The latest Heart of Cook grants have been announced. They’re going to 36 organizations around southwest Michigan, totaling about $53,000. The Heart of Cook is a program supported by employees of the Cook nuclear power plant in Bridgman and run by the Berrien Community Foundation. It says choosing this year’s recipients was especially difficult because the program received 90 grant applications for a total of $424,000. The grants are going to everything from wildlife rehabilitation to a local robotics team to meal services for seniors. Heart of Cook focuses on programs that address education, human services, and environmental projects in the region. Below is a list of this year’s recipients.
Berrien Conservation District
Berrien County Blanket Brigade
Berrien County Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Berrien Springs Community Library
Buchanan Floor Hockey
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
Coloma Community Schools
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Fairplain Presbyterian Church
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
Ferry Street Resource Center, Inc.
First Church of God
Five Pines Ministries
Grace Christian Educational Association
Hagar Township S/D #6
Harbor Country Food Pantry
Helping Hands Foundation
Lakeshore Public Schools
Living Epistle Fellowship, Inc.
Living Water Food Pantry
Michiana Metro Lighthouse Chorus
Michiana Search Dogs
Muscular Dystrophy Association
MyTeam Triumph Southwest Michigan
New Life Church · North Central Community Action Agencies ·
Readiness Center, Inc.
Senior Nutrition Services Region IV, Inc.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Foundation, Inc.
Soup Kitchen, Inc.
Southshore Concert Band, Inc.
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
St. Joseph Public Schools
Unity Temple COGIC