes more than $130,000 to local entities

REED CITY — Twenty-one local organizations, schools and camps received more than $130,000 in grants from the Yoplait Reed City Community Action Council and the General Mills Foundation, which provides grants to local organizations, schools and others who assist the community.

The recipients chosen are within a 50-mile radius of the plant.

"We're a large company with a small town feel," said Yoplait Reed City Plan Manager John Woodworth to presentation attendees on Tuesday, Oct. 29. "Building relationships is incredibly important within our company The Community Action Council wants to put these local organizations in the spotlight."

Violet Moore, Yoplait's CAC chair, said it was difficult to choose the grant recipients and how much to give each.

"Thank you for having great nonprofits that we can partner with and help," she said to the members of the entities.

Among grant winners, Laura Jacobson, an education programs manager of the Kettunen Center in Tustin, accepted a check for $5,500 and spoke about what the center provides for children and adults throughout the year.

The money from the grant will help offset the cost of school field trips and busing, help continue the offered programs, replace and repair equipment and provide healthy food and snacks to center attendees.

"This grant, it's huge," Jacobson said. "Without the grant to offset those costs, we wouldn't be able to provide the programs we have."

She said she helped write the grant with the demographics of the local area in mind. It is very important to offer parents and adults to model physical activities for children, as adults and children spend less than 2.4 minutes being active every day, she added. In addition, it saves schools from cancelling field trips to the facility due to the lack of funding for transportation.

She said she is thankful to receive the money and for the Yoplait Reed City Community Action Council and the General Mills Foundation.

"It really makes me proud of our area, that we have a company that sees the need and donates a substantial amount of money to the community annually," Jacobson said.

SpringHill Camps, in Evart, received $8,000, to help the facility purchase cross-country skis and equipment for its winter sports, as well as trail building, signage and maintenance.

"We are thrilled to have a continuing relationship with General Mills and Yoplait, and I am so grateful for the tremendous work the development team did to secure the grant," said Michigan Camp Director Andy Hust.

SpringHill Camps serves between 20,000 and 25,000 people, which is almost half of the total number of campers throughout the Midwest. The donation from the Reed City company has helped SpringHill in the past, which development director Andy Westmaas said is extremely generous.

"Their contribution and support locally is needed not only by us, but by others in the community," he said. "It's neat to be a part of it."

2013 Recipients:

  • Angels of Action - $12,000
  • Big Rapids Middle School - $5,000
  • City of Evart Farmers Market - $3,000
  • City of Reed City - $3,000
  • Cran-Hill Ranch - $5,000
  • Crossroads Charter Academy - $3,000
  • DayStar Christian Academy - $5,000
  • Food Bank Council of Michigan - $10,000
  • Friends of the Cadillac-Wexford Public Library - $2,500
  • Marion Public Schools - $6,000
  • Michigan 4-H Foundation - $5,500
  • Morley Stanwood Community Schools - $7,000
  • Northern Michigan Christian School - $5,500
  • Pathfinder Community Library - $4,450
  • Pineview Home - $5,000
  • Reed City Area Public Schools - $23,500
  • SpringHill Camps - $8,000
  • St. Mary Catholic School - $3,550
  • St. Peter's Lutheran School - $3,500
  • Trinity Lutheran School - $4,500
  • Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District - $5,000