Caring for Our Neighbors and Our Community        

Caring for Our Neighbors and Community


Dear Friends of the Bay Harbor Foundation,

Every day, we are working to improve the quality of life for our neighbors in Northern Michigan.  You may be miles away this winter, but because of your support we know that your hearts are here with us, and your generous donations over the years have made an immediate impact in our community.

Through our work we have learned that hunger is still a way of life for many children in our community. To ensure these children do not go to bed hungry, we awarded The Manna Food Project $20,903 to support their Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides shelf-stable, nutritious food for children.  Still, approximately 25% of the 4,000 children in Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties are food insecure, and they need our help. 

Families, particularly single mothers with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States today, about 41%.  Even in our beautiful corner of Michigan, women and children are experiencing homelessness.  The Nehemiah Project’s Mary Margaret House housed 62 women and their children last year, and in 2016 the Bay Harbor Foundation awarded $9,600 to provide food and lodging to Mary Margaret shelter guests.

By coming together to support the Foundation’s mission, we are able to share the compassionate and caring spirit of our Bay Harbor Community with all of Northern Michigan. Your generosity can make an immediate impact in our community in many ways.

With your gift to the Foundation you are supporting many different local nonprofits that are doing everything they can to enrich the lives of others in our region. Please join us as we celebrate these achievements, as we are working every day to meet the needs of our neighbors and touch lives with tremendous acts of giving. 

Scot Morrison                                                             Candace Fitzsimons

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