Students Impacted by Teacher Mini-Grants

Since 2005, over $65,000 in Teacher Mini Grants have been awarded to fund 90 different education programs throughout our county. The funding originally came from many different fundraisers, such as Stand Up for Education, Golf Passports, and Lights for Learning, as well as local businesses and Otsego County Community Foundation donor advised funds. In March of 2014, the UAW Local 388 Educators … [Read more...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Xenakis-Makowski

What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? I became involved with the Otsego County Community Foundation because I appreciate the focus on supporting community in order to establish positive programming for all – particularly students. In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? Giving back to the community in ways that make a difference in peoples’ … [Read more...]

Gaylord Band Boosters Receives 100 Men Who Care Grant

During the 2nd 100 Men Who Care event, Kevin Reynolds was chosen to present the non-profit he feels passionate about, Gaylord Band Boosters. During his presentation, Kevin spoke about the importance of band for the youth in our community. Besides the whole “learning life through learning music” principle, there are many other benefits to participating in band. Students who play in a band tend … [Read more...]

Better Stories by Design: Crafting Narratives That Stick

Stories are the basis of human connection. Nothing was ever designed that didn’t start with a story: a product, a society, a movement. And the best stories, the ones we tell over and over again, contain a basic structure that makes them “sticky” - they interrupt, surprise, inspire conviction, and spur to action. Storytelling is an art, for sure, but like any other artistic endeavor, it takes a … [Read more...]

Gaylord Community Field a Collaborative Effort

A turf field is currently being installed at Gaylord High School.  It will be used for many athletic activities, physical education classes and community events. According to Gaylord Schools superintendent, Brian Pearson "This has been a dream for over ten years and will become a reality due to a supportive community and the quality partnerships." The Quarterback Club, a group of volunteers  … [Read more...]

What Matters to You Photo Contest

  The OCCF has been connecting people who care to what matters most for nearly 25 years.  As we look ahead we are asking: What Matters to You? We invite all residents − children, students, adults and seniors − to participate in this project by taking a photograph of a cherished person, place or structure in our community that captures What Matters to You.  Be in the photo if you … [Read more...]

Michigan Truth Tour to visit Otsego County September 12th

On behalf of Otsego County Community Foundation and the City of Gaylord, we invite you to participate in an upcoming community conversation on September 12, at 7 pm at the Gaylord City Hall. In partnership with Bridge Magazine, the nonpartisan and nonprofit winner of “Michigan’s Best Newspaper” in 2016 and 2017, we have volunteered to bring together residents of our county for an hour-long … [Read more...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Tomaski

    What attracted you to become involved with the OCCF? Over 15 years ago, Rosemary Smith asked me to be a part of a new fundraiser for the OCCF – the yet-to-be-named Extreevaganza. My dad had been a board member for my hometown’s foundation, so I had some knowledge about foundations. In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does? Managing the … [Read more...]

Awarded Grant Changed Lives

Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium received a grant from Otsego County Community Foundation of $600.00 to support their vision, and unite job seekers with employers, working toward a prosperous future. These funds were used to assist seven job seekers with the required items they needed to be successful in their new jobs. Because of the support... A single mother trying to overcome … [Read more...]

2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Otsego County Community Foundation would like to recognize the following local students who received this year's scholarships. The OCCF's scholarship program connects funds from forward thinking donors to deserving local students pursuing further education. This year, we are proud to announce that the foundation awarded thirty-four scholarships, the highest in OCCF history. Congratulations on … [Read more...]