Sturgis Area Community Foundation funds several programs

A Sturgis company has partnered with the Sturgis Area Community Foundation to generate more than $170,000 for programs and initiatives serving area residents.

Since March 18, GT Independence and the foundation have returned $177,500 to the community.

John Carmichael, CEO of GT Independence, said his company contributed $100,000 to the local cause while the Sturgis Area Community Foundation and its affiliates – the White Pigeon and Constantine area community foundations – contributed $75,000.

An additional $2,500 was contributed by individual donors from the community.

Funding for COVID- 19 relief programs included $15,000 to St. Joseph County United Way for its pandemic food fund; $15,000 to St. Joseph County Commission on Aging for increased meal service for seniors through Meals on Wheels; $25,000 to St. Joseph County United Way for emergency hardship grants for residents of Constantine and White Pigeon; $10,000 to Keystone Place to provide housing vouchers for the homeless; $10,000 to Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce in support of the “Love Local 2020” initiative for Sturgis businesses; and $102,500 for emergency hardship grants for Sturgis residents.

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