TruNorth Credit Union announces 2019 grant recipients

ISHPEMING — The recipients of grants from a local credit union were announced Tuesday morning. The TruNorth Credit Union board of directors has selected 6 different non–profit organizations around the area for their 2019 Community Grants.

Just over $13,000 was given out this year, and the whole program is to help non–profits in area achieve their goals with the assistance of the grants.

“We really like to give out to the community because credit unions are not for profit,” said TruNorth Credit Union Marketing and Promotions Specialist Maria Denofre. “So we like to give back as much as we can, especially to non-profit organizations in the area helping out other people.”

The TruNorth Community Grants have been given out for a few years in a row, and every year the application process is open organizations in the five counties that TruNorth covers: Marquette, Alger, Baraga, Dickinson, and Iron.

“It was initiated in 2017 by our board of directors,” said Denofre. “They take applications from community and non-profit organizations every year, and award these organizations up to $10,000.”

This years winners were:

  • Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Community Ministry — $1,000 to support the monthy community dinner hosted by the church as well as support their food pantry.
  • Cancer Care of Marquette County — $2,500 to assist those who are unable to respond to catastrophic health care costs caused by the treatment of their disease.
  • U.P. Foster Closet of Marquette County — $2,500 that will provide children entering foster care with essentials such as clothing, diapers, wipes, and shoes.
  • The YMCA of Marquette County — $2,500 to help fund their Annual Campaign, which raises funds for families who cannot fully afford the YMCA’s programs and services.
  • SAIL Disability Network of the U.P — $2,500 which will provide inclusive health and wellness programs for persons living with disabilities throughout the fifteen counties in the Upper Peninsula.
  • Great Lakes Recovery Centers, INC — $2,500  to continue suicide prevention programming, including the introduction of a positive mental health community campaign on the west end of Marquette County.

To learn more about the TruNorth Community Grant program, or to apply for a grant, click here.