Positively Midland updates in brief from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Welcome home.

A barrier-free duplex will be constructed by Reece Endeavor, in partnership with Midland Public School's Building Trades Program

The lack of affordable housing for low income residents is one of our community's most pressing issues. If we're being honest, poverty and homelessness are still not widely acknowledged in Midland, and low-income earners often encounter discrimination based on their economic situation. Let's help change that. Recent grants of $40,000 and $10,000 went to Midland's Reece Endeavor and Affordable Housing Alliance, respectively. Reece Endeavor is embarking on a $277k project to build a duplex which can house three adults with developmental, intellectual and/or physical disabilities. It gets better: they're partnering with the Midland Public School's Building Trades Program, giving our students real-world building experience. Nice. Meanwhile, the Affordable Housing Alliance will utilize their grant to expand a rental assistance program for their low-income tenants. Shelter is one of our most basic needs for survival (thanks Maslow), and we're proud to support local agencies who work to provide it for those in need.

Time to play up STEM.

Central Park STEM Elementary School

Midland is gaining a state-of-the-art elementary school, scheduled to welcome young minds for molding this fall. Spoiler alert: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) will be a priority. Makes sense, considering our country is facing a massive shortage of professionals in these fields. Before our kids go to work for Google, build houses or become welders, they still need a playground. We agree, that's why we're helping fund the Central Park STEM Elementary School playground, which will feature three separate play & learn areas filled with levers and pulleys and play structures designed to bring out the creative in our children. We can't fund the playground by ourselves, so we're asking the community to pitch in. Learn how you can join the famous names in STEM and make this project a reality. Because we're pretty sure Albert Einstein was a fan of recess, too.

Happy snow day.

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