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Giving Tuesday match program benefits 22 local organizations

The Portage Health Foundation is matching up to $200,000 for 22 local nonprofits in celebration of Giving Tuesday. Donations can be accepted in the form of cash or through stocks and other financial securities. You can learn more here.

This is the fifth Giving Tuesday drive held by the Portage Health Foundation. In its first four campaigns, over $1.2 million was raised on a cumulative basis. Keweenaw Report already profiled the Ahmeek Fire Department and what they intend to use funds raised for. Below is a full list of all the organizations participating this year.

U.P. Kids – Big Brothers Big Sisters
Swedetown Trails Club
Superior Search & Rescue
Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY)
Ontonagon County Cancer Association
Omega House
Mercy EMS
Keweenaw Random Acts of Community Kindness
Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club
Keweenaw Family Resource Center
Friends of the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park
Dial Help
Dan Schmitt Gift of Music
Calumet Township Fire & Rescue Fireman’s Club
Copper Harbor Trails Club
Copper Country Senior Meals
Copper Country Habitat for Humanity
Copper Country Angel Mission
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter
Baraga County Shelter Home
Ahmeek Village Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department
31 Backpacks

Robert Megowan stopped by to visit with Todd VanDyke on KBear 102.3’s Morning Coffee program Monday, discussing his involvement with Simple Kindness for Youth, also known as the SKY program.

Every penny goes to a needy child in the area, which is unique. No overhead, no nothing. It has really done some great things for lots of kids in our neighborhood. From a jacket to boots to gloves, we help these kids go forward, and it’s done by the grassroots, from this area.

SKY helps to fill in the gap by providing opportunities and goods that aren’t covered by traditional welfare and support programs. Megowan says diapers are a huge expense for cash strapped parents, especially in a time when prices are rising quickly for necessities like food. Many are finding themselves in a position where they can afford one or the other, but not both.

The Swedetown Trails Club says in a post on Facebook that they will be making further improvements to the cross country ski system. They shared a picture of the Birch Trail, an off camber climb, that received work in the last year.

Several other charities and nonprofit institutions are marking Giving Tuesday outside of the Portage Health Foundation drive. Finlandia University is once again seeking support for its annual scholarship fund. Last year, $30,000 was raised in just a 24-hour period. That amounts to roughly one percent of the scholarships and financial aid distributed on an annual basis. Every student hailing from the United States receives some sort of financial assistance from the university.

A link to donate is here.

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