Through the Generous Support of Donors, Saint MIchael's Foundation announces successful fundraising year
A twenty five year anniversary isn’t the only thing Saint Michael’s Foundation is celebrating this year. At the close of their 2014 fiscal year, Saint Michael’s Foundation surpassed a $480,000 fundraising goal with gifts totaling over $503,000.
A 30% increase from 2012 fundraising efforts, Saint Michael’s Foundation continues to grow in gifts received to help support patients cared for at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group.
“Through the generous support of our donors and the vision and advocacy of our Board of Directors - we surpassed our annual fundraising goal,” stated Angie Heuck, Saint Michael’s Foundation Director. “On behalf of the patients who felt the impact of these gifts, we are extremely grateful. Saint Michael’s Foundation will continue to work hard every day to stay focused on building a stronger, healthier community by connecting donors who have that same vision.”
Part of that focus is successfully receiving grant funding to support needed services and programs. Recently, Saint Michael’s Foundation staff announced receiving two grants, totaling over $15,000. This funding will benefit health-related programs in Central Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Division of Public Health Grant
The Wisconsin Division of Public Health Grant funded on-site worksite wellness consultation and assessment of a Portage County employer with a higher at-risk population. Ministry Medical Group Occupational Health’s Total Lifestyle Care program provided health and wellness assessment services to underserved and underrepresented Portage County employees. Health screenings, injury assessment and health assistance (one-on-one coaching) sessions were a part of this program to provide further health education to the employer who does not currently have wellness initiatives in place.
Women's Fund of Portage County Grant
The Ministry Community Weight Race (MCWR) Committee is making steps to integrate the successful MCWR program model into a similar program for school-age children. The funding from the Women’s Fund of Portage County will help develop the program, whose focus is to help school-aged kids discover smart ways to making healthy habits through playing active games and learning healthy snack ideas.
Women’s Fund of Portage County funding will also help Ministry Dental Center’s 0-3 Program. Ministry Dental Center is a health partnership between CAP Services, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Delta Dental Plan of Wisconsin. Ministry Dental Center’s goal is to improve the oral health of low-income residents. The 0-3 program provides oral health education, preventative care and access to the youngest at risk children in Portage County.
“We are grateful to be the recipient of such wonderful grants from the Women’s Fund of Portage County and the WI Division of Public Health. These grant dollars will help to support programs that will help many, many residents in our community – from our littlest of community members to our school-aged children to community work-site employees. Ministry Health Care is committed to helping people of all ages be healthier, whether that is in the work place or at home or at school. These two wonderful grants will allow us to broaden our reach with existing programs and make our community a healthier place. Saint Michael’s Foundation is privileged to partner with these funding partners and assist our program experts in doing what they do best: helping people lead healthier lives.”
For more information on program and services supported by Saint Michael’s Foundation, call 715.346.5349.