In brief

Crim earns donations, matching grant from Dick’s

FLINT — Thanks to the generous donations of Genesee County residents, the Crim Fitness Foundation received $20,000 through Sports Matter, an online fundraising campaign hosted by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The Crim Fitness Foundation raised $10,000 through community donations, resulting in a $10,000 matching grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods. The funds will be used to offset the cost of the CrimFit Summer Running Clubs for youth throughout Genesee County, including several in Flint.

In the city of Flint, 38 percent of families live below the poverty line compared to 14 percent nationally. Children living in poverty are at high risk for obesity. For more than 20 years, the CrimFit Kids Summer Running Clubs have provided children a safe, affordable place for youth to be healthy, active and engaged in a summer of play.

The Summer Running Clubs focus on fun and fitness while providing a place for children to be active under the mentorship of trained adult leaders. Students not only run or walk for 10 weeks during the summer, but they build social skills and healthy habits that last a life time. The emphasis throughout the summer is that physical activity is fun and contributes to living a healthy life. — G.G.

Blue Cross Blue Shield marks 10 years of grants

DETROIT — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continues its efforts in supporting free health clinics throughout the state of Michigan by announcing the opening of its 2014 grant funding program.

Through its “Strengthening the Safety Net” grant program, free clinics through Michigan are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 each to enhance the quality and access to health care in the communities they serve.

Multiple grants will be distributed to qualifying clinics. This year marks the tenth consecutive year eligible clinics can apply for and operationalize BCBSM’s safety net grants to the benefit of underserved communities. Applications are being accepted now through midnight on June 16.

Since the “Strengthening the Safety Net” grant program was created in 2005, BCBSM has awarded over $9 million to the state’s free clinics, enabling over 50,000 uninsured and underinsured Michigan residents to obtain needed care each year. In 2013, BCBSM awarded 53 ‘Strengthening the Safety Net” grants to free clinics statewide which, in turn, provided health care services to 60,000 uninsured adults.

Eligible free clinics may apply for grant funding of up to $15,000 each, and can be used for clinical services and enrollment assistance to help people sign up for health insurance coverage through the Healthy Michigan Medicaid program or the Health Insurance Marketplace. — G.G.

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