Nine organizations in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties to benefit from grants
HEMLOCK, Mich. — The Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership – iMatter Anti-Stigma Campaign works to improve mental health for all residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region. To support this important mission, Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) awarded a CARE Fund grant to the Great Lakes Bay Foundation that will help combat mental health stigmas by telling the stories of people who have overcome mental health challenges. HSC’s CARE (Community and Regional Empowerment) Fund grant will support the campaign’s multi-platform marketing initiatives, including six anti-stigma videos and articles that will circulate in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties.
“People experience mental health from different perspectives and at different times in life so it is vital to have these conversations,” said Dr. Matt Samocki, executive director of the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership. “Decreasing the stigma associated with mental challenges and illnesses helps individuals overcome barriers and empowers people to get the support they need, which advances HSC’s vision to improve the quality of life in the communities where its employees work and reside.”
The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum also received a CARE grant for an HVAC System Upgrade project, which will replace outdated heating and cooling units with new equipment that will improve airflow, better regulate temperature and enhance energy efficiency throughout the museum. This project is important to preserve the facility as well as maintaining a comfortable, affordable environment for visitors at the museum. Many of the galleries and exhibitions in the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum reflect industries found in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
For over 90 years, Pit & Balcony Community Theatre has enhanced the quality of life in Saginaw through the performing arts. The organization will receive an HSC CARE grant to upgrade its digital and LED lighting equipment, which will allow them to continue bringing high quality productions to audiences as well as better quality experiences for those who work with the equipment. The project will lower energy consumption and lessen waste, which supports HSC’s mission to help create sustainable and resilient communities across the Great Lakes Bay Region.
“All recipients of our CARE grants help make the Great Lakes Bay Region a more vibrant home for area residents,” said HSC Diversity & Community Liaison Raquel Ledesma Perez. “HSC is honored to support these organizations and appreciative of the work they do to better our community.”
The HSC CARE grants awarded in this cycle total more than $106,000. Other grant recipients include:
- Essexville Hampton Public Schools — High School TEAM/Esports Computer Lab
- Friends of Pinconning Community Center — Repair Community Center Entrance
- Humane Society of Midland County — Information Technology Upgrade
- READ Association of Saginaw County — Family Literacy Center
- Michigan Lutheran Seminary — STEM/Welding & Electric Go Karts
- Saginaw Choral Society — Pans in the Park
HSC awards CARE grants in three rounds throughout the year. Annual application deadlines are the end of January, May and September. Those interested in learning more about the CARE grant program and how to apply can find information on the foundations’ websites at www.bayfoundation.org, www.midlandfoundation.org or www.saginawfoundation.org.
About Hemlock Semiconductor
Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (HSC) is a leading provider of hyper-pure polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, solar cells and modules. At HSC, we’re passionate about silicon-based technology and its unique potential to connect and energize the world we share. HSC’s polysilicon enables customers to produce high-tech electronics and solar energy, and our efficient manufacturing process delivers products with an ultra low-carbon footprint. HSC began operations in 1961 and is owned by Corning Incorporated and Shin-Etsu Handotai.
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