In brief

Mott Foundation makes grant to bridge funding gap

GENESEE COUNTY — In an effort to help maintain and strengthen Michigan’s largest county parks system, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has made a $1.56-million grant to the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission. The support comes as shrinking property taxes and other declining revenue have left the county, including its parks, facing a major funding shortfall. The parks are funded primarily through a county property tax millage. Mott made a similar grant of $1.27 million to the commission in 2010. The Foundation’s grantmaking related to the county parks has totaled more than $19 million since 1965. Roughly 500,000 people each year visit the system’s 21 parks, which include playgrounds and picnic areas, a historic village and authentic narrow-gauge railroad, an arboretum and nature preserve, bicycle motocross and off-road vehicle tracks, hiking and equestrian trails, boat and canoe launches, swimming and water parks and camping facilities. The parks and their visitors also provide an important financial boost to the community, adding more than $16 million to the local economy in 2010. The Mott Foundation, with 2010 year-end assets of approximately $2.2 billion, made 492 grants totaling $92.9 million. Details: Visit — G.G.

Homeless Lunch & Learn

FLINT — United Way of Genesee County along with community partners are hosting the 12th annual Homeless Lunch and Learn, Oct. 25, from 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the North End Soup Kitchen, Eastside Mission, Holy Angels Soup Kitchen, South Flint Soup Kitchen and Carriage Town Ministries. This free event provides an opportunity for the citizens in attendance to share with local service providers what issues they face, what their needs are and how services could be improved. This year’s event offers a hot meal, grocery giveaway, flu shots, health screenings, gift bags filled with personal care items, and access to agencies and other various services that may be beneficial to citizens who are homeless or facing a housing crisis. This event is a free informational fair connecting homeless or near homeless citizens to mainstream resources and agencies who can help them. Representatives will be available from more than 20 different local non-profit, governmental and private community agencies. It will be held at: the North End Soup Kitchen, 735 East Stewart Ave.; Carriage Town Ministries is located at 605 Garland St.; Eastside Ministries, 1829 Delaware Ave.; Holy Angels Soup Kitchen, 517 East Fifth Ave.; and the South Flint Soup Kitchen, 3410 Fenton Rd., all in Flint. The event is from 11:30 a.m.–3p.m. with lunch served from 11:30-12:30 p.m. — G.G.

Scrapbooking and card making crop fundraiser

DAVISON TWP. — There will be a Scrapbooking and Card Making Crop fundraiser for the Pink Warrior’s Relay for Life team on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Church, 1523 N. Oak Rd. The cost is $30 (payment in full to reserve space) and space is limited. The day will begin with a Continental Breakfast plus lunch and dinner later in the day. Representatives from Creative Memories, Close to My Heart and Stampin’ Up will be on hand to provide lots of help and ideas. To purchase products in advance call 810-635-2148 or 810-287-7801. Details: Call 810-412-4511. — G.G.

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