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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces 2018 State Veteran Home Construction Grants

LANSING — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs authorized funding from the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to build two new veterans homes in Grand Rapids and southeast Michigan. The grant award letter received on April 13 authorized Michigan to spend up to $123 million on the projects.

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature approved $42 million in state funds for the projects. The VA State Home Construction Grant Program provides up to 65 percent funding for approved projects and has authorized up to $42 million for Grand Rapids and up to $38 million for southeast Michigan.

A plan to modernize long-term health care for the state’s veterans was created by a workgroup convened by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The workgroup comprised of health care and financial experts and legislators completed their report in August 2016, recommending application to the VA State Veteran Home Construction Grant Program to build up to seven new veterans homes across the state.

The Michigan Veterans Facility Authority Board of Directors continues work to finalize site selection in southeast Michigan, based on legislative direction to locate a new state veterans home in Michigan Prosperity Region 10. For more information, see Public Documents at MichiganVeterans.com. — R.S.

100K Ideas reaches 100th idea milestone

FLINT — 100K Ideas, a nonprofit dedicated to helping innovators and entrepreneurs take their ideas to market, has celebrated the intake of its 100th idea just four months after its grand opening. Since then, student employees have worked with ideas in industries ranging from alternative energy to recreation — each attempting to solve a unique problem. 100K Ideas has attracted innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the state of Michigan.

100K Ideas aims to accelerate its momentum as spring approaches. The organization will be expanding its team and introducing students from across the country to Flint. Anyone interested in making an appointment can call 810-213-4720 or visit 100kideas.org. — R.S.

YMCA looking for volunteers

FENTON — The YMCA of Greater Flint is calling all volunteers to help make this the best summer ever for Flint Area youth. YMCA Camp Copneconic is looking for volunteers to help clean-up camp and ready the grounds for the busy summer season. Every year, more than 4,000 youth will attend a day or overnight camp at the 700 acre camp in Fenton.

On May 12, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., 100 volunteers are needed to help rake, weed, paint, and complete light construction projects on the grounds of Camp Copneconic.

Families and adults are welcome to participate although youth must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. All volunteers receive a t-shirt and lunch.

Details: Call 810-232-9622. — G.G.


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