The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing Awarded $7,500 grant from the PNC Foundation to Fund Literacy Programming The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has received a generous $7,500 grant from the PNC Foundation, the fourth of its kind from PNC in the past four years, to help fund financial literacy programming in the Y’s new Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen. The Mobile Kitchen’s bus will launch at the start of the New Year to help feed and educate children and families within the Lansing community about the importance of physical education and nutrition, while combating childhood obesity. The program itself has already served well over 900 meals since June 15, 2015. The PNC Foundation actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The Foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing and DeWitt. For more information, visit ymcaoflansing.org. Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool expands in the greater Lansing area Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool opened in Okemos on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 to meet growing childcare and early education demand in the greater Lansing area. AppleTree Early Care and Preschool East Lansing Owner, Lisa Raths, opened a Gilden Woods school in Haslett on June 29, 2015. The new state-of-the-art school in Okemos will provide infant and toddler care, full- and half-day preschool, and before and after-school care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The new school, located at 2190 Association Drive in Okemos employs a total of 30-40 teachers and caregivers, and two directors, allowing for the enrollment of up to 168 children. Three Gilden Woods schools opened in 2014-2015 in Portage, Kalamazoo and Haslett. There are a total of 16 Gilden Woods and AppleTree Early Care and Preschools located in the greater Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Angela Hoy, program director, at (517) 295-3641 or visit our website at gildenwoods.com. The Capital Area Salvation Army Asks Community to ﾔBe a Christmas Angelﾕ The Capital Area Salvation Army officially kicked off its 2015 Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign with a special holiday event which took place on the steps of the Capitol at noon on Thursday, Nov. 12. WILX-TV anchor Ann Emmerich, the 2015 Red Kettle Campaign honorary chairperson, encouraged the crowd to ‘be a Christmas angel’ this season. The Red Kettle Fundraising Campaign is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraising event of the year. Special presentations were given by Emmerich, State Senator Rick Jones, State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. and Capital Area Salvation Army Coordinator, Major Alan Hellstrom. The Red Kettles will run through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday at local area businesses. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign goal is $230,000. The overall Christmas fundraising goal is $960,000, which includes money raised through the red kettles along with various mail appeals. The Salvation Army can only reach its goal through the generosity of the community. Be a Christmas angel by giving a donation online or in a kettle. You can also volunteer by contacting Jim Prichard, volunteer coordinator, at (517) 482-9715, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For bell ringing, call Jeff Prisner, kettle coordinator, at (517) 484-6381. For more information, visit salansing.org. MSUFCU Announces New Business Loan Development Officer MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce the recent addition of Sue Hansen as a business loan development officer in its Business Services department. Hansen’s duties include establishing and enhancing relationships with local community members, partners and businesses. Hansen has 21 years of experience in commercial lending. Prior to working at MSUFCU, she served as a vice president in business banking, specializing in lending to independent healthcare providers. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Michigan State University. CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER The Capital Region Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Laurie Strauss Baumer as the foundation’s new Chief Operating Officer. Baumer began her work with CRCF on Nov. 2, 2015. Baumer will be responsible for managing the foundation’s day-to-day administrative operations. In addition, she will provide organizational and systems support for the foundation’s donor relations efforts. Prior to joining the CRCF, Baumer served as the president and CEO of Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children. The Capital Region Community Foundation currently has more than $85 million in assets and was created by the community as a vehicle to support the charitable needs and philanthropic interests of people living in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Community Foundation receives gifts to establish endowment funds, and the income generated by the more than 400 funds is returned to the community each year in the form of grants. The Community Foundation awards hundreds of grants annually, totaling nearly $3.5 million each year. Learn more online at crcfoundation.org.