St. John's Episcopal Church



St. John’s Church in Harbor Springs Awards - Community Grants for 2022

St. John’s Episcopal Church, established in 1883, is a small summer Chapel in Harbor Springs that holds regular Sunday worship services from mid-June until Labor Day.

In 1985, the Rev. Alfred Shands III established a St. John’s Community Fund with oversight from a special research committee of the church that would invite local nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organizations to apply for grants every year.  Rev. Shands saw the Fund as a way for the church to expand its ministry of hope and grace to the surrounding community.

The mission of the Fund is to assist social and human service organizations in their critical work addressing the problems facing the elderly, and children and families in Emmet County.

Since its inception 37 years ago, the St. John’s Community Fund has donated over
1.3 million dollars to the local community.

This year, the following nonprofit organizations received grant funds totaling $106,328.00:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan– to provide partial funding to support a Mentoring Specialist position to enroll, train, match and supervise mentoring relationships in Emmet County.

  • Child Abuse Prevention and Education (CAPE) Council – to provide safe sleep sacks for every baby born at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and Charlevoix Hospital.

  • Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan – to fund a CFS Placement Specialist to provide extra support to Emmet County foster families in the first few months of placement of foster children.

  • Harbor Springs Library -  to help provide free access to resources and programs to students.

  • Harbor Springs Public Schools -  to be applied to the Child Care Scholarship Fund to aid families needing help with the cost of sending their children to HSPS child care programs.

  • Little Traverse Conservancy -  to fund and staff early childhood outdoor educational programs for children at risk.

  • Manna Food Project, Inc. – for the Food 4 Kids program.

  • McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation - to support the Adult Patient Assistance Fund for patients experiencing financial hardship with non-reimbursable costs.

  • McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation – to publish materials for the Children’s Bereavement Program.

  • Nehemiah Project – to add blown-in insulation to Mary Margaret House.

  • Northmen Den Youth Programs (formerly Harbor Hut) – to provide Emmet County Middle School and High School students with supplemental weekend food and toiletries.

  • Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity - to support Foundations for Our Future project.

  • Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation – Village of Hillside - to purchase an awning and supplies for an outdoor patio for seniors.

  • Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan Inc.  - to provide therapeutic counseling for children, adults and families who have been victimized by violence.​​