Van Buren Civic Fund launches website
The Van Buren Civic Fund, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, is launching a new website www.vbcivicfund.com to increase awareness in the community about its existence and mission to improve the quality of life for residents in our area.
The purpose of the Van Buren Civic Fund is to support high quality services and capital improvements throughout Van Buren Township. The Van Buren Civic Fund was established in 2004 with an initial $500,000 grant from the Visteon Corporation plus an additional $500,000 in matching funds for a total of one million dollars. The donation to the Van Buren Township community demonstrated Visteon’s high regard for the community and the importance of being a good business member of the township. Since then the fund has been active in providing a multitude of grants that have benefited Van Buren Township.
Examples of past projects that have received grants from the Civic Fund include such public safety measures as installing lighted speed limit signs near Tyler Elementary School and replacing the boat motor for the Police Department Marine Unit. Other projects for which the Civic Fund has awarded grants include computers for the children’s section of the Fred C. Fischer Library, portable PA system for the Belleville Area Museum, a van for September Days Senior Center and play equipment for Van Buren Park.
Most recently, the Van Buren Civic Fund awarded $11,712 to Van Buren Public Schools’ educators for technology improvements for North Middle School 6th and 7th graders, technology enhancements benefitting 350 students at Savage Elementary School and funding for universally accessible playground equipment also for Savage Elementary School. A grant in the amount of $3,700 was awarded to the Van Buren Department of Public Safety for the purchase of two Honor Guard uniforms and related materials. Also approved was $11,910 in funding for the Belleville Area Museum to purchase 16 filing cabinets and 10 enclosed cabinets and a shelving system for the storage of artifacts.
The Van Buren Civic Fund board of directors is comprised of caring, dedicated community residents who volunteer their time on the Fund. They are: Cindy C. King, Chairperson, Ann Porster (CFO, Grand River Printing), Treasurer, Bob Thorne, Secretary, and Directors Heidi Sepanik (Visteon Corp.), Sharry A. Budd (Van Buren Township Treasurer), Cynthia Coleman, Scott Jones (President, L&W Engineering) and Lori Werner.
Anyone who is interested in making a 100% tax deductible donation, can visit the website www.vbcivicfund.com or by mail: Van Buren Civic Fund, P.O. Box 904, Belleville, MI 48112. All donations benefit local projects right here in Van Buren Township. Company match contributions are also encouraged and appreciated.
By William Zilke