In brief

AT&T presents $25,000 to The Disability Network

FLINT —AT&T will present a $25,000 contribution to the Disability Network in support of the organization’s new STEM M.A.D.E project – an effort to train and empower local youths with disabilities to pursue professional opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

AT&T executives will join Disability Network staff on the Powers High School lawn for a check presentation on July 22. Local officials and community leaders will also be present for the event, along with the Disability Network president, Mike Zelley.

“With the help from AT&T and our other trusted community partners, we have the resources in place to positively impact youth with disabilities by changing their ‘mindset’ about pursuing STEM opportunities, increase ‘access’ to those positions, and finally helping them secure ‘disability employment,’ said Zelley. “STEM M.A.D.E. will connect youth with disabilities and their families to new, exciting opportunities throughout Flint, and that’s worth celebrating.” – G.G.

Hurley receives $14,200 grant for playroom for hospitalized children

FLINT – The Child Welfare Society has awarded a $14,200 grant for a playroom for a new area of the Pediatrics Unit at Hurley Children’s Hospital. The new Playroom will help provide a sense of normalcy, a “safe space” from medical procedures, and will prevent boredom and depression among young patients. Playroom activities will also be used for sibling support for visiting family members and children. Laura Parcels, Child Life Director, is thrilled. “Children that are provided with the means to play and be creative heal faster and are discharged with less emotional distress. Happy, healthy children are what we strive for at Hurley! We can’t thank the Child Welfare Society enough.”– G.G.

Grants to support families affected by water crisis

FLINT –The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) awarded six grants to four local organizations to help Flint children affected by the water crisis, said Foundation President Kathi Horton. The four recipients of the awards are the Young Men’s Christian Association of Flint, Child Connect for Family Success, Michigan State University Extension Services and the Michigan Breastfeeding Network. The Flint Child Health and Development Fund Advisory Committee awarded $361,220 in grants during its June 28 meeting.

A $36,000 grant was awarded to the Young Men’s Christian Association of Flint (YMCA) for the Safe Places to Wild Places camping experience program.

For more information or to apply for a grant, contact CFGF at 810-767-8270 or visit – G.G.

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