Consumers Energy Foundation grants $20,000 to support Launch Manistee network

Consumers Energy Foundation presented a check to the Manistee County Community Foundation to support the Launch Manistee network during the Business and Career Expo on Thursday. (Jane Bond/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — A $20,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation will further the Launch Manistee network’s efforts to support the success of area students from early childhood through adulthood and ultimately, the economic prosperity of Manistee County.

The $20,000 grant to the Manistee County Community Foundation will help ensure that all Manistee County residents are ready for school, college and career. The Manistee County Community Foundation operates the Launch Manistee network as a community leadership initiative of the Foundation.

“On behalf of the Foundation, our network partners and the entire Manistee County community, we offer our deep appreciation and gratitude to the Consumers Energy Foundation for their continued investment in the success of our residents and community,” said Laura Heintzelman, president and CEO of the Manistee County Community Foundation.

“Consumers Energy is dedicated to ensuring all Michigan residents are thriving economically with access to world-class educational resources,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are pleased to support Launch Manistee with a grant that will strengthen and sustain its education initiatives and grow talent across Michigan.”

The Launch Manistee network, which was initiated in 2012, will use funds to build upon the network’s proven success toward its shared vision and goals. In addition, the grant will support the network’s continuous improvement process to ensure its common agenda and associated goals and metrics reflect current conditions to maximize the network’s impact.

“We are deeply grateful for this generous support from the Consumers Energy Foundation and eager to begin this important work,” said Hannah Rodriguez, program officer for the Manistee County Community Foundation.

Rodriguez serves as the network coordinator and will facilitate the continuous improvement process, working with a cross-sector Leadership Team made up of community stakeholders from early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education, local government, business, philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.

Through the efforts of the Launch Manistee network, educational systems and initiatives are refined and developed to provide proven pathways to success for Manistee County students and the community at-large.

In addition, a county-wide culture that values early childhood education, access to post secondary options for all, and the importance of post secondary attainment is being advanced.

The Launch Manistee network is excited for the opportunity that the grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation presents to build on its success while increasing its long-term impact and sustainability.

To learn more about the network, or to support its continuous improvement and sustainability, contact Hannah Rodriguez, MCCF program officer, at hannah@manisteefoundation.org or (231) 723-1486.

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