Y Camp Hayo-Went-Ha [Learn More...]
YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha camps have been providing transformational experiences to kids since 1904. The Cook Family has been a supporter of the Y Camps in many ways, committing time to leadership as well as financial resources to camp scholarships and capital campaigns. Most recently, the Cook Family Foundation issued a challenge grant that allowed the Camp to target increases in individual donor levels. We are proud of our long-standing partnership and look forward to ongoing success!
Shiawassee Scholars [Learn More...]
Each year a group of 50 eighth graders in Shiawassee Schools are identified as “high academic achievers” and invited to participate in the Shiawassee Scholars program. This program provides a variety of support programs and activities to help the students better prepare for their pursuit of a college career. Students and their parents are invited to educational seminars throughout their high school years, the students are invited to tour university campuses, and each student may apply for a scholarship to pursue an academic/career interest such as a summer camp or advanced learning opportunity. The partnership with the Shiawassee RESD has been growing strong for 10 years, and we continue to explore new ways to provide support for academic success.
Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) [Learn More...]
The Cook Family Foundation was a founding contributor to the SEDP, a private-public partnership that brings together regional businesses and local government to build Shiawassee County’s economy through business attraction, retention, and expansion. We believe that the civic health of our community requires a strong local economy, and that nonprofit organizations depend on local businesses for support. In addition to being the largest private investor in the SEDP, the Cook Family Foundation helped fund the creation of Growing Hometown Futures, an outreach effort to encourage business professionals with local roots to consider Shiawassee County for an entrepreneurial endeavor.
Shiawassee Great Start Collaborative [Learn More...]
In order to achieve educational success, we need to start as early as possible to ensure that every child is safe, healthy and eager to succeed in school and life. The Great Start Collaborative brings together agencies, schools, community organizations, local leaders and parents to build a coordinated system of services for young children and their families. The Cook Family Foundation has been active in early childhood efforts prior to the creation of the Great Start Collaborative and has provided funding for several outreach efforts including an age-specific newsletter that goes to parents with children under the age of 5.