Oct 13, 2017
AgeWell Services is One of Three Michigan Nonprofits to Receive Glick Philanthropies to Fight Hunger on World Food Day
INDIANAPOLIS, October 16, 2017 – In observance of World Food Day, a global day of action for those who are food insecure, today the Gene B. Glick Company announced it has awarded $20,000 to three Michigan nonprofits working to end food insecurity through Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable entities, funds and initiatives focused on building community and creating opportunity.
As the philanthropic effort of the Gene B. Glick Company, one of the largest privately-held real estate ownership, development and management firms in America, Glick Philanthropies invest in organizations that help residents and neighbors move up the economic ladder. The grants announced today are part of the Feeding Those in Need program, a more than $300,000 grant program that aims to increase access to healthy, nutritious food in communities where Gene Company properties are located. Since 2008, Glick Philanthropies have invested more than $3 million to organizations working to end food insecurity.
“Our company has a long and proud tradition of giving back to the communities where we operate through our corporate social responsibility efforts and association with Glick Philanthropies,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of the Gene B. Glick Company and Glick Philanthropies. “People form the heart of our communities, and we cannot build great communities when our neighbors go to bed hungry. This program helps provide meals for children, families and seniors who lack consistent access to high-quality, nutritious food, and reduces food insecurity as an obstacle to self-sufficiency.”
Forty-two million Americans – about one in eight people– struggle with hunger, according to data from Feeding America. That includes 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors nationwide. In Michigan, there are nearly 1.5 million people, or 15.1 percent of the state’s population, who are considered food insecure, according to data from Feeding America. Too often, individuals and families facing food insecurity must choose between their nutrition and basic needs such as utilities, medical care and transportation in order to make ends meet.
The three organizations selected for Feeding Those in Need were nominated by Gene B. Glick Company employees from Michigan. Employees were asked to recommend the two local organizations and programs they believe make the biggest impact in addressing hunger and food security in the communities where they live and work.
The organizations awarded Feeding Those in Need grants include a mix of food pantries, community centers, community gardens, and more. The Michigan-based recipients of this year’s Feeding Those in Need awards include:
- Beacon of Hope Family Care Center, St. Johns
- AgeWell Services of West Michigan, Muskegon
- Meals on Wheels Western Michigan, Grand Rapids
“I’m thrilled Agewell Services of West Michigan will receive support from the Glick Philanthropies through this program,” said Jennifer Gardiner, property manager, Carriage House of Muskegon & Hickory Village, Gene B. Glick Company. “I’ve seen this organization’s tremendous impact firsthand in helping residents access healthy food and become more self-sufficient, including members of the apartment community where I work. I’m proud to work for a company that supports this important work and am encouraged that other organizations in Glick communities across not only Michigan but other states will also be able to advance their efforts through the Feeding Those in Need program.”
“Hunger and food insecurity affect people and children in every state, city and county in America, and Michigan is no different,” said Kris Collee, executive director, AgeWell Services of West Michigan. “The generous support from Glick Philanthropies will help us address urgent hunger challenges in our community, while also allowing us to tackle the root causes of food insecurity by helping individuals find employment, improve their financial stability and more.”
The Feeding Those in Need grants are administered by the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), one of the organizations that is part of Glick Philanthropies. In 2016, the Feeding Those in Need initiative awarded more than $250,000 to 38 organizations in five states.
About the Gene B. Glick Company
Founded in 1947 and based in Indianapolis, the Gene B. Glick Company is a privately-held real estate ownership, development and management firm with more than 20,000 units in 13 states. The company’s philosophy, “Built to Be Home,” is reflected through its industry leadership in customer service, property management and quality construction of affordable and market-rate apartment units. The Gene B. Glick Company has a long tradition of giving back to the communities where it operates through its corporate social responsibility efforts and association with Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable entities, funds and initiatives focused on building community and creating opportunity. Since its founding in 1982, Glick Philanthropies has invested over $150 million to strengthen the communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located.
About Glick Philanthropies
Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable entities and initiatives focused on building community and creating opportunity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation, the Gene B. Glick Family Housing Foundation, the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), the Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI) and the corporate social responsibility efforts of the Gene B. Glick Company. Together, these entities strive to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located and ensure that people in those communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $150 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ Far Eastside, where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered.
About the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)
The Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of philanthropic organizations and programs in Central Indiana, particularly those benefiting the arts, cultural and civic causes, education, self-sufficiency and basic needs. The Glick Fund at CICF also supports initiatives aimed at elevating the quality of life in Central Indiana, including through its $18 million gift to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an asset connecting core neighborhoods of Indianapolis and driving urban economic development. The Glick Fund at CICF is one of the funds associated with Glick Philanthropies, a family of charitable entities, funds and initiatives focused on building community and creating opportunity.