Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation
Recognizing the good that could be done for our youth in the outdoors and the many numerous organizations that already exist, Woods-N-Water News Publisher and Editor, Randy Jorgensen and Tom Campbell started the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation.
In 2000, with the help of their friends at Arctic Cat, they were able to auction off a brand new 4 x 4 ATV. Woods-N-Water News matched the funds generated by the auction to start the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation. Since then, they have awarded foundation grants to, numerous organizations who promote and preserve the outdoor traditions of Michigan. Of course, those organizations that cater to the youth and outdoor education programs are always foremost in their minds.
The Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation has awarded several grants over the past several years to organizations and clubs like, The Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress, Clinton River Muzzleloaders, Wheelin’ Sportsmen 475, Marlette Sportsman Club, Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce, Ruffed Grouse Society/ Richmond Chapter, Reel Recovery, Hunters Against Hunger, Youth Outdoor Challenge and so many others. To date the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation has awarded grants to over 25 clubs and organizations.
Reel Recovery is a great example of sportsmen helping sportsmen. It was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishermen, inspired by their fishing buddy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer. Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing had on their friend’s mental, physical and emotional well-being, the group created Reel Recovery.
“Reel Recovery retreats address the emotional needs of men living with cancer by allowing them to share their stories in a safe environment, learn a new skill and make lasting friendships,” wrote Stan Golub, Executive Director. “Like the Woods-N-Water News, we want to improve the quality of life of our participants, and this generous grant ensures that we will.”
The Woods-N-Water News is thrilled to be able to contribute to these fine organizations and encourage readers to get involved any way they can. One way is to contribute to the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Foundation, we promise we will use the contributions wisely and for the benefit of this state’s great hunting and fishing tradition.
The Outdoor Foundation is administered by Four County Community Foundation.
For Outdoor Foundation Grant policies or the application form please click on the links below. Once you have printed the application form, mail to: Woods-N-Water News, 594 North Almont Ave., Imlay City, MI., 48444