Four County Foundation offers novel way to help community

TRI-CITY AREA — With schools, non-profits and numerous businesses attempting to re-emerge from COVID-19 closures, the Four County Community Foundation continues to offer its assistance.

At the outset of the pandemic, Four County Foundation immediately granted more than $40,000 in support to our local communities.

Additionally, the Foundation distributed nearly 10,000 “Farm to Family” food boxes throughout the region.

Now, Four County Executive Director Kathy Dickens says the Foundation wants to do yet more to help local families and communities.

This time modern technology is being utilized to help fill the void resulting from the absence of in-person activities and meetings.

Proceeds from the virtual fundraiser will be used to help local residents facing financial hardships due to the pandemic. Since June, the foundation has helped families put food on the table by coordinating Farm to Family food box distributions.


Virtual 10-K event

“To strengthen our outreach, we are hosting a virtual 10-K Walk-Bike-Run fundraiser to help those experiencing pandemic-related hardships,” she said.

The fundraiser will provide the opportunity for runners, walkers, bicyclists and donors to work together and help those impacted by virus.

“Please consider registering yourself or a team to help our communities and schools during these demanding times,” Dickens said. “We’re seeking school teams, business teams, family teams and individuals to sign up now. Together we are stronger.”

Dickens urges those interested in participating or donating to the cause to sign up online. A link to the race program can be found on the foundation’s Facebook page. The campaign runs through September 13.

“Enlist your family and friends to support your team with a donation. The top three Peer to Peer earners will win a total of $200 in local business gift cards,” the website states.

Those who participate in the campaign’s Photo Challenge by taking a picture of themselves or their team while out logging their distance and post it to the foundation’s Facebook page, will be in the running for $50 restaurant gift cards.

For more information, contact Dickens at 810-798-0909 or

Donations can be mailed to Four County Community Foundation,
231 E. St. Clair St., P.O. Box 539, Almont, MI 48003.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.