This grant will be used over the next two years to reach out and assist local families with children through our “Healthy Kids Build Strong Families” initiative. In addition, families will have the opportunity to mature physically, emotionally and mentally as they grow and experience positive changes in daily life.
“We’re so thankful to the WK Kellogg Foundation and its grant funding committee for this award,” said Major Thomas E. Riggs, commanding officer of The Salvation Army in Battle Creek. “Vulnerable families in Calhoun and Barry counties will have access to basic needs assistance and their children, with opportunities to obtain the educational and life skills they need to become strong healthy adults.”
The grant will also assist families through our TSAO-The Salvation Army Outdoors summer educational program and WOW-Wild On Wednesday’s Character Building program. TSAO offers working families the opportunity for their child to enjoy a fun, safe and educational summer day camp. This 9 week summer educational program is designed for families who are seeking an affordable summer experience for their children. Children ages five through twelve explore the world around them through daily activities, educational lessons, arts, exercise and field trips. WOW-Wild On Wednesday’s takes place during the school year and provides children with an opportunity to grow emotionally, spiritually, physcially and socially through group activites, educational lessons, field trips and volunteer opportunities. Children build a sense of accomplishment and achievement through the earning of emblems.
“We’re fortuante to be a part of such a bright, vibrant community that truly cares about it’s citizens,” Riggs said. “To help children succeed in health, education and life is one of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone. This grant ensures that children in our community have the tools and skills they need to achieve great things in Calhoun and Barry counties.”
The WK Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and commuities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin Amercia and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa.
Together the WK Kellogg Foundation and The Salvation Army are “Doing the Most Good.”