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Latest News and Events from Portage Health Foundation

July 28, 2022

Get to know Project Lifesaver with Detective Lieutenant Charlie Klein

It's been nearly a year since Project Lifesaver launched in Michigan's Copper Country, and with that Portage Health Foundation thought it would be a great opportunity to catch up with the project's lead, Detective Lieutenant Charlie Klein from the..

July 27, 2022

Copper Country volunteers to be recognized with new program

Do Good in the Copper Country seeking nominations and volunteer opportunities

Celebrating the amazing work done by volunteers and connecting volunteers with volunteer opportunities in Michigan’s Copper Country is the focus of a new program — Do Good..

July 7, 2022

Vendors, activities and raffle prizes finalized for PHF Family BBQ

Event is Sunday, July 17 from 12 to 3 p.m. in Chassell

Details for the inaugural Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Family BBQ are coming together with an impressive list of vendors, activities and raffle prizes for the inaugural event taking place..

July 6, 2022

Ally Ronis and Lucy Campbell introduced as interns at PHF

This summer Portage Health Foundation (PHF) will have a couple extra folks around the office with Ally Ronis and Lucy Campbell joining the team as interns. They are implementing strategies related to the PHF Food Initiative.

“Throughout the..

June 14, 2022

Small Grants RFP to Fund Eight Copper Country Projects

A record number of applications came in for Portage Health Foundation’s annual Small Grants Request for Proposals (RFP), and after much deliberation eight projects throughout the Copper Country will receive funding.

The programs include park..

June 13, 2022

PHF Hosting Family-Friendly Event in Chassell on Sunday, July 17

Portage Health Foundation is hosting its inaugural PHF Family BBQ on Sunday, July 17 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Centennial Park in Chassell.

The event will showcase many incredible projects PHF has funded in recent years, including a non-profit vendor..

June 10, 2022

For Second Straight Year, CLK Elementary School Wins National Award

CLK Elementary Once Again Named a National Showcase School by Capturing Kids’ Hearts

Capturing Kids’ Hearts announced in May that CLK Elementary School is one of 378 schools to be recognized as a 2021-22 Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase..

June 6, 2022

Youth Leadership group partners with Portage Health Foundation

This school year Student Leadership Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw (SLACK), which is a Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) program, created a new partnership with Portage Health Foundation (PHF) to help develop and further..

May 26, 2022

Ontonagon Mobile Food Pantry Set for June 16

On Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 12 p.m. a mobile food pantry will be hosted at Ontonagon Village Fire Hall. The event will provide a variety of foods, including fresh produce and dairy items, to approximately 300 families on a first-come, first-served..

May 20, 2022

Joseph Kirkish enriches the lives of others

By imparting his passion, interests, education and talents

There are many people that contribute to our community in ways that are memorable and make this a unique place to call home. Some, by their very presence, have established themselves as..