Community Stories

YAC Grant Supports Program Empowering At-Risk Youth

For at-risk youths without structured activities, summer can pose challenges, increasing vulnerability to risky behavior, abuse, and neglect. YAC provided a grant to support a research-based summer program led by Staircase Youth Services, targeting at-risk adolescents ages 13-17. Click to read more about the program and its impact on area teens.

Take the Community Center Survey TODAY!

The Community Foundation for Mason County, along with key community stakeholders, is launching a survey to seek input to measure community interest in exploring the potential for a new multigenerational community center for people of all ages to enjoy social, cultural, recreational, fitness, and educational activities.  Click to read more and take the survey TODAY!

WSCC, CTE, & Me Day Paves Career Paths for Students

With support from a Community Foundation for Mason County grant, 735 third graders from across Lake, Manistee, Mason, and Oceana counties participated in WSCC, CTE, & Me Day held at West Shore Community College last May. The special event introduced the third graders to career and technical education (CTE) and community college programs, planting seeds of hope and enthusiasm for the future. Click to read more about this collaborative effort. 

House of Flavors, Inc. Nourishes its Team and Community with Mission

House of Flavors, Inc. recently set up a donor advised fund with the Community Foundation for Mason County. Sarah Holmes, Vice President of Finance and daughter of previous owners Bob and Kay Neal, says the company will use the fund to continue providing grants while also being able to grow their fund for the benefit of the organizations they support now and in the future. Click to read more about the company, fund, and mission.

Ludrock’s Legacy Impacts Youth Forever

In the heart of Ludington, Michigan, a tradition rooted in friendship and music blossomed years ago. What started as a gathering of Ludington High School graduates and self-proclaimed "misfits" playing music in the City Park over the Fourth of July flourished into an annual celebration known as Ludrock. The group held its last concert in 2023 and created a committee-advised fund with the Community Foundation to support youth-related projects. Click to read more about Ludrock's community impact.

The Scottville Clown Band: Bridging Music and Philanthropy

The Scottville Clown Band is known across Michigan for its zany costumes, comedic antics, and powerful musical sound. But what many may not know about the band is its philanthropic mission to support youth who have an interest in the performing arts.  In 2015, the Clown Band started the George F. Wilson Memorial Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation for Mason County. The fund was named after “Big George,” who served as the band’s street leader for over 65 years and also served for several years as the band’s secretary. Click to learn more about the Scottville Clown Band and its philanthropy.

Grant Provides Warmth to Local Students

The Ludington Coats and Boots for Kids program began 13 years ago when a Ludington mom purchased a pair of winter boots for a student attending school with her son. That first pair of boots inspired the collection of other boots for kids who were without and, eventually, all kinds of cold-weather necessities for school-aged children of families in need throughout Mason County. Click to read more about how a grant from the Foundation helped keep local students warm.

Good Neighbor Fund Supports Multi-County Water Rescue

For rescue missions on the water, time is crucial—every second counts towards saving a life. Riverton Fire Department first responders are now prepared with a fully outfitted, reliable watercraft thanks to a 2023 grant from the Community Foundation for Mason County provided by the Good Neighbor Fund, private donations, and grants from other community partners. Click to read more about this grant and its impact.

Scholarship Recipient Marches with Gratitude

Kathleen “Kat” Wang, a 2023 Community Foundation for Mason County scholarship recipient, was reminded of how much her world had expanded when she marched into “The Big House” for the first time as a member of the University of Michigan Color Guard. She recalled, “It was unreal. There were so many people. I looked up, and I was on the big screen!” Click to read more about Kat's scholarship awards and her experiences as a student at the University of Michigan.

“Eat Ice Cream” and Love Your Community

Bob and Kay Neal’s many accomplishments, dedication to community development, and faith have led them to name the Community Foundation for Mason County as a beneficiary of a charitable account. Bob and Kay's gift will create an unrestricted fund to support the greatest needs and opportunities in Mason County. Like their story, the Bob and Kay Neal Fund will impact this community forever. Click to read their story, including how they plan to continue their legacy of loving this community.