FLINT, MI – Flint non-profit Communities First, Inc. has received a $40,000 grant from the Children’s Foundation to make improvements to its community enrichment center on the north side of town.
The Detroit-based Children’s Foundation is an organization that partners with other Michigan organizations to improve children’s health.
The Communities First, Inc. grant was one of the 17 new community partners in its 2022 funding cycle, where the organization distributed nearly $4 million in grants. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly $75 million.
“The intent to create healthier and more equitable communities is embedded in almost all of The Children’s Foundation’s work,” said Lawrence Burns, President and CEO of The Children’s Foundation. “Our new partnership with CFI helps achieve this goal in an area of the state that is in dire need of increased access to resources, programming and community.”
The funding will be used to make physical improvements to the community center on the North Side of Flint, which will in turn improve the quality of life for young people and their families in Flint, according to the Children’s Foundation.
These improvements will include on-site amenities that can support health and economic mobility.
“CFI takes a holistic approach to improving the health of children and their families by providing quality opportunities in a safe and supportive environment,” said Glenn Wilson, CEO of Communities First. “Our vision for the site is to redevelop the CEC into a multi-purpose facility focused on improving the economic and social mobility of families. When enabled, features such as the large auditorium will provide ongoing programming and informal opportunities focused on building community, strengthening social networks, and improving access to resources.
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