Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan Receives TC Optimist Grant

The TC Optimist Club has given nearly $20,000 to local youth groups.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan was one of 20 recipients of the grant.

They were awarded $1,500.94a892fb 9ab8 4392 8a9f 612fc66ec519

They say this money will go towards background check for their adult volunteers.

Development coordinator, Kris Hoxie, says this will cover 50% of those fees for one year.

Hoxie says, “Those reduced costs actually allow us to increase our recruitment efforts for volunteers. So that we can actually begin to serve more children.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan says this grant will also allow them to focus their efforts on recruiting volunteers.

The Traverse City Optimist Club recently awarded $17,250 in grants to twenty local youth-oriented organizations. Grants ranging from $250 to $1,500 were given to the following organizations:

Arts for All of Northern MI

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Boots for Kids

Child & Family Services

Cognition Science and Discovery Center

Goodwill Northern Michigan

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA

Grand Traverse Conservation District

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region

Kids on The Go

Maritime Heritage Alliance

Michael’s Place

Michigan Challenge Traditional Sail Training


Raptors Robotics Central High School

SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers

TCAPS Traverse City Area Public Schools-Intense Student Support Network

The Music House Museum

Traverse Area Community Sailing

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center