For Immediate Release: Support for Native Elders & Grassroots Mutual Aid
June 15, 2020
Through the help of dozens of individuals across the state, the generosity of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s Urgent Needs Fund, and the support of the Indigenous Environmental Network, we exceeded our $5,000 goal for the first phase of our campaign “Support for Native Elders”, raising over $12,000! As there is a great need for more support, we are expanding our fundraiser to continue to provide financial support through tribal programs as well as grassroots mutual aid networks, to directly support individuals and communities most vulnerable at this time. Our new goal is to raise $50,000. The Native Justice Coalition and Title Track extend our gratitude for your contributions and efforts to spread the word. Keep up the good work!
Title Track and the Native Justice Coalition are partnering on a campaign to support Elder care in Native communities amid the COVID-19 epidemic. All money raised will go toward Elder care programs and the safe delivery of non-perishable food to Native elders in need in the northern lower Peninsula, in coordination with Elders’ Meals Program with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Elders Program at Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Elders Department at Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. This serves a large portion of northwest and west Michigan from Emmet to Kent County. Tribal communities cover different service areas and some overlap.
“On behalf of the Elder Meals Program I would like to send my sincerest thanks and appreciation for your $2,500 donation to our program. Our program is currently curbside pick-up and home deliveries. Your donation has helped me offset the cost of new and improved to-go containers. These containers are pricy and your donation helped make it possible. Miigwetch.” -Noelle Cross, Elder Meals Coordinator, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
“The campaign ‘Support for Native Elders’ has been instrumental in assisting our community to continue to provide meals throughout the COVID -19 pandemic. In these tough times it is so important to continue services to the most venerable individuals, and we are grateful for our local community support.” -Daugherty Johnson, Executive Director, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
At GTB Elders Program “we will use [the funds] for food vouchers, fuel for doctors appointments, grandparent caring for grandchildren support, etc. Miigwech!” -Tanya Wabanimkee Raphael, Grand Traverse Band Elders program