2017-12-09 / News

Foundation Connects Services to Residents

By Jacob A. Ball

Registered nurse Sarah Salyer of Mackinac Straits Health System checks Wilma Green’s blood pressure. Registered nurse Sarah Salyer of Mackinac Straits Health System checks Wilma Green’s blood pressure. The second annual Project Connect brought more than a dozen agencies and organizations to Community Hall on November 8. The event is organized by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation to connect Islanders with on-island services for which they otherwise would have to travel to the mainland.

Health care, child services, small business loans, education and youth programs, and veteran assistance are among the resources the program provides. Three new organizations represented this year were the Mackinac Economic Alliance, the Community Health Access Coalition, and the Mackinac County 4- H.

Alex Iseri, director of Mackinac Economic Alliance, described to several participants his organization’s revolving loan program that can provide up to $16,000 in financing. The program requires that a project receiving the money create at least one job. Mr. Iseri also has been developing new county-wide ca- reer technical education opportunities.

Joan Killips, parent educator for the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District, shared information about public, private, and at-home preschool programs for children from infant to four years old. She said the intent is to make sure all local children are prepared for kindergarten.

Mackinac County Roundtable Director Denise Kingsbury provided attendees with information about safe sleeping and had available free safe sleeping sacks that are designed to prevent suffocation.

Community Health Access Coalition’s Dawn McKinney was there to explain what health care options are available to residents who can’t afford private insurance coverage but also might not be eligible for the Medicaid program. Her organization helps people deal with today’s uncertainties about health care coverage.

For more information about these or the other programs available to Mackinac Island residents, contact the Mackinac Island Community Foundation at (906) 847-3701.

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