The Helping Foundation


What: The Helping Foundation is a collaborative effort by CISD employees to assist students in Calhoun County with various needs.


Why: Nearly all of us know of a student who experiences a need that impedes their academic and emotional growth. The Helping Foundation provides an opportunity for CISD employees or others to sponsor a student who has a special need.


How: Voluntary contributions are collected from CISD staff at the CISD throughout the year to develop the foundation funds. The CISD organization itself does not contribute to this fund. Donations are deposited with the CISD Finance Department, and they disburse funds for approved requests. The Helping Foundation Committee will compile and process all requests received during the year and complete a year-end report.


CISD Helping Foundation Committee: The Helping Foundation Committee reviews the requests for assistance and determines eligibility for approval. Committee members include: Judy Warren, Cameron Cudney, Constance Porter, Ginger Bushong, and Jony Murphy..


Foundation Criteria: Examples for assistance may include food, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical, dental or vision expenses, school supplies, etc. Expenses related to field trips, sporting events, recreation fees, and camp scholarships are not eligible for assistance. A student may receive assistance only one time per year, with a recommended $125.00 limit. The recommended limits for families with multiple children are:

$125............First Child

$100............Second Child

$ 75.............Third Child

$ 50..............Fourth Child

$ 50............. Each Additional Child


Request Form: A simple Request Form may be completed by a sponsor and submitted to the CISD Helping Foundation Committee for approval. Click here to request form. Parent/Guardian authorization required on Request Form.


To Submit a Request Form: Completed Request Form may e-mailed to Judy Warren at the Gifford/Schultz Educational Service Center.  You may also mail your request to Judy's attention at Starr Commonwealth, 13725 26 Mile Road, Albion MI  49224 or fax to  517-630-2363 . The form must be signed by a parent or guardian.



Year to Date Recap:

The "Helping Hands Foundation" continues to live up to it's name by providing assistance to our students in order to make obtaining their education a little less stressful. A total of 1,909.55 was awarded to students during the 2014/2015 school year. The Foundation assisted with obtaining birth certificates to ensure students could be enrolled in school, clothing and shoes for school attendance, obtaining nursing certification for a student pursuing higher education, tuition for a summer reading program, assistance for a visually impaired student entering an independent living situation and multiple other necessary requests.