Community Wellness Endowment Awards $90,000 to Area Organizations
Jan 16, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently awarded $90,000 to four area organizations as part of the Community Wellness Endowment, established in 2014 to help sponsor local organizations that promote community health.

Grant recipients for 2017 include: $20,000 to Centered on Wellness for technical support in order to provide clinical staff with the necessary laptops and software; $25,000 to the Niles-Buchanan YMCA for their proposed capital expansion with the goal of providing a healthy, safe environment for teens (13-18 years) and youth (6-12 years); $35,000 to the Greater Niles Economic Development Corporation to develop a trailhead along the St. Joseph River near Lakeland Hospital, Niles; and $10,000 to LOGAN Community Resources, Inc. to support the new site and renovation of the LOGAN Autism Learning Center – SWMI.

“Our hope is that through these significant investments in our community we will empower local organizations as they work to increase access to preventative care, improve the health outcomes of our community, and address and remove barriers to essential care and eliminate health disparities,” said David Burghart, Vice President of Philanthropy and President Lakeland Health Foundations.

Initiatives supported by the Community Wellness Endowment must be sponsored by non-profit 501(c) (3) organizations that serve populations integral to Lakeland Health service areas of Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties in southwest Michigan. Support must be focused on existing programs, new initiatives and/or capital needs.For more information, or to complete an application, visit

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