In Brief

SAGE announces mini-grants for active-living

FLINT — For the first time ever, Safe and Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE) will award five $1,000 mini-grants to groups or organizations working to further active living in Genesee County.

Applications are due May 23 for innovative ideas about how to increase community members’ levels of physical activity, promote or increase the use of active transportation or advocate for policy changes that support active living.

Access the application at or at the Crim office, 452 S. Saginaw Street in Flint.

SAGE is calling on neighborhood block clubs, associations, community and civic groups, non-profit organizations, school groups or other interested parties to develop innovative ideas about how to integrate physical activity into daily routines through activities such as walking, taking the stairs, bicycling for transportation, playing in the park, doing yard work or using recreation facilities such as trails — also known as active living.

Applicants could develop strategies such as encourage people to use active transportation, educate others on active living, build or enhance public spaces for physical activity, empower people to advocate for active living or host events or activities that encourage people to be physically active.

“These grants will hopefully provide some seed money for groups that have had an idea about how create a new active living initiative or incorporate this concept into the good work that they are already doing. There are a lot of great physical activity programs in our community, but we also want people to think beyond the typical programming and creatively think about how they can incorporate physical activity into their daily routine or improve their neighborhood environment in order to make that physical activity easy, or advocate for policies that address barriers to physical activity,” said Lauren Holaly, Active Living Director for the Crim Fitness Foundation.

All applicants are invited to attend open office hours at the Crim Fitness Foundation to meet with Lauren Holaly, Active Living Director, and other SAGE members who will answer your questions about the application process.

Details: Visit or contact Active Living Program Associate, Theresa Roach, at the Crim Fitness Foundation at 810-235-7894 or— G.G.

Genesys Hospice seeks volunteers

GRAND BLANC — Training for new Genesys Hospice volunteers runs through June 2. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m., at Genesys Administrative Services Building, located at 5445 Ali Drive in Grand Blanc.

The 24-hour training focuses on the hospice philosophy, developing listening skills, gaining awareness of feelings regarding death and dying, patient care, spiritual care and bereavement.

Hospice volunteers who visit patients at their home will provide companionship, respite, transportation, medical equipment delivery and pick up services, letter writing, reading, light housework, and bereavement and spiritual care.

Volunteers who work at the Genesys Hospice Care Center in Goodrich will provide companionship, feed patients, assist with activities at the center, perform clerical and computer duties, and help with fundraising events. Details: 810-636-5021. Registration required. — G.G.

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